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REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AS OF 20 DECEMBER

http://www.mfa.rs/en/themes/covid173202019

To prevent import of infectious disease onto the territory of the Republic of Serbia, as of 20 December 2020, individuals coming to the Republic of Serbia, shall be allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia solely provided they have a negative RT-PCR test to the virus SARS-CoV-2, not older than 48 hours, issued by a referential laboratory of the country they are coming from, that is the country they are entering the Republic of Serbia. Should there be a delay when entering the Republic of Serbia that cannot be attributed to the passenger but to an existence of an extraordinary occurrence that could not have been foreseen, avoided or discarded (delay/postponement of flight, bus or train departure, or similar event), then the test cannot be older than 72 hours when entering the Republic of Serbia.

Nationals of the Republic of Serbia and foreign nationals having either a temporary or permanent permit in the Republic of Serbia, and also members of diplomatic/consular staff and members of their families, when entering the Republic of Serbia, and who do not have a negative RT-PCR test to the virus SARS-CoV-2, issued by a referential laboratory of the country they are coming from, that is the country they are entering the Republic of Serbia, not older than 48 hours from the date the result has been issued, shall be ordered a measure of quarantine at home in a duration of 10 days. This measure shall cease to be valid provided the person to whom it was ordered obtains during the duration of the measure a negative RT-PCR test to the virus SARS-CoV-2 issued by a referential laboratory in the Republic of Serbia. The aforementioned individuals shall be served when entering the Republic of Serbia, at a passport check-point a written information – medical advice on how to abide by the measures of a quarantine at home in a 10-day period from the moment they passed the state border and to mandatory call on the relevant COVID health-care centre or a relevant public health institute in particular territory within 24 hours from crossing the state border by having them registered at the following address: www.e-zdravlje.gov.rs

A negative RT-PCR test to the virus SARS-CoV-2, not older than 48 hours, as a requirement to enter the Republic of Serbia, shall not apply to:

  • foreign nationals transiting through the Republic of Serbia. Transit for foreign nationals is limited to a period not longer than 12 hours from the moment of entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia;
  • crew and cabin crew of aircraft whose final destination is the Republic of Serbia;
  • crew, personnel and passengers who are in transit, that is who are in transfer through international airports of the Republic of Serbia;
  • accredited members of the staff of foreign diplomatic missions, consular posts and international organizations resident offices, as well as members of their families who are holders of special identity cards, that is identification documents issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Secretary General of the Government of the Republic of Serbia;
  • minors up to 12 years of age, provided the parent, custodian or any other person accompanying the child has a negative RT-PCR test, if it is needed;
  • foreign nationals who have either a temporary or permanent permit in the Republic of Serbia;
  • members of foreign military, police and other security services who are transiting through the territory of the Republic of Serbia or who are coming to the Republic of Serbia for official purposes with prior notification;
  • foreign nationals carrying out international transport, for the purposes of loading or unloading goods or for transportation of people in or through the Republic of Serbia, when it comes to crews of:

a) cargo motor vehicles transporting goods by international road traffic. In case of transit traffic, the latter is limited to a period not longer than 12 hours from the moment of entry in the Republic of Serbia;
b) cargo ships transporting goods to one of Serbian ports. In case of transit navigation on the international waterway on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, the latter shall be limited to a period not longer than 90 hours for ship formations and 60 hours for self-propelled watercrafts from the moment they entered the territory of the Republic of Serbia in case of upstream navigation, or for a period not longer than 72 hours for ship formations and 54 hours for self-propelled watercrafts from the moments they entered the territory of the Republic of Serbia in case of downstream navigation;
c) passenger inter-city or long-distance coaches, both in transit and in case the final or departing destination is the Republic of Serbia;
d) train formations and their accompanying crews;
e) humanitarian convoys arranged through diplomatic channels.

A negative RT-PCR test to the virus SARS-CoV-2, not older than 48 hours, as a requirement to enter the Republic of Serbia, on terms of reciprocity, shall not apply to:

  • nationals from neighbouring countries from the border area who are carrying out field works and have farming land on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, who are duty-bound to have, when crossing the state border to carry out field works, a written proof of ownership on this land or a written statement by the owner of the land that the person in question is carrying out field works on his land;
  • nationals from neighbouring countries who are residing in the border area but are employed in the territory of the Republic of Serbia, issued by their employer from the Republic of Serbia a document certifying their employment.

The Republic of Serbia as a favorable destination for business

The Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia has prepared two brochures entitled "Serbia-Emerging tech development hub" and "Guide through measures to support the development of innovative economy", with the aim of promoting the Republic of Serbia as a favorable destination for business and investment in research and development and new technologies.

Brochures can be accessed on the following websites:
1. Brochure "Serbia - Emerging tech development hub"
https://innovations.serbiacreates.rs

2. Brochure "Guide through measures to support the development of innovative economy" https://inovacije.srbijastvara.rs

 


 
 
ENTRY INTO THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA – BUSINESS RELATED TRAVEL - AS OF 21 JANUARY 2021

As of 21 January 2021, Serbian and foreign nationals visiting Serbia for business purposes shall be allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia without a negative RT-PCR test to the virus SARS-CoV-2, under condition that they notify the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Serbia prior to travel and that they provide the Chamber of Commerce a negative RT-PCR or antigen test issued by a referential laboratory of the Republic of Serbia within 24 hours from entering Serbia. The Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Serbia shall forward the travel notification to the border authorities without delay, latest 24 hours before the expected arrival to the airport/border crossing. In case a traveller does not provide a RT-PCR test result within 24 hours from entering Serbia, or the test is positive, the Chamber of Commerce shall notify the relevant public health institute.


President Vucic: Serbia is the first in Europe in terms of growth

 

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic pointed out that Serbia is the first in Europe in terms of economic growth, which will be officially confirmed at the end of March, and that this was possible owing to the reform measures taken since 2014 and the rapid opening of the country after the first wave of corona virus.

 

The President pointed out that Serbia had a growth of 5.2 percent in the first quarter, while the Eurozone was at minus 3.2 percent, in the second quarter Serbia had a growth of minus 6.3 percent, while the Eurozone was at minus 14.7 percent, and in the third quarter, when the Eurozone was at minus 4.3 percent, Serbia's figure was only minus 1.4 percent.

Vucic stated that Montenegro, for example, recorded as much as 26 percent minus in the third quarter.

 

Furthermore, the President emphasized that hospitals were built and renovated in our country, and that two hospitals were built from the ground up in just four months.

 

He said that the state made significant efforts to procure respirators, masks, gloves, protective suits, medicines, everything that was needed, and pointed out that work was being done on 10 general hospitals throughout Serbia, adding that all these were major achievements that were only possible owing to the success of the 2014 reforms, the enactment of the Labor Law, which yielded excellent results, and also through fiscal consolidation measures.

 

 

"These are unprecedented results for Serbia. Was Serbia ever before the first in Europe in terms of growth rate? We will get the results on 31 March that will confirm that Serbia is number one in Europe. All that was possible thanks to people who believed in difficult changes", Vucic said.

 

According to the President, this year, as many as six highways will be built in Serbia at the same time, and in this regard, he noted that Bulgaria has announced that the highway from our border to Sofia will be completed by the end of the year, after which it will be possible to use motorway to travel to Istanbul, which is very important to ensure that our country is on a transport route.

 

President Vucic emphasized that in 2020, the so-called year of corona, our country had a net inflow of foreign direct investment amounting to EUR 2.9 billion net, and three billion gross, which means that many foreign companies such as Toyota Tires, Boysen, ZTF and Brose have invested in Serbia even in this year of crisis.

 

The President said that Serbia has the highest average wages in the region, amounting to 511 or 512 euros, and that in February, due to the January increase, the average wage will be 535 or 536 euros, and that only in Belgrade in the last seven years the average wage increased by 180 euros or 40 percent.

 

 

That President said that Serbia was fourth in the region in terms of salaries before, and that today we are officially the first, and that the difference in relation to other countries will only increase faster. He also pointed out that the employment rate is growing in Serbia as well as that our public debt increased less than in most European countries. This is illustrated by the data that in Italy the public debt surged to 156 percent, in Germany to 87 percent, in France to 114 percent, in Croatia to 88 percent, while in Serbia it is at 57 percent.

 

The Serbian President announced that by Sretenje, 15 February, an additional package of assistance to the economy will be earmarked, and as he explained, it will be a new capital injection for companies, the trade, entrepreneurs, small, medium and large enterprises which, as he said, concerns 1,052,000 people within that system.

 

Vucic specified that it will most likely be help in the form of two or three payments amounting to half a minimum wage each, and that there will also be sectoral aid for tourism, hotel owners, travel agencies, guides, for bus carriers, through another half minimum wage payment.

 

The President added that efforts will be made to extend the guarantee schemes as well, which proved to be excellent, amounting to 1.5 billion, and this time, through the same system, two more portions amounting to 500 million each could be provided.

