COVID-19 – Entry Conditions

ENTRY REGIME FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AND FOREIGN NATIONALS WITH APPROVED TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

Citizens of the Republic of Serbia and foreign nationals with approved temporary or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia arriving from any country in the world with an unfavourable epidemiological situation, who do not hold a negative result of the RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by the reference laboratory of the country from which they are coming and/or entering the Republic of Serbia, or persons arriving from the United States of America who do not hold a negative Antigen FIA Rapid test result issued within the previous 48 hours, will be issued a written notice during passport control ― a health warning of their obligation to adhere to the 10-day home-quarantine measure, as of the date of crossing the state border, and will be warned of the obligation to register with the competent COVID-19 infirmary or the territorially competent institute for public health, through this portal: www.e-zdravlje.gov.rs, within 24 hours of crossing the state border.

The above entry conditions do not apply to:

1) Citizens of the Republic of Serbia and foreign nationals with approved temporary or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia arriving from: Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Hungary;

2) Accredited staff members of foreign diplomatic-consular representative offices and international organisation offices, as well as members of their families carrying special ID cards and/or identification papers issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Secretariat of the Government;

3) Citizens of neighbouring countries from the border area who conduct agricultural work and/or own agricultural land on the border territory of the Republic of Serbia or neighbouring country. When crossing the state border to conduct agricultural works on the land, they must present evidence of ownership of the agricultural land or a statement by the owner of the agricultural land that they are conducting agricultural works on that land, under the condition of reciprocity;

4) Citizens of neighbouring countries who reside in the border area and are employed on the territory of the Republic of Serbia or neighbouring country, for whom their employer has issued an employment document, under the condition of reciprocity;

5) Flight and air cabin crew flying to the Republic of Serbia as their final destination;

6) Foreign nationals conducting international transport services, for the purpose of loading or unloading goods, or transporting passengers to or through the Republic of Serbia, i.e., members of the following crews:

  • Freight motor vehicles when conducting international road transport. Transit is limited to 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia,
  • Freight ships transporting goods to one of the national ports. Transit navigation on an international waterway within the territory of the Republic of Serbia is limited to 90 hours for ship compositions or 60 hours for self-propelled vessels from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia in case of upstream navigation, or 72 hours for ship compositions or 54 hours for self-propelled vessels from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia in case of downstream navigation,
  • Buses in scheduled or international passenger transport, whether the Republic of Serbia is a transit country on their route, or their final destination or starting point,
  • Railway vehicles and train staff.
  • Humanitarian convoys agreed upon by diplomatic means;

7) Minors up to 12 years of age;

8) Persons who stayed outside the territory of the Republic of Serbia for less than 48 hours and hold a negative result of the RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued within the previous 48 hours, by a reference laboratory in the Republic of Serbia. If a traveller’s journey has been delayed up to the moment of entry into the Republic of Serbia which cannot be ascribed to the traveller, i.e. the delay was caused by an external event which could not be foreseen, avoided or eliminated (flight or bus/train departure delay/postponement, etc.), the date of issuance of the negative test result may be no older than 72 hours at the time of entry into the Republic of Serbia;

9) Citizens of the Republic of Serbia and foreign nationals with approved temporary or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia who are fully vaccinated (vaccinated with two doses, or a single dose if vaccinated using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine) and holding a certificate of vaccination issued by а healthcare institution, e.i. competent authority of the country where the person has been vaccinated.

 

ENTRY REGIME FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS

To protect against the transmission of contagious diseases to the territory of the Republic of Serbia, travellers arriving to the Republic of Serbia from any country in the world with an unfavourable epidemiological situation, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Serbia provided that they hold a negative result of the RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued within the previous 48 hours by a reference laboratory in the country from which they are coming and/or entering the Republic of Serbia.

If a traveller’s journey has been delayed up to the moment of entry into the Republic of Serbia which cannot be ascribed to the traveller, i.e., the delay was caused by an external event which could not be foreseen, avoided or eliminated (flight or bus/train departure delay/postponement, etc.), the date of issuance of the negative test result may be no older than 72 hours at the time of entry into the Republic of Serbia.

