August 26, 2015
U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Serbia
With the start of the 2015 soccer season, we alert U.S. citizens to the potential for violence before, during, and after some soccer matches in Serbia. In the past there have also been clashes between police and soccer fans both in stadiums and the surrounding area. Police presence may be increased around soccer stadiums, particularly for matches between traditional rivals Partizan and Red Star. The Partizan, Red Star, Čukarički, and Rad stadiums are located in residential areas in Belgrade. Embassy personnel are generally advised to avoid the vicinity of high-profile sporting events.
Tonight, Partizan will play Bate Borisov (Belarus) at 8:45 p.m. at Partizan stadium in the Dedinje neighborhood of Belgrade. Crowds, police, and road closures are expected beginning at 7:00 p.m.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to review the schedule for the 2015/2016 Serbian Super League season and make plans accordingly.
We remind all U.S. citizens that demonstrations and events intended to be peaceful can become unpredictable and violent. You should exercise caution if you are within the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, demonstrations, or sporting events.
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.