PCR test in Serbia for foreign travelers

If you plan to spend some time in Serbia and then to continue your trip elsewhere you’ll probably need to get tested for COVID-19. With the following lines we will explain how to get a PCR test in Serbia for foreign travelers.

NOTE: This post is not about requirements for entry to Serbia. It’s about when you are in Serbia and you need to get a PCR test to continue your travels.

NOTE II: We are not a testing lab, we are a tour company and this blog post is informative. Please read this post completely before you reach to us by telephone. We can only assist you (for a fee) in booking an appointment or to give you a transfer to the testing site. All other questions should be directed to the institutions where you took/scheduled a test.

VACCINATION NOTE: If you want to learn about vaccination process for foreign citizens in Serbia read it here.

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Where you can get a PCR test in Serbia?

PCR test in Serbia can only be done within public health system facilities. Private laboratories are not authorized to perform PCR tests. Other kinds of tests (IgM, IgA, IgG, ELISA) can be performed in private testing facilities, but those are not relevant for entry to majority of countries.

All medical care centers from the public health system throughout the country are authorized to take the PCR test swab. But not all of them are equipped or trained to process the swabs, so those are sent to central laboratories for further processing.

There is a difference which facility you should address depending on if you feel symptoms or you just need a test for administrative purpose. If you feel ill and suspect COVID-19 infection you should go to the nearest COVID clinic which will take examination and act accordingly. List of COVID clinics in Serbia with addresses and telephone numbers can be found here (in Serbian only). You can also call this number +381 64 8945235 if you feel symptoms. This number is an emergency hot line number established by the Ministry of Health of Republic of Serbia.

PCR testing on personal request

In order to sort your travel plans you need to take “PCR testing on personal request” and it’s done in dedicated facilities for this purpose. You can make an appointment either online via eGovernment portal or via telephone +381 11 3620000, 8-20h every working day. There is an English version of online scheduler available on this link. It’s not completely translated to English, names of testing facilities are in Serbian Cyrillic, but with a little effort it shouldn’t be a problem.

If you are in a hurry there is a place where you don’t need an appointment. It’s The Torlak Institute, located at Vojvode Stepe 458 in Belgrade, phone: + 381 11 3953 700, email: [email protected]. Tests are done every day except Sunday between 8 and 19h.

There are other facilities in Belgrade where you can take the test. All of them require an appointment. So you can make an appointment either online through the above linked portal, or in direct communication. Here is the contact to one of them:

  • The Belgrade City Institute for Public Health, Bulevar despota Stefana 54a, Belgrade, phone: +381 11/2078-600, +381 11/2078-601, +381 11/3237-351, email: [email protected]

Cost of the PCR test in Serbia for foreign citizens

Price of the PCR test for foreigners is 9,000RSD, which is equivalent to approx. 80€ or 90$. You can’t pay the fee online at this moment. You need to pay it in a bank or post office, and then to present a proof of payment when you go to get tested.

Bellow you can find example how the payment order (uplatnica in Serbian) looks like. The image shows which information you need to fill out by the fields. In the fields indicated with “” you need to fill out your own details.

After the test you’ll get the result electronically to your email address. The test results are received within 48h, but usually you get it much quicker, within the same day when the swab was taken.

During the past summer we assisted to a couple of our guests with the above procedure. Aside of queuing everything else was quite smooth. Online appointments were not possible at the time. That option became available recently.

If you need additional explanation you can reach out to us through our contact page.

Assistance on request

We are receiving a number of calls where people report that either nobody answers the official phone numbers or that they don’t speak English once they answer. On top of that you are unable to schedule an appointment via eUprava portal, even though there is an English version available. However, if you still can’t manage to make an appointment on your own, we can offer an assistance. For assistance inquiries you can use our Phone/WhatsApp/Viber number +38163684466 to reach out.

Assistance can be just with making an appointment, or we can give you a complete service with transfer from your accommodation in Belgrade to the testing facility and back. Our English speaking guide will be there to assist you with the procedure. Please read the table below:

Assistance fees:

Appointment scheduling (for up to five people per appointment) 22€
Transfer for 1 to 3 persons in both directions 40€
Transfer for 4 to 5 persons in both directions 60€

Fees include:

For appointment scheduling assistance:

  • Appointment scheduling via eUprava portal, or via telephone.
  • Complete information on date, time and location of the testing.
  • Details with instructions on how to make payment for testing costs.
For transfers:

  • English speaking guide service
  • Pickup and drop off in the metropolitan area of Belgrade
  • Transportation in sanitized vehicle
  • Face masks (if you don’t have your own)
  • Assistance on the spot

What is extra:

Our service doesn’t include the PCR test cost of 9,000RSD

All communication with us and payment for our service can be done online here

If you look for an activity which will not involve mixing with other travelers take a look at our choice of private tours. Steps we take on our tours to prevent spread of COVID-19 are described here.

