Critical Alert

Summary

As of Oct. 26, Montenegro continues 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 rate per 100,000 inhabitants. The following classifications are being maintained as of Oct. 26:


  • 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. 26, these restrictions apply to Zabljak.
  • 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. 26, this rule applies to Kolasin and Ulcinj.
  • 400-799 cases per 100,000 inhabitants: Catering establishments must close at 2200. As of Oct. 26, this rule applies to Podgorica, Budva, Cetinje, Niksic, and Pljevlja.
  • Less than400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants: Catering establishments must close at 2359. As of Oct. 26, this rule applies to all remaining municipalities.

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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.

International Travel
Nonresident foreign nationals may enter Montenegro provided they reside in a country on the "Green list" or they have been in a Green list country for at least 15 days before traveling to Montenegro; no self-isolation or proof of negative COVID-19 tests are required. The Green list includes all EU countries, as well as Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, the UK, and Turkey, among others.

Residents of countries classified as medium risk and placed on the "Yellow list" - specifically Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, and the US - must produce a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Travelers may also produce a positive test result for antibodies to COVID-19; there does not appear to be a time limit on these tests.

Travelers from Green list countries who have been in a Yellow list country within 15 days of their arrival in Montenegro must produce a test result. Travelers from Green and Yellow list countries must not have traveled to a high-risk country in the last 15 days. Residents of high-risk countries may not enter Montenegro unless they can prove they have been in a Green or Yellow list country for at least 15 days before arrival in Montenegro. Such individuals would be required to abide by the measures applicable to Green or Yellow list countries, accordingly. Healthcare workers, freight transporters, and diplomats are exempt from such restrictions. Authorities update the lists regularly.

Residents of Montenegro returning from any high-risk country are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival; some returning residents may be placed in a government quarantine facility depending on their country of departure.

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.

Advice

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.

 

 

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