Vaccination in Serbia for foreign citizens

With the COVID-19 pandemic at full swing mass vaccination is the only solution for the problem. World healthcare community is unanimous about this. Mass vaccination in Serbia started in January 2021 and until the date of publishing this post 2,2 million people in Serbia received at least first dose and more than 800,000 got the second one as well. Having in mind that the population of Serbia is around 7 million people, these numbers are encouraging.

Recently vaccination in Serbia started to be available for foreign citizens as well. We will explain how you can get your shot of this life saving remedy, if you can’t get in your country.

What makes vaccination in Serbia more successful than in some other countries

Even though Serbia isn’t very big, rich nor powerful in the global scale, authorities managed to source vaccines from several producers. And what is more important, apparently they managed to do that in timely manner. Since Serbia is still not part of EU, we are not tied with restrictions and political agendas which prevent other EU member countries to acquire vaccines from Russian and Chinese vendors. On the other hand, there were no limits to purchase vaccines from Western producers as well. The first vaccine that was approved in Serbia was Pfizer-Biontech, and right after that Russian Sputnik V and Chinese Sinofarm. Now we have five different vaccines registered.

Which vaccines are available for vaccination in Serbia

As mentioned above at the moment Serbian public health system is “armed” with five registered vaccines by ALIMS, which is an agency for medicine and medical devices of Serbia. Following vaccines are registered and available:

  • Pfizer-Biontech
  • Sputnik V
  • Sinofarm
  • AstraZeneca
  • Moderna

The most frequent ones are Sinofarm and Sputnik V, but AstraZeneca and Pfizer-Biontech are not falling behind. So far it’s unknown if Moderna is distributed for the population, even though it’s available during the registration process for vaccination.

 

Vaccination applying process

In order to get vaccinated, both locals and foreigners, use the same process. The first step is to “show the interest in the vaccination process against COVID-19” by filling out the online form from this link. Once you click on the link you’ll end up with the following screen:

It’s in Serbian Cyrillic only, even though it’s intended for foreign citizens as well. No English version available yet. There are three categories who can apply: Citizens of the Republic of Serbia, Foreigners with residence in the Republic of Serbia and Foreigners without residence in the Republic of Serbia. Drop down menu offers one of these tree options. After that, usual fields with mandatory information are required such as: passport number, name, surname, email address, mobile phone number (only Serbian numbers are accepted), preferred municipality of vaccination and then other medical or vaccine related questions.

After you complete the form and submit it, you’ll get confirmation to your email. Note that this is just a form where you show the interest and apply for type of vaccine(s) you would like to get immunized with. It doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get the invitation, or how quick you’ll get it. One of the factors is availability of the vaccine(s) that you selected during the registration process. If the one(s) that you selected is(are) available, you can expect to receive email and SMS with QR code within few days. If not, you need to wait until it is. At this moment vaccine is free even for foreign citizens.

Campaigns

Alternative to the above process are campaigns. During the campaigns mass immunization is ongoing without any preregistration process. You just need to show up on site, present an ID (passport for foreign citizens) and you’ll get the vaccine. At the moment when this post is written campaign with AstraZeneca in Belgrade fairground is ongoing. The campaign lasts from the 21st till 28th of March.

How future campaigns will be organized, remains to be seen.

Vaccination day

On the day of vaccination, show up at appointed time with filled out form which you’ll receive to your email together with the appointment invitation. The process is well organized. Even on the busiest days entire process doesn’t last longer than 30 min.

After you get the jab, you’ll get both paper and electronic vaccination certificate. Also, you’ll receive an SMS with the information about the second jab waiting period. The period between first and second jab depends on the respective vaccine. It varies from two to eight (even twelve weeks).

Assistance on request

After the news about possibility that foreigners can get the vaccine in Serbia spread around the globe, we started receiving inquiries for assistance with the process.

If you need an assistance to get through the process we can assist with the following:

Filling out the application form
Airport transfers
Transfers to the vaccination ground
English speaking guide assistance
Local phone number for application
Accommodation reservation
Activities while in Belgrade

For any additional explanation or inquiry you can reach out to us through our contact page or call us/WhatsApp/Viber us through our number +38163684466.

If you need a negative PCR test for your return trip please read the following post.

