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.
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.
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 15h.
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 18,000RSD, which is equivalent to approx. 150€ or 180$. 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 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 24h, but usually you get it quicker.
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.
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