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    Important things to know about Montenegro

Money

A Montenegro uses the euro (€) and all prices quoted in this book are in that currency, unless otherwise stated. See Click here for exchange rates.A You’ll find banks with ATMs in all the main towns, most of which accept Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus. ATMs tend to dish out big notes which can be hard to break.A Don’t rely on restaurants, shops or smaller hotels accepting credit cards.A Tipping isn’t expected although it’s common to round up to the nearest euro.

Insurance

A watertight travel insurance policy covering theft, loss and medical problems is recommended. While theft isn’t a huge problem, rental cars are sometimes targeted by opportunists and Montenegro’s roads aren’t the world’s safest. There are plenty of policies to choose from – compare the fine print and shop around.If you’re an EU citizen, you will be covered for most emergency medical care except for emergency repatriation home. Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Montenegro. Strongly consider a policy that covers you for the worst possible scenario, such as an accident requiring an emergency flight home. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or if it will reimburse you later for any overseas health expenditures. The former option is generally preferable, especially if your finances are limited.

Custom Regulations

Amounts greater than €2000 of cash or travellers cheques must be declared when leaving the country. If you’re entering with a large sum and think you might have more than €2000 left when you leave, complete a currency declaration form on arrival or you may find your money confiscated on departure.

A Drug laws are similar to most other European countries. Possession or trafficking of drugs could result in a lengthy jail sentence.A When you enter the country you need to receive an entry stamp in your passport. If you don’t, you may be detained or fined when you seek to leave for entering the country illegally.

Telephone

A The international access prefix is 00 or + from a mobile phone. A Press the i button on public phones for dialling commands in English. A Mobile numbers start with 06. A Local SIM cards are a good idea if you’re planning a longer stay. The main providers (T-Mobile, M:tel and Telenor) have storefronts in most towns. Many shopping centres have terminals where you can top-up your prepay account. Mobile calls are expensive in Montenegro but the main providers offer heavily discounted rates to calls within their network, so it’s not uncommon for businesses to advertise three different mobile numbers on different networks.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS  

Ambulance (124)

Fire service (123)

Police (122)

Visas

Visas are not required for citizens of most European countries, Turkey, Israel, Singapore, South Korea, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. In most cases this allows a stay of up to 90 days. If your country is not covered by a visa waiver, you will need a valid passport, verified letter of invitation, return ticket, proof of sufficient funds and proof of medical cover in order to obtain a visa.

Italian People can enter in Montenegro with just their “Carta d’Identità” (valida per l’espatrio).

Health

Quality health care is readily available in Montenegro and pharmacists can give valuable advice and sell over-the-counter medication for minor illnesses. The standard of dental care is also good.

Before You Go
A little planning before departure, particularly for pre-existing illnesses, will save trouble later. See your dentist before a long trip. Carry a spare pair of contact lenses and glasses, and take your optical prescription with you. Bring medications in their original, labelled, containers. A letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications, including generic names, is also a good idea. If you are carrying syringes, be sure to have a physician’s letter with you documenting their necessity.

Recommended Vaccinations
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all travellers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio, regardless of their destination. You should also consider being vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and tetanus. Since most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, visit a physician at least six weeks before departure.

Children

Children are more likely to be fussed over than frowned upon in Montenegro. For many parents this is half the battle won. Hotels, restaurants and cafes warmly welcome children, and we’ve even seen the occasional young teenager boogying with parents at beachside nightclubs. However, special facilities for children are more limited. Better hotels may have cots available, but it’s best to check in advance. The same goes for car seats at rental car agencies or taxi companies. Car seats aren’t legally required, but given the dangers on the roads you should consider bringing your own. Highchairs are the exception rather than the rule at restaurants. You won’t find children’s menus but the ubiquity of kid-friendly favourites like pasta, pizza and hot chips (fries) makes mealtime easy. Babysitting services are only offered in the most exclusive five-star hotels. Disposable nappies (especially Pampers and Huggies) are easy to find. Infant formula is available in the bigger supermarkets, but it’s a good idea to bring a few days’ supply with you. The main brands are Bebelac and Nestle; you can sometimes find Aptamil too. Medical care is generally very good, but language difficulties can present problems. Every town has a medical centre (Dom zdravlja) . They generally have a separate section for children with two waiting rooms: one for kids with potentially contagious infections and one dealing with broken bones and the like. Older offspring should have a blast in Montenegro, with the relatively safe environment allowing them off the leash a little. You may find that they’re kicking a ball around with the local scallywags in no time. The opposite is true for toddlers and small children as a generally lower standard of safety regulations (missing railings, unfenced pools etc) means you’ll have to keep a closer eye on them. You’ll struggle to get pushchairs along the cobbled lanes and stairways in the older towns and you’ll often find yourself having to trundle them along dangerous roads due to parked cars blocking the footpaths. Still, bringing a pram is a good idea, if only so you can join the legions of parents promenading with their babies on summer nights. Any hurdles you may strike will be insignificant compared to the wonderfully family-friendly atmosphere, fresh air and gently lapping Mediterranean waters that Montenegro provides.

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