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Summary

  • Exercise normal safety precautions in Montenegro. Use common sense. Look out for suspicious behaviour. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travel conditions.
  • There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in several European cities in recent years. Targets have included public transport and transport hubs, and public places frequented by foreigners. See Safety and security.
  • Be alert in the Kosovo border area as the security situation is unpredictable. See Safety and security.
  • Medical facilities are significantly below the standard in Australia. Hospitals are poorly resourced. Avoid medical treatment in Montenegro. See Health.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for travellers.

​Entry and exit

Visas

You don't need a visa for visits up to 90 days within a six month period from the date of first entry.

As visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice, contact the nearest Embassy of Montenegro for up-to-date information.

Other formalities

Register you local address with local police or a tourist organisation within 24 hours of arrival. If you are staying in commercial accommodation, such as a hotel, registration is part of the check-in procedure. If your hotel doesn't provide this service or if you're staying in a private home, register at the nearest police station. If you don't register you could be fined or detained.

If you intend to stay longer than 90 days, you'll need to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit. You can apply for the permit at a police station in the district where you are staying. Check the Montenegrin Ministry of Internal Affairs website for more information.

If you wish to extend your stay, apply at least 30 days before your permit expires.

By law, you must carry a valid form of ID with you at all times, such as a driver's licence or passport. If you can't provide ID to local authorities, you could be fined. 

Passports

Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you intend to return to Australia. Carry copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.

A number of Australians have experienced difficulties departing Montenegro due to lost or damaged passports. 

If your passport becomes lost or damaged, apply at the British Embassy in Podgorica (see Where to get help) for a Commonwealth emergency travel document, which will enable travel to the nearest Australian Embassy.

Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, you must notify the Australian Government as soon as possible.

Money and valuables

The currency of Montenegro is the Euro.

Declare cash and valuables (such as laptop computers, cameras, and jewellery) with a value of 10,000 Euros (or equivalent in another currency) or more on arrival. Keep a copy of your declaration form, as you'll need when you leave Montenegro. If you don't, your valuables and funds could be confiscated.

ATMs that accept international bankcards with Plus, Cirrus or Maestro access are widely available.

More information: Embassy of Montenegro

Safety and security​

Civil ​unrest and political tension

The security situation in the Kosovo border area is unpredictable. Be particularly cautious if travelling in this region.

You may encounter demonstrations, protests, rallies, political events and public celebrations throughout Montenegro. Some public gatherings turn violent and the use of fireworks and firearms (particularly at celebrations) can result in injury.

  • Avoid crowds, protests and demonstrations.
  • Monitor the local news and other sources for information on planned and possible unrest.
  • Follow the advice of local authorities.
  • Contact your travel or tour operator for information on your transport service.

Crime

Petty crime directed at foreigners occurs, particularly in crowded places, including markets and on public transport. Credit card fraud is also common. Clashes between drug gangs have resulted in bomb attacks across the country. Gun violence has also posed risks to bystanders, including travellers.

  • Pay close attention to your personal belongings, particularly in places frequented by tourists.
  • Pay attention to your personal security at all times.
  • Don't tempt thieves – avoid wearing expensive watches, jewellery and cameras.

  • Guard against pickpocketing and bag snatching in crowded places.

  • Always protect your credit cards and PINs. Keep your credit card in sight during transactions.
  • Monitor the news and other local sources for information about crime hot-spots and new security risks.

Terrorism

Terrorism is a threat throughout the world, including in Europe. In recent years, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities. Targets have included public transport and transport hubs, and public places frequented by foreigners.

More information: Terrorist threat worldwide

Local travel

Road travel

Driving can be dangerous. Vehicles and roads are poorly maintained. Road rules are frequently ignored. Snow and ice can be a hazard in winter. Moraca Canyon Road is particularly dangerous due to traffic congestion and poor road conditions. Some roads are shared with pedestrians and farm animals in rural areas. According to the World Health Organization, you're twice as likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Montenegro as in Australia.

By law:

  • seatbelts must be worn where fitted
  • the blood alcohol limit is 0.03%.

