Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Serbia (March 25, 2020)
Event: As of March 24, the Serbian Ministry of Health announced 303 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Serbia.
The U.S. Embassy in Serbia is considering all options for assisting U.S. citizens in Serbia. U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts, and check our Embassy COVID-19 webpage for updated information as it is released.
Ambassador Godfrey will host a Virtual Town Hall on Facebook today at 2:00 p.m. for U.S. citizens to share updates on the outbreak of COVID-19 in Serbia. The Virtual Town Hall will be available for viewing after it ends as well.
The government of Serbia has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. All airports and borders remain closed, except for cargo. A curfew is in place nationwide from 5:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. All public transportation remains suspended, taxis and private vehicles are still permitted. All restaurants, cafes, and shopping malls are closed, though take-out and delivery are still permitted. Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open, though with reduced hours to accommodate the curfew. Recreational parks and sports facilities are closed. No more than five people are allowed to assemble in a closed space. People age 65 and older (70 and older in rural areas) are prohibited from leaving their homes. Travelers should be prepared for further restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Government of Serbia for additional information on these new measures.
Effective March 16, U.S. Embassy Belgrade has suspended routine consular services. Emergency American Citizens Services including emergency passport issuance continue to be available. Please visit our website for additional information.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Serbia.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restriction to the U.S.
- Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.