As of June 1st 2020, Montenegro has now reopened to tourists and accepting international arrivals from 130+ countries. For many people looking to still enjoy a European summer vacation, Montenegro might serve as the perfect country.
Montenegro is located on the Adriatic Sea across from Italy, and just south of Croatia. The country has beautiful sun-drenched beaches, rugged mountains, fortified cities, lots of history, and great prices.
Montenegro is officially the first European country to declare itself ‘virus-free’ and it deems bringing back crucial tourism as its first step to economic recovery. With other summer destinations still closed, the country is hoping to receive eager summer travellers.
“We are opening our borders, in accordance with the recommendations of the profession, for the benefit of both citizens and numerous tourists who will visit us this summer,”
said the President of National Coordination Body of Montenegro.
Here is a full list of the countries that Montenegro is allowing into the country for the purposes of tourism:
updated July 1
- ALL EU COUNTRIES
- South Korea
- Costa Rica
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Trinidad and Tobago
List of Countries That Can Currently Travel to Montenegro WITH a Negativ-PCR Test
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Noticeably absent from this list are countries that have had higher rates of transmission, like:
The USA, Canada, Russia and Brazil.
At this time, Montenegro is not placing visitors from those countries on the pre-approved list for entry. Visitors from those countries may still enter, but be subject to isolation up to 14 days and/or testing.
.@ijzcg has updated the list of countries with less than 25/100,000 inhabitants active #COVID19 cases, which means entry into #Montenegro without quarantine.— Govt. of Montenegro (@MeGovernment) May 31, 2020
The list no longer includes #NorthernMacedonia and #Ireland, where the rate has increased today. https://t.co/Tj3NJR9rS9 pic.twitter.com/Gt4KlcahmX
What’s currently open in Montenegro?
Here is the list of what has reopened in Montenegro (with distancing rules in effect)
- Cafes, bars and restaurants
- Grocery and liquor stores
- Theatres and Cinemas
- Gyms and Fitness Centres
- Salons and Spas
- Banks, Post Offices and Pharmacies
- Ports for yachters and cruisers
- Shopping malls
- Beaches and Swimming Areas
If you are from one of the countries currently allowed to enter Montenegro, understand there are still social distancing and health protocols still in effect. Many restaurants, bars, hotels and attractions have reopened, but with new health and safety measures in place.
The government is still suggesting the wearing of masks in public indoor spaces, 2 metres distancing, and frequent hand washing.
The list of countries is determined by how many active cases per 100,000 inhabitants the country currently has. If that number goes over 25 active per 100,000 residents, the country will be taken off the ‘approved’ list for entry into Montenegro.
If a country, let’s say United Kingdom for example, falls below that threshold, they will then be added to the approved list for visitors.
What if your country is not on the pre-approved list?
If your country is not on the list of pre-approved countries, you CAN still enter Montenegro, but with a 14 day self-isolation. The government of Montenegro made this statement:
“Our citizens 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.”
Disclaimer: Montenegro’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry before traveling.