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CHANGE OF THE ENTRY REGIME FOR FOREIGN CITIZENS

26.07.2021.

Foreign citizens are allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia provided that they have one of the following documents: Negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus or negative Antigen FIA Rapid test if the person is coming from USA  not older than 48 hours from the date of issue (if there is a delay in entering the Republic of Serbia, which cannot be attributed to passenger guilt but is a consequence of an external event which could not have been foreseen, avoided or eliminated - flight delay, departure of buses, trains, etc., then the test cannot be older than 72 hours when entering the Republic of Serbia);

Certificate of complete vaccination issued by the Republic of Serbia, i.e. a foreign country with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded an agreement on the recognition of vaccination (GREECE, HUNGARY, ROMANIA, SLOVENIA *, TURKEY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, CZECH REPUBLIC) or with which there is de facto reciprocity in recognition on vaccination (CROATIA, SLOVAKIA, EGYPT, MOROCCO, CYPRUS, LEBANON, MOLDOVA, SAN MARINO, TUNISIA);

Certificate of COVID-19 disease - a certificate or other public document stating that the holder of the document has contracted a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, i.e. that the person has been diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, provided that the first test may not be less than 14 days, nor more than six months and issued by the Institute of Public Health established for the territory of the Republic of Serbia, or the competent authority of the state with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded an agreement or de facto reciprocity on recognition of such documents: GERMANY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SWITZERLAND, DENMARK, LUXEMBOURG, SPAIN, AUSTRIA, BULGARIA, GREECE, ANDORRA, SAN MARINO, SLOVENIA, TUNISIA, TURKEY, ROMANIA.


NEW REGULATIONS ON ENTERING TURKEY

Passengers departing from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and those who are understood to be in these countries in the last 14 days will be requested to submit a negative PCR test report 72 hours before entering to Turkey, and these passengers will be quarantined for 14 days in places determined by the governorships. If the PCR test result to be made at the end of the 14th day of the quarantine is negative, the quarantine measure will be terminated. Passengers whose PCR test result is positive will be taken into isolation and the measure will be terminated with a negative PCR test result which will be made at the end of the 14th day. 

Passengers departing from the United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt and Singapore will be required to submit a negative PCR test result which has to be made maximum 72 hours before entry.

When entering Turkey from countries not included in the first two articles, passengers will not be required to submit a negative PCR test result if they submit a document issued by the relevant country's official authorities stating that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before entrance to Turkey and/or have had the disease and cured within the last 6 months. Quarantine measures will not be applied for these passengers. If passengers departing from these countries cannot submit a vaccine certificate or the documents proving that they have had the disease according to the stated rules, submission of a PCR negative test result made maximum 72 hours before the entrance to Turkey or negative rapid antigen test result made maximum 48 hours before the entrance to Turkey will be deemed sufficient.

People entering Turkey may be subjected to PCR test on the basis of sampling at their destination. In this context, passengers will be allowed to go to their final destination after the test samples are taken, and if the test results are positive, they will be treated in accordance with Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health COVID19 guidelines. Passengers with positive test results will be quarantined for 14 days at the addresses they shared and if the PCR test results to be made at the end of the 10th day are negative, the quarantine conditions will be terminated. The quarantine conditions of those who are found to have an Indian variant will be terminated with a negative result of the PCR test at the end of the 14th day.


 
 
Meeting of President Vučić with the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey

16 July 2021 

The President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, received the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey today, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, with whom he discussed the possibilities for improving cooperation between the two countries in that area.

Minister Ersoy conveyed President Erdogan's greetings to President Vučić. Returning the greetings, President Vučić expressed satisfaction with the achieved high level of bilateral relations between Serbia and Turkey, as well as gratitude to President Erdogan for his personal engagement in strengthening the Serbian-Turkish cooperation. He pointed out that Serbia is determined to continue building good relations with Turkey. He also stated that tourism is a mirror of those good relations, because tourists from Turkey spend the largest number of nights in Serbia, while Turkey is among the most popular destinations for tourists from Serbia. President Vučić expressed hope that, despite the currentCOVID-19 pandemic, positive trends in tourism will continue.

