Who Needs A Visa for
Montenegro?

Written By Jonathan Howe

Embarking on a journey to Montenegro is an exciting prospect, but navigating the Montenegro visa process can be a daunting task. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on the types of visas available for Montenegro by local law, designed to simplify your preparations and ensure a smooth entry into this enchanting country. Whether you’re visiting for tourism, business, or long-term residency, our guide will provide the essential information you need to determine the most suitable visa option for your unique needs, setting the stage for an unforgettable Montenegrin adventure.

Types of Visas in Montenegro

What types of visa are there for foreigners entering Montenegro?

There are three types of visas for foreigners applying to enter Montenegro. Each type of visa has a specific purpose depending on the situation and the reason for the foreign national’s visit to Montenegro.

Types of visas for foreign nationals entering Montenegro

Montenegro Airport Transit Visa (A Visa)

A foreigner can be issued an Airport Transit Visa (A Visa) in order to transit through an international transit terminal of an airport in Montenegro, for the purpose of a layover between two international flights.
If the flight plan of the foreigner does not require them to leave the airplane, or the international transit terminal of the airport in Montenegro during the layover, they do not require an Airport Transit Visa.

Montenegro Short Stay Visa (C visa) – Also referred to as a “Tourist Visa”

The Montenegro C Visa (Short Stay Visa) is often referred to as a “tourist visa” in comparison to its Montenegro D visa counterpart. In fact, the Short Stay C Visa does not refer to the specific purpose of the foreigner’s visit to Montenegro (although it is the type of visa used for tourism purposes), but rather the length of stay it permits.
Short Stay visas are issued to foreigners for the purpose of visiting Montenegro for a period of up to 90 days with a 180 day time period. This visa is available as a single-entry, double-entry, or mulitple entry Montenegro visa.
The validity of a multiple-entry Montenegro Short Stay Visa can range from six months to five years, depending on the applicant providing proof of their need to travel frequently to Montenegro for either business of family reasons.

Montenegro Long stay visa (D Visa) – Also referred to as a “Business Visa”

The Montenegro Long Stay Visa, or D Visa is for foreign nationals who intend to visit Montenegro with a stay of more than 90 days and no longer than 180 days. The Long Stay visa is for foreigners to visit Montenegro for business purposes, for serving in diplomatic or consular missions or the offices of international organizations.
A foreign national intending to stay in Montenegro for longer than 90 days—for performing business activities or work or serving in foreign accredited diplomatic and consular missions and representative offices of international organizations in Montenegro—but not for longer than 180 days—counted as of the first entry day—in a time period of one year, shall be issued a long stay visa (D Visa). A long-stay visa (D Visa) shall be issued as single- or multiple-entry visa for entering Montenegro. A foreign national holding an affidavit of support i.e. a letter of invitation issued by either a natural person or a legal entity, or other evidence corroborating that the natural person or the legal entity will bear his stay in Montenegro-related costs, including also his accommodation and support costs and those for his departure from Montenegro, may be issued a long stay visa (D Visa).
A type D visa is also required for a visitor who is not visa free, planning to applying for a temporary residence permit through employment – temporary residence and work permit.

What documents are required to apply for a Montenegro Visa?

  • Completed and signed visa application form
  • Valid travel document – Passport valid for 3 months longer than the validity of the visa;
  • One color photo 35×45 mm;
  • Proof of the purpose of visit to Montenegro (a letter of guarantee by a physical person or letter of invitation by a legal entity, state authority in Montenegro, or organizer of an international conference or event);
  • Proof of accommodation (hotel, apartment, tour agency arrangement that has been paid in full);
  • Proof of your financial means for your stay in Montenegro, as well as for a return to the home country or for travel into a third state (cash, a bank account, traveler’s checks, credit cards, etc.);
  • Proof of travel arrangements and the intent to return to the state you came from or travel to another state (return flight or other transportation ticket, a driving license);
  • Health insurance;
  • Consular fee payment;
  • Other corresponding documents based on which the purpose and ensured accommodation in Montenegro can be determined.

How long does it take to get a Montenegro visa?

It usually takes around 14 to 21 days to receive the decision (approval or rejection) of your Montenegro visa application.

Which countries require a visa to visit Montenegro?