Penalties for traffic offences can be severe, including steep fines.

More information: Road safety and driving

Taxis

Only use official taxis. Official taxis display both a municipal registration number and a taxi number.

Public transport

Public transport standards can be lower than in Australia. Public transport isn't always available outside large cities.

Air travel

The Australian Government doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See the Aviation Safety Network for information on aviation safety in Montenegro.

More information: Air travel

Laws

You're subject to local laws and penalties, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Drugs

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy imprisonment in local jails.

More information: Carrying or using drugs

Other laws

Taking photos of military and police personnel, establishments, vehicles and equipment is prohibited in some situations. In some places there will be signs indicating that photography is prohibited. If you're not sure, don't take photos.

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws apply overseas. If you commit these offences, you can be prosecuted in Australia. Laws include those relating to:

  • bribery of foreign public officials
  • child pornography
  • child sex tourism
  • female genital mutilation
  • forced marriage
  • money laundering
  • terrorism.

More information: Staying within the law

Dual nationals

Montenegro doesn't usually recognise dual nationality.

If you're returning to Montenegro after many years away, keep in mind living conditions will be different from those in Australia. Do research before travelling.

More information: Dual nationals

Health

Travel insurance

Take out comprehensive travel insurance before you depart to cover overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation.

Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government won't pay for your medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs. This can be very expensive and cost you many thousands of dollars up-front.

Confirm:

  • what circumstances and activities are and aren't covered under your policy
  • that you're covered for the whole time you'll be away.

More information: Travel insurance

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before travelling, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

  • At least eight weeks before you depart, see your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and discuss your travel plans and implications for your health.
  • Get vaccinated before you travel.

More information:

Medication

Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia are available in other countries. Some may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

Take prescription medicine with you so you remain in good health. Always carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you'll take and that it's for personal use only.

Before you leave Australia:

  • check if your medication is legal in each country you're travelling to
  • get medical documents authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

More information: Prescription medicines

Medical facilities

Medical facilities are significantly below Australian standards and hospitals are poorly resourced.

Avoid medical treatment in Montenegro.

If you become seriously ill or injured, you'll need to be evacuated to a destination with appropriate facilities. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.

Natural disasters

Montenegro is located in an active earthquake zone. Serious earthquakes are rare, but tremors are common.

Flooding can occur, particularly during winter and spring, when heavy rains and melting snow causes local rivers to swell beyond the flood plain.

Bush and forest fires often occur during the summer months (April to October), particularly in heavily forested regions. Extreme hot and dry periods can also lead to water shortages.

Snow and ice can be a hazard on the roads. Roads aren't cleared, even after heavy snowfall particularly during the winter months (October to March).

If a natural disaster occurs:

  • follow the instructions and advice of local authorities
  • monitor local news and other local sources for up-to-date information.

More information:

Where to get help

Depending on your enquiry, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24- hour emergency number.

Emergency phone numbers

  • Firefighting services: 123
  • Medical emergencies: 124
  • Criminal issues, contact police: 122
  • Obtain a police report when reporting a crime.

Tourism services and products

For complaints relating to tourism services or products, contact your service provider directly.

Australian Government

Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to assist Australians overseas.

Australia doesn't have an Embassy in Montenegro. The Australian Embassy in Belgrade provides consular assistance to Australians in Montenegro. ​

Australian Embassy, Belgrade

8th Floor, Vladimira Popovica 38-40
11070, Belgrade, SERBIA   
Phone: (+381) 11 330 3400
Fax: (+381) 11 330 3409
Website: serbia.embassy.gov.au
Email (general enquiries): belgrade.embassy@dfat.gov.au
Email (visa enquiries): diac-belgrade@dfat.gov.au

Check the Australian Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.

If you're unable to contact the Embassy in a consular emergency, contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

For emergency travel documents, contact the British Embassy in Montenegro.

British Embassy, Podgorica

8 Olcinjski, Podgorica
MONTENEGRO   
Phone: (+382) 2011 618 010​
Website: gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-podgorica/office/british-embassy
Email: podgorica@fco.gov.uk

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