Heading to Serbia? Make sure your travel insurance covers any medical issues that might arise. There is a shortage of medicines and other essential healthcare items in Serbia. Some treatments require cash payments.

There have been 100 cases of West Nile virus recorded, with about a dozen deaths. Half of the West Nile cases have occurred in Belgrade. Take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

There is also a large outbreak of measles cases, with over 3,000 cases reported. Make sure you are up to date on your MMR vaccine before travelling.

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The health system in all parts of Serbia is suffering from widespread shortage of medicines and other essentials. For non-emergency treatment, or treatment that isn’t covered under reciprocal arrangements, payment in cash is normally required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Since October 2017 there have been more than 3,000 cases of measles in Serbia and around 10 deaths from complications. The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) advise anyone travelling abroad to make sure they’re up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK, including the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 194 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly 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 Belgrade specific information visit the City of Belgrade website.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/serbia

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