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Montenegro
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Montenegro

Last Updated: November 2, 2016

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Podgorica

Dzona Dzeksona 2
81000 Podgorica
Montenegro

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Not required for stays under 90 days

VACCINATIONS:

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None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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10,000 Euros (or equivalent) must be declared

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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10,000 Euros (or equivalent) must be declared

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U.S. Embassy Podgorica

Dzona Dzeksona 2
81000 Podgorica
Montenegro

Telephone: +(382)(20) 410-500

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Montenegro for additional information on U.S.-Montenegro relations.

U.S. citizen visitors (traveling with U.S. passports) do not need a visa to enter and stay in Montenegro for up to 90 days.

  • Visitors must register within the first 24 hours of arrival.
  • If you are staying in a hotel or tourist facility, the hotel will automatically register you; otherwise you are personally responsible to appear at the police station to register.
  • If you do not register, you may be subject to a fine, incarceration, expulsion, and/or difficulties in departing Montenegro.
  • The police registration form can be purchased at bookstores or is available online.

U.S. citizen visitors intending to stay longer than 90 days:

  • U.S. citizens wishing to extend their stay longer than 90 days must apply for a temporary residence permit at least one week before the 90-day period ends.
  • Due to lengthy administrative procedures, we advise you to apply as soon as you learn that you will be staying in Montenegro longer than 90 days.

You can contact the Embassy of Montenegro in Washington, D.C. for the most current visa information.  Montenegro’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website contains additional contact information for its diplomatic posts in the United States.

Currency and Customs Restrictions:

  • Travelers are required to declare currency exceeding 10,000 euros (or equivalent) upon entry or exit.
  • To avoid customs charges, travelers must also declare luxury goods, jewelry, paintings, and computer equipment.
  • At the port of entry, travelers can obtain currency declaration forms that must be completed and presented at departure.
  • Failure to comply with these policies may result in confiscation of funds/goods and criminal proceedings.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Montenegro.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs information page.

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Europe.  European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. 

Demonstrations: While most demonstrations are peaceful, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can become confrontational and potentially escalate into violence. Montenegrins are generally open and hospitable to visitors; however, in isolated incidents, visitors might encounter anti-foreign sentiment.

Montenegrin nightclubs are popular with foreign tourists.  Patrons should be aware that these establishments can be crowded and may not comply with Western standards for occupancy control or fire safety.

Crime:  Residential break-ins present the greatest security concern for U.S. citizens in Montenegro.  Violent crime is infrequent.  There is a significant increase in theft at ATMs during the May to September tourist season.

  • Police have limited English ability.
  • Visitors should ensure that they protect their PINs at all times when using ATMs, and monitor card activity.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 112 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +382 20 410 500. 

  • Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • Support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

The local equivalents to the 911 emergency line in Montenegro are 122 for police, 123 for the fire department, and 124 for an ambulance.

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Medical Facilities:  Hospitals and clinics are generally not equipped or maintained to U.S. standards.

  • Travelers may need to go to privately-owned pharmacies in order to obtain medicines and basic medical supplies.
  • Hospitals and private clinics usually require payment in cash for all services. Montenegro has only a small number of ambulances.
  • Emergency services are generally responsive in only the most severe cases. Otherwise, people must have their own transportation to hospitals and clinics.
  • We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare is not valid overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Montenegro, and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure the medication is legal in Montenegro.  Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Carrying weapons in Montenegro is illegal.  If you break local laws in Montenegro, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.  See our webpage for further information.

Special Circumstances

Dual U.S.-Montenegrin citizens: Dual citizens may be subject to laws that impose special obligations on Montenegrin citizens, though, as of August 30, 2006, Montenegrin men are no longer required to perform military service. 

  • If you became a dual citizen after June 3, 2006, Montenegro will only recognize dual citizenship with countries it has signed a bilateral agreement with.
  • Montenegro still abides by the bilateral consular agreement between Yugoslavia and the United States.

LGBTI Rights:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Montenegro. LGBT individuals are protected by anti-discrimination laws in Montenegro.  However, LGBT individuals are subject to widespread societal discrimination, ostracism, and harassment.

See our LGBTI travel information page and section 6 of our Human Rights Report for further details.

Athletic Contract Disputes: U.S.-citizen athletes who are considering playing for professional teams in Montenegro, particularly outside the capital, should be aware of reports of disputes regarding contracts not being honored and treatment and living conditions not matching expectations.  We recommend that U.S.-citizen athletes carefully review proposed contracts and research the team, living arrangements, and city where they will be playing prior to accepting offers or commencing travel.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:  Many public facilities are not fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Accessibility for those with disabilities, including on public transportation, is lacking throughout the country.  Outside of urban areas, accessibility is particularly limited. In 2008, Montenegro passed a law regulating the accessibility to public facilities; however, only newer buildings meet those standards.

Students: See our students abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: Roads in Montenegro are often poorly maintained, especially in rural areas. Roads leading to Montenegro’s coastal areas are in better condition, but are overcrowded during summer season. Drivers can be reckless and aggressive, and accidents are frequent. 

  • Dangerous areas for road travel include a road through the Moraca Canyon, north of Podgorica. This twisting, two-lane road is especially overcrowded in the summer, and is the site of frequent rockslides. In the winter, the Moraca Canyon and northern parts of Montenegro are covered with snow, which may slow traffic and make the road hazardous.
  • It’s common for Montenegrin drivers to attempt to pass on winding roads and hills.

Traffic Laws:

  • The use of seat belts is mandatory for all passengers.
  • Cell phone usage while driving is prohibited.
  • Vehicle lights must be switched on at all times while driving.
  • Right turns on red lights are strictly forbidden, unless a distinct green arrow is seen.
  • At unmarked intersections, the right of way is always given to the vehicle entering from the right.
  • Each vehicle must have a reflective fluorescent vest to be used in the event of an emergency road stop, as well as a European car accident report form.
  • Children under 5 years-old must use a safety seat attached to a vehicle safety belt.
  • Vehicles must have winter tires and carry snow chains between November 15 and March 30.  
  • Pedestrians crossing in designated crosswalks have the right of way. Drivers must stop.
  • The blood alcohol limit in Montenegro is .03 percent, less than half the legal limit in the United States.

Taxis:  Metered taxi service is safe, although foreigners are sometimes charged higher rates. Taxis generally do not pick up passengers on the street and must be ordered by phone or SMS.

Public Transportation: Trains, buses, and ferries often use aging and poorly-maintained equipment.

Roadside assistance is available by dialing 19807, +382 (0)20 234 467 or +382 (0)20 234 999. Other emergency numbers are police: 122; fire department: 123; and ambulance: 124

Please refer to our road safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the website of Montenegro’s National Tourism Organization and the Auto-moto Association of Montenegro, the national authority responsible for road safety.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Montenegro, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the Government of Montenegro’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page

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