New rules for entering Serbia

Serbian citizens who decide to travel outside the country to one of the six countries that make up the so-called Mini Schengen agreement do not have to present a negative PCR test on their return, said Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić.

To remind, the Mini Schengen countries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro. Also, Serbian citizens entering Serbia from Bulgaria and Hungary do not need to show a negative PCR test at a border.

A statement by the Ministry of Health, however, says that the Decree on measures for prevention and suppression of infectious disease COVID-19 has been approved. There are three possible options for entering Serbia:

Option 1: completed vaccination

According to this option, entry into Serbia is possible for all Serbian citizens and foreigners who have with them a certificate stating that they have completed vaccination with one of the vaccines recognised by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia: Pfizer/Biontek, Sinofarm, Sputnik V and Astrazeneca, but for the latter, due to a special procedure, only one dose is required.

Option 2: Negative PCR test

All persons arriving in the Republic of Serbia from all countries in the world, except for the 6 Mini Schengen countries, are allowed to enter Serbia, provided they have a negative PCR test, not older than 48 hours from the moment of issuance. Persons coming from the USA, instead of a negative PCR test, can present a negative rapid antigenic test.

Exceptions to this regulation are citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Hungary, who are free to enter the country and do not require a negative PCR test, and this also applies to citizens of Serbia returning from these countries.

Foreign citizens are obliged to undergo the test before travelling and not when they arrive in the Republic of Serbia. They cannot enter the country if they have not been tested, i.e. if they do not have a negative test, they will not be allowed to enter Serbia and will be returned to the country they came from.

This does not apply to:

  • foreign citizens in transit through the Republic of Serbia. Transit for foreign citizens is limited to a period not exceeding 12 hours from the moment of entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia.
  • to the crew and cabin crew of the aircraft whose final destination is the Republic of Serbia
  • to the crew, staff and passengers in transit, i.e. transfer through the international airports of the Republic of Serbia
  • to accredited personnel of foreign diplomatic and consular missions and offices of international organisations, as well as to members of their families who hold special identity cards, i.e. identification documents issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Secretariat of the Government
  • to minors up to 12 years of age, if the parent, guardian or other person accompanying the child has a negative RT-PCR test, or a negative rapid antigen test (for persons from the USA), if required.
  • to foreign citizens who have been granted temporary or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia.
  • to members of the foreign armed forces, police and other security services who are in transit through the territory of the Republic of Serbia or who are travelling to the Republic of Serbia to perform official duties with prior notification
  • to persons who have been fully vaccinated
  • to foreign citizens who are engaged in international transportation for the purpose of taking delivery of or unloading goods or for the purpose of transporting persons to or through the Republic of Serbia.

Option 3: Quarantine

As a last resort, in the event that the person arriving in Serbia does not have a complete certificate of vaccination or a negative PCR test, they will be quarantined for 10 days after entering the territory of Serbia. After the 10-day quarantine period expires, the person can move freely on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

(Blic, 04.04.2021)

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