 

Vucic said that the first agreements with DFC worth 300 to 400 million dollars are expected in seven days.

 

He also stated that the state will endeavor to help pensioners further, in addition to increasing pensions by 5.9 percent in January, which will be reflected in their first checks in February, and added that pensioners should by March receive symbolic aid in the form of packages with vitamin C, D and zinc, which, as the President said, are small things, but they reflect the state's care and efforts made to protect health.

 

The President announced that negotiations on the procurement of the Chinese vaccine would be completed in the next seven to eight days, after the first quantities of the Pfizer and Sputnik V vaccines have arrived in Serbia, and pointed out that the Chinese vaccine was of exceptional quality, but probably the most expensive, which is why he wrote to the Chinese President and asked for a discount for our country.

Vucic thanked the Americans for deciding to sell the vaccine to our country and noted that no one in the region other than Serbia has received it, except for the small quantity that Albania got.

 

He pointed out that our state relied on itself and its own capacities, and that our state leadership anticipated that vaccines within the European COVAX plan would arrive late.

 

The President rejected the claims about bad results of Serbia in the fight against the corona virus and stated that our country has recorded the lowest corona virus mortality rate in the region.

 

He presented statistical information indicating that Slovenia had 144 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, North Macedonia 126, Bosnia and Herzegovina 123, Bulgaria 115, Montenegro 115, Hungary 110, Croatia 107, Romania 85, and Serbia 51.

 

"The mortality rate in the region is as follows: Bulgaria 3.9, Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.7, Hungary 3.11, North Macedonia 3.03, Romania 2.48. Slovenia 2.15, Croatia 1.99, Montenegro 1.4, and Serbia 1.0. This can be seen in the graphs and is no fabrication", the President stressed.

 

He said that the state will fight for vaccines, and that only Serbia, in the Western Balkans, received significant quantities of vaccines, other than a smaller quantity that Albania received, and added that in one day since the registration for vaccination opened, as many as 63,000 persons have registered.

 

President Vucic expressed his belief that the year ahead will be better than the previous one as well as that the corona virus will be defeated through vaccination of citizens.

 

Belgrade,

12 January 2021


Every Serb in the diaspora is potentially a lobbyist

3 January 2021

 

Our compatriots living abroad are one of the great potentials that the state has not recognized in the right way so far, which is why a different approach is needed to the issue of how to strengthen our diaspora and use the good will of people who are potential lobbyists for the interests of Serbia and the Serbian people, Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said.

 

"When it comes to Serbs in the diaspora, and especially in the region, this issue has been a kind of an unattended crop which requires a lot of work, and even when a lot is done at once this is not apparent immediately ", Minister Selakovic stated in an interview with Tanjug.

 

He emphasized that the appointment of the Director of the Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region for the first time after almost seven years since this body was formed within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shows that it is one of the priorities of the Ministry he is at the helm of.

 

Selaković notes that intensive efforts have been long underway on forming a plan to make the diaspora more visible both outside the borders of Serbia and in the mother country itself.

 

"Every person in the diaspora is a potential lobbyist for the interests of our country and people, and we need to find the right way to use that", he said.

 

That much can be done in that regard Selakovic illustrates with the fact that only in Switzerland, in 24 cities, there are Serbian cultural and artistic associations which amounts to more than 3,000 young people who get together in order to preserve our tradition, culture, the Serbian language and history.

 

"If they were able to set up such associations in 24 cities, it speaks volumes about the enthusiasm of these people. There is so much enthusiasm, energy and love in these people. We need to explore ways to help them and use their good will and potential", the Minister points out.

 

He also cites the example of an emigrant family in Canada, the Varaklic family from southwestern Serbia, who sends Christmas packages for children in the Raska region every year. He adds that they have so far donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to non-governmental organizations for those needs alone, but he says that we do not see that here.

 

"The state does not recognize this, and these are people who gained success as entrepreneurs working in a distant country, who can be serious lobbyists for Serbia, for Serbian interests, someone who represents us in the best possible way", Minister Selakovic said.

 

Minister Selakovic also pointed out that Arnaud Gouillon has been appointed as head of the Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region and described him as a man of extraordinary energy, great love for the Serbian people, which he showed in his engagement towards Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, where they were seriously endangered.

 

"By doing so, he showed and set an example to many of our compatriots of what an individual can do. And when one such individual focuses energy, enthusiasm, and love for people, on work done within the state administration system, I think that the preconditions have been created for such activities to yield good results", Minister Selakovic said.

 

 Source: Tanjug


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