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.
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.
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 a New Instruction on the procedure for issuing movement permits.
Two significant updates:
- Companies with less than 100 employees in a shift that lasts during the period of prohibition of movement issue a certificate on a daily basis, while an employer that has more than 100 employees in a shift that lasts during the period of prohibition of movement issues a certificate on a weekly basis for each employee for whom obtained consent of the Ministry of the Interior to be exempt from the application of the said order..
- 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.
At the proposal of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs, the Government of Serbia adopted a Conclusion, recommending that employees who carry out their work daily during a state of emergency, but from home or remotely, use the rest of their annual leave for 2019 in accordance with the law, i.e. by June 30, 2020. According to the Conclusion, employers may allow the use of the remaining part of the 2019 annual leave by December 31, 2020, for employees who regularly work at their workplace during a state of emergency. Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs explanation.
The Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs has published on its website a detailed explanation regarding the extension of the right to maternity leave for mothers who use leave for special child care, that expires during a state of emergency.
At the proposal of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs, The Government adopted Conclusion 05 No. 53-3008 / 2020-2 of April 3, 2020, recommending that employers amend their general act, i.e. employment contract or other individual the act, in the part regulating the earnings compensation, so that employees who are temporarily absent from work because of a confirmed infectious disease COVID-19 or because of the measure of isolation or self-isolation ordered in connection with the illness, are guaranteed the right to remuneration in the amount of 100% of the basis for earnings compensation. On the website of the Ministry of Health, all citizens can fill out an application form for the issuance of isolation certificate.
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 request shall be submitted to the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs only after the employer has used the first 45 working days of paid leave based on a decision issued to the employee or shortly before the expiration of that period, if the employer estimates that the need to refer employees to paid leave will continue beyond 45 business days. Therefore, for sending employees on paid leave for the first 45 days, it is not necessary to submit a request for consent to the Ministry. Explanation of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs.
- CEFTA list of essential goods
- Overview of all intra-CEFTA border crossings
- An overview of the sanitary measures applied at border crossing points within the CEFTA
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. Government has adopted Amendments to the Decision on banning the export of medicines, allowing that, exceptionally, the export and re-export of the medicines may be authorized by a separate act of the Government. Decision banning export of medicines. Decision on the termination of the Decision banning export of medicines abolished prohibitions on the export of medicines, starting from April 24, 2020.
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.