52 comments

Abhishek
June 12, 2021
Hello Miljan, I'll be travelling to Belgrade on June 24 and need to get the PCR test done here before taking my next flight to Vancouver on June 27. Please suggest me the appropriate date for booking an appointment of PCR test, so i can get the report between 72 hours of my arrival in Vancouver. Will i get the report on 26th if the swab sample is taken on 25th evening? Also, till what time the labs are open usually?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 13, 2021
    You should get it, but it really depends on the facility where you take the test. There are differences, since some locations only take the swabs and then send it out for processing to the lab, while some locations take the swab and process it within their own premises. Working hours vary from site to site. They all open at 8am, but some of them take swabs till noon, while some take till 8pm.
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Natalia
June 12, 2021
Hello Miljan. We are planning a trip to Tara National Park in August. Can you please tell me if there is a laboratory nearby to do PCR? Thank you.
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 12, 2021
    Hi Natalia, The closest cities with testing facilities are Užice and Valjevo. Best regards
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Raama
June 11, 2021
I'll be landing Serbia on July 1st at 1pm. I'll be departing from Serbia by July 2 at 2pm. Will I receive the pcr report within this time span?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 12, 2021
    It's feasible but quite tight.
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Joeri
June 11, 2021
Hi Miljan, thanks for the extensive information - it was really helpful. Do I need to print out the payment slip from the test center myself or is any proof of payment from the bank with the required information enough? If so, what would be the best place to have that payment slip printed?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 11, 2021
    Bank or post office will give you a copy of "Uplatnica", as a proof of payment, which is the name of that payment slip you got in the attachment.
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Rakesh
June 8, 2021
Hi Miljan, I booked a slot in Torlak for 22-June-2021 by mistake. I need to change it to 21-June-2021. But the government portal now isn't allowing me to either change the date or take a new appointment for 21-June-2021. It keeps giving an error that 'cannot book more than 1 appointment with 1 identity card'. Any suggestion as to what can be done now.
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 11, 2021
    Just go to Torlak on the 21st. Don't forget to make payment before and to bring proof of payment.
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Anonymous
June 7, 2021
Hello, I wanna know any banks I can pay for the test ?or have to go to the special bank to pay for test ?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 11, 2021
    As explained in the blog post, any bank or post office.
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sagar
June 5, 2021
Hi , I plan to travel to belgrade on 13th June and get the RTPCR test done on 14th June for my onward journey to Canada (16th June). Can you please share if there has been any recent changes to testing site, timing of results and payment process . Also what would be your fees if we request for your assistance in this process. Thanks Sagar
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 11, 2021
    No changes. Fees are listed in the blog post.
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VINOD KUMAR V
June 4, 2021
Hello Miljan, me with three of my friends planning to visit serbia (Belgrade) on 9th June, staying in Nemanjina 23, Beograd, Serbia. So if want to use this service for four appointments and transport (from hotel to test center and back) what is the total cost for four of us ? ((22*4) for appointment + (60) for transport of four people) so its 148 euros ?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 4, 2021
    Hello, No, it is 22€ for four appointments (not each) and 60€ for the round transfer, total 82€.
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Rick
June 3, 2021
Hello, Do you know if both the Rapid Molecular PCR test (NAAT PCR) and RT-PCR results are accepted for entry into Serbia, or is it only the RT-PCR?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 4, 2021
    Hi, You should ask this question to the authorities, we don't have adequate information to answer it.
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Karan
May 28, 2021
Can I get the PCR test result in English?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 4, 2021
    Yes, it's bilingual, Serbian and English
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Pulkit
May 28, 2021
Hi MIljan, Great info. Do you have any idea if the payment for the test can me made in advance (online) to the bank, depending upon the institute. Or going to a bank/post office is mandatory. Thank You.
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 4, 2021
    It's mandatory to have proof of payment which is acceptable for the testing site and it is only payment slip which is signed by a bank or post office (or an exchange office which does payments).
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RAJA
May 20, 2021
I am coming To Serbia Belgrade City Via Doha Qatar Airways is there any PCR test to be taken after arrival within 24 hours in the city and any other forms to be submitted online/offline After arrival . I already know that PCR test to be taken from departure country within 48 hours of arrival. Now my question is that any PCR test to be taken in Serbia after arrival.And is there any quarantine Kindly let me know what are all requirements after arrival
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 27, 2021
    Hi Raja, Your question is for Serbian border authorities, please try with them in order to get a 100% reliable answer. Unofficially, I can tell you that a negative PCR test is required on arrival, not older than 48h and in case you don't have it, you need to go to compulsory 14 days quarantine.
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Anna
May 19, 2021
Dear Miljan, Maybe could you please advise me, if I do a test at Булевард Деспота Стефана 54а on Saturday morning in June, will I get the result on Sunday or only on Monday? Since the testing facility is closed on Sundays... Thank you! Also, maybe has the payment method been changed- maybe has it become possible to pay online or through bank transfer?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 27, 2021
    Hi Anna, Concerning the test results, I'm not the right person to answer that question, but I can share my experience so far. However, it's not something you should rely on. Officially the results are issued within 48h, so technically if you do it on Saturday morning, you will get it by Monday morning. In practice it is quicker than that, but will it be on time when you need it, it's hard to say. Regarding payment methods, nothing has changed in the meanwhile, you need to pay it in a bank or post office and show the proof of payment.
