Authorities in Serbia are maintaining international entry restrictions as of Oct. 20 to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Travelers arriving from Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia, and Romania must produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival; this requirement does not apply to Serbian citizens. Travelers from all other destinations are able to enter the country without restriction. All permanent residents of Serbia returning from abroad must complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment no more than 24 hours after entering the country. Upon completion, some residents may be instructed to report to a COVID-19 clinic or hospital; others will be required to complete a second assessment 10 days after returning from abroad.
Most businesses and services have resumed operations, subject to strict hygiene and social distancing requirements; businesses, including restaurants and bars, are prohibited from operating 2300-0600. Public gatherings are limited to a maximum of 30 people. Individuals must observe social distancing of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) where possible. Facemasks must be worn in indoor or outdoor public spaces.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks. Local authorities are empowered to introduce stricter measures within their jurisdictions if infection rates warrant.
Heed all official advisories and remain nonconfrontational if stopped by authorities. Reconfirm all travel arrangements if traveling to, from, or via Serbia. Shipping disruptions may occur; consider delaying or rerouting shipments. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent health precautions.