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As of April 9, the Government of Montenegro has confirmed 252 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes two deaths, 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:
- A curfew is in effect from 7:00pm to 5:00am on weekdays. On weekends, people will be required to remain in their homes from 1:00pm on Saturday until 5:00am on Sunday, and from 1:00pm on Sunday until 5:00am on Monday. Exceptions will be made for those providing essential public services or leaving their home to go to a workplace. People will also be allowed to walk their pets in public spaces for up to 60 minutes. Persons younger than 12 years of age are not allowed to be in public spaces from 5am until 7pm, unless escorted by a parent or adult member of their household.
- Ban on all sports and recreational activities in public spaces (i.e. no running or recreational walking)
- 15-day ban has been put in place against individuals gathering in people’s homes, other than those belonging to the household.
- All persons currently under quarantine or self-isolation in Montenegro will be required to self-isolate for an additional 14 days.
- Closure of restaurants, night clubs, bars, cafes, shopping malls, playgrounds, beauty salons, cinemas, fitness centers, casinos, and gambling halls.
- The closure of all retail outlets, except pharmacies, grocery stores and facilities selling hygiene products, fuel, and construction material.
- Limiting working hours to 8am to 6pm for stores that are still allowed to operate (pharmacies; food, beverage and hygiene retailers; and outlets selling baby products, construction products, plant protection products and planting materials, animal nutrition and treatment products, agricultural machinery, and funeral equipment).
- Restricting the number of customers at supermarkets and stores to one person per 10 sqm, and not more than 50 persons total at any time while maintaining two meters distance between people.
- Restricting the number of customers in green and farmer’s markets to 100 at a time.
- Shops are designating the first two hours of business for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
- Suspension of all in-country public transportation and taxi services.
- Prohibition on intercity travel, except for transportation related to the movement of goods, delivery of medicines, emergency medical services, utility services, supply of fuel and electricity, transportation of employees, and transportation of persons who are outside their place of residence in order to return home
- A limit of two adults per vehicle.
- Prohibition on the presence of more than two people together in an open public place, to include sidewalks, squares, streets, parks, beaches, etc., except for persons who are carrying out their regular work duties.
- Closure of parks and outdoor recreational spaces.
- Closure of the public service counters at the Ministry of Interior and the Real Estate Directorate.
- Restriction of hotel services to registered guests only.
- Closure of educational institutions and kindergartens for at least 15 days, beginning March 16.
- A prohibition on participation in public gatherings, including religious services and weddings; funeral attendance is limited to immediate family members only.
- A prohibition on visiting prisons, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. All dentist offices are closed as well.
- Validity of expired driver’s licenses is automatically extended if the driver possesses a valid insurance policy and proof of valid vehicle technical inspection
- Extension of the validity of expired permanent and temporary residence permits
Montenegro Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Suspension of international passenger traffic, except for the repatriation of Montenegrin nationals, with mandatory placement of those arriving into quarantine centers for 14 days
- There is a ban on entry to foreigners, except for those with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro.
- Mandatory self-isolation for travelers who have arrived from countries affected by the epidemic, as determined by health officials.
- 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 aboard and their family members.
U.S. Embassy Podgorica, Montenegro
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Telephone: +382 (0)20 410 500