Persons arriving from the United States of America may present a negative Antigen FIA Rapid test result in lieu of a negative RT-PCR test, under the same conditions.

The stated does not apply to the citizens of the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Hungary, when entering the Republic of Serbia directly from the country which citizenship they possess.

Persons, who are not citizens of the above-mentioned countries, but have an approved temporary or permanent residence in those countries, and are arriving to the Republic of Serbia directly from those countries, will be allowed to enter provided that, within 48 hours of crossing the state border, they submit to the territorially competent institute for public health a negative result of the RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or antigen test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by a reference laboratory in the Republic of Serbia.

 

The above entry conditions do not apply to:

1) Foreign nationals transiting through the Republic of Serbia. Transit time for foreign nationals is limited to 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia;

2) Flight and air cabin crew flying to the Republic of Serbia as their final destination;

3) Crew, staff, and passengers transiting and/or transferring through the international airports in the Republic of Serbia;

4) Accredited staff members of foreign diplomatic-consular representative offices and international organisation offices, as well as members of their families carrying special ID cards and/or identification papers issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Secretariat of the Government;

5) Minors up to 12 years of age, if their parent, guardian or the person accompanying them, has a negative test result, if required;

6) Foreign nationals with approved temporary or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia;

7) Members of foreign military, police or other security services transiting through the territory of the Republic of Serbia or arriving to the Republic of Serbia to perform official duties with prior notice;

8) Persons who have been vaccinated in the Republic of Serbia and hold a valid certificate of vaccination and citizens of countries with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded an agreement on the mutual recognition of immunization certificates, who have been vaccinated in said country and hold a valid certificate issued by the competent state authority – Covid vaccine legitimation (states: Hungary, Turkey). In both cases person must be fully vaccinated (vaccinated with two doses, or a single dose if vaccinated using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine);

9) Citizens of Croatia who are full-time or part-time students at a higher education institutions in the Republic of Serbia, and can prove their status with a public document issued by higher education institutions of the Republic of Serbia - student booklet (index).

Other exceptions

I) The above entry conditions do not apply to foreign nationals conducting international transport services, for the purpose of loading or unloading goods, or transporting passengers to or through the Republic of Serbia, i.e., members of the following crews:

a) Freight motor vehicles when conducting international road transport. Transit is limited to 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia,

b) Freight ships transporting goods to one of the national ports. Transit navigation on an international waterway within the territory of the Republic of Serbia is limited to 90 hours for ship compositions or 60 hours for self-propelled vessels from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia in case of upstream navigation, or 72 hours for ship compositions or 54 hours for self-propelled vessels from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia in case of downstream navigation,

c) Buses in scheduled or international passenger transport, whether the Republic of Serbia is a transit country on their route, or their final destination or starting point,

d) Railway vehicles and train staff,

e) Humanitarian convoys agreed upon by diplomatic means.

II) The above entry conditions do not apply to citizens of neighbouring countries from the border area who conduct agricultural work and/or own agricultural land on the border territory of the Republic of Serbia or neighbouring country. When crossing the state border to conduct agricultural works on the land, they must present evidence of ownership of the agricultural land or a statement by the owner of the agricultural land that they are conducting agricultural works on that land, under the condition of reciprocity.

III) The above entry conditions do not apply to citizens of neighbouring countries who reside in the border area and are employed on the territory of the Republic of Serbia or neighbouring country, for whom their employer has issued an employment document, under the condition of reciprocity.

ENTERING SERBIA FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES

Serbian and foreign nationals entering the Republic of Serbia for business purposes, with prior notice to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, may enter the Republic of Serbia under the condition that, within 24 hours of crossing the state border, they submit to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry a negative result of the RT-PCR test or antigen test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by a reference laboratory in the Republic of Serbia.

The Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will forward the notice of crossing the state border without delay to the Ministry of the Interior ― Border Police Administration, but no later than 24 hours prior to the expected crossing of the state border.

If a person fails to submit a negative result of the RT-PCR test or antigen test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within 24 hours of crossing the state border, or if the test result is positive for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will inform the territorially competent institute for public health about this without delay.