Health and Travel Alert: April 29, 2020

Location:  Serbia

Event:  As of April 28, the Serbian Ministry of Health announced 8497 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Serbia and 168 deaths.

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.

The government of Serbia has started to relax some measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Updates since our last Alert are bolded:

Travel

  • All airports and most borders remain closed, except for cargo.
  • It has been reported that three border crossings between Serbia and Hungary, Reszka (Horgos), Tompa (Kelebija) and Hercegszanto (Backi Breg), are open for individuals who work in the neighboring country.
  • Air travel may resume starting May 18, subject to restrictions by other countries.

Curfew and Quarantine

  • A curfew is in place nationwide from 6:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. on weekdays, and this weekend from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday April 30 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday May 4. 
  • Dogs may be walked every day between 11:00 p.m and 1:00 a.m. and on weekends during curfew between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. for a period of 20 minutes, within 200 meters of your home, by a maximum of two people together.
  • People age 65 and older (70 and older in rural areas) may walk outside each evening between 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. for a period of one hour, within 600 meters of their home.  They may also purchase supplies this Thursday April 30 between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Otherwise they must remain at home.  
  • All people who entered the country on March 14 or later must self-quarantine for 28 days.

Transportation

  • Public transportation in Novi Sad and Kragujevac and intercity public transportation may resume starting May 4. 
  • Public transportation in Belgrade and Niš may resume, though without air conditioning, starting May 8.

Businesses, Parks, and Schools

  • Restaurants and cafes may reopen for in-house customers starting May 4. 
  • Supermarkets and pharmacies are open, though with reduced hours to accommodate the curfew.
  • Green markets are open.
  • Some shops are open, including car mechanics, tire shops, shoemakers, tailors, dry cleaners, and driving schools, as well as some retail stores such as bookstores, auto dealers, bicycle shops, stores selling technical goods and building materials.
  • Hair and beauty salons, fitness centers, and gyms are permitted to be open, with mandatory masks, gloves, and social distancing measures.
  • Shopping malls may reopen as of May 8.
  • Children’s day-care facilities may reopen starting May 11.
  • Public parks are open and outdoor sports training is allowed, subject to social distancing.
  • Casinos, and betting establishments remain closed.
  • Gatherings of more than two people are banned, with the exception of parents with underaged children.
  • A maximum of one person for every 4 square meters of space is allowed indoors.  

Travelers should be prepared for restrictions to change with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Government of Serbia for additional information on these 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 advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel.

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