Obtaining a visa
Despite the fact that Montenegro seeks to join the Eurozone, relations between this Balkan country and Russia remain friendly. Russian tourists can freely visit Montenegro without a visa if the duration of the trip does not exceed 30 days. For a long vacation exceeding a month, you will have to apply for a Montenegrin national visa. Check a2zdirectory for history of Montenegro.
To obtain such a visa, which allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days, you must provide the following documents:
- Passport and copies of its completed pages. The document must be valid for at least 90 days from the end of the trip, as well as 3 blank sheets for the necessary stamps.
- Questionnaire-statement. A sample filling and the questionnaire itself can be downloaded from the official website of the Montenegrin Consulate in Russia. It is noteworthy that you can fill it out both in Russian and in English. Applications filled out in Serbian or Montenegrin are also accepted. The form must be filled in with a black ballpoint pen in block letters. The questionnaire must be confirmed by the personal signature of the applicant.
- Copies of all pages of the Russian passport.
- Two photographs 3×4 cm. The requirements for photographs from Montenegrin consuls are as follows:
- The face should occupy 70-80% of the frame area ;
- Of the hats, only national caps and hijabs are allowed, taking into account that the latter should not cover the face and forehead up to the hairline;
- Spectacles should be in a thin frame without tinted lenses, glare and “chameleons”;
- The photograph must be printed on matte paper ;
- The color of the background in the photo is not important.
- Visa Application. It is written in a special form addressed to the consular department of the Embassy of Montenegro. Sent by mail on demand to the address of the Embassy.
- Proof of legal residence in the country for the entire period of the trip. These may include the following papers:
- Extract from the hotel about the room reservation and full payment ;
- A copy of the letter of guarantee, if a private house or apartment is rented. The text of the letter should contain the contact details of the property owner, as well as an official invitation for a tourist visit. The letter must be certified by the authorities at the place of residence.
- Copies of round-trip air tickets.
- Certificate of employment OR bank statement. The minimum amount for staying in Montenegro is 20 euros per person per day, excluding accommodation and transport costs. One of these two documents must confirm that the tourist has the required amount. For minors and non-working tourists, a sponsorship letter from their parents will suffice.
- Covered insurance policy from 30,000 euros.
Terms of obtaining a visa to Montenegro
You need to apply for a Montenegrin visa no later than 1 full month before the planned trip. This rule applies unconditionally for any category of tourists and guests.
The document itself is issued within 8-14 working days. Even if it is issued earlier, the visa will be issued to the applicant strictly 7 days before departure.
Denial of a Montenegrin visa is issued in the following cases:
- Applicant’s outstanding conviction;
- Debts on taxes / credit / alimony / utility bills;
- False information in submitted documents.
Since a visa to Montenegro for Russian tourists is also a multi-visa, the amount of the consular fee for 2015 remains fixed.
For an adult tourist, the fee will be 62 euros, for a child – 32 euros.
It is worth remembering that a working visa to Montenegro is issued for Russians immediately upon arrival. This will be an addition to the main form, but it will take 30 business days to issue it. The right to work in Montenegro will cost 120 euros for each month.
Customs regulations of Montenegro
Import and export of goods to the territory of Montenegro is regulated by the customs rules of the country. See Montenegro import restrictions.
Allowed to import duty-free:
- Local and national currency in any quantity. The amount of more than 2000 euros in cash is subject to declaration;
- 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, 100 cigarillos or 250 grams of tobacco;
- 2 liters of wine and a liter of strong alcoholic beverages;
- Items for personal use in non-marketable quantities;
- 50 ml of perfume; 0.25 liters of cologne;
- Items previously exported from the country, according to documents confirming this fact.
Allowed to export duty-free:
- Cash up to EUR 2,000 in addition to the previously declared amount. Otherwise, excess cash may be confiscated at customs;
- Items for personal use previously imported into Montenegro.
It is forbidden to import and export from Montenegro:
- Items of artistic or historical value. A special permit is required for their export;
- Weapons and ammunition, except for hunting and sporting implements;
- Poisons, drugs and other substances hazardous to human health;
- Animals and products of animal origin without a certificate confirming their safety.