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.
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:
- 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.