05.08.2020. - After weeks of negotiations, private laboratories began conducting serological tests for the corona virus.
According to information from the Association of Private Health Institutions, serological testing for coronavirus in private laboratories can currently be done in several cities in Serbia, including Belgrade, Novi Sad, Cacak, Nis, Kovin, Srbobran, Vrsac and Krusevac, while the price of the test is determined by laboratories. . A total of 27 private laboratories in Serbia have been approved for serological testing for coronavirus. The association also expects that a number of private laboratories will get permission for PCR testing, at some point.
Beside the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Serums "Torlak", the list of laboratories for PCR testing on personal request includes, for now, the City Institute of Public Health Belgrade, the Institute of Biocides and Medical Technology and the Institute of Public Health of Serbia Dr. Milan Jovanovic Batut .
All these institutions are located in Belgrade.
Currently, in Serbia, the PCR test for the corona virus is performed exclusively by state, reference laboratories. No private laboratory is currently performing this type of testing. A serological test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a test for the antibodies presence in the blood, which proves that a patient had Covid-19, is also allowed, for now, only in state laboratories. You will be notified in a timely manner if a change occurs.
15.07.2020. It is expected that private laboratories start with so called rapid (serological) testing in the near future. The Association of Serbian Private Healthcare Providers states that the agreements have been completed regarding serological testing, and according to the conclusion of the RS Government, approval has been obtained for private health institutions to start buying tests from the RHIF and perform testing. The Association notes: "we expect that private laboratories, interested in providing this service, take over the tests and start with antibody testing, within the 48 hours".
The Government of Serbia is recommended by the Health crisis headquarters stuff not to require the negative PCR test for the entrance to Serbia, as well the special permit for the Serbian or foreign citizens, starting on Friday the 22nd of May, 2020.
All persons entering the territory of Serbia will be given a health warning stating they are entering the territory where the virus is still active, with recommended preventive measures with the infection suppression. The recommendation of the Crisis headquarters staff should be confirmed on Thursday, 21st of May, 2020, at the session of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. They also made a recommendation to open an administrative crossing to Kosovo and Metohija. It was decided that certain health facilities that had been designated for COVID hospitals would gradually return to their normal work process and all medical workers in those institutions will be tested for coronavirus and start working only after a negative test result.
According to the Ministry of Health, those interested will be able to do the PCR test in Covid dispensaries at health centers or public health institutes in Serbia.
PCR tests for the corona virus, at the personal request of the citizens of Serbia and foreign citizens, will cost 6,000.00 RSD on the territory of the whole of Serbia. Minors and students who have Serbian citizenship, as well as students from neighboring countries and Slovenia, will be tested free of charge. They will need a proof that they are in one of these categories.
Those who want to be tested will have access to the bank account to which the payment will be made, announced the RHIF acting director Sanja Radojević Škodrić on Tuesday, the 19th of May, 2020, after the Crisis headquarters stuff session.
When it comes to traveling to other countries, it was stated that citizens should follow the Europe and the World situation and get additional information at the Institute of Public Health.
At today's session, the Government of Serbia will make a decision that a PCR test or isolation will no longer be needed when entering our country starting on Friday the 22nd of May, 2020.
"We will have a Government session today, there will be no more obligations for PCR tests or isolation of those who enter our country, starting tomorrow. Our citizens who want to travel to other countries will act in accordance with the decisions of those countries," Mihajlovic said at Belgrade airport "Nikola Tesla" for the first commercial passenger flight of Air Serbia to Zurich, with which Serbian airline renewed passenger traffic after the state of emergency stoped.
At yesterday's session of the Government, 21st of May, 2020, the proposal of the Crisis Staff for protection of the health of the population from the infectious disease COVID-19 on opening border crossings and free entrance for all people into Serbia was adopted, without the necessary coronavirus (PCR) test and board permission.
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