Last updated: 10/22/21
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Montenegro: Do not travel to Montenegro due to COVID-19.
*** 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
If you decide to travel to Montenegro:
- Read carefully information below.
- Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Montenegro.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Current Montenegro government measures are updated on October 21 and are valid until November 5, 2021. In case of worsening of the epidemiological situation, the measures will be immediately tightened in accordance with the situation.
Please check our page often for updates.
As of October 21, the Government of Montenegro has confirmed that there are currently 5,038 active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within its borders. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 139,488 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.covidodgovor.me/. This page is available in Montenegrin only.
- 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. Facemasks must be worn indoors and in all public transportation, airports, stations, and taxis.
- Partial vaccination (i.e. one dose only) will no longer be accepted for the National Digital COVID certificate (DCC), except for J&J vaccine.
- Visits of the institutions of culture (theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries, etc.) are allowed with one of the following proofs:
- Completely vaccinated against COVID-19, issued by a registered health care institution;
- Negative PCR test on SARS-Cov-2 not older than 72 hours, issued by a registered laboratory
- Positive PCR or a rapid antigen test on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), issued by a registered laboratory, and is older than 10 days, and not older than 180 days since the date of issuing the test’s result;
- Negative antigen rapid test-BAT, on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) not older than 48 hours, issued by a registered laboratory.
- 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.
- PCR testing can be done at COVID ambulances and is free of charge IF you show COVID-19 symptoms.
- Private labs are available to conduct PCR testing and it costs approximately 50 euros. Antibody testing can be done in private labs. Costs vary 20-25 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.
Policlinic Dr. Zejnilovic at +382 (0)69 295 333
Milmedika at +382 (0)33 452 187
Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 220
Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 221
Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 217
Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 223
Moj Lab at +382 (0)67 900 218
Ars Medika at +382 (0)20 227 227
Moj Lab at +382 (0)68 209 020
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.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad please visit: COVID-19 Vaccine Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad (state.gov)
- 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
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? YES, unless a person has been completely vaccinated against COVID-19.
IF not vaccinated as described above, a U.S. citizen must present one of the following:
- PCR Covid-19 test not older than 72 hours OR positive PCR test older than 10 and no older than 180 days; or
- is tested negative with rapid antigen test within 48 hours.
- No entry restrictions for younger than 18 years, no matter if Montenegrins or foreigners.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? NO.
- Is a curfew in place? NO.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? YES. This only applies to: Montenegrin citizens and foreigners with temporary residency who do not meet any of these conditions must be quarantined for 10 days. This can be shortened with a negative PCR test on the day 6 after border crossing.
- Are commercial flights operating? YES.
- 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 section is open for routine ACS services. Current wait time for appointment is seven days. If you have an emergency or would like to make an appointment, contact American Citizen Services at PodgoricaACS@state.gov. More information about our services may be found here: https://me.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/
- 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.
- COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Montenegro Travel Advisory
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.
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.gov, CDC.gov, airline websites, and local government public health information sources. We strongly advise you to reconsider travel.