Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Montenegro
Address: Bul. Ivana Crnojevića 99/2, Podgorica
Тел.: +382 20 655 009
Tel./Fax: +382 20 655 008
Out-of-hours hotline: +382 69 143 298
Working time with a mandatory booking of an appointment [email protected], mobile: +38269143298: Monday - Friday, 9.00 - 17.00 h.
In accordance with the Regulations for the financial means carried through the territory of Montenegro (cash, checks, etc.) exceeding € 10 000(ten thousand euro), such amounts shall be declared. The declarations shall be completed at the Customs House of Montenegro.
The Montenegrin legislation provides that a natural person who does not stay permanently on the territory of the country may carry abroad effective cash exceeding the fixed amount (10 000euro) under the following conditions:
- if such person declares it at entering the country on the basis of a certificate of bringing effective cash in the Republic, which shall be done and certified by a customs body;
- if such person has withdrawn it from a currency account or a currency savings book with a bank in Montenegro, on the basis of bank confirmation.
The absence of a customs certificate or another substituting document to verify the origin of the carried currency or its equivalence to the amount exceeding10 000 euro shall result in the legal possibility for the customs officers to confiscate the cash at the exit from the country.
It should be noted that the declaration of currency at the border between Bulgaria and Serbia is not respected by the customs authorities of Montenegro and that declaration will be demanded at the customs entry/exit points between Serbia and Montenegro.
Crime and security
There are no special requirements for guaranteeing personal safety. Although seldom, there have been isolated occasions of offences against Bulgarian citizens such as stealing of money, belongings, documents, etc., particularly when traveling on a train or a bus. In the case of theft or loss of the Bulgarian passport, you should immediately inform the local police authorities about the accident and receive the respective protocol, after which you can contact the Bulgarian Embassy in Podgorica requesting issuance of a temporary passport to return in our country.
The healthcare network is comparatively well-developed and provides possibilities of delivering good quality medical services. An important requirement for the traveling Bulgarian citizens is to have a valid medical insurance, corresponding to the European standards for ensuring EU citizens abroad, which means that the insurance should cover a health risk to the amount of at least 30 000 euro.
Upon entering the territory of Montenegro with a motor vehicle, in all cases you should produce a Green Card, certifying Third Party International Motor Insurance.
Driving motor vehicles on the territory of Montenegro with low-beam headlights on is compulsory throughout the year.
There are no highways in Montenegro, while the first-class roads, which take up the main traffic, are generally speaking in good repair, but have a lot of curves, passages through tunnels and risky sections for overtaking manoeuvres. There is danger of falling stones at some individual sections and poor visibility in fog and rain. One should drive with extra caution.
The bodies of the Road Police make strict inspections of driving cars in respect of the headlights and observation of road signs and road marking. For exceeding the permitted limit, which is restricted in populated places between40-60 km/h and in the country between70-80 km/h, the offender is sanctioned with a fine depending on the severity of the offence, which is within the range of 150-500 euro. Refusal to pay the fine is considered grounds to refer the offender to the local administrative court and to take away his right to drive a motor vehicle until the court proceedings have been closed.
In the towns and primarily in the capital Podgorica there are some paid parking lots and streets, where one can park against payment. Parking at such placing without paying will result in imposing a fine on the offender, which is 20 euro, or in compulsory removal of the motor vehicle with a “spider” and its release against paying a plump fine, which depends on the area the vehicle was taken.
From 01.01.2012, any alcohol concentration in the blood of drivers along the roads of Montenegro is punishable. The country is well supplied with fuel for motor vehicles, with gas stations on the main roads and their branches, and in all small and big towns. The fuel is of good quality and corresponds to the European quality standards.
Travel papers and visas
The EU citizens, including Bulgarian citizens, can enter and stay in Montenegro with a valid international passport or identity card, which should be valid at least 6 months from the date of entering the country.
Bulgarian citizens can enter and stay on the territory of Montenegro without a visa for a period no more than 90 (ninety) days within 6 (six) months, as of the date of the first entry.
Where the stay needs to be extended for a period of more than 90 days (education, employment, specialisation, etc.), Bulgarian citizens are required to obtain in advance the necessary type of visa in accordance with the Montenegrin legislation.
From the time of arrival at their short-term stay, the foreigners shall register within 24 hours their address at the respective police station, if they use private lodgings on individual basis. Where lodging is provided with the services of a tourist organisation, accommodation in a hotel or in private rented rooms, this is obligation of the tourist organisation, the hotel or the landlord. They are required to register the address of foreigners in the police not later than 12 hours from their accommodation.
On certain occasions, local citizens letting out rooms have been found to retain the passports of Bulgarian citizens with various intentions, making excuses with the requirement to make address registration. This is an unjustifiable and arbitrary act. Bulgarian citizens should take back their passports after making their address registration.
Foreigners may enter employment relations in Montenegro, if they observe the general conditions prescribed by the law, the collective employment agreement and the general acts, and if they have approval for permanent accommodation, respectively temporary stay in the country, provided that they have obtained an authorisation of employment.
The authorisation of concluding employment contract shall be requested by the employer from the respective republican organs. The employer may conclude a temporary employment contract with a foreigner for a period no longer than 3 (three) months during the calendar year.
No vaccination is required and there are no special health and epidemiological conditions for entering the country.
Bulgarian identity documents
The Consular Service at the Embassy in Podgorica is technically equipped to take biometric data, thanks to which it accepts applications for issuing all kinds of Bulgarian identification documents – passport, identity card, driving license and temporary passport.
Certifications and legalisations
In order to be valid before the authorities of the other country, the documents issued by the competent bodies of either country should bear the “Apostille” stamp of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs.