Wednesday 22 Nov 2017

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Geographic location:
Since 2006 is Montenegro (in Montenegrin language called "Crna Gora") an independant state. The country is situated in South-Eastern Europa and is surrounded by Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania.
 
Surface:
Montenegro has a surface of 13.812 km².
 
Population:
Montenegro has a population of 672.656 inhabitants.
 
Ethnical composition:
The majority of the population are Montenegrin. The largest national minorities are Serbes, Albanians, Bosnian Muslims, Croats and Roma.
 
Official language:
The official language is Montenegrin, a language of Slavic origin. The languages of the national minorities are recognised as well.
Montenegrin language makes use of two official alphabets: latin and cyrillic alphabet.
 
Religion:
74% of the Montenegrin population are Eastern 0rthodox, 20% are Muslims and 6% are Roman-Catholic.
 
Political system:
Montenegro is a parlementary democracy with multiple political parties.
The president is the head of state.
 
Capital:
Podgorica is the official capital of Montenegro. The city counts about 170.000 inhabitants. The cultural and historical capital is the city of Cetinje.
 
Total lenght of coastline:
De total lenght of the Montenegrin coastline mesures 293 km, of which 73 km of beaches.
 
Climate:
Montenegro has 3 different sorts of climates. At the coastline, Montenegro has a mild mediterenean climate. The valleys of Central Montenegro have an average continental climate. The mountains in the north of the country have a mountaineous climate.
 
Currency:
Although Montenegro is not yet a member of the European Union, Euro (EUR) is used as the official currency. Money can be changed in banks, exhange and post offices.
 
Creditcards:
Creditcards (Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, American Express en Diners) are accepted in all hotels, marinas, restaurants and shops.
 
Travel documents:
Citizens of most European countries only need a valid identity card or passport to travel to Montenegro (for a stay up to 30 days).  The travel documents have to be valid during whole the time of your stay.
 
When you travel to Montenegro by car, you need to have a valid driving licence and an insurance for the vehicle you are driving with. Check in advance if your insurance is valid for Montenegro (often still marked on the insurance document by the code "YU" or "SCG" instead of the new code "MNE").
 
Elektricity frequency:
220 V - frequentcy 50 Hz
 
Important phone numbers:
The landcode for calling to Montenegro is 00382.
Some important phone numbers are:
Police: 92
Fire department: 93
Ambulance: 94
Road assistence and traffic news: 987
Tourist information: 9797

 

USEFULL INFORMATION

Travel documents
A valid identity card, passport or another recognised international document is enough for staying in Montenegro up to 30 days. It is required that the identity card or passport is valid during the whole period of your stay.


Customs formalities
The customs formalities of Montenegro correspond with the standard rules of the European Union. Objects for personal use, thus not commercial, are exempted from import duties and VAT. The import of meat and milk products as well as other products of animal origin is subjected to a veterinary research of the inspector at the border crossing. At the Montenegrin border it’s obliged to buy an eco-tax vignette. This tax is levied on motorcycles and applies for both foreigners and for the local population. The price of this vignette depends of the vehicle and is valid during one year. For motorcycles with maximum 8 seats the price is 10 euro. The price for a vehicles with more than 8 seats and a maximum weight of 5 ton is 30 euro. Motorcycles with more than 8 seats and a weight above 5 ton pay 50 euro.


Domestic animals
Domestic animals imported in Montenegro without commercial purposes and accompanied by their owner or domestic animals on transit and accompanied by their owner or by another authorized person, and who are not intended to be sold or given away to another owner can enter Montenegro. Dogs, animals and mustelids must be marked with a clear visible tattoo or an electronic identification system (chip). The animals need to be accompanied by an international passport or a certificate of good health of the animals, issued by a approved veterinary confirms vaccinations against rabies.


Health service
There are hospitals and clinics in all big cities. In smaller places there are policlinics. Foreigners don’t need to pay medical treatments directly if there is a convention between the country of origin and Montenegro.


Opening hours of shops and office hours
Most of the shops are opened the entire day from 08.00 h until 20.00 h. During the tourist season the shops may close later. Most of them will than have a siesta between 12.00 h and 16.00 h. Public services and offices are working from Monday up to Friday between 08.00 and 16.00u.


Post and telecommunication
Post offices are opened on business days from 8.00 h to 20.00 h and in smaller places from 8.00 h to 16.00 h. In larger cities and tourist places the offices can also be opened on Saturday and Sunday.


Power supply
220 V – Hertz 50 Hz

Water
Flowing water is drinkable in all parts of Montenegro, except during the high season (July and august) at the coast because water installations then often are supersaturated.


Bel 112
The Montenegrin country code is 00382. Some important phone numbers are:

  1. Police: 92
  2. Fire Brigade: 93
  3. Ambulance: 94
  4. Road assistance and traffic information: 987
  5. Tourist information: 9797

Fire prevention
Check if you have done everything to prevent fire. Don’t leave burning or highly inflammable objects in nature. It’s prohibited to put up a fire where that is indicated.


MONTENEGRO BY CAR

Documents
If you travel to Montenegro by car you need a valid drivers license and car insurance. It is advisable to examine your green card (car insurance) to see if its valid in Montenegro. Often Montenegro is still indicated with the code ' YU' or ' SCG'. In case of doubt contact your insurer.


Obligation

  1. It is obliged to drive whole day with automotive lightning.
  2. It is obliged to wear seat belts

Petrol stations
All petrol stations sell eurosuper 95, super 95, super 98, super plus 98, euro diesel and diesel. In larger cities and along important roads LPG is also sold. These stations are daily opened from 7.00 h till 20.00 h. Along international roads and in large cities the petrol stations are opened continuously.


Maximum speed
It’s allowed to drive 50 km/h in the urban area en 90 km/h outside the urban area. On highways only allowed for motorcycles one can drive 110 km/h. Motorcycles with trailer and buses with or without light trailer can drive up to 80 km/h.

 

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