COVID-19 Information (Updated: 04/12/2021)

Last updated:   04/12/21

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Montenegro due to COVID-19.  Montenegro is now at Level 4: Do Not 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  

  • As of 12 April 2021, the Government of Montenegro has confirmed that there are currently 4,392 active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within its borders. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 94,269 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/.
  • A nationwide curfew is in effect from 2200 until 0500.
    • Exceptions for those working in the public interest who have certificates verifying their employment.
    • Exception for students returning to their normal residence.
    • Exception for dog walking is permitted as well for a maximum of 1 hour during curfew times.
    • Exception for those caring for those who are not able to independently care for themselves.  Those performing these duties must have a certificate issued by a doctor.
    • Exception for those in wheelchairs and those on the autism spectrum.  They may be outside their residences for up to 60 minutes.
  • Intercity city traffic is banned from Friday at 2200 to Monday at 0500.
  • For the municipalities of Podgorica, Pljevlja, Mojkovac, Berane, Kolasin, Andrijevica, Niksic, Savnik, and Danilovgrad departure and entry from the municipality is restricted.
  • Catering facilities (restaurants, bars, cafes) will be open from 0700 to 2100. A maximum of four guests may be seated together, inside or outside. Masks must be worn by all staff and by patrons except when drinking or eating.
  • Special measures are in effect for Podgorica, Pljevlja, Mojkovac, Berane, Kolasin, Andrijevica, Niksic, Savnik, and Danilovgrad.  Restaurants may serve customers on the terrace or garden. Seating at a table allowed for a maximum of two guests in the period from 0700-2100.
  • 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.
  • Face masks must be worn in all passenger motor vehicles (except when alone or with immediate family).
  • Face masks must be worn in all public transport and taxis.
  • Grocery stores will be open from 0700 to 2100.
  • Non-food related businesses may be open from 0700 to 2100.
  • Ban on gatherings of more than two adults in open public spaces (sidewalks, squares, streets, parks, beaches, etc.)
  • Ban on gatherings in closed and open public places including sports, political gatherings, cultural events, private gatherings, and weddings. Cultural activities that are events organized by the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro are allowed and are available at: https://www.ijzcg.me/me/savjeti/covid-19
  • 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 closed.
  • Fitness centers and gyms remain open from 0500 to 2100 with restrictions for those municipalities not listed above. 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 family members who have been approved by the detention facility.
  • 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.
  • 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.  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.  For scheduling and costs, contact:
      Moj Lab in Podgorica at +382 (0)67 053 053
      Ars Medika in Podgorica at +382 (0)20 227 227
      Poliklinika Dr. Zejnilovic in Bar at +382 (0) 69 295 333
      Milmedika in Budva at +382 (0)33 452 187
      Moj Lab in Budva at +382 (0)067 900 220
    • Antibody testing can be done in private labs. Costs vary 16-25 euros.
    • 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.
    • Results are provided via email address provided to the lab.

 

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 and Astrazeneca.  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

·         U.S. citizens can enter Montenegro with a proof that they have been fully vaccinated at least seven days before entering, or 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 proof that at least seven days before entering Montenegro there were vaccinated with the second dose of the new coronavirus vaccine, issued by an authorized health institution.

    • U.S. citizens entering Montenegro from the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Albania, 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 seven days before entering Montenegro, in compliance with health measures, and in accordance with the health warning of the Institute.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? YES
  • 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 or tourist visas.

 

Movement Restrictions  

  • Is a curfew in place? YES
    • Nationwide curfew from 2200-0500
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? YES
    • Intercity travel is banned from Friday at 2200 Friday to Monday at 0500.  Travel to/from the municipalities of  Podgorica, Pljevlja, Mojkovac, Berane, Kolasin, Andrijevica, Niksic, Savnik, and Danilovgrad  is also forbidden during the work week. Travel restrictions do not apply to those returning to their place of residence or to those who have a return ticket for international air travel or transit. Please have your return ticket printed and with you to show to police official if stopped.

 

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? YES

U.S. citizens will be required to quarantine if they have Montenegrin residency permits and arrive without a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hours or without proof of full vaccination. This 14 day quarantine is at the expense of the traveler and at the residence provided to authorities upon arrival. Those without residency permits will not be allowed to enter Montenegro.

 

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 

  • Due to measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, no routine consular service will be provided. If you have an emergency, contact American Citizen Services at podgoricaacs@state.gov
  • Emergency ACS services are offered by appointment only.  More information about our services may be found here: https://me.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/
  • Emergency and Mission Critical only non-immigrant visa services are provided.

 

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.