Travel Warning – Serbia Feb 29 2008

Published by Chris Harvey March 18, 2008

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

February 29, 2008

This Travel Warning updates U.S. citizens about safety and security concerns in Serbia.  American citizens should strongly consider the risks of traveling to or remaining in Serbia at this time.  The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade continues to operate on a limited basis under the ordered departure of non-emergency American staff and all family members.  This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Serbia dated February 22, 2008.

Since the large-scale demonstrations of February 21, the situation has calmed considerably with no further incidents of violence.  The Embassy is currently open for limited services, including American Citizen Services.  The Embassy will resume full operations as soon as the security situation permits.  American citizens in Belgrade are advised to avoid areas where demonstrations may take place, such as the U.S. Embassy.

U.S. citizens or family members concerned for the safety of U.S. citizens in Serbia should call the Embassy switchboard at +381 11 361 9344 and ask to be connected with the American Citizen Services section.  Those with an after-hours emergency should call +381 11 361 9344.

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade expects that future gatherings and events protesting Kosovo’s declaration of independence, both official and unofficial, could pose security risks for onlookers and participants.  Demonstrations in Serbia could be sparked by future incidents of violence in Serbia or Kosovo or could take place on a variety of dates with political or historical significance and following sporting matches. Businesses and organizations with U.S. affiliations may serve as focal points for these demonstrations.

We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  Avoid the areas of demonstrations and exercise caution.  Since the timing and routes of marches and demonstrations are always subject to change, American citizens should monitor local media sources for new developments.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade is located at 50 Kneza Milosa Street. The Embassy website is http://belgrade.usembassy.gov. The Embassy telephone number is 381-11-3619-344. The Consular Section telephone is 381-11-3619-344 ext. 4655, 4665 and 4860, and the fax number is 381-11-3615-989. For after-hours emergencies, the number is 381-11-306-4679. (664) 622-7400.

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