Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Serbia (March 30, 2020)
Event: As of March 29, the Serbian Ministry of Health announced 741 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Serbia.
The U.S. Embassy in Serbia is considering all options for assisting U.S. citizens in Serbia. We do not know whether there will be another evacuation flight operated by Air Serbia. If there is another flight, it may be your last chance to return to the United States until commercial flights start operating again. If we learn of a flight, it will likely be at very short notice. We encourage all U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents to 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.
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. on weekdays and 3:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. on weekends. Permission to walk dogs for 20 minutes between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. has been rescinded. All Serbian citizens and foreigners with residential permits who entered the country on March 14 or later shall self-quarantine for 28 instead of 14 days. 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. Green markets are now closed. 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.