Montenegro Country Brief
Security travel advice for Montenegro
Threat level: Low-Medium
The current travel safety advice is to be cautious when visiting Montenegro. Although the crime rate is low, petty crime can occur especially if thieves target tourists. It is recommended that you maintain all personal belongs in a secure location including your passport or other travel documents.
Be particularly careful when using public transport as pick pocketing is most common here. It is recommended that you do not carry large amounts of money or display affluence obviously.
Recent Security Risk Events
There have been recent events of a small number of ISIS-affiliated citizens fleeing the country which may pose a small terrorism threat to Montenegro. However, the National Security Agency are monitoring Islamic extremism and radicalism in the country to reduce this threat as much as possible.
In 2015, Montenegro was invited to join NATO which caused tensions with Russia. It is thought that Russia will act on Montenegro’s inclusion in the treaty, however nothing has happened so far.
Tourist hot spots can be targeted by thieves, and include areas such as beaches and airports. It is important to remain vigilant at all times in such areas. Citizens sometimes engage in peaceful demonstrations around official buildings and whilst these mostly pose no violent threat, they can sometimes lead to low level crime. It is recommended that you steer clear of such events.
The country’s location is within a seismically active zone. As such, some small tremors are recorded annually, however serious earthquakes are infrequent and rarely occur, the last one being in 1979. Visitors should remain aware of this and listen for any government issued warnings.
Montenegro is in the process of joining the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation where it will make alliances with the current 28 independent member countries. It joined the UN in 2006. Other international organisations Montenegro is a member of includes: OSCE, International Labour Organisation, World Health Organisation and the International Monetary Fund to name a few.
Montenegro has exceptional relations with the United States and UK, with countries such as United Arab Emirates, France and Germany holding Embassies in the country.
In order to drive in Montenegro, a valid driving licence is essential, and an international driving permit is required for non-European visitors. If you are bringing in your own vehicle to the country, you must have relevant documents such as the vehicle registration and owner documents, as well as valid European vehicle insurance.
The road conditions are relatively poor in many parts of Montenegro, particularly rural areas. Tourists should be particularly wary of the Moraca Canyon road in the north of Podgorica. It can get especially overcrowded in the summer and is subject to frequent rockslides.
Montenegrin drivers can be reckless on the roads, overtaking others on winding roads so visitors should remain extremely alert at all times. All drivers must wear their seatbelts and winter tyres must be attached between November and March. There must be a fluorescent jacket in each vehicle alongside a European car accident report form.
Taxi services are generally safe and visitors should use only officially marked taxis. Bus and train services are available within most of the country’s cities and towns however be aware that the train service is relatively old and can often be subject to lengthy delays.
Religion: Christianity (Serbian Orthodox Church) and Islam
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Time now in Podgorica:
No visa is necessary for citizens of most countries to enter Montenegro for up to 90 days. However, you must register with the local police within the first 24 hours. Most hotels and tourist accommodations will do this for you however if you are privately renting a place it is your responsibility to do so. Check with your local Montenegrin Embassy if you are unsure of any visa requirements.
It is advised that visitors to Montenegro are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is further recommended that most travellers get Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccinations. You may also want to consider vaccinations for Hepatitis B. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Other health risks
Publically run medical facilities may not be as well-equipped or maintained as many other Western countries. Privately run pharmacies are more likely to stock basic medication and supplies required. If medical assistance is necessary, doctors and hospital staff will often expect payment before treatment which is usually direct cash.
All travellers should ensure they have adequate travel insurance to include all forms of treatment. British nationals are able to receive free emergency treatment if necessary, but non-urgent cases will require cash payment.
U.S. Embassy Podgorica
Dzona Dzeksona 2
Telephone: +382 20410 500
British Embassy Podgorica
Telephone: +382 2061 8010
Other useful info
Police emergency: 122
Fire emergency: 123
Medical emergency: 124
112 can be used to reach all emergency services in Montenegro, however there are also alternative numbers for the country too.