Well being – Serbia journey recommendation

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check the latest information on the risk of COVID-19 for Serbia on TravelHealthPro website

Please refer to the health information in the Coronavirus section for information on what to do if you think you have coronavirus in Serbia.

Check the TravelHealthPro website for the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Center (NaTHNaC) at least 8 weeks prior to your trip. Each country-specific page contains information on vaccine recommendations, current health risks or outbreaks, as well as fact sheets with information on health abroad. Instructions are also available from the NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

General information about travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist can be found on the NHS website. You can then contact your health advisor or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and treatment of pre-existing conditions abroad.

The legal status and regulations of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK may differ in other countries. If you’re traveling on prescription or over-the-counter medication, check out this NaTHNaC guide on medication travel best practices. For more information on the legal status of a particular medicine, you need to contact the embassy, ​​high commission or consulate of the country or territory you are traveling to.

While traveling can be fun, it can be challenging at times. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so it is important to take care of yourself while traveling and abroad. For information about traveling with mental illness, please visit our guide page. You can also contact the National Travel Health Network and Center (NaTHNaC) for more information.

Health risks

There can be high levels of air pollution in Serbia. For more information and advice on air quality, see the World Health Organization (WHO) website and the World Air Quality Index website.

As of October 2017, there have been more than 3,000 cases of measles and around 10 deaths from complications in Serbia. The National Travel Health Network and Center (NaTHNaC) recommends that anyone traveling overseas ensure they are up to date on UK recommended routine vaccination courses and boosters, including the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR).

Over 100 cases of the West Nile virus have been reported in Serbia (about half in Belgrade), with about a dozen deaths. You should take reasonable precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos.

Local medical care

Some private clinics in Serbia offer addiction treatments. You should seek advice from your local GP or health care provider in the UK prior to such treatment.

UK nationals visiting Serbia have a mutual health agreement that entitles them to free treatment for real emergencies. You will need to provide a UK passport, proof of registration with the local police (if you are not staying in a hotel) and a certificate confirming eligibility under UK social security laws. You can obtain this certificate from HM Revenue & Customs.

Health systems in all parts of Serbia suffer from widespread shortages of medicines and other essential goods. Payment in cash is usually required for non-emergency treatment or treatment that is not covered by mutual agreement. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and funds available to cover medical expenses abroad and repatriation.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, call 194 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance company immediately if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

For general medical information in Serbia, visit the website of the Serbian Ministry of Health or for specific information in Belgrade, the website of the City of Belgrade.

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