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Travel Security Advice for Montenegro




Montenegro declared its independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro in June 2006, following a peaceful referendum process.  Montenegro is a small Balkan country currently undergoing significant political and economic changes.  Tourist facilities are widely available but vary in quality and some may not be up to Western standards.  Read the Department of State Background Notes on Montenegro for additional information.


U.S. citizens living or traveling in Montenegro are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate at the Department of State’s travel registration page in order to obtain updated information on local travel and security.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  Registration is important; it allows the State Department to assist U.S. citizens in an emergency. 

Local embassy information is available below and at the Department of State’s list of embassies and consulates.

U.S. Embassy Podgorica

Ljubljanska bb
81000 Podgorica
Telephone: +382 20 410 500
Facsimile: +382 20 244 283


U.S. citizens with tourist, official, or diplomatic passports do not require a visa for entry and stay in Montenegro for up to 90 days.  If U.S. citizens decide to stay longer than 90 days they must apply for a temporary residence permit one week before the 90-day period expires.  This applies to bearers of all types of U.S. passports – tourist, official, and diplomatic.  The Government of Montenegro has established its Embassy in Washington, D.C. and a Consulate General in New York.  The Embassy of Montenegro currently has no web site but can be reached at its Embassy in Washington, D.C. at 1610 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20009; telephone (202) 234-6108; fax: (202) 234-6109 for the most current visa information.  The Consulate General of Montenegro in New York is located at 802 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10017; telephone (212) 661-5400.

Travelers entering Montenegro by motor vehicle are required to pay an annual eco-tax.  For passenger vehicles, the tax ranges in price from 10 Euros to 50 Euros depending on the size of the vehicle.  Travelers are required to declare currency in excess of 2,000 Euros upon entry and can obtain from customs officials upon request a declaration form that must be presented at departure.  Failure to comply may result in confiscation of funds and criminal proceedings.

Registration with Local Authorities:

Visitors staying in private accommodations other than hotels must register with the police station responsible for the area in which they are staying within 24 hours of arrival.  Failure to comply may result in a fine, incarceration, and/or expulsion.  Persons who fail to register may face difficulties in departing the country.  Visitors staying in hotels or tourist facilities are automatically registered with the police by the hotel.

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.


Threats to American interests are rare.  Demonstrations, usually related to political activities, labor conditions, or sporting events, have been peaceful or exhibited only low levels of violence.

Montenegrin nightclubs and tourist centers 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 and fire safety.

Travelers in the region may wish to consider the safety of public transportation, including trains and buses, in view of aging and poorly maintained equipment.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the U.S. and Canada, or by calling a regular toll line, 1-202-501-4444, from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The Department of State urges American citizens to take responsibility for their own personal security while traveling overseas.  For general information about appropriate measures travelers can take to protect themselves in an overseas environment, see the Department of State’s extensive tips and advice on traveling safely abroad.


Street crime in Podgorica is at a level to be expected for a small European city of 170,000 people.  Residential break-ins present the greatest security concern for expatriates in Montenegro; however, the number is still relatively small.  Violent crime is limited.  Police have a limited ability to provide services in English.

In many countries around the world, counterfeit and pirated goods are widely available.  Transactions involving such products may be illegal under local law.  In addition, bringing them back to the United States may result in forfeitures and/or fines.


If you are the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate (see end of this sheet or see the Department of State’s list of embassies and consulates).  This includes the loss or theft of a U.S. passport.  The embassy/consulate staff can, for example, help you find appropriate medical care, contact family members or friends and explain how funds may be transferred.  Although the investigation and prosecution of the crime are solely the responsibility of local authorities, consular officers can help you to understand the local criminal justice process and to find an attorney if needed.

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

Please see our information on victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.


While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law.  Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses.  Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime, prosecutable in the United States.

Persons violating Montenegrin law, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned.  The Montenegrin criminal justice system operates very slowly with legal proceedings involving serious charges frequently continuing for 2-3 years before a decision.  Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Montenegro are severe and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.


Dual U.S./Montenegrin nationals may be subject to laws that impose special obligations on Montenegrin citizens.  According to Montenegro's Constitution adopted on October 19, 2007, all citizens may retain dual citizenship for one year while the Montenegrin government signs bilateral memoranda with individual countries.  Currently, Montenegro has a bilateral citizenship agreement with Macedonia only.  As of August 30, 2006, Montenegrin men are no longer required by Montenegrin law to perform military service.

There are occasional water and electricity outages throughout the year because of high demand.


Although many physicians in Montenegro are highly trained, hospitals and clinics are generally not equipped or maintained to Western standards.  Medicines and basic medical supplies are largely obtainable in privately owned pharmacies.  Hospitals and private clinics usually require payment in cash for all services.  Montenegro has only a small number of ambulances and consequently, emergency services are generally responsive in only the most severe cases.  Otherwise, people are expected to provide their own transportation to hospitals and clinics.

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC website For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the infectious diseases section of the World Health Organization (WHO) websiteThe WHO website also contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.


The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to consult their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to determine whether the policy applies overseas and whether it covers emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation.  For more information, please see our medical insurance overseas page.


While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.

Roads in Montenegro are often poorly maintained, especially in rural areas.  Dangerous areas for road travel include a road called "Moraca Canyon," north of Podgorica.  This is a twisting, two-lane road that is especially overcrowded in the summer.  In the winter, the "Moraca Canyon" and northern parts of Montenegro are covered with snow, which may slow down traffic and make the road hazardous.  Roads that lead to the Montenegro coastal areas are in better condition, but are overcrowded during summer season.  Drivers should exercise extreme caution, as it is common for Montenegrin drivers to attempt to pass on winding roads and hills.  Local drivers can be reckless and aggressive, and accidents are frequent.

The use of seat belts is mandatory and cell phone usage while driving is prohibited.   Traffic law requires that vehicle lights must be switched on at all times while driving.  A driver with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.5 g/kg (US equivalent of 0.05) is considered intoxicated.  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.

Metered taxi service is safe and reasonably priced, although foreigners are sometimes charged higher rates.  It is advisable to negotiate a price in advance of travel by taxi between cities.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.


Since Montenegro’s independence, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not separately assessed the Government of Montenegro’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards.  However, the FAA earlier assessed the Government of Serbia and Montenegro’s Civil Aviation Authority as not being in compliance with ICAO aviation safety standards for oversight of Serbia and Montenegro’s air carrier operations.Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.


Please see our Office of Children’s Issues web pages on intercountry adoption and international parental child abduction.

This replaces the Country Specific Information for Montenegro dated 03/18/2009 to update sections on Country Description, Registration/Embassy Location, Entry/Exit Requirements, Threats to Safety and Security, Crime, Victims of Crime, Criminal Penalties, Medical Facilities and Health Information, Medical Insurance, Traffic Safety and Road Conditions, Aviation Safety Oversight.


The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office also has information regarding Montenegro HERE....

Looking for an Embassy ?, You can also check out our World Wide Embassies Listings Section HERE (For US Citizens) or HERE (For UK Citizens)..........


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