15 May 2020
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COVID-19 and new entry protocol for Serbian citizens coming from abroad

After the state of emergency was introduced on March 15, 2020, the Government decided to seal the borders to virtually all passenger transit. However, those temporary restrictions did not apply to Serbian citizens, foreign nationals with approved temporary residence or permanent residence in Serbia, nor to accredited staff of foreign diplomatic and consular missions, staff of international organizations and their families, subject to 28 days mandatory isolation following entry.


With the situation improving and the state of emergency now lifted, the Government has decided to relax measures and gradually reopen border crossings, mainly for Serbian citizens coming from abroad. To that end, on May 14, 2020 the Government adopted a new protocol for entry by Serbian citizens into Serbia.


Under the new protocol, Serbian citizens are free to enter Serbia without restrictions and mandatory isolation if they possess a negative COVID-19 PCR test not older than 72 hours. Of course, Serbian citizens are allowed entry even without a negative PCR test, albeit subject to 14 days mandatory isolation, which they may come out of sooner if they test negative for the novel coronavirus at the competent healthcare institution.