COVID-19 Information (Updated: 10/09/2020)

Last updated:  10/09/2020

Country-Specific Information:

As of 9 October, the Government of Montenegro has confirmed that there are currently 3,659 active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within its borders. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 13,004 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

Included in these measures include:

  • Facemasks must be worn in all public open and enclosed spaces by everyone eight years and older.
  • Facemasks must be worn in all passenger motor vehicles (except when alone or with immediate family).
  • Grocery stores and other businesses will appoint employees who will control access to the business to ensure all protective measures are followed. 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.
  • Gatherings of persons is limited to a  40 persons in outdoor spaces and 20 persons in indoor spaces.  This does not apply to residential buildings.  Weddings, birthdays, proms are prohibited.
  • Public gatherings are only allowed up to 100 persons outdoors and 50 persons indoors.  All participants must wear masks and must sanitize hands.
  • Individual sporting activities are allowed in public spaces, with obligatory social distancing measures. Group sporting activities are also allowed, but without spectators.
  • Discos and Night Clubs are closed.
  • All schools and universities remain closed.
  • Live music in venues is 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.
  • 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.
      • Maximum 2 people at a table inside, 2 on the terrace;
      • No self-service/buffets and no standing in front of bars;
      • Spacing between tables of at least 2m.
      • Hours of operation restricted to 6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES, with a negative PCR test for novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) not older than 72 hours or a positive coronavirus antibody test result (SARS-CoV-2) of the IgG class obtained by ELISA serologic test not older than 72 hours.  This does not apply to children up to the age of 5. Travelers must not have stopped, nor transited through, countries that are not permitted to enter Montenegro within the previous 15 days.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. Negative tests are required for the countries listed as Države iz kojih je moguć dolazak uz negativan rezultat PCR testa na novi koronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) ili pozitivan rezultat antitijela na novi koronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) klase IgG dobijen ELISA serološkim testom: at https://www.ijzcg.me/me/novosti/covid-19-popustanje-mjera-u-medunarodnom-saobracaju.  
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? YES
  • 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? NO
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO, but there are limited to no public transit options between cities.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? NO, with a negative PCR test for novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) not older than 72 hours or a positive coronavirus antibody test result (SARS-CoV-2) of the IgG class obtained by ELISA serologic test not older than 72 hours. This does not apply to children up to the age of 5.
    • Those suspected of being in contact with people infected or suspected to be infected must self-isolate for 14 days. Those with positive tests for remain in self-isolation until recovery and at least 14 days.
    • If you are a U.S. Citizen traveling from any country to Montenegro other than the U.S., please refer to this Government of Montenegro site http://www.gov.me/en/homepage/measures_and_recommendations which will explain the requirements for entry.

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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? YES
  • Is public transportation operating? YES
    • Facemasks must be worn in all public transportation, airports, stations and taxis.
    • International rail traffic is suspended.

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 to anyone who has not remained within the borders of Montenegro for 14 days leading up to the date of an appointment.  This will be strictly enforced and we ask for your cooperation.  If you have an emergency, contact American Citizen Services at podgoricaacs@state.gov
  • Limited 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.  Limited student and crew visa services are being performed.

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