COVID-19 Information (Updated: 07/30/2020)

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Country-Specific Information:

As of 30 July, the Government of Montenegro has confirmed 3,016 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within its borders.  As of July 21, the Government of Montenegro has declared that there is an epidemic of COVID19 throughout the entire territory of Montenegro.

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.

Measures throughout Montenegro include:

  • Facemasks must be worn in all public open and enclosed spaces by everyone eight years and older.
  • Stores and other companies will appoint employees who will control access to the business to ensure all protective measures are followed.
  • Public gatherings only allowed up to 40 persons outdoors and 20 persons indoors.  This does not apply to residential buildings.
  • Political rallies in open public spaces are prohibited.
  • The presence of spectators at sports events is prohibited.
  • Religious gatherings in open public places except on the property of the religious facilities are prohibited.
  • Discos and Night Clubs are closed.
  • Live music in venues is now permitted, but musicians must maintain 4 m distance from patrons or have a plexiglass shield separating the musicians from the patrons.  Patrons are prohibited from dancing.
  • Weddings, birthday celebrations and other private celebrations are prohibited.  This prohibition will be reexamined on August 6.
  • Facemasks must be worn in all public transportation, airports, stations and taxis.
  • Facemasks must be worn in all passenger motor vehicles (except when alone or with immediate family).
  • Acceptance of condolences is prohibited. Funerals are conducted with immediate family only.
  • Religious rites are allowed under certain strict conditions, including:

– A maximum of one person per 10m ², inside the religious edifice;

– People must maintain a minimum of two meters distance between themselves;

– The maximum number of people allowed inside must be posted at the entrance;

– Everyone except for the religious leader giving rites must wear masks; and

– Hand disinfectant must be provided at each entrance and exit, and should be used by all who enter

  • All schools and universities remain closed.
  • Beaches are open.  An area of 16 m² will be delineated for each set of two deck chairs and one sunshade.  The same rule applies to those who wish to use their own beach towels to lay on the beach.  Deck chairs and other equipment will be disinfected on a daily basis.
  • The work of catering facilities (restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, hotel restaurants and similar catering facilities), including catering facilities on beaches and bathing areas Is limited to 06:00 until 24:00
  • Measures are in place for catering facilities In the municipalities

–  max 2 people at a table inside, 4 on the terrace

–  no self-service/buffets and no standing in front of bars

–  spacing between tables of at least 2m

  • Individual sporting activities are allowed in public spaces, with obligatory social distancing measures. Group sporting activities are also allowed with up to 200 spectators who must still maintain social distancing measures.
  • Internal maritime transport is reinstated for people and goods, with appropriate prevention measures, including the wearing of masks. Recreational maritime transport is also allowed.
  • Cinemas and theaters are open.
  • International rail traffic is suspended.
  • The movement of goods into Montenegro, as well as in transit to other countries, remains unhindered, but subject to special sanitary health controls.
  • Obligation of commercial establishments to 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.
  • Limiting the number of customers who can be in a market (i.e. farmer’s/green market) to 100.
  • Employers are encouraged to allow staff to continue teleworking when possible and to allow flexible scheduling for parents of children under 11 years old.
  • Obligation of commercial establishments to ensure the implementation of health protection measures for their employees, as prescribed by the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro.
  • Enforcing epidemiological measures for people performing construction, including social distance between employees and other measures of occupational health and safety.
  • Suspension of the 2 euro fee for official birth certificates.
  • The border crossing Vuča – Godovo on the road route Rožaje (Montenegro) – Tutin (Serbia) is closed.

 

Montenegro Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Note that if you are a U.S. citizen looking to travel to Montenegro, please note there is currently a level 4 global health advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid international travel. The United States is currently not one the countries permitted to enter Montenegro unless you have legal residency here.  Any U.S. citizen who chooses to attempt travel to Montenegro in light of this guidance risks being denied entry, and the U.S. embassy will not be able to provide assistance to those travelers.  The alert may be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html
  • Entry to Montenegro will be allowed for travelers and residents from countries who have less than 25 cases per 100,000 citizens. While travelers from these countries are currently not subject to quarantine, the final decision rests with local officials.  The list of applicable countries is updated regularly by the Institute for Public Health, and may be found here: https://www.ijzcg.me/me/novosti/covid-19-popustanje-mjera-u-medunarodnom-saobracaju.  As noted, this information is subject to change.
  • For U.S. citizens seeking to return to the United States via Croatia, please review the Croatian Ministry of Interior’s official website to learn whether you are eligible to enter Croatia or to contact them directly if you have further questions.  If you are transiting Croatia to a neighboring country, you must have evidence of your status and eligibility to enter that country before Croatia can permit your entry for transit.
  • Direct U.S. flights from Turkey have resumed, in addition to a number of flights to and from other countries. However, the airlines note they are subject to change, and some planned flights have been canceled as countries’ travel restrictions change.  You may access the U.S. Mission to Turkey’s COVID-19 page for more information

Quarantine Information:

  • Montenegrin citizens and non-citizen residents returning to Montenegro from affected areas who display a high temperature or other symptoms are required to report to the Institute for Public Health for examination.
  • Entry will be allowed for travelers from countries who have less than 25 cases per 100,000 citizens. While travelers from these countries are currently not subject to quarantine, the final decision rests with local officials.  The list of applicable countries is updated regularly by the Institute for Public Health, and may be found here: https://www.ijzcg.me/me/novosti/covid-19-popustanje-mjera-u-medunarodnom-saobracaju
  • Citizens of Montenegro and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in our country who enter Montenegro from countries where the confirmed rate of active cases of coronavirus is higher than 25 per 100, 000 inhabitants are ordered to be placed in self – isolation or quarantine for 21 days. For individuals who are tested negative for the novel coronavirus by PCR testing for SARS – CoV – 2, the measure of self – isolation and quarantine is revoked after 14 days.
  • Self – isolation means staying in family household or other facility, while the health status of this person, as well as all members of the household is monitored by the competent epidemiological service.

Local Resources:

·         View U.S. Embassy Podgorica Most Recent Alerts

·         More information on COVID-19 can be found on the Montenegrin Government website http://www.gov.me/en/homepage and Institute for Public Health official page: https://www.ijzcg.me/. Please note that this page is only available in Montenegrin.

Other links:

·         COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov

·         CDC page on COVID-19

·         Montenegro Country Specific Information