COVID-19 Information (Updated: 01/13/2021)

Last updated:  01/13/2020

Please note, a new variant of coronavirus has been detected in the United Kingdom. This strain of the virus is thought to spread more easily and more quickly and is also harder to detect. In light of this, several  countries are closing borders and denying flights from certain points of origin.  U.S. Embassy Podgorica continues to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Montenegro and in other locations worldwide. Please note travel restrictions, airport closures, and border closures could adversely affect your travel plans and entry/exit requirements.  We encourage you to review the latest information from travel.state.gov, CDC.gov, airline websites, and local government public health information sources. We strongly advise you to reconsider travel. 

Country-Specific Information:

As of 13 January 2021, the Government of Montenegro has confirmed that there are currently 9,687 active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within its borders. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 53,338 cases have been identified in Montenegro in include those recovered, currently active and those who have passed away due to the virus.  Daily information about the situation can be found at https://www.coronainfocg.me/. As of July 21, the Government of Montenegro has declared that there is an epidemic of COVID19 throughout the entire territory of Montenegro.  The current Montenegro Travel Advisory is available at Montenegro Travel Advisory

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/. 

These measures throughout the country include:

  • A nationwide curfew is in effect from 2200 until 0500.
    • Exceptions for those working in the public interest who have certificates verifying their employment.
    • Exception for students returning to their normal residence.
    • Exception for dog walking is permitted as well for a maximum of 1 hour during curfew times.
    • Exception for those caring for those who are not able to independently care for themselves.  Those performing these duties must have a certificate issued by a doctor.
    • Exception for those in wheelchairs and those on the autism spectrum.  They may be outside their residences for up to 60 minutes.
  • All catering facilities (restaurants, bars, cafes) will be open from 0700 to 2000. A maximum of four guests may be seated together, inside or outside.  Masks must be worn by all staff and by patrons except when actually drinking or eating.
  • No live music is allowed in any catering facility
  • It is prohibited for a organizations and companies to arrange Julian Calendar New Year’s celebrations (13 January 2021)
  • Rental accommodations are limited to 2 people or one family.
  • Face masks must be worn in all public open and enclosed spaces by everyone eight years and older.
  • Face masks must be worn in all passenger motor vehicles (except when alone or with immediate family).
  • Face masks must be worn in all public transport and taxis.
  • Grocery stores will appoint employees who will control access to the business to ensure all protective measures are followed. They will be open from 0700 to 2000  They must also post a notice at their entrance indicating the maximum number of persons allowed inside at the same time and to implement these measures by providing the space and marking a distance of at least two meters between persons waiting to enter or checkout.
  • Non-food related businesses may be open from 0700 to 2000. They must also post a notice at their entrance indicating the maximum number of persons allowed inside at the same time and to implement these measures by providing the space and marking a distance of at least two meters between persons waiting to enter or checkout.
  • Ban on gatherings of more than four adults in open public spaces (sidewalks, squares, streets, parks, beaches, etc.)
  • Ban on gatherings in closed and open public places including sports, political gatherings, cultural events, private gatherings and weddings.
  • Ban on all professional and scientific seminars or congresses.  Exceptions must be registered, last no more than 60 minutes, no more than 25 persons and must mandate social distancing and mask wearing.
  • Funerals are to be conducted with only immediate family, with a maximum of 10 people, all of who must wear a mask.
  • 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.
  • Children’s play rooms are closed.
  • Individual sporting activities are allowed in public spaces, with obligatory social distancing measures. Group sporting activities are also allowed, but without spectators.
  • Fitness centers and gyms remain open from 0500 to 1800 with restrictions.  Group trainings and amateur sports competitions are banned.
  • Gathering in residential buildings is prohibited except for family members.
  • Visiting patients in hospitals and prisoners is banned.
  • Cyclists may ride without masks as long as they are alone or with family.  They must wear a mask if riding in a group that is not immediate family.
  • Discos and Night Clubs are closed.
  • Medical and dental offices are allowed to operate following social distance and masking requirements.
  • Schools will be allowed on-line only

Entry and Exit Requirements:

HEALTH WARNING

For travelers arriving from countries with registered cases of respiratory infections caused by novel corona virus (СOVID-19). In order to prevent the introduction of the infectious disease COVID-19 into Montenegro, to

suppress and prevent the spread to other countries, to protect the population from the novel coronavirus, as well as to protect your health, it is REQUIRED to take the following measures:

If you notice symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, sneezing, cough, runny nose,difficult breathing or other):

        • put a mask on your mouth and nose;
        • increase hand hygiene (wash your hands with warm water and soap frequently);
        • avoid contacts with other persons;
        • use a tissue when sneezing or coughing;
        • make a phone call to responsible epidemiological service responsible for the territory of your residence (available through the link above). The epidemiologist will give you instructions for further procedures. We kindly ask you to follow these instructions completely.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No.
  • U.S. Citizens who are in Montenegro wishing to extend their residency permit must contact their local police station.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, from 2200-0500 daily.  Exceptions are listed above.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information:

    • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • PCR testing can be done at the Public Health Institute locations and is free of charge.  Contact information: +382 (0)20 412 888 or ijzcg@ijzcg.me
  • Private labs are available to conduct PCR testing.  For scheduling and costs, contact Moj Lab in Podgorica at +382 (0)67 053 053 or Poliklinika Dr. Zejnilovic in Bar at +382 (0) 69 295 333.
  • Antibody testing can be done in private labs. Costs vary 16-25 euros.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.  Please note that the closure of Montenegro Airlines will limit available flights out of and into Montenegro.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
    • Facemasks must be worn in all public transportation, airports, stations and taxis.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • Precautionary measures have been introduced to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.  People found to be in violation of the regulations can be fined and/or arrested, and sentenced to up to a year in prison.

Consular Operations:

  • Due to measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, no routine consular service will be provided.  If you have an emergency, contact American Citizen Services at podgoricaacs@state.gov
  • Emergency ACS services are offered by appointment only.  More information about our services may be found herehttps://me.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/
  • Routine visa services are suspended until further notice, including seafarer, student and tourist visas.

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