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As of 1 June, 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 and tourist visas until 1 July. For information about extending a tourist visa, contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs office at 020-245-663 between 0700 and 1500 on workdays for more information
· 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 with up to 200 spectators who must still maintain social distancing measures.
· 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;
– 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.
Daycare centers are permitted to reopen under conditions.
Public gatherings (including weddings and funerals) are allowed outdoors and indoors, with the attendance of no more than 200 people, who are obliged to respect a physical distance of at least two meters and other recommendations, in accordance with corresponding instructions of Public Health Institute of Montenegro.
Cinemas and theaters are reopened.
Montenegrin Airlines has announced that commercial flights will resume with limited destinations on or about 15 June.
· The movement of goods into Montenegro, as well as in transit to other countries, remains unhindered, but subject to special sanitary health controls.
· 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 until 1 July.
· 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:
· Borders with Croatia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania are opened, with no testing required for crossing into Montenegro. Borders remain closed with Serbia.
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
· Travelers will be allowed from countries who have less than 25 cases per 100,000 citizens. They will not be required to enter quarantine. The list of countries that meet this condition is specified and published, once a week or more often in necessary by Institute for Public Health.
· Citizens of Montenegro and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in our country who enter Montenegro from countries where the confirmed rate of active cases of coronavirus is higher than 25 per 100, 000 inhabitants are ordered to be placed in self – isolation or quarantine for 14 days. For individuals who are tested negative for the novel coronavirus by PCR testing for SARS – CoV – 2, the measure of self – isolation and quarantine is revoked after 14 days.
· Self – isolation means staying in family household or other facility, while the health status of this person, as well as all members of the household is monitored by the competent epidemiological service.
· 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