As of April 2, 2020, police escorts of trucks in transit through Serbia have been cancelled, which will enable faster transport of goods to final customers. The measures have been prepared in the coordination of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and the Ministry of the Interior, expecting to achieve double benefits - accelerated transit of goods through Serbia and less police workload due to escorting truck convoys. An initiative has been launched to adopt the same measure in Slovenia and Croatia.
The Government of Serbia has recommended to all employers that all employees who are in self-isolation or who suffer from the COVID-19 virus, for direct exposure to the risk of doing their job, should be entitled to a one hundred percent wage compensation. Likewise, on the website of the Ministry of Health, all citizens can fill out an application form for the issuance of isolation certificate. For the details of this recommendation, please follow this link.
The Government adopted amendments to the Order on special measures during the state of emergency, which completely prohibits the operation of all facilities and activities involving close physical contact, such as hairdressing and beauty salons, fitness clubs and gyms.
Decision to restrict the organization of games of chance has prohibited the organization of special and classic games of chance, except through electronic means of communication, during the state of emergency. Decision to restrict the organization of games of chance.
The Government has adopted Conclusion that decisions on granting approval for sending employees on paid leave longer than 45 working days, are issued without prior submission of the request for opinion by a industry representative trade union or activities established at national level, with a validity period until the date of termination of the state of emergency. Conclusion on granting approval for sending employees on paid leave longer than 45 working days.
The Government has waived statutory time limits for general or specific administrative procedures for the duration of the state of emergency. Government order on statutory time limits in administrative procedures during the state of emergency.
The Government amended the Decree on limiting the retail price of protective equipment during the emergency caused by the COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, by limiting the retail price of protective gloves distributed by the Serbian Health Insurance Fund to commercial entities to a maximum of RSD 40 with VAT included. A maximum of 20 protective gloves may be delivered to the final customer. The provisions on limiting the retail price of protective masks to a maximum of RSD 120 with VAT, with a maximum delivery of 10 pieces to the end customer, remain unchanged. Regulation on limiting the retail price of protective equipment during the state of emergency due to Covid-19.
All restaurants, cafés, and shopping malls will be shut, while home food delivery will continue. Decision to restrict retail sales of goods and the provision of services in shopping malls and outlets. Decision on special measures for the retail sector, including sale of food and beverages in catering establishments and sale of take-away food.
All sports facilities and facilities for the elderly will be closed.
Healthcare facilities will only accept emergency cases.
All service windows of public institutions in the Republic of Serbia will be closed, except for bodies where closure would jeopardise the operation of the Government in times of emergency (such as the Tax Administration, Customs Administration, and Treasury Administration). The Serbian Business Registers Agency will be closed for the public. The Tax Administration has published a list of e-mail addresses that will accept tax returns and other submissions electronically.
All identity documents of Serbian citizens (ID cards, passports, driver’s licenses, vehicle registration permits, and firearms permits) will be deemed valid during the state of emergency, even if they expire. The Ministry of the Interior will issue new vehicle registration permits only for new vehicles and in case of change of ownership. Decision on validity of personal documents of citizens of the Republic of Serbia during the state of emergency.
The Ministry of Justice has published recommendations for courts, public prosecutors and notaries public during the state of emergency. Procedural time limits have been suspended for the duration of the state of emergency. Court hearings will be adjourned, except in cases requiring urgent action. Debt collection and other enforcement actions will be suspended (with some exceptions). Certification of signatures, manuscripts, and transcripts before notaries, as well as hearings in non-contentious cases, will all be suspended, except in particularly urgent and justified cases. Recommendations of the Ministry of Justice to courts, prosecutors and notaries public. Government order on time limits in court proceedings during the state of emergency.
The following categories are exempt from the curfew: licenced healthcare workers, officers on duty, persons in urgent need of medical assistance accompanied by two other persons, and persons granted special permits by the Ministry of Interior. Instructions for businesses on obtaining curfew permits for employees.
The Ministry of Economy has published an updated set of instructions for issuing curfew permits for employees, based on AmCham’s suggestions sent to the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Interior.
Two significant updates:
- Companies with more than 100 employees will be able to issue weekly work orders for their staff, while other businesses will remain required to issue daily work orders.
- The authorities will accept work orders in electronic format (scanned) presented for inspection by employees on mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers, or other devices.
The Government has ordered mandatory 28-day self-isolation for anyone that has entered or will be entering the country.
Decree on misdemeanor for violation of the Order of the Minister of the Interior on restriction and prohibition of movement of persons in the territory of the Republic of Serbia.
Exports of flour, oil, semi-processed oil, whole sunflower seeds, sugar, and sanitizers have been banned. Government order banning export of certain goods important for public consumption
An export ban on medicines has also been introduced (this applies both to medications produced in Serbia and supplies warehoused in Serbia) until April 15. Decision banning export of medicines.
During the state of emergency, medical devices that do not meet prescribed standards may be procured and put into use, but must satisfy a number requirements. Government order on specific technical requirements, standards and application of medical devices during the state of emergency caused by Covid-19.
All border crossings (air, land, and river) have been closed to travelers, while cargo transport and diplomatic travel remain allowed. Decision to close all border crossings for passenger entry to Serbia.
Due to emergency measures and entry restrictions, cross-border transport and transit of goods through Serbia has seen delays. The Ministry of International Affairs (MoIA) has issued a Note lifting the entry ban in some cases, including for crews of motor vehicles engaged in cross-border transport and transit of goods (for stays of up to 12 hours). The MoIA Note is available here. Amended Decision declaring Covid-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, an infectious disease.
Intercity bus lines were suspended on March 20.
As of 9 pm on March 21, public transport in Serbia stoped operating until further notice. Public transport may continue to run with special permission from the Ministry of Transport. Passenger cars, private transport operators, and taxis will be allowed to operate.
The Clinic accepts patients with Covid-19 symptoms for testing through a dedicated entrance separate from that used by other patients. If test results are negative, patients are discharged. If the results are positive, patients will be admitted to the Clinic.
The Serbian Ministry of Health has established an emergency hotline for individuals who have symptoms or believe they may have come in contact with the virus at +381 64 8945235.
The Ministry of Health has also set up new phone numbers for all information on Covid-19. The complete list of numbers is available here.
The Ministry of Health also provides information in English on the Serbian Government’s Covid-19 web site.