18 comments

KFX
June 5, 2021
Hi Miljan, 1stly, this is a great service you provide, and reasonable pricing. My partner and I registered interest when we arrived in Belgrade 3 weeks ago with no appt to date. We even tried to crash the Sajam centre with no joy. We were 3 meters away from the needle when the last step (IT department) sent us out the door... We are now off to Bansko to take a break from the big smoke for a month and if we don't get an appt will head for California to get the JJ. Any updates on the foreigners getting the jab in Belgrade? Regards Kevin
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 13, 2021
    Hi Kevin, No, nothing yet. The situation is still unchanged.
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Keira
June 4, 2021
Hello, do you know where the vaccination sites are in Belgrade? Having trouble finding names of places or addresses of places
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    Miljan Miljevic
    June 13, 2021
    "Sajam" is the main one, but there are other places, like shopping malls and mobile units. However, foreigners are still not allowed to get the vaccine.
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KT
May 27, 2021
Hello, Thank you for putting together a great information resource! I have two quick questions: 1. Are non-resident foreigners now allowed to receive a vaccine again, or is there any indication when this will start up if it hasn't already? 2. How many days notice do you typically get after being given your appointment time? That is, if I'm informed of my appointment on a Monday, which day would the appointment usually be on? Thank you!
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 27, 2021
    Hi KT, 1. At the moment vaccination for foreign citizens without residence in Serbia is on hold. There are certain indications that it'll be allowed again, but nothing final has been announced yet. 2. Usually 24-48h.
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Adam
May 18, 2021
Hi there, has there been any further updates on when foreigners will be able to receive the vaccine? Furthermore I heard that you are able to receive the vaccine in some shopping malls now - are foreigners eligible for that too or is that just for citizens? Thanks for your help! Adam
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 19, 2021
    Hi Adam, Yes, vaccination is ongoing in several shopping malls, but it's still exclusively for the locals or residents. There are certain unofficial information that it'll be proceeded soon, but nothing officially yet.
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John
May 17, 2021
Are there any news regarding Sinopharm vaccination for foreigners in Serbia? Os it possible or still on hold?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 19, 2021
    Hi John, Officially there is no information. On the other hand, the president of Serbia announced in a TV show that "citizens from the regional countries can expect soon to be vaccinated in Serbia again".
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Adrian
May 12, 2021
Hi Miljan, thank you for the helpful article. Do you know if they have resumed vaccinating foreigners? Thanks.
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    Miljan Miljevic
    May 27, 2021
    Hi Adrina, No, it's still on hold until further notice.
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Danielle
April 29, 2021
Hello, thanks for the information. How long before the day of the vaccine do they usually call?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 29, 2021
    Hi, you are welcome. Usually 24-48h in advance.
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Luo Dexiong
April 28, 2021
Hi Miljan, You certainly have put together a great info page for further orientation on the topic, thanks for sharing these valuable insights! Here is my questions I'd like to address to you: Do you have any particular intel on the situation for families (adults + kids) coming in from abroad to get those jabs in Belgrad? For us, we currently face two unsolved questions: is it mandatory to apply through [https://imunizacija.euprava.gov.rs/#novaprijava] for each individual, or, would it otherwise be sufficient to have only one parent applying (and then showing up at the specific date as a family of four)? Appreciate any kind of experiences/ insights shared by likeminded families. So, that being said, if you can hmu and point me to their direction would be great. Secondly, can't manage getting a Serbian virtual mobile number w/ sms services online. However, Idk that there are pricey services available avoxi/ telobal..), but can't find recent references and / or reliable feedback. Any suggestions from your side, or, on what terms would you be able to assist on this particular issue? Greetings from the Black Forest, Luo
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 28, 2021
    Hi Luo, Children are not vaccinated, only adults. Each person interested in getting the vaccine has to be registered via eUprava. There is no special treatment for families. Other option is to show up on a day when vaccination is without an appointment, but it's still uncertain if foreigners are allowed to get the vaccine in this format. Concerning our assistance, please contact us via [email protected] for details. Best regards Miljan
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Marius
April 13, 2021
Hi, I was wondering if the vaccination was still possible for foreigners. I filled out the form two weeks ago but have not heard back? What can I do?
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    Miljan Miljevic
    April 23, 2021
    Hi Marius, The vaccination registration is still open, but the actual vaccination of foreign citizens is on hold until the majority of locals who expressed interest in getting the vaccine are vaccinated. That is the last official information we have on this subject. The officials said that the vaccination for foreigners will be allowed again after this criteria is met. We are waiting for further development.
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