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Natalie Stanley
May 18, 2021
Hi I am flying next Sunday if I get the test done on Saturday will I get the result by Sunday. Do you issue results on Sundays?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 19, 2021
    Hi Natalie, You mixed us up with a testing lab. We are a tour company, we don't issue results. This is a blog post on how to get the PCR test done if you are a foreign traveler in Serbia. We don't test people.
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Marie
May 16, 2021
Hi Miljan, Thanks for the article. Is there a place in Belgrade that does the rapid antigen test? I'll be traveling to Croatia in June. Croatia accepts the rapid antigen test, "where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test findings were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible and the test must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor." Also, is it necessary to print one's results? Thanks. Kind regards, Marie
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 16, 2021
    Hi Marie, I'm not sure, but you should try googling private labs that do those tests. This post is about PCR test, I don't have any info or knowledge about other tests. Concerning the other question, you should ask Croatian border police, they are the only relevant source. They answer to inquiries within 48h,I inqired myself. Best regards
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Dana
May 14, 2021
Hi Miljan!was it always the price for Pcr test the same for foreigners or they have reduced the rate recently?just trying to gather the information!hvala
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 14, 2021
    Hi Dana, No, it was recently lowered from 18000 RSD to 9000 RSD and equalised with the price for locals.
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Djuro
May 13, 2021
I am traveling to USA,currently i am in Novi Sad.Where can i get tested?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 13, 2021
    Institut za javno zdravlje Vojvodine
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ROEL
April 30, 2021
Hello is there a website where I can check the result?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 27, 2021
    Unfortunately, no, only locals can check their results via eUprava portal, but not foreigners.
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Vladan Zivanovic
April 29, 2021
Hi Miljan, can you please tell me if there is possibility to do PCR test during the weekend (Sat-Sun), and if so, what is the opening time? Lastly, can I take PCR test in other cities in Serbia or only in BG? ( I am staying in Jagodina). Thanks in advance, Vladan
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 29, 2021
    Yes, you can take a test on Saturdays, but not on Sundays. In Belgrade latest you can take the test is 7PM in the Torlak Institute. You can take the test in all cities and towns in Serbia, but not all of them are available for booking an appointment online. Jagodina is not one of them, but Ćuprija is. Best regards
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Malik
April 23, 2021
In order to return to Denmark from serbia I Will need a negative test that is Maximum 24 hours from flight departure... Is that possible...? Its important i get result same day as I take the test or Else it Will be too late the day after when taking the fligh in the early morning...
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 26, 2021
    Hi Malik, Yes, it's possible to get tested and get results in the same day. Best regards
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R
April 23, 2021
Hi, is there a service that someone come to me to do the PCR test ? And if yes how can I order it for today
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 26, 2021
    No, that kind of service doesn't exist. You need to take a test in one of the testing sites.
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RAVINDRA TRIPATHI
April 21, 2021
Hi, Can you please help me in providing the bank account number and address of torlak institute. I am not able to find it Please
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 22, 2021
    Hi Ravindra, Bank account is the same for all testing facilities. Just use the bank account from the above example. Concerning the address, it is: Vojvode Stepe 458.
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Hiro
April 20, 2021
Hello. Do you know if it’s possible to get the result in original format? I’m thinking to go there from Japan, but for return flight, Japanese Ministry requires the negative test result in original format. Thank you in advance.
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 22, 2021
    Hi Hiro, The results are issued electronically in a PDF fille. It's bilingual, Serbian/English. No stamp, no signature, just QR code.
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Beppe
April 12, 2021
Good afternoon, I will be in Serbia in August and I’ll be staying in Pacir. I’m flying back from Belgrade in the morning on Wednesday 11th August, what are the testing facilities like in that area of Serbia and do you think I’ll be able to get a test done and get results in time before departure? Regards, G
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 12, 2021
    Hi Beppe, If you are referring to Banja Pačir, the closest bigger city is Subotica, which is on the list of eUprava online PCR test appointment scheduling. You should get results within 24h from the moment of swab sampling. If you need an assistance for scheduling an appointment feel free to contact us. Best regards
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Jelena
April 5, 2021
Hello, could you please let me know if the results are issued in Serbian only, or is the paper bilingual (Serbian/English for example), or can one demand the results to be in English or German/French? Thank you in advance.
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 5, 2021
    Hi Jelena, results are sent in a PDF file, which is in both Serbian and English. Other languages are not supported. Best regards.
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Dr. Dirk & Rosemarie Basting
April 1, 2021
How long in advance do we need to schedule the test? We will be in in Belgrade on May 5 and 6, 2021 and are leaving early on May 7. Staying @Metropole Palace Belgrade. We need the result on May 6 in paper. Please let us know.
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 1, 2021
    Hello Rosemarie, Scheduling an appointment a few days in advance is just fine. The results are issued within the same day after the swab was taken, or early next day. You get the results to your email and you can print it out, if you need it in paper. If you need our assistance during the process you can contact us on [email protected] or by Phone/WhatsApp/Viber +38163684466. Best regards Miljan
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