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Montenegro

Montenegro: At a glance

Capital: Podgorica

Population: 622,471

Official language: Montenegrin

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Montenegro: Travel Health Information

Montenegro is known for its rugged mountains, Adriatic coastline, and medieval villages and historic towns. Tourists can relax on the beach or take a hike through the country’s several national parks. Europe’s deepest gorge - the Tara River Canyon - is also a popular attraction for tourists.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Montenegro may differ from your home country. Montenegro has a public healthcare system, as well as a private sector. While the healthcare system has undergone many reforms in recent years, the quality of care is generally below international standards. Doctors are well trained and often speak basic English, but the country has a significant shortage of physicians and nurses.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Montenegro typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Western Europe may be required for serious medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Montenegro.

Pharmacies and medications

Prescriptions for medicines can be obtained from a local doctor but many medicines can be purchased over-the-counter in a pharmacy.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Montenegro’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Montenegro’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in urban areas of Montenegro are generally well maintained. Winding roads in mountainous areas may pose a risk for travellers. Seat belts are required for the driver and passengers of a vehicle at all times. Helmets are mandatory for motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times and are recommended for cyclists.



Montenegro: At a glance

Capital: Podgorica

Population: 622,471

Official language: Montenegrin

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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