Health and Travel Alert: March 27, 2020

Location:  Serbia

Event:  As of March 26, the Serbian Ministry of Health announced 457 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Serbia.

The U.S. Embassy in Serbia assisted 64 U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents to travel to Los Angeles on March 26.  That flight was operated by Air Serbia and funded by the Government of Serbia, whom we thank for the opportunity.  The Embassy received word of the flight only 16 hours before take-off, and immediately shared the information through Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), our website, and all our social media platforms.

The U.S. Embassy in Serbia is considering all options for assisting U.S. citizens in Serbia.  In the event we learn of another flight departing for the United States, it will likely be at short notice.  We request that U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents register their interest in a possible evacuation flight by filling out this form now.  We must have a separate form for each member of your family/group.  Currently, we do not have any information about a flight.

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 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.

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