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As of 26 May, the Government of Montenegro has confirmed 324 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within its borders.
The Government of Montenegro announced an initial round of precautionary measures on March 13 designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Subsequent measures have also been introduced. People found to be in violation of the regulations can be fined and/or arrested, and sentenced to up to a year in prison. Some of the measures include:
· Masks are required to be worn in all enclosed public spaces (e.g. shops, banks, etc.)
· Extension of the validity of expired permanent and temporary residence permits.
· Clothing stores, book stores, hair salons, fitness centers, shops, craft workshops, dental offices, driving schools, rent-a-car agencies, museums, and galleries, are reopened with obligatory social distancing and mask measures.
· 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.
· Individual sporting activities are allowed in public spaces, with obligatory social distancing measures. Group sporting activities are also allowed under strict conditions.
· Internal maritime transport is reinstated for people and goods, with appropriate prevention measures, including the wearing of masks. Recreational maritime transport is also allowed.
· Religious rites are allowed under certain strict conditions, including:
– A maximum of one person per 10m ², inside the religious edifice, and a maximum of 20 people outside;
– 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
· The maximum number of individuals gathering in people’s homes is 20 persons.
· All schools and universities remain closed.
As of 1 June:
Daycare centers will be permitted to reopen under conditions.
Public gatherings will again be permitted.
Weddings and Christenings will again be permitted.
Cinemas and theaters will be reopened.
Beginning on or around June 1, travelers will be allowed from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, and Greece.
Borders with Croatia and Albania will be opened, with no testing required for crossing. Borders will remain closed with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo.
Montenegrin Airlines has announced that commercial flights will resume with limited destinations sometime in early to mid-June.
· The movement of goods into Montenegro, as well as in transit to other countries, remains unhindered, but subject to special sanitary health controls.
· Compulsory 14-day quarantine, for all Montenegrin citizens, as well as for foreigners who have permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro, coming from any country abroad.
· Limiting the number of customers in relation to the size of a retail outlet. Only one customer at a time is allowed in a retail space less than ten square meters. In a retail outlet larger than ten square meters, regardless of surface, there can be no more than 50 customers at one time.
· 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.
· Validity of expired driver’s licenses is automatically extended if the driver possesses a valid insurance policy and proof of valid vehicle technical inspection.
· 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.
Montenegro Entry and Exit Requirements:
· Mandatory quarantine for travelers who have arrived from countries affected by the epidemic, as determined by health officials.
· The airport in Dubrovnik, Croatia is now open and has two flights daily to Zagreb. Zagreb airport in turn has one flight daily to Frankfurt which has flights to the United States. American Citizens are now able to cross the border to transit Croatia without Embassy assistance. Travelers should send an email to the Croatian border police at email@example.com announcing their intention to cross the border. If the travelers has a legitimate, immediate travel need, they will receive approval via email. For your information, these are the links to the airports in Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Frankfurt.
· Montenegrin travelers or others with residency permits arriving from any country affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) are screened and put under observation as determined by local health officials.
· 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.
· Local officials noted there is an official quarantine or self-isolation policy lasting for 14 days after arrival.
· On March 19, the authorities announced increased surveillance and enforcement of self-isolation orders for people recently returned from abroad and their family members.
· 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.
U.S. Embassy Podgorica, Montenegro
Dzona Dzeksona 2
Telephone: +382 (0)20 410 500