Montenegro and COVID-19: Updated Travel Information

On March 17th, the first two cases of coronavirus were registered in Montenegro and a nationwide lockdown began. The borders were closed to all non-essential travel. In mid-May, the coastal border opened up making the country accessible by boat. It is predicted that the borders with neighboring countries will be open from June 1st, but that has not been officially confirmed yet.

Check out the video we made for our #findME Montenegro campaign.

June 29th: Montenegro opened borders to all of the EU citizens

No previous testing nor self-isolation/quarantine measures will be applied upon entering Montenegro.

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Source: National Coordinating Body for Epidemics

The complete “green list” of countries that the borders are open to can be found here.

June 28th: Montenegro will apply the same standards as the EU when it comes to opening borders

At the press conference, authorities announced that Montenegro will apply the same standards when it comes to opening borders. That means, once the official announcement by the EU is made (which is expected to be in a matter of hours), we will know for sure what’s the strategy long-term.

As of June 29th, Montenegro has 172 active COVID-19 cases.

June 19th: A redefined methodology for opening borders

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Green colored countries – residents can enter with no previous testing required
Yellow colored countries – residents can enter Montenegro with negative results on PCR test, not older than 48 hours
Red colored countries – residents are not allowed to enter Montenegro

The new methodology for determining which countries will the borders of Montenegro open to has been announced and it will start to be applied from Sunday, 21st of June.

According to the authorities, the new methodology is based on the total number and number of active cases of COVID-19, as well as the country’s response to the pandemic (capacities for hospitalizing the infected, testing capacities, surveillance of those who reported symptoms, tracking down those who were directly in contact with the infected, recoveries and reporting).

As locals, we are writing to the authorities regarding Belgium as one of the countries that have been assessing the situation in a different way. We will be providing updates to Belgian travelers. In case you’d like to provide us with more relevant information that can help us and the authorities understand the different criteria the country has been using, please get in touch.

Total number of active COVID-19 cases in Montenegro is 13, as of now.

June 14th: One new active case detected

Public Health Institute of Montenegro published the results of the daily testing round that revealed one new active case of COVID-19. The infected person came from Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is believed the contact with people in Montenegro was minimal.

June 10th: Updated list of countries borders are open to

The extended list can be found here.

May 31st: North Macedonia and Ireland are temporarily removed from the countries from which arrivals are allowed

Due to the increase in the number of active cases, residents from North Macedonia and Ireland will not be able to enter Montenegro temporarily until the infection rate is above 25 per 100.000 inhabitants. It is expected that travel restrictions will be removed for most European countries by the end of June.

The updated list now includes: Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovakia, Izrael, Azerbaijan, Monaco, Bulgaria, Luxembourg join Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and Greece.

May 28th: Starting June 1st, residents of these countries will be able to enter Montenegro

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Countries marked green are the ones border will be open to from June 1st
Photo credits: NKT Montenegro

Norway, Iceland, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovakia, Izrael, Azerbaijan, Monaco, Bulgaria, Luxembourg join Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and Greece as the countries Montenegro will open its borders to, starting June 1st. The list will be updated as the borders will be open to all of those countries with 25 or less active COVID-19 cases per 100.000 inhabitants, as stated by the government.

Montenegrin government announced this at a press conference on May 28th, also adding that visitors will not be subject to quarantine nor self-isolation measures upon arrival.

May 25th: Montenegro will open borders with these countries

Countries marked red are the first ones Montenegro will open its borders to in June
Photo credits: Aleksandar Dragicevic

Montenegrin Prime Minister Duško Marković announced at a press conference that Montenegro will open its borders in the beginning of June with those countries that have 25 active cases or less per 100.000 inhabitants in an effort to prevent further outbreaks in Montenegro.

For now, these countries include: Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and Greece. The exact date is yet to be announced.

May 24th: Montenegro is a coronafree destination

We did it! Montenegro is officially a coronafree destination. Borders are expected to be open soon.

