Montenegro (Republika Crna Gora) is a Balkan state overlooking the Adriatic sea, characterised by a heterogeneous cultural and religious melting pot, which has caused numerous problems from the social point of view. Montenegro is the first ecologic Country of the world, which can count on an extraordinary natural environment, and which is looking at the development of sustainable tourism.



Podgorica (139.100 in 1999)


13.812 km²







Time zone

(UTC +1).


Montenegrin. Albanian, English and Italian are spoken.


Christian, Orthodox, Muslim, with a small Catholic minority.

Entry requirements

Neither passport nor visa is required for European citizens of the Member States. Identity card with at least 3 months validity is sufficient. Most of European driving licenses are accepted, but they must be accompanied with the Green Card.

Travelling with pets

Small sized pets like cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with animal passport (in force since 2004) and have an identification microchip or tattoo. Also, they must be vaccinated against rabies.

Health and safety

Both private and public health structures are insufficient and poorer compared to the European standards. Medicaments and medical equipment are not easily available. No vaccination is required. Water is generally drinkable, whereas distilled liquors should be avoided, as they are often processed using inappropriate methods. General safety in the country is quite good.


Montenegro is characterised by a Mediterranean mild climate on the coast, and a continental climate inland.

Form of government

The country proclaimed the independence from Serbia on 3rd June 2006, becoming a parliamentary republic.


Montenegro’s economy is growing. In particular steel and aluminium industry have been the motor of the development. More than 35% of the territory is suitable for cultivations, hence the importance of agriculture. The main cultivations are berries, wheat, corn, tobacco, potatoes, olives, oranges, grapes. Tourism is getting more and more important.


Voltage: 220 V, frequency 50 Hz. It is advisable to bring plug adapters.

Post offices, banks and telephones

oPst offices are open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 19 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 15 pm. Banks are generally open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 19 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 15 pm.
Mobile phone coverage is excellent.
Country code:
Useful numbers:
International information:
Police: 92
Firemen: 93
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