The two interlocutors proposed concrete measures to improve tourism activities between Serbia and Turkey, and they also discussed opportunities to increase the level of investments in the field of tourism.

Source: www.predsednik.rs

Photo:www.predsednik.rs


CHANGE OF THE ENTRY REGIME FOR FOREIGN CITIZENS

26.07.2021.

Foreign citizens are allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia provided that they have one of the following documents: Negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus or negative Antigen FIA Rapid test if the person is coming from USA  not older than 48 hours from the date of issue (if there is a delay in entering the Republic of Serbia, which cannot be attributed to passenger guilt but is a consequence of an external event which could not have been foreseen, avoided or eliminated - flight delay, departure of buses, trains, etc., then the test cannot be older than 72 hours when entering the Republic of Serbia);

Certificate of complete vaccination issued by the Republic of Serbia, i.e. a foreign country with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded an agreement on the recognition of vaccination (GREECE, HUNGARY, ROMANIA, SLOVENIA *, TURKEY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, CZECH REPUBLIC) or with which there is de facto reciprocity in recognition on vaccination (CROATIA, SLOVAKIA, EGYPT, MOROCCO, CYPRUS, LEBANON, MOLDOVA, SAN MARINO, TUNISIA);

Certificate of COVID-19 disease - a certificate or other public document stating that the holder of the document has contracted a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, i.e. that the person has been diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, provided that the first test may not be less than 14 days, nor more than six months and issued by the Institute of Public Health established for the territory of the Republic of Serbia, or the competent authority of the state with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded an agreement or de facto reciprocity on recognition of such documents: GERMANY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SWITZERLAND, DENMARK, LUXEMBOURG, SPAIN, AUSTRIA, BULGARIA, GREECE, ANDORRA, SAN MARINO, SLOVENIA, TUNISIA, TURKEY, ROMANIA.


President Vučić: We have decided – our goal is the EU, but China is an important partner

22 July 2021

 We have decided – our goal was and remains the EU, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said in an interview with the German daily "Handelsblatt",adding that there is no alternative for Serbia, but also stressing that China is an important partner for Serbia, and that the task of the state is to take care about the interests of its citizens.

He thus answered the question of what Serbia will choose once it has to choose between close relations with Beijing or the EU. Vučić emphasized that Serbia wants to become a full member of the EU.

"We are connected by history, common culture, EU members are already undoubtedly our most important partners", he explained and added that the trade exchange between Germany and China is 3,000 times higher than between Serbia and China, and, as he noted, even despite that, Serbia's business operations with China are portrayed as a problem.

To the statement that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not congratulate the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China, and that he did so, he replied that Serbia is not Germany, but a small country. On additional insistence on what Serbia will do if it has to choose between the EU and China, he underlined that Serbia has already decided, that its goal was and remains the EU membership.

"Our biggest investors are from the EU. The EU accounts for 67% of our trade while 17 percent of the trade is with countries of the region that are all on the way to the EU. We cannot survive without the EU", he added.

"But can we do a lot of good things with China – of course. And we do that, just like Germany does", Vučić pointed out, and to the remark that the quality of the Silk Road projects was being criticized, primarily because of Chinese workers, he answered that the quality of roads or bridges, which Serbia is building with China, is excellent.

"We give jobs to those who submit the best offer to us. That is why I tell Europeans who criticize Chinese projects in our country – offer us a project for one euro more and you will get it", he emphasized.

In that regard, he pointed out that Serbia is building a railway to Northern Macedonia with 600 million euros of EU aid, stating that that offer was better than China's.

"There is often talk of a 180-kilometer railway to Budapest through the territory of Serbia, which is financed by China. But the railway that is being built with the help of the EU from Belgrade to the northern Macedonian border is twice as long and no one is talking about it. It is all too political", he stated.

Asked whether he welcomes the plans of the EU and the USA regarding an alternative initiative to the Silk Road, Vučić said that he supports everything that brings advantages to our region.

"The Chinese want to expand their presence everywhere, but many processes in the West are, frankly, more efficient and without problems. We still have a lot to learn from the West, but we are getting there", Vučić said.

He pointed out that China was an important partner for Serbia and added that when the consolidation of state finances began in 2014, our country received good conditions from China for development projects.

He also stated that a competition for a copper mine was announced in eastern Serbia, at the request of the EU, that no European company had made an offer for six months, and that it had then been taken over by the Chinese.

"Our job is to take care of our people", he said.

He reminded that the Serbian economy grew by 52% in eight and a half years, which for the EU means that Serbia could be a strong member and engine for the entire region.

Explaining how Serbia is developing so well economically, he pointed out that Serbia has an excellent workforce, which speaks English, that society and administration are digitalized, and that it has the most flexible labor law in Europe, as well as consolidated public finances.

He reminded that previously the public debt was at 78% of GDP, and that today it has been reduced, thanks to the strong growth of the economy, to 52%. "We can afford to give investors an incentive to come", he added, emphasizing that Serbia offers investment assistance, but that, for example, subsidies were not the motive for the arrival of the development center of the companyContinental.

He pointed out that, five or six years ago, only Serbia started using the dual education systemin this region, which Germany, Switzerland and Austria also use, that tens of thousands of people are in dual education, and that this is appreciated by foreign investors, who, in addition, can work closely with universities as well.

Germany, he stated, is the most important trade partner and the largest investor.

We started with the arrival of small textile companies from Turkey, and now primarily large German companies are coming. Today, 71,000 people work in German companies in Serbia", he explained.

Vučić said that the European perspective is very important for investors, stating that Nidek, Toyo Tires or Mitsubishi are coming from Japan to Serbia because our country is on a stable European path.

Asked if he believes that Serbia will become an EU member in the foreseeable future, he said that he does not complain.

"It is certain that if we had received 45 billion euros of EU aid, we would have been much further economically. Instead, we received 1.6 billion euros from the EU. We are used to achieving our successes on our own", said Vučić.

The President of Serbia reminded that in Croatia, salaries used to be 2.2 times higher than in Serbia, and today they are only 1.7 times higher.

"We are closing the gap with our own efforts. If we were to become a member of the EU, then we would certainly not ask for the biggest subsidies", he assures. He said that the Serbian path follows the German path to Europe, and that Serbia wants a fair chance.

"I believe Merkel's words. She is at the end of her term and I would not have to praise her anymore. But she gave us stability, freedom of travel to the EU, helped us with the migrant crisis in 2015, and asked the Minister of Economy Altmeier and others to work closely with us", he reminded.

Asked if there were any indications that the new German government would support Serbia in the same way, Vučić expressed confidence that it would be the same.

"I know Armin Laschet, I talked to him while he was the Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia.He is very smart and understands the situation in the Balkans, and he will certainly continue Merkel's policy towards our region as the new chancellor", he added.

Vučić also expressed his belief that Russia, if Serbia's accession to the EU were concretized, would not react similarly as in the case of Ukraine, as this is a sovereign decision of Serbia.

To an additional question in this regard, Vučić pointed out that whenever he met with Vladimir Putin, and there were 18 or 19 meetings, he told him that he was grateful for the traditionally close friendship with Russia, but also that Serbia is on a clear course towards the EU.

"He asked if it was our choice and I answered that EU membership is indeed our goal", he added.

When it comes to "Kosovo", Vučić emphasized that a compromise is needed regarding this issue.

"Only in this way can there be sustainable peace. Serbia wants peace, me as well. Let's stop with the madness of the past. Only then can the whole region become the engine of new growth for Europe", said Vučić.

Source: Tanjug


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