Policy responses for Serbia - HSRM


Policy responses for Serbia

1.3 Isolation and quarantine

The government adopted on May 12 an amendment to the Decision on the protocol for entry of Serbian citizens into Serbia. Serbian citizens can enter Serbia and move without restrictions with a negative PCR test for coronavirus not older than 72 hours.

If a Serbian citizen enters Serbia without the proof of a negative PCR test, he or she is obliged to spend 14 days in self-isolation. During the period of self-isolation, Serbian citizens can have their test done in one of the reference laboratories in the country and in case the result is negative, they can stop the self-isolation.

On May 19, the Crisis Response Team for the Suppression of Infectious Disease COVID-19 recommended to the government that Serbian citizens and foreigners would no longer need a PCR test to enter the country. All persons entering the country would be simply handed health warnings stating that they are entering a territory where the virus is still circulating, including recommendations on how to prevent the infection. It is expected that the government will adopt this measure, which will be valid as of May 22.

The Minister of Health announced on July 6 that the police, in cooperation with the sanitary inspection, will again start with checking whether COVID-19 infected patients without symptoms, who are treated at home, respect the measure of self-isolation.

As of September 18, all citizens of the Republic of Serbia who enter the country, are under special health supervision. When crossing the border, they receive a health warning, in which they are informed about all the obligations they are obliged to fulfill.
The first step that citizens should take when returning to the country is the self-assessment test for COVIDovid-19, which is available at the following address: https://www.e-zdravlje.gov.rs./landing/.

Completing this questionnaire will help them gain a better insight into their general health and the result of the test will be an indicator of whether they need to report to the Covid clinic. The citizen who fills in the test should print or save the result, in order to have proof of the passed test. This means that citizens should not automatically visit Covid clinics when returning from abroad, but only those who receive such instructions through a self-assessment test. The period of special health supervision lasts 10 days, so that on the tenth day after returning from abroad, citizens who did not receive instructions to go to the Covid clinic should take the self-assessment test for COVIDovid-19 once again. If the results then show that there is no danger of infection, special health supervision for them ceases to apply.

Citizens who are not able to fill in the online questionnaire should call the national Institute or the Institute of Public Health in their city or municipality by phone and receive all the necessary instructions.

The National COVID-19 Crisis Team announced that students who develop respiratory symptoms are instructed to report to the Student Polyclinic, and, while waiting for their PCR results, will be accommodated in the student dormitory “Lola” in Belgrade or the special clinical unit of the Polyclinic. If negative, they may return to their student dormitories or private accommodation. If positive, they will be treated either at home, in the Belgrade “Arena”, or be fully hospitalized, depending on the grade of their symptoms.

The COVID-19 Crisis Response Team decided on 14 December that foreign citizens will not be allowed to enter Serbia as of 20 December without a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours. As for the citizens of Serbia, their right to enter Serbia is guaranteed by the Constitution, however, they will be required to stay in home isolation for 10 days if they do not have a negative PCR test. The quarantine can be interrupted once they provide a negative PCR test. This measure will be effective as of 20 December until 10 January most probably, depending on the epidemiological situation.

The COVID-19 Crisis Response Team decided on 11 January that all previously adopted anti-coronavirus measures should remain in force until further notice. This also includes mandatory negative PCR test for entry to the country.

The COVID-19 Crisis Response Team decided on 11 January that all previously adopted anti-coronavirus measures should remain in force until further notice. This also includes mandatory negative PCR test for entry to the country.
As of 7 May, Serbian citizens living abroad, where they were vaccinated, can enter Serbia without limitations.

According to the algorithm used in Serbia, the examination of suspected cases should be performed in all persons with chronic diseases, regardless of age, and in all those over 60 years of age. In all other cases, if the patient, according to the patient's own statement, has mild clinical symptoms (body temperature lower than 38° C and a cough without difficulty breathing), a clinical examination is not necessary. In this case, after advice provided by telephone, the patient is ordered to stay in home isolation for a minimum of 14 days and to report to the doctor regularly at an agreed time (http://www.pravno-informacioni-sistem.rs/SlGlasnikPortal/eli/rep/sgrs/ministarstva/naredba/2020/34/1/reg).
On 17 March, the Minister of Health adopted an order on the organization and implementation of quarantine measures for passengers arriving in Serbia (http://www.pravno-informacioni-sistem.rs/SlGlasnikPortal/eli/rep/sgrs/ministarstva/naredba/2020/33/1/reg). Persons with residence in Serbia coming from countries or areas with intensive transmission of COVID-19 (Switzerland, Italy, Iran, Romania, Spain, Germany, France, Austria, Slovenia and Greece) need to stay 28 days in two quarantine centres established near the border with Croatia and North Macedonia (http://www.pravno-informacioni-sistem.rs/SlGlasnikPortal/eli/rep/sgrs/vlada/zakljucak/2020/33/1/reg). Citizens of the Republic of Serbia and other citizens with residence in Serbia coming from other countries need to stay in home isolation for 28 days. On 27 March, the government added 8 additional accommodation facilities for quarantine of citizens returning to Serbia (https://www.pravno-informacioni-sistem.rs/SlGlasnikPortal/eli/rep/sgrs/ministarstva/uputstvo/2020/43/1/reg).

Given the specific needs that the current situation imposes, the Serbian Government decided on 1 April that certain profressionals would be able to self-isolate for 14 days, instead of the 28-day period, including home self-isolation is valid for 14 days instead of 28 for certain occupations: health care professionals, prison guards and members of the Ministry of the Interior and the Army Forces. These professional groups y will perform their work with completefull protective equipment and their health status will be regularly monitored.