As of Oct. 17, Montenegro authorities are continuing to enforce various coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions nationwide, depending on the local disease activity. Under the current system, the degree of restrictions is determined by the 14-day infection rates per 100,000 inhabitants. The following classifications are being maintained as of Oct. 17:
- More than 1,200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants: A 2200-0500 curfew will be imposed. Diplomats and persons who are performing essential duties or taking care of the sick are exempt. All catering establishments must remain closed, and private indoor gatherings attended by members of different households are banned. As of Oct. 17, there are no areas in this category.
- 800-1199 cases per 100,000 inhabitants: All catering establishments must remain closed, and private indoor gatherings attended by members of different households are banned. As of Oct. 17, this rule applies to Niksic and Pljevlja.
- 400-799 cases per 100,000 inhabitants: Catering establishments must close at 2200. As of Oct. 17, this rule applies to Podgorica and Cetinje, as well as the municipalities of Andrijevica, Berane, Budva, Kotor, Rozaje, Ulcinj, and Zabljak.
- Less than400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants: Catering establishments must close at 2359. As of Oct. 17, this rule applies to all remaining municipalities.
Nationwide restrictions on gatherings remain in place. Public gatherings of up to 40 people are permitted outdoors and, except where stipulated otherwise, up to 20 people may assemble indoors; this does not apply to private residences. Political, cultural, and artistic events and festivals may have up to 100 people outdoors and 50 indoors. Protective face coverings must be worn in public spaces, and individuals must maintain at least 2 meters (6.5 feet) physical distancing. Industry-specific operating requirements are also in place. Nightclubs are to remain closed, and mass private gatherings (such as weddings and birthdays) are prohibited.
Montenegro continues to allow all citizens of EU countries to enter without restriction; no self-isolation or proof of negative COVID-19 tests are required for anyone traveling from the EU. Moreover, the nation's borders are open to travelers from countries with no more than 25 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Travelers from certain non-EU or non-Schengen Area countries - including Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, and Turkey - may also enter Montenegro unconditionally. Citizens and residents of countries classified as medium risk or "yellow-listed" - specifically Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, and the US- are permitted to enter the country provided they produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and have not traveled to a high-risk, or "red-listed" country in the last 15 days. The government defines high-risk countries as those where more than 25 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been reported.
Citizens and residents of Montenegro arriving from any high-risk country are required to quarantine upon entry; citizens and residents of those countries remain barred from access. Healthcare workers, freight transporters, and diplomats are exempt from such travel restrictions. Authorities update the lists regularly.
International flights are operating at Podgorica (TGD) and Tivat (TIV) airports. International passenger rail services have resumed, and international road and maritime borders are open, though delays are likely at entry points as border officials conduct required checks on arriving persons.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.