September 16, 2016
U.S. Embassy Belgrade informs U.S. citizens that, with the start of the 2016 soccer season, the potential for violence before, during, and after some soccer matches in Serbia exists. In the past, there have also been clashes between police and soccer fans both in stadiums and the surrounding areas. 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.
On Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 6:00p (18:00), Red Star football club will play Partizan football club at Partizan Stadium. This is a high-risk event because of hooligans associated with Red Star and Partizan teams, and clashes can be expected. Police activity, crowds around the stadium, and road closures can also be expected several hours before the game. In addition, smaller police units may be dispersed throughout the city to react to violence or other issues caused by football hooligans.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to review the schedule for the 2016/2017 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.
- 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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