May 21st: Montenegro is on a path to be a corona free destination

Montenegrin officials and the National Coordinating Body for Epidemiology have announced that Montenegro is on course to become a corona free destination in July.

To date, Montenegro has had 324 cases, all of which have been closed.

  • 324 total cases in Montenegro
  • 0 active cases
  • 315 people recovered
  • 9 deaths

This information can be tracked on the official website of Institute for Public Health of Montenegro. The disease will be eradicated 28 days after the last detected case (which was registered on May 5th).

Montenegro Travel Q&A

I live in the Balkans. When will I be able to visit Montenegro?

As of late May, the borders with neighboring countries remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Note that anyone entering the country, regardless of the reason for the visit, is required to spend 14 days in quarantine and 14 days in self-isolation while the lockdown is in place under current conditions. There are indications that the borders with select countries will open on June 1st but that is yet to be officially confirmed. Also, the quarantine requirement is expected to go away soon.

When will travelers from the EU and other countries be able to visit Montenegro?

As of now, the borders with the EU and the other countries, as well as the air traffic remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re a Montenegrin resident and you need assistance getting back to Montenegro, you may fill out the form and get in touch with the nearest Montenegrin Embassy. Please note that anyone entering the country, regardless of the reason of visit, is required to spend 14 days in quarantine and 14 days in self-isolation while the lockdown is in place. Opening borders is the last step the National Coordinating Body for Epidemics will be taking. However, there are strong indications this will happen during the month of June.

Is public transportation in Montenegro working?

On May 18th, local public transportation resumed operations according to the normal schedule. The bus schedule can be found on busticket4.me and the train timetable can be viewed on the website of Montenegrin railway. Air traffic remains closed until further notice.

Are national parks open for visitors?

As of May 18th, all of the national parks of Montenegro reopened for visitors. However, due to travel restrictions, no inbound nor outbound travel is allowed and this applies to the national parks as well.

How Meanderbug is helping travelers and locals post COVID-19

Meanderbug has been fostering the concept of safe and fun family-friendly adventures in Montenegro while giving back to local communities. Our commitment to responsible travel has led us to make travel in remote, isolated places with organic foods and unique experiences possible. While we believed these were great opportunities before for our families, friends, and clients, now we are even more confident we can help you have a unique travel experience that is good for your body, mind, and soul.

Many of our local partners rely on tourism as a key source of their income and we, as a travel business, do as well. The outbreak of COVID-19 is changing the way we travel and we are doing our best to adapt to the situation.

We understand that there is a noticeable impact of the outbreak on economies all around the world. People around the world are now forced to spend less on their summer vacations. Montenegro is an affordable summer destination and now, in collaboration with our local partners, we are offering special deals for your vacations in 2020 to help you save more and bring income to local communities. Soon, you will be able to find these special deals on all of participating listings.

Hygiene is a concern everyone has nowadays, and rightfully so. That is why Meanderbug is communicating with our local partners to ensure there are enough hand sanitizers and other hygiene items for travelers this summer.

Ever since we launched Meanderbug, we have been promoting the less known places in Montenegro, hidden away from the crowds and the rustic charm of Montenegrin villages. Throughout the years we have created guides and published information on the hidden gems of Montenegro. For travel inspiration, please check out our blog.

As part of our local efforts to help mitigate the negative consequences of the outbreak, we have been working on two projects through our NGO Paradigma which was set up to help Montenegrin villages when Meanderbug cannot. Through the first project we have raised over 1200 euros for vulnerable families in April, and through our second project we distributed 20.000 euros worth of seed material with another NGO partner, Regional Development Agency of Bjelasica, Komovi, and Prokletije, to rural households in order to help them produce more food both for their family and the vulnerable in their community. Primary funding for this project came through a US-based NGO, Spirit of America, in cooperation with the US Embassy.

In order to provide better support to travelers, we have also integrated live chat option via Messenger and WhatsApp. Please feel free to reach out to us with any question you may have. Also, know that we are working with clients to reschedule and/or refund as needed based on travel limitations people are facing due to the current global challenges we all face together. More than ever, we are here for your families!

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