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Exercise normal safety precautions in Montenegro.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Montenegro.
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Demonstrations, protests, rallies and political events are common.
Public protests, disturbances and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent. They may also lead to road closures, including major roads.
Be cautious travelling in the Kosovo border area. The security situation is unpredictable.
The use of fireworks and firearms at public celebrations can result in injury.
To protect yourself during periods of unrest:
Petty crime is common. Take care in crowded places, markets and on public transport.
Credit card fraud is common.
To reduce your risk of crime:
Sexual assault and violent crime
Violent criminal acts involving tourists can occur, including sexual assault, assault and robbery.
Serious crime is usually linked to organised crime and not often directed at foreigners.
Gun violence is a risk to bystanders, including travellers.
To protect yourself from violence:
Be alert in bars and nightclubs. Drink-spiking and snatching of valuables may occur if you're not vigilant.
Drinks may be contaminated with drugs or toxic substances (see Health).
Don't leave your food or drinks unattended.
Never accept drinks, food, gum or cigarettes from people you've just met.
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
Terrorists have staged attacks in European cities, targeting public transport and places popular with foreigners.
Take official warnings seriously.
To protect yourself from terrorism:
If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Large earthquakes are rare, but tremors are common.
Flooding can happen during winter and spring due to heavy rains and melting snow.
Bush and forest fires are common during summer, from April to October.
Extreme hot and dry periods can lead to water shortages.
Snow and ice can be a hazard on the roads. Roads aren't always cleared, even after heavy snowfalls during the winter months, from October to March.
To protect yourself if you encounter a natural disaster or severe weather:
Register with the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System to receive alerts on major disasters.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Confirm what your policy covers, including in terms of activities, care, and health and travel disruptions. Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Montenegro. Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
Contact DFAT to authenticate medical documents if needed.
There's a risk of tick-borne encephalitis in forests and fields.
Ticks are common in country areas. They're active from spring to autumn.
Take measures to avoid tick bites, particularly in rural areas.
During and after visiting a forest:
Other health risks
Outbreaks of foodborne and other infectious diseases happen from time to time. These include:
To protect yourself from illness, avoid the following:
Medical facilities are limited and below Australian standards.
If you become seriously ill or injured, you'll need to be evacuated to a place with better facilities. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long prison sentences in local jails.
In some cases, it's illegal to photograph military and police:
There may be signs indicating that photography is prohibited. If you're not sure, don't take photos.
Same-sex relationships are legal but not widely accepted. Avoid public displays of affection.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Visa-free travel for short stays
You can stay for up to 90 days in 6 months without a tourist visa from the date of entry into Montenegro.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Montenegro for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
Register your local address with the police or a tourist organisation within 24 hours of arrival.
Registration is usually part of the hotel check-in procedure. If they don't do this, or you're staying in a private home, register at the nearest police station.
Authorities may fine or detain you if you don't register.
If you want to extend your stay beyond 90 days, apply for a Temporary Residence Permit.
You can apply for the permit at a police station in the district where you're staying.
Check the Montenegrin Ministry of the Interior for details or contact the Montenegro Border Protection Police at +382 20 224491 on weekdays from 7am to 3pm.
You must always carry a valid ID, such as a driver's licence or passport. You might be fined if you can't show your ID to local authorities.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport isn't valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government doesn't set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Lost or stolen passport
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or damaged, apply for a Commonwealth emergency travel document at the British Embassy in Podgorica.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Passport with 'X' gender identifier
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can't guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The local currency is the Euro.
You must declare cash and valuables valued over 10,000 euros or equivalent on arrival. This includes laptop computers, cameras and jewellery.
You need to show your declaration form when you leave. If you don't, your valuables and funds could be confiscated.
ATMs accept cards with Plus, Cirrus or Maestro access. They are widely available.
Check the Government of Montenegro website for the latest information and check local media for updates.
Restrictions may change at short notice.
Wearing face masks indoors is recommended. Wearing face masks in health facilities remains mandatory.
To drive in Montenegro, you'll need both:
Driving can be dangerous due to the following:
Snow and ice can be a hazard in winter.
Moraca Canyon Road is dangerous due to traffic congestion and poor road conditions.
Penalties for traffic offences can be severe, including large fines and jail.
Only use registered taxis displaying municipal registration and taxi numbers.
Public transport standards can be lower than in Australia. Public transport isn't always available outside large cities.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Montenegro's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Australia doesn't have an embassy in Montenegro.
You can get consular assistance from the Australian Embassy in Belgrade.
Vladimira Popovica 38-40, 8th floor
11070 Belgrade, Serbia
Phone: +381 11 330 3400
Fax: +381 11 330 3409
Email (general enquiries): firstname.lastname@example.org
Email (visa enquiries): email@example.com
Facebook: Australia in Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro
Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
For emergency travel documents, contact the British Embassy in Montenegro.
8 Olcinjski, Podgorica
Phone: (+382) 2011 618 010
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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