Montenegro (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: If you received the final dose of a coronavirus vaccine at least seven days before arriving in Montenegro, you can enter the country without a negative test.
Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine required for some travelers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 03.07.2021
1. Nationals and residents of Montenegro without:
– a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival; or
– a positive serological -IgG antibodies test result issued at most 30 days before arrival; or
– a positive COVID-19 PCR test result issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival and a recovery certificate specifying that the passenger is not contagious; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; are subject to self-isolation for 14 days.
This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 5 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Hungary, and their accompanying minors younger than 18 years;
– passengers who in the past 15 days have only been in Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain Sweden, Switzerland, USA or Ukraine.
2. Passengers must have:
– a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival; or
– a positive serological -IgG antibodies test result issued at most 30 days before arrival; or
– a positive COVID-19 PCR test result issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival and a recovery certificate specifying that the passenger is not contagious; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Montenegro;
– passengers younger than 5 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Hungary, and their accompanying minors younger than 18 years;
– passengers who in the past 15 days have only been in Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain Sweden, Switzerland, USA or Ukraine.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Entering Montenegro

The obligation to take the test does NOT apply to children up to the age of five.

Montenegrin citizens entering Montenegro from the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Albania, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus, Ukraine, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, EU Member States and Israel, the Swiss Confederation, Moldova, Kingdom Norway and the Republic of Kazakhstan, the United States of America, Canada, as well as citizens of those countries and foreigners who have permanent or temporary residence or have resided continuously in those countries for at least 15 days before entering Montenegro, may enter Montenegro, without having a test for a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) or evidence that they have been vaccinated with a second dose of the new coronavirus vaccine at least seven 14 days before entering Montenegro, subject to health measures,in accordance with the health warning of the Institute.

The health warning is available at all border crossings in Montenegro and is published on the website of the Ministry of Health and the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro.

Montenegrin citizens and foreigners, exceptpersons from the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Albania of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus, Ukraine, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Member States of the European Union and Israel, the Swiss Confederation, the Republic of Moldova, the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Kazakhstan. The country, Canada, can enter Montenegro through all border crossings with a negative PCR test result for the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), issued by a registered laboratory and not older than 72 hours, with a positive serological test – antibodies IgG class, issued by a registered laboratory and not older than 30 days, negative result of a rapid antigen test for a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – BAT,which are mutually recognized by the Member States of the European Union and are on the Joint List of Rapid Antigen Tests published by the European Commission, issued by an authorized laboratory and not older than 48 hours until the time of entry into Montenegro, with proof that at least 14 days before entry into Montenegro fully vaccinated with the prescribed number of doses of vaccine against new coronavirus, issued by an authorized health institution, or with a positive result of PCR test for new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 issued by a registered laboratory older than 14 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing and not older than 90 days,confirming that the owner has recovered from COVID-19 infection
Montenegrin citizens and foreigners can enter the ports of Montenegro by vessels in addition to the above conditions with a negative result of PCR test for new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) issued by registered laboratories and was not older than 72 hours when boarding the vessel.

Montenegrin citizens and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro, who do not have a PCR test for new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), negative result of rapid antigen test for new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – BAT, who mutually recognize Member State of the European Union and is on the Joint List of Rapid Antigen Tests published by the European Commission, issued by an authorized laboratory and not older than 48 hours until the time of entry into Montenegro, a positive serological test – IgG antibodies or evidence that fully vaccinated against the new coronavirus, can enter Montenegro, with the determination of quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days, and self-isolation means staying in family accommodation or another facility, monitoring the health of that person,as well as all members of his joint family household by the competent epidemiological service, in accordance with the decision of the sanitary inspection.

Within the framework of the agreement, the Government of Hungary and the Government of Montenegro mutually accept and recognize the official certificates of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. Persons who have not been vaccinated due to their age (under the age of 18) can enter the territory of Montenegro and Hungary without a test and quarantine, accompanied by family members who have a vaccination certificate.

Entry into Montenegro – special categories

In accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission, certain categories of persons necessary for the normal functioning of vital services and persons representing a clear economic interest are excluded from the above criteria:

-health workers (s), health researchers and scientists;

-persons who perform or provide transport of passengers and goods;

-diplomats accredited in Montenegro, staff of international organizations, military
-personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the performance of their functions;
certain categories of passengers in transit;

-persons in need of international protection or coming to Montenegro for other humanitarian reasons (the principle of non-refoulement is respected);

-foreign seafarers in transit embarking or disembarking in the ports of Bar, Budva, Kotor, the Port of Kumbor-Portonovi and Tivat (Gat I and Gat II);

-foreigners who drive motor vehicles that transport goods, with special health surveillance measures.

You can download the form with recommendations and contacts of health centers here
https://bit.ly/2Tvo4AR
 

Lockdown Details

The Government of Montenegro publishes all measures in force to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in English at https://www.gov.me/en/homepage/measures_and_recommendations/.

As of May 22, individuals are not obliged to wear a protective mask outdoors where it is possible to provide a distance of two meters. Facemasks must be worn in all public transportation, airports, stations, and taxis.

Catering facilities (restaurants, bars, cafes) are open in full capacity – outside and inside – with a maximum of four people at the table. Minors are prohibited to be in restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, hotel restaurants and similar catering facilities without the presence of parents or responsible adults.

The ban on broadcasting music using electro-acoustic equipment (instruments, amplifiers, and speakers), as well as the ban on dancing, applies indoors. Only seating is allowed, with live music allowed between 20:00 and 00:00. Masks must be worn by all staff and by patrons except when drinking or eating. It is allowed to play music via electro-acoustic devices, as well as dancing and live music on the terraces.

Rental accommodations are limited to 2 people or one family.

Ban on gatherings of more than 100 adults in open public spaces (sidewalks, squares, streets, parks, beaches, etc.) in compliance with the prescribed measures.

Organizing entertainment and recreational activities for children and adults in open public places are allowed up to 100 people.

Indoor religious rights are permitted in religious with the presence of citizens and should be performed in such a way as to provide at least 10m2 of space per person.

Outdoors must provide 4m2 distance and not be longer than 30 minutes. For all religious services, it is forbidden to touch any common object and they must be available via broadcast for worshippers who do not attend in person.

These measures are valid until July 16. However, in case of worsening of the epidemiological situation, the measures will be immediately tightened in accordance with the situation. Please check our page often for updates.
 

Sources

http://www.gov.me/en/homepage/measures_and_recommendations/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co