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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, UAE). 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.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING USA BY SERBIAN CITIZENS DURING COVID19 PANDEMIC

 

 

Citizens of the Republic of Serbia, from November 8, will be able to travel to the USA only if they have been vaccinated against Covid – 19 (this does not apply to American citizens, holders of a Green card and immigrant visas, as well as diplomatic visas). It is necessary to present a proof of full vaccination and a negative Covid19 test (not older than 3 days).
A person is considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks (14 days) after an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccine
- 2 weeks (14 days) after second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
- 2 weeks (14 days) after receiving the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials
- 2 weeks (14 days) after receiving 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart
Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines in USA are: Janssen/J&J, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm and Sinovac.

 

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. 


 
 
UNESCO’s role extremely important for preservation of Serbian heritage in Kosovo and Metohija

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stated today that severe examples of endangering the Serbian cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in Kosovo and Metohija are proof of the important role of UNESCO in protecting and preserving heritage.

At the 41st session of the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris, Brnabic emphasized that four jewels of the Serbian medieval cultural heritage in Kosovo – Visoki Decani, Pec Patriarchate, Gracanica and Bogorodica Ljeviska, have been preserved thanks to the fact that they are inscribed on the endangered world heritage list. Hundreds of other sites and monuments are endangered.

The Serbian heritage in Kosovo and Metohija is of immeasurable importance, not only for the national identity of Serbia, but also as a part of the esteemed European and world heritage, she underlined.

 


Address of the President of the Republic of Serbia at the United Nations climate change conference COP26 held in Glasgow

"Your Excellences,

distinguished delegates,

dear Sarah, 

At the very beginning, I feel obliged to thank Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Her Majesty’s Government for exceptional hospitality.

I feel privileged to represent the Republic of Serbia at this important place and at the highest-level world forum, in working on the most important topic of today – promoting climate awareness.

We all agree that we must make investment into climate and environment.

We all, likewise agree, that future generations must be educated in order not to repeat the mistakes we made, by hurting the only Planet that makes life possible.

I am very honoured that the Republic of Serbia is co-chairing this year’s Conference as a Non-EU representative of the Eastern Europe Group.

In concrete terms, we see the special contribution of our expert team in finalising negotiations on the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, which refers to the establishment of the global market and non-market mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as to remaining provisions referring to advanced transparency framework and common timeframes for Nationally Determined Contributions, which are the key provisions of the Agreement that have not yet been covered by the decision that is to be adopted by the Conference, i.e. all member states.

We, therefore, believe that this is an exceptional opportunity for Serbia to give its full contribution to the finalization of negotiations, which, we hope, will secure full implementation of the Paris Agreement.

As a result of strong economic development, modelled for Serbia by 2050, the impact of the implementation of climate measures to employment will be optimal, through new jobs creation and creation of new industries which have not existed so far.

One billion euros was raised at the first green bonds auction in Serbia, which clearly confirms the trust of international investors in our green agenda, but also to the economic and political stability of our country.

Incomes from green bonds issuance will be used for financing renewables, energy efficiency, sustainable water management, prevention of pollution and circular economy development and biodiversity preservation.

And as you can see, dear friends, my people made a terrific speech for me, but I am going to add a few more words and a few more questions for those that are coming from big powers and that haven’t answered yet several questions:

Number one is: how are we going to finance all these activities?

We’ve heard the story of trillions of dollars that are at our disposal. My question would be: what would be the interest rate, what would be the terms for taking these amounts of money, and actually how are we going to tackle that issue?

Number two: how are we going to treat the nuclear power plants? Are we going to shut them all or are we going to build them more?

Then, how are we going to build more renewables if we already started endorsing populist movements against wind parks, new hydropower plants, and are we going to put in jeopardy the level of our public debt to GDP ratio if we raise huge amounts of money?

How are we going to treat natural gas, and how are we going to secure decent prices of natural gas and electricity power as well?

And, I came here using an electric car from Edinburgh to Glasgow. But, how are we going to do mining and refining of lithium, nickel, cobalt and many other very important minerals?

In the end, we all know what is our final aim, what is our final target. But, it’s not a fairytale – we’ll have to work a lot, we’ll have to be 100 per cent dedicated, and we’ll have to be more honest with each other.

The health of people living in Serbia depends directly on the implementation of this Agenda, just like the health and life of each living being on Earth depends on arrangements that will be reached here and on national implementation of the respective arrangements.

Perhaps it is the right time to listen and hear the cry of Mother Earth because if we lose this race against time, our children will inherit an irreparably polluted Planet.

 

Thank you very much for listening to me."

 

 

 


President Vučić visited the night works on the bridge over the West Morava

Tonight, the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, visited together with US Ambassador Anthony Godfrey the night works on the construction of the bridge over the West Morava on the part of the Moravian Corridor from Pojate to Kruševac, whose total length will be 112 kilometers in three sections.

During the tour of the works, the President talked to the workers, whom he thanked for working at night under the spotlight, so that the project would be realized in accordance with the planned dynamics and added that the Moravian Corridor is currently the largest and best organized construction site in Serbia, which will also be the widest highway that will connect a large number of cities and municipalities in Serbia.

"I want to thank our American and Turkish friends who organized the work on this section between Pojate and Krusevac, in an incredible way", said the President and reminded that the significance of this project is primarily in attracting additional large investments.

The project itself envisages the construction of 117 major road construction facilities, of which 86 bridges and underpasses, 29 overpasses, as well as 11 traffic loops.

"This highway is the heart of central Serbia! The largest construction site in Serbia and the best organized one, with 450 people working only in the night shift", pointed out President Vučić and added that this is a project that is being carried out "once in 100 years".

Ambassador Godfrey congratulated the contractors who will ensure that this project is carried out "according to the highest standards and in the shortest possible time" and added that "significant and wise investments in highways will make Serbia an important factor in the region and Europe".

"The Moravian corridor is also an important signal to foreign investors that Serbia wants a fair game and top quality products", said Ambassador Godfrey, adding that "the United States are proud of their cooperation with Serbia".

This is also the first digital corridor in Serbia, on the construction of which more than 2,000 workers of the "Bechtel-Enka" consortium were engaged, of which over 1,000 foreigners. Nearly half a million people gravitate towards this road, and the new Pojate-Preljina highway will connect the West with Central Serbia, passing through Cicevac, Varvarin, Krusevac, Trstenik, Vrnjacka Banja, Kraljevo and Cacak. Residents of Cicevac, Varvarin, Krusevac, Trstenik, Vrnjacka Banja, Kraljevo and Cacak will directly feel the benefits of its construction.

 

The tour of the works was also attended by the Minister of Construction, Tomislav Momirović, and the directors of the companies Corridors of Serbia and Roads of Serbia, Aleksandar Antić and Zoran Drobnjak.

 

 


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