The requirement of a visa to visit, transit through or to stay in Montenegro is dependent on the citizenship and passport that the individual foreign national holds.

Here is a summary of the visa policy of Montenegro:

Citizens of the following countries may enter Montenegro with a valid travel document (passport) without a visa and stay for up to 90 days:

Citizens of the Republic of Albania, the Principality of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, the Argentine Republic, Aruba, Azerbaijan, the Commonwealth of Australia, the Republic of Austria, the Bahamas, Barbados, the Kingdom of Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federal Republic of Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic Chile, the Kingdom of Denmark, Dominica, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Finland, the French Republic, Grenada, Georgia, the Republic of Guatemala, the Greek Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, the Republic of Honduras, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Ireland, the Republic of Iceland, the Republic of Italy, the State of Israel, Japan, Canada, Qatar, Republic of Cyprus, Kiribati, Colombia, Republic of Korea, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Costa Rica, Kuwait, Republic of Latvia, Principality of Liechtenstein, Republic of Lithuania, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Hungary, Republic of North Macedonia, Malaysia, Republic of Malta, Mauritius, Republic of Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Mexican States, R Republic of Moldova, Principality of Monaco, Republic of Nicaragua, Kingdom of Norway, New Zealand, Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Palau, Republic of Panama, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Poland, Republic of Portugal, Romania, Republic of El Salvador, Samoa, Republic of San Marino, Seychelles Islands, Republic Singapore, United States of America, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Republic of Serbia, Saint Lucia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Holy See, Kingdom of Spain, Kingdom of Sweden, Swiss Confederation, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Kingdom Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Eastern Republic of Uruguay and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as well as holders of valid travel documents issued in British Overseas Territories: Anguilla, Bermuda , British Antarctic Territory, British Territory In Indian Ocean, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Island, Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan de Cunjom, South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region People’s Republic of China and Macao of the People’s Republic of China.

Citizens of the following countries may enter Montenegro and stay for up to 30 days, without a visa, with a valid identity card of that country:

Citizens of the member states of the European Union, the Republic of Albania, the Principality of Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Iceland, the Republic of Kosovo, the Kingdom of Liechtenstein, the Republic of North Macedonia, the Principality of Monaco, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of San Marino, the Republic of Serbia, the Holy See and the Swiss Confederation.

Citizens of the following countries may enter Montenegro with a valid travel document (passport) without a visa, based on international agreements on mutual travel of citizens, for up to 30 days:

Citizens of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Ecuador, the Republic of Cuba, the Republic of Peru and the Russian Federation.

Countries which require a visa to visit Montenegro

Citizens of Countries not listed above require a visa to enter Montenegro and the terms of their entry and their stay depend on the conditions of the visa entered in the valid travel document issued by their country.
For example, a Montenegro visa for Pakistan citizens must be applied for at the nearest Montenegro, or Serbian, consulate.

Special conditions for Citizens of the Republic of China visiting Montenegro with a group tour

Montenegro Visa for Chinese Citizens

Citizens of the People’s Republic of China who possess a valid travel document, issued in accordance with the regulations of that country, may enter, cross the territory and stay in Montenegro for up to 30 days, as an organized tourist group that enters, stays and leaves Montenegro together, if they have a certificate about the paid tourist arrangement and proof of guaranteed return to the country of origin or transit.

Entry to Montenegro for foreign nationals allowed holding the following visas:

Holders of valid foreign travel documents with a valid Schengen visa, a valid visa of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Croatia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Romania, the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland may enter, transit through territory and stay in Montenegro for up to 30 days, and the longest until the visa expires, if the validity period of that visa is shorter than 30 days.

Entry to Montenegro with residence permit of the United Arab Emirates

UAE Residents Montenegro Visa

Holders of valid foreign travel documents with a residence permit in the United Arab Emirates can enter, cross the territory and stay in Montenegro for up to 10 days, without a visa, if they have a certificate of a tourist arrangement.

Entry to Montenegro with travel documents issued by the United Nations

Holders of valid travel documents issued by the United Nations or its specialized agencies (Laissez-Passer) can enter, cross the territory and stay in Montenegro for up to 90 days without a visa.

(Source: Regulation on Visa Regime, published in the “Official Gazette of Montenegro”, no. 33/2019 and 67/2020)

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