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Health and Travel Alert
August 17, 2020

Location: Serbia

Event: On August 14 the Serbian Government announced that all foreigners, U.S. citizens included, seeking to enter Serbia from North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, or Romania, will need to provide a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 48 hours.

Please note that this new requirement is being reported as only applicable to foreigners arriving from these four countries, and does not apply to (1) those with permanent residence in Serbia; (2) crew members and passengers transiting Serbia for less than 12 hours (including cargo vehicle drivers); (3) children under age 12 accompanied by parents who have valid PCR test results; or (4) properly accredited diplomats and their families.

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.

The following country-wide measures from the Serbian Government are in effect:

  • Ban on public gatherings involving more than 10 people, indoors or outdoors.
  • No more than one person per 4 square meters is allowed indoors.
  • The use of face coverings is required in all indoor locations, as well as outdoors when required physical distancing is not possible, for example waiting in line to enter stores or at bus stops.  Face coverings are recommended elsewhere outdoors.
  • Visits to patients in hospitals are banned.
  • Visits to elder-care homes are limited to 15 minutes.
  • The recommended distance between people outdoors is 1.5 meters.
  • Establishments with outdoor seating will be allowed to operate from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Establishments without outdoor seating will be allowed to operate from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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 Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Serbia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel.

U.S. Department of State recommended actions: