May 19, 2020 - No new Covid-19 cases after labs of the Institute for Public Health completed the analysis of 170 samples today. One more person has recovered, so now Montenegro records only three active COVID-19 cases in Ulcinj, Gusinje, and Bijelo Polje. Since the start of the outbreak in Montenegro, 324 cases have been confirmed, while 312 people recovered. Nine patients lost their battle with the new coronavirus.
Airports of Montenegro opening tomorrow for General aviation
In the first phase, which starts tomorrow, the airports of Montenegro will open for general aviation flights, which can be of a private or business purpose. The Airport of Montenegro Director, Danilo Orlandić, wrote on his Facebook profile.
"It is an important message showing the state's intention to open up to foreign citizens in a serious, responsible and phased way, to meet the tourist season," Orlandić added.
Today, the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) approved the amendment to the order on the suspension of public passenger transport in international air traffic and the ban on the entry of foreigners into Montenegro by excluding from the order non-commercial air transport (passenger transport for own needs). application of interim measures, as follows:
1) the aircraft used for non-commercial air traffic may have a capacity of up to 10 seats,
2) crew and passengers are obliged to wear protective masks when getting off the aircraft and during their stay in the airport building,
3) when entering Montenegro, passengers