Soccer Match in Belgrade on Saturday, April 15, 2016

April 14, 2016

U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Serbia

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade informs U.S. citizens in Serbia that on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 6:00 pm, Red Star will play Partizan at Red Star Stadium in Belgrade.  There is a potential for violence before, during, and after the match, including potential clashes between police and fans.  Expect police activity and crowds around the stadium and anticipate road closures, which usually begin approximately two hours before the game.  Embassy personnel are generally advised to avoid the vicinity of high-profile sporting events.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further information:

• See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel   Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Serbia Country Specific Information.

• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

• Contact the U.S. Embassy in Serbia, located at Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karadordevica 92, at +381 (11) 706-4000, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is also +381 (11) 706-4000.

• Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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