Montenegro Travel Information
Entry bans have been introduced for foreigners with the exception of those foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro as well as foreign nationals who carry goods. For more information about coronavirus and entry, see the section Health.
Montenegro is a very safe country to stay in if you take the usual precautions. Norway is represented with a consulate in Podgorica and embassy in Belgrade (Serbia).
The danger of terrorist incidents in Montenegro is considered small. Bag chopping, and pocket theft occur. Common precautions are sufficient to prevent theft of assets.
The road standard in Montenegro is not always good, especially in outlying areas and in winter. The roads leading to the coast of Montenegro are in better condition but can be very busy in the summer.
Montenegro is located in an area where earthquakes can occur. The last major earthquake was in 1979, resulting in 94 deaths and about 1,000 injuries.
- Countryaah: Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro. Check to find information of population, geography, history, and economy about the capital city.
Demonstrations in Podgorica occur. These are usually wound up without major problems. Norwegians traveling in Podgorica are recommended to avoid large crowds and demonstrations.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer time in Montenegro are encouraged to register at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/. Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid travel insurance.
In crisis and emergency, travelers can contact the Consulate of Podgorica:
Consulate of Podgorica
Rimski trg 4,
81 000 Podgorica
+382 69 800 380
+382 20 401 380
E-mail: [email protected]
The Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade can also be contacted. The embassy is open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 16:00 (until 15:00 in the period 01.07-31.08) and has the address:
Sava Business Center
Milentija Popovica 5 and
11070 Novi Belgrade
Tel: +381 (0) 11 3208 000
E-mail: [email protected]
Outside the opening hours of the embassy, travelers can contact the Foreign Ministry’s 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23 95 0000 or by e-mail: [email protected]
Emergency number: Police + 122, ambulance + 124, fire + 123
Please note that entry regulations may change. The Foreign Service is not responsible if the following information on entry regulations or visa requirements is changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for entry and to familiarize themselves with the current entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa for visits or tourism in Montenegro for up to three months. For private accommodation, you must register with the local police within 24 hours to get a so-called “white paper”. Without this, travelers will experience difficulties in traveling.
The passport must be valid for at least six months from the time you arrive in Montenegro. For residence in Montenegro beyond three months, one must apply for a temporary residence permit in Montenegro. Although Norwegian citizens are visa-free for travel to Montenegro, the passport is the only approved identification document.
Everyone with a foreign passport is subject to a visa requirement in Montenegro. A visa must be applied for in advance. The case processing time is stated to be at least 14 days.
Questions about foreign passport visas and the actual application process can be addressed to Montenegro’s representative in Norway located in Podgorica:
Ambassador Miroslav Sćepanović,
Stanka Dragojevića 2,
+382 (0) 20 225 601
E-mail: [email protected] gov.me
One cannot enter Serbia from Kosovo unless one also traveled into Kosovo from Serbia. That is, travelers can drive from Serbia to Montenegro and then to Kosovo, but cannot return to Serbia from Kosovo. For further information on border crossings between Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania or Montenegro, it is recommended to contact the Serbian border authorities.
Upon entry, travelers will be asked to declare money (including travelers checks) in excess of € 10,000 (or equivalent in any other currency) that you take into Montenegro. This declaration is required upon departure.
Coronavirus (covid-19): An entry ban has been introduced for foreigners with the exception of those foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro as well as foreign nationals carrying goods transport.
Self-quarantine is mandatory for all Montenegrin and foreign citizens with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro, arriving from abroad. 14 days quarantine with supervision of wood. and household members.
These provisions apply from 15 March.
In accordance with the Ministry of Health’s decision of March 13, the following border crossings were closed:
- The border with Albania: Grmcar-Baskim and Sukobin-Muricani;
- The border with Bosnia and Herzegovina: Scepan Polje-Hum and Sula-Vitina;
- Border to Croatia: Kobila-Vitina;
- The border with Serbia: Rance-Jabuka and Vuce-Godovo.
Public international road transport, as well as train and air traffic were suspended by decision of 16 March.
Other restrictions apply to daily life, including closing a number of businesses, especially in the hospitality industry.
More information can be found on the official website of the health authorities. Please note that this page is only available in Montenegrin.
See also information for travelers in English.
You can find more information and guidance from the Norwegian health authorities on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD’s answers to frequently asked questions about travel and coronavirus.
There are no particular health problems associated with traveling to Montenegro. The standard of public health in Montenegro is lower than in Norway. The opportunities for medical assistance are good, but the sanitary conditions can be worse than in Norway .
You can get more medicines and other necessities at the pharmacies in Montenegro.
Tap water can be drunk, but bottled water is recommended.
For relevant vaccines and official health travel advice for Norwegians traveling to Montenegro, it is recommended to familiarize yourself with the recommendations from the Institute of Public Health’s website.
According to allcitycodes, the area code for calls from Norway to Montenegro is +382. The telephone network is stable, especially in Podgorica and other large and medium-sized cities. There is no time difference between Norway and Montenegro.
The mains is 220 volts. Mobile coverage is very good across the country. It is 3G and 4G in Podgorica. The Internet domain is.me. Currency is euro.
ATMs are well developed and easily accessible in most major cities. Credit cards can be used in shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels.
The opening hours of the grocery stores are similar to those in Norway. Other stores are open Monday to Saturday approx. 10: 00-21: 00. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday approx. 8 am-5pm. Opening hours may vary in different parts of the country.
National Holidays: 1-2. January – New Year, January 7 – Orthodox Christmas Day, March/April/May – Orthodox Easter Sunday/Easter Monday/Good Friday, 1-2. May – Workers’ International Match Day, 21-22. May – Independence Day, 13-14. July – State formation day. If one of the national holidays falls on a Sunday, Monday will be a day off.
Montenegrin is the official language of the country. Travelers can also understand Montenegrin in the other former Yugoslav countries, where what was then called Serbo-Croatian was a common language. The written language uses the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. Signs and information are mostly in Cyrillic, Latin and even English. As a traveler, you do well with English.
Podgorica has a sometimes overcrowded and irregular public transport system consisting primarily of buses. Tickets can be purchased on board the buses. Travelers who are going to be in Podgorica for a long time can buy a personal monthly card.
Taxi service is very good and probably the cheapest and easiest way to get around Podgorica. From Podgorica, daily bus departures and train departures go to other places in Montenegro as well as to neighboring Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania. For more information see: http://www.visit-montenegro.com/transport/transportation-bus-stations/
Tips on restaurants, cafes, hotels and taxis are expected.
Foreigners must be able to identify themselves on request. Passports or any copy of passports should be brought.