Last update 04 September 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Montenegro
Address: 99/2 Ivana Crnojevića Blvd., Podgorica
Telephone: +382 20 655 009; +382 20 674 156
Telephone/Fax: +382 20 655 008
Out-of-hours hotline: +382 69 143 298; +382 69133616 (emergency number)
Opening hours with members of the public, appointment required at [email protected] and mobile: +382 69 143 298, Monday – Friday, 08:30 – 15:30
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/montenegro
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in Montenegro
mr. Novica Jovovic
Address: 81000 Podgorica, 16 Slobode St.
Telephone: +382 20 241 920
E-mail: [email protected]
No terrorist attacks or threats have been recorded in the country. Success has been reported in the fight against organised crime and in the fight against illicit drug and cigarette trafficking. Domestic crime is at a negligible level.
In case of theft or loss of your personal documents, you should immediately inform the local police authorities about the event and obtain the relevant report, and then apply to the Bulgarian Embassy in Podgorica for an Emergency Travel Document to return to the country.
The health network consists of public and private treatment facilities and enables the provision of primary healthcare and medical services. An important requirement for Bulgarian citizens travelling abroad is to have a valid health insurance policy that complies with the European standards for insuring EU citizens abroad, which means that the insurance should be able to cover a health risk of at least EUR 30,000.
Attention! Attempting to import drugs containing narcotics without the necessary accompanying documents is a criminal offence under Montenegrin law!
Funds/cash, cheques, etc./ in excess of EUR 10,000 (ten thousand euro) must be declared. The declarations shall be completed at the Montenegrin customs.
The Montenegrin legislation provides that a natural person who is not a permanent resident of the country may export abroad funds in excess of the specified amount /EUR 10,000/ under the following conditions:
• if he declares them upon entry into the country, on the basis of a certificate of deposit of effective funds in the Republic, which is provided and certified by a customs authority;
• if he has withdrawn them from a foreign currency account or a foreign currency savings book in a bank in Montenegro, on the basis of a bank confirmation.
The absence of a customs certificate or other substitute document certifying the origin of the currency carried or its equivalent in excess of EUR 10,000 leads to the legal possibility of confiscation of the currency by customs officials when leaving the country
Travellers may carry medicines needed for personal use or for a pet, up to a maximum of 6 months' doses.
Drugs containing narcotic substances may only be admitted for therapy for up to 30 days on the basis of a prescription from an attending physician no older than 90 days from the date of entry into the country.
When entering the territory of Montenegro by vehicle, it is mandatory to present a green card certifying the international civil liability insurance of the vehicle.
On the territory of Montenegro it is compulsory to drive with the low beams on all year round.
There are no motorways in Montenegro, but the first-class roads, which carry the main road traffic, are of very good quality and are maintained in good condition all year round. Given the mountainous topography of the country, in the northern part the road network of Montenegro is characterized by numerous curves, tunnels and risky sections, especially in the winter season.
The traffic police strictly check the vehicles on the road for lights on and for compliance with traffic signs and road markings. For exceeding the speed limit, which in populated areas is generally limited between 30—50 km/h and in non-populated areas 70—80 km/h, the offender is sanctioned with a fine, depending on the severity of the offence, which is in the range of EUR 150—500. Refusal to pay the fine is grounds for initiating an administrative case in court and deprivation of the right to drive until the conclusion of the court proceedings.
In the cities, and especially in the capital Podgorica, there are designated paid parking lots and streets with the possibility to park for a fee. Parking in such places without payment leads to a fine of EUR 20 or to the forced lifting of the vehicle by a tow truck and its release for a hefty fine, which depends on the area where it was lifted.
Absolutely no blood alcohol concentration is allowed for drivers under 21, and those over that age are allowed up to 0.3 ‰.
The country is well supplied with fuel for vehicles, with fuel stations on the main roads and their diversions, as well as in all small and large towns. The fuel is of good quality and meets European quality standards.
During the winter period, the use of winter tyres is mandatory.
The use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited unless the driver is using a ‘hands free’ phone device.
If the driver is driving a vehicle that is not registered in his/her name, it is necessary to have a notarized power of attorney from the owner of the vehicle.
There are no vignette or toll charges in Montenegro. Only on the Podgorica — Bar route a toll of EUR 2.50 is paid for passing through the Sozine tunnel.
Emergency phones - 122 for police, 124 for ambulance.
Animals and pets:
The travel of pets shall be permitted if they are accompanied by a veterinary passport and an appropriate veterinary certificate for the non-commercial movement of pets with the required vaccines issued by a veterinarian of the country of residence.
Travel papers and visas
Travel papers and visa requirements
EU citizens, including Bulgarian citizens, can enter and stay in Montenegro with a valid passport or identity card, which must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of departure. Bulgarian citizens may enter and stay on the territory of Montenegro with an identity card for a period of 30 days.
Bulgarian citizens may enter and stay on the territory of Montenegro without visas for a period of up to 90 (ninety) days within 6 (six) months from the date of first entry.
In cases where an extended stay of more than 90 days is required (study, work, specialization, etc.), Bulgarian citizens are required to obtain the necessary type of visa in advance, in accordance with the legislation of Montenegro. For more information, you can visit the following website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro: https://www.gov.me/en/government-of-montenegro/visas-and-entry-requirements
From the moment of arrival at the place of short-term residence, the foreigner is obliged to register his/her address at the relevant police station within 24 hours if he/she uses private accommodation on an individual basis. When using the services of a tourist organisation, hotel accommodation or private rental accommodation, it is the responsibility of the tourist organisation, hotel or landlord. Within 12 hours of the accommodation of the foreigner, they must register his/her address with the police.
Foreigners may enter into employment relations in Montenegro if they fulfil the general conditions prescribed by law, the collective agreement, the general acts and if they have approval for permanent accommodation or temporary residence in the country, provided that they obtain a work permit.
Permission to enter into an employment contract shall be sought by the employer from the relevant republican authorities. The employer may conclude with a foreigner an employment contract for temporary work for a period not exceeding 3 (three) months during the calendar year.
Bulgarian identity documents:
The Consular Office with the Embassy in Podgorica has the technical capability to capture biometric data and therefore accepts applications for all types of Bulgarian identity documents — passport, identity card, driving licence and an Emergency Travel Document.
Certifications and legalizations:
In order to be valid before the authorities of the other country, the documents issued by the competent authorities of each of the two countries must bear the Apostille stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Apostille can also be taken by the courts of first instance in Montenegro.
The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria is not responsible for any changes not reflected in the current legislation of Montenegro.