Dacic Confirms Border Opening with Albania and others on June 1

Serbia will open its borders with Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Albania on June 1, but confirmation is still pending on whether these countries too will open their borders for Serbian citizens, Serbian foreign minister Ivica Dacic said on Wednesday.

“Their citizens will be allowed to enter Serbia, but these countries should tell whether our citizens may go there, which they haven’t done”, Dacic told TV Prva.

                He confirmed that, as of May 22, Serbian citizens and foreigners will be free to circulate in and out of Serbia without quarantine requirements, testing, or permits that foreign citizens have been required to present until now.

“Is this safe enough depends on the estimate of epidemiologists.  The analysis reveals that the epidemic is weakening and disappearing, that the number of new patients is decreasing and that they do not present severe clinical symptoms”, he said.

The decision to lift the required COVID-19 testing so quickly has been met with criticism by a portion of the public as premature and risky. (see Press).

                 Following the agreement reached at the Quadrilateral meeting this week, as of June 15, border crossing without quarantine will also be allowed in traffic between Serbia and Bulgaria and Greece, Dacic said.

“The idea is for these four countries [including Romania] to maintain an open border system without a 14-day quarantine requirement, and probably without tests”, he said.

Due to its internal political crisis, Romania however will not take part in initial arrangements regarding this issue, he said.