COVID-19 IN SERBIA

We are sharing with you the latest information about COVID-19 outbreak in Serbia, updated regularly using all relevant sources in the country and internationally.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 15:00 hours

As of August 13. 2020, by 3 pm, there are 28,998 registered cases of Covid-19 in Serbia.

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS!

The Government of Serbia adopted a Decision to open border crossings and free entry of all persons into the Republic of Serbia without necessary coronavirus PCR test and Commission permission. Foreign nationals whose temporary stay in Serbia expired after the day of declaring a state of emergency may enter in Serbia no later than July 1, 2020, and legally submit a request for extension of temporary residence within 30 days from the day of entry into Serbia. It shall be considered that the temporary residence is valid at the time of the entry into Serbia until the completion of the procedure upon the request.

STATE OF EMERGENCY in Serbia terminated!

Please find below the most relevant rules, acts and documents that remained in force after the termination of the state of emergency in Serbia, caused by COVID-19.

Movement of people

Government of Serbia has adopted amendments of the Decree to declare Covid-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus a contagious disease, which allows foreign and domestic persons to enter Serbia without being quarantined for 14 days, provided that they have negative PCR test not older than 72hrs and a Permission to enter and/or transit issued by the Government body with conditions and restrictions of their stay or transit. Pease find the consolidated provisions here.

Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs has published a certificate form that employers need to issue to employed persons, for the purpose of using public city transport after the state of emergency has been cancelled. Immediately afterwards, the Government adopted the Decree on measures for prevention and suppression of infectious disease COVID-19, which obliged local self-governments to perform urban and suburban transport with the implementation of prevention measures in accordance with the recommendations of the competent institute for public health, so that the need for issuance of the aforementioned certificates ceased.

Decision on amendments of Decision declaring Covid-19 an infectious disease stipulates that the 14-day isolation measure at home will not apply to Serbian nationals who are employed on the territory of a neighboring country and who hold an employment document, or citizens of neighboring countries who are employed in the territory of the Republic of Serbia, to whom an employer from the Republic of Serbia has issued a document on employment engagement.

Business operations

The Crisis Headquarters for the suppression of Infectious Disease COVID-19 at its 20th session, held on April 24, 2020, issued a Conclusion recommending that all business entities continue to operate at full capacity, while applying preventive measures to ensure the safety of employees and the safety of service users. Preventive measures relate to the organization of work, work activities and workspace in such a way as to ensure the safety of employees and users of services, customers, and other persons entering the business premises.

Government adopted the Decree on Measures for Prevention and Suppression of Infectious Diseases COVID-19, establishing obligations for the provision of services in the field of retail trade (sale of food and beverages, as well as sale of other goods).

Labor relations

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.

Administrative procedures

National Bank of Serbia has adopted a Decision on Amendments to the Decision on the Manner of Operation of the Foreign Exchange Market, which is relevant for the implementation of measures to support citizens and the economy to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic.

The Government of Serbia has adopted the Decree on delaying of the deadline for acquiring the status of a qualified newly employed person, by which the deadline set in the Law on Personal Income Tax and the Law on Compulsory Social Security Contributions has been postponed to 60 days from the date of termination of the state of emergency.

Government adopted the Decree on measures for prevention and suppression of infectious disease COVID-19, regulating the validity of personal documents that have expired during the state of emergency, as well as activation of procedures for determining the status of foreign nationals.

Parties in general and special administrative proceedings may not bear the consequences of their failure to act within the deadlines prescribed or determined in accordance with the law, during the state of emergency. Government order on statutory time limits in administrative procedures during the state of emergency.

In addition, the deadline for submission of annual financial reports with auditor's report for all taxpayers whose reporting is regulated by the Law on Capital Market, the Law on Investment Funds or the Law on Alternative Investment Funds with a public offering, are postponed after the termination of the state of emergency. For reporting regulated by the Law on Accounting, it is prescribed that the deadline for regular annual financial reports be moved to 90 days from the abolition of the state of emergency, and the deadline for consolidated financial statements 120 days from the date of termination of the state of emergency. Decree on shifting the deadlines for holding the regular session of the Assembly of a company and submitting annual and consolidated financial statements of companies, cooperatives other legal entities and entrepreneurs, as well as deadlines for submission of applications for income tax and self-employment income taxes, the validity of licensed auditors' licenses and licenses for assessing the value of real estate that expire during the SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 emergency.

Import, export and trade in goods

CEFTA Secretariat has officially announced that the system of green corridors in the Western Balkans region begins to operate as of Monday, April 13. With the establishment of the Green Lanes, another AmCham recommendation has been fulfilled, aiming to facilitate the crossing of the borders. Follow the links below for the related documents:
The Government of Serbia has adopted Decree on Road Traffic Measures during the state of emergency, regulating the deadlines for carrying out the April, June and September revisions of the individual plan for the allocation of international cargo permits for 2020.