COVID-19 Information (Updated: 6/10/2021)

Last updated: 6/07/21

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Montenegro due to COVID-19.  Montenegro is now at Level 3: RECONSIDER TRAVEL

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions

 

***The Department and the CDC continue to strongly recommend U.S. citizens reconsider travel abroad and postpone all non-essential travel.***  

U.S. citizens should reconsider non-essential travel abroad. Those that must travel abroad following the implementation of this order should carefully consider the following:  

  • You could have difficulty accessing a test.
  • You could test positive and have to stay abroad.
  • You could have difficulty accessing or financing medical care.

 

Country-Specific Information

Current Montenegro government measures are valid until June 18. Please check our page often for updates.

  • As of June 7, the Government of Montenegro has confirmed that there are currently 642 active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within its borders. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 99,812 cases have been identified in Montenegro which includes 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 21 July 2020, the Government of Montenegro has declared that there is an epidemic of COVID19 throughout 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/.
  • Catering facilities (restaurants, bars, cafes) are open from 07:00 to 00:00 hours 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 23:00. 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.
  • Face masks must be worn in all public open and enclosed spaces by everyone eight years and older, in all passenger motor vehicles (except when alone or with immediate family) as well as in public transport and taxis. EXCEPTION:  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.
  • Grocery stores are open from 07:00 to 22:00.
  • Non-food related businesses may be open from 07:00 to 22:00.
  • Ban on gatherings of more than 50 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 (amusement park, panoramic wheel, etc.) are allowed up to 50 people.
  • 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.
  • 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 playrooms are open from 07:00 to 20:00.
  • Gyms may operate from 05:00 to 22:00.
  • 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, except for visits to lawyers and court experts which are allowed by the decision of the court and members of the immediate family. Visits of spouses and children to detainees and persons serving a prison sentence are allowed with possession of a negative result of PCR test not older than 72 hours.
  • Visits to persons accommodated in social and child protection institutions are allowed in accordance with the recommendations of the Institute of Public Health.
  • 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.
  • Work of organizations of games of chance is allowed in the period 07:00-23:00
  • Medical and dental offices are allowed to operate following social distance and masking requirements.

COVID-19 Testing  

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Montenegro? YES
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? YES. This timeline is possible from private labs.
  • PCR testing can be done at the Public Health Institute locations and is free of charge if you show COVID-19 symptoms or if you have a scheduled itinerary for return to your country of residence which requires a test result to be presented.  Contact information: +382 (0)20 412 888 or ijzcg@ijzcg.me.  Results may take longer than 72 hours.
  • Private labs are available to conduct PCR testing and it costs approximately 50 euros.
  • Antibody testing can be done in private labs. Costs vary 16-25 euros.
  • Results are provided via email address provided to the lab. Please note that you should consider taking the original test result from the laboratory which will include a lab stamp as travelling without it may cause problems while crossing the borders. For scheduling and costs, please contact the labs from the list below.

DISCLAIMER: The Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Podgorica assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

BAR

Policlinic Dr. Zejnilovic at +382 (0)69 295 333

BUDVA

Milmedika at +382 (0)33 452 187

Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 220

CETINJE

Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 221

MELJINE

Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 217

NIKSIC

Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 223

KOTOR

Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 218

PODGORICA

Ars Medika at +382 (0)20 227 227

Moj Lab at +382 (0)68 209 020

TIVAT

Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 219

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of Montenegro approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  YES
  • Are vaccines available in Montenegro for U.S. citizens to receive? YES. Available for U.S. Citizen if they have legal residency in Montenegro.
  • Which vaccines are available in Montenegro? Sputnik V, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech.  Supplies are subject to change as the government acquires them from different sources.
  • Information regarding vaccinations in Montenegro is available at https://www.covidodgovor.me/me/iskazivanje-interesovanja-za-vakcinisanje-protiv-covid19.  This website is in Montenegrin only.  At this point, vaccinations are not available for U.S. citizens who do not have residency in Montenegro.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • 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.
  • The Government of Montenegro has begun acquiring and distributing vaccines at this time.

Entry and Exit Requirements  

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES

Foreigners and Montenegrin citizens coming from the European Union, Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Albania, The Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus, Ukraine, Israel and the Republic of Northern Macedonia, as well as citizens of those countries and foreigners who have permanent or temporary residence or are in the period of at least 15 days before entering Montenegro continuously residing in those countries may can enter Montenegro WITHOUT having a new coronavirus test (SARS-CoV-2) or proof that they were vaccinated with the second dose of the vaccine against the new coronavirus at least 14 days before entering Montenegro, in compliance with health measures, and in accordance with the health warning of the Institute;

 

Foreigners and Montenegrin citizens, except persons coming from the European Union, Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Albania, The Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus, Ukraine, Israel and the Republic of Northern Macedonia, can enter Montenegro through all border crossings with a negative PCR test for new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 ), issued by a registered laboratory and not older than 72 hours, or with a positive result of the serological test – IgG antibodies, issued by a registered laboratory and not older than 30 days, or with evidence that were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before entering Montenegro 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 that is older than 14 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing and is not older than 90 days, which confirms 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 a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) issued by a registered laboratory and not older than 72 hours when boarding vessel.

Foreigners and Montenegrin citizens with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro who do not have a PCR test for the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), a positive result of the serological test – IgG antibodies or proof that they are fully vaccinated against the new coronavirus more than 14 days prior, may enter Montenegro, with the determination of a quarantine or self-isolation measure lasting 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 in accordance with the decision of the sanitary inspection.

Entry into Montenegro – special categories:

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

– Health professionals, 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 workers humanitarian aid in the performance of its 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-refoulment is respected).

– Foreign seafarers in transit embarking or disembarking in the ports of Bar, Budva, Kotor, Luka Kumbor-Portonovi and Tivat (Gat I and Gat II), as well as foreigners who drive motor vehicles that trade in goods is carried out, with special health control measures.

You can download the Health Warning form from this internet address:

https://mzd.gov.me/ResourceManager/FileDownload.aspx?rid=422471&rType=2&file=Obavje%C5%%20A1tenje%%2020-%%2020zdravstveno%%2020upozorenje%%2020IJZCG%%202011.01.2021.pdf

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? YES. Unless they arrive from the above-mentioned countries and meet the above-mentioned conditions.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? NO
  • Residents and/or tourists should contact local police authorities to request extensions on residency permits.

Movement Restrictions 

  • Is a curfew in place? NO.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO.

 

Quarantine Information  

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? YES. U.S. citizens with residency in Montenegro will be required to quarantine if they arrive to Montenegro without a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hours or without proof of full vaccination. U.S. citizen tourists who do not have residency in Montenegro will not be permitted to enter without a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hours or without proof of full vaccination.

 

Transportation Options 

  • Are commercial flights operating? YES.

Flights are limited due to the closure of Montenegro Airlines and the reduction of scheduled flights by other international carriers.

  • Is public transportation operating? YES

Facemasks must be worn in all public transportation, airports, stations, and taxis.

Fines for Non-Compliance 

  • 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

Local Resources 

Waivers to the U.S. entry testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at PodgoricaACS@state.gov.  The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.  

The new variant of coronavirus that had been previously detected in the United Kingdom has been reported in Montenegro.  This strain of the virus is thought to spread more easily and more quickly and is also harder to detect. This has caused several countries to close borders and deny flights from certain points of origin and these closures are subject to change with little to no prior notice.

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.govCDC.gov, airline websites, and local government public health information sources. We strongly advise you to reconsider travel.