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).
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.
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 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.