Health and Travel Alert: April 2, 2020

Location:  Serbia

Event:  As of April 2, the Serbian Ministry of Health announced 1171 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Serbia.

Ambassador Godfrey hosted a Virtual Town Hall for U.S. citizens on Facebook yesterday, Thursday April 2 at 3:00 p.m. discuss the current situation on the outbreak of COVID-19 in Serbia and to provide an update on efforts to assist U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents. You can view the Town Hall and answers to submitted questions on our Facebook page.

The U.S. Embassy in Serbia is exploring all options for assisting U.S. citizens in Serbia, including a possible special flight.  One special flight left Serbia for Los Angeles on March 26, following an announcement via STEP, on our website, and on our social media pages.

If there is another flight, it will likely be your last chance to return to the United States until commercial flights start operating again, and will likely be at very short notice.  We encourage all U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents to register their interest in a possible 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, new measures announced since our last Alert are bolded:

  • 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 on weekends from 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays through 5:00 a.m. on Mondays.  Dogs may be walked between 11:00 p.m and 1:00 a.m. on Saturday nights and between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings within 200 meters of your home, by a maximum of two people together.
  • All people who entered the country on March 14 or later must self-quarantine for 28 days.
  • All public transportation is 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 closed, as are barber shops, hair and beauty salons, casinos, and betting establishments.
  • All parks, playgrounds, and other public recreational areas and sports facilities are closed.
  • A maximum of one person for every 4 square meters of space is allowed indoors.
  • People age 65 and older (70 and older in rural areas) are prohibited from leaving their homes, except for Sunday mornings between 4:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. to purchase supplies. 

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 advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel.

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