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The Republic of Montenegro, situated on the southern Adriatic coast of Eastern Europe was, for a long time, considered unsafe for tourists. Now it is deservedly being extolled as the new dream holiday destination. The charm of this country lies in its picturesque medieval towns and villages, river valleys, beaches, lakes, and mountains.

The most popular area for tourism is the narrow coastal section, which stretches from Igalo in the west to the Bojana river mouth in the east, indented by numerous fjords, and washed by the Adriatic Sea. Across the Dinaric Alps is the central plain, where the capital, Podgorica, swelters through hot summers and the scenic Skadar Lake region offers a retreat. The north of Montenegro is dominated by mountains, where rivers have carved spectacular canyons through the forests. Winter in this region is particularly attractive, with the ski resorts of Zabljak and Kolasin. There are also two national parks in this area, which draw keen eco-tourists.


Montenegrin (very similar to Croatian) is the official language of Montenegro, although Serbian and Albanian is commonly used in some areas. English is widely understood in the capital, Podgorica, and in the coastal resorts.


The official currency is the Euro (EUR). Visitors entering Montenegro with more than €10,000 should declare the amount on entry. Without declaration on entry large amounts may be confiscated on departure. Serbian Dinars are not accepted in Montenegro and should be exchanged for Euros. There are ATMs, which accept international bank cards in major cities and towns, and most of the larger hotels, shops and main restaurants accept Diners Club, Visa, American Express, Maestro, and MasterCard. Money can be exchanged at the numerous banks in the towns and cities.


Electrical current in Montenegro is 230 volts, 50Hz. Two-prong round pin attachment plugs are in use.


Service charges are generally not included in restaurant and hotel bills in Montenegro. A tip of 10 percent is appreciated. Taxi drivers do not expect tips; but a small gratuity would be appreciated.


Montenegro is a safe destination for travellers, although it is wise to take sensible precautions against street crime in the towns and cities, as you would in any other European country.


The international dialling code for Montenegro is +382, and the outgoing dialling code is 00. Mobile phone coverage is mostly good; internet access is fast and efficient. Many hotels offer free wifi to guests.


Though Montenegro has few health risks and pharmacies across the country stock a good supply of medicines, it doesn't have all of the medicines prescribed in the UK. Visitors should pack sufficient medical supplies for the duration of their stay. A reciprocal health agreement entitles visitors from the UK to free emergency treatment.

Public Holidays


Business relationships in Montenegro are founded on hospitality, so expect to be wined and dined. Dress is formal and conservative, and handshakes are the norm at the beginning and end of meetings. Business hours are generally between 9am and 5pm.

Passport & Visa

Visitors are advised to carry their passports on them at all times. Travellers must only enter Montenegro through recognised border crossings, and may be required to show proof of a return or onward ticket, the necessary travel documentation for their next destination, and proof of sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in Montenegro. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.


Dress should be modest when visiting monasteries in Montenegro, and it's expected that visitors to shrines walk backwards when exiting. There are designated nudist beaches and over-exposure is frowned upon elsewhere. Discussing national politics and ethnic issues is considered in bad taste.

Duty Free

The following can be brought into Montenegro without paying duty: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; two litres of wine and 250ml of perfume for personal use. Pets can be brought into the country with a veterinary certificate of good health.


National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro, Podgorica: +382 77 100 001. Visit

92 (Police); 94 (Medical emergency).

Entry Requirements

US citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Montenegro. No visa is required for touristic stays of up to 90 days.

British citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Montenegro (or for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay in Montenegro, if their passport is not marked 'British Citizen' or 'British National (Overseas)'). No visa is required for British Citizens and British Nationals (Overseas) for touristic stays of up to 90 days, but British nationals with any other endorsement in their passport should confirm official requirements before travel to Montenegro.

Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Montenegro. No visa is required for touristic stays of up to 90 days.

South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay in Montenegro. A visa is required, except for a max stay of 30 days for holders of a valid visa issued by Ireland, the UK, the US, or a Schengen Member State.

Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Montenegro. No visa is required for touristic stays of up to 90 days. If the traveller only has a passport card, the visa-free stay is reduced to 30 days.

New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Montenegro. No visa is required for touristic stays of up to 90 days.

Embassy Consulates

United States Consulate, Podgorica: +382 (0)20 410 500.

British Embassy in Podgorica: (+382) 20 618 010.

Canadian Embassy, Belgrade, Serbia (also responsible for Montenegro): +381 (0)11 306 3000.

South African Embassy, Athens, Greece (also responsible for Montenegro): (+30) 210 617 8020.

Irish Embassy, Budapest, Hungary (also responsible for Montenegro): +36 1 301 4960.

Embassy Consulates

Montenegrin Embassy in Washington, D.C.: (+1) 202 234 6108.

Embassy of Montenegro, London, United Kingdom: (+44) 20 33 02 72 27.


Montenegro, while a small country, certainly does not lack in character and beauty. Considered to be the pearl of the Mediterranean and located in the south region of the Adriatic sea, this unique Balkan country has breath-taking scenery and is home to both rugged mountain terrain as well as a spectacular strip of beach and shoreline.

The Bay of Kotor is a beautiful region to visit and explore. The Bay, resembling a fjord, is home to some quaint coastal churches and towns, such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Although the region can get incredibly busy during the summer months, Kotor somehow manages to hold on to its charm.

The Ostrog Monastery is a must-see sight when in Montenegro. Set into a mountain face, the Monastery is considered to be one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Balkans. Visitors enjoy receiving a blessing once there, and can experience the eerie atmosphere off the cliff-side holy place too. The Durmitor National Park is worth a visit for those who enjoy outdoor activity; not only is it one of Montenegro's most spectacular national parks, it also offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter months and hiking and kayaking in the summer making it a versatile destination. Those still chasing open-air entertainment will also enjoy Lake Skadar National Park, made notable for its scenery and outstanding wildlife.

Maritime history buffs will enjoy the Maritime Museum; one of the most popular cultural sites in Montenegro and suitable for all ages. The Budva Riviera is also a brilliant tourist spot; a 22-mile (35km) strip of Adriatic coastline offering tourists more than 20 beaches and some lively restaurants and nightlife too.

A wonderfully unique destination, offering outdoor splendour as well as history, those who visit Montenegro will not leave disappointed.


The coast of Montenegro enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The capital, Podgorica, on the central plain is the hottest spot in the country, with mid-summer temperatures averaging 81°F (27°C). The northern mountains are much cooler and snow-covered throughout the winter where temperatures average 30°F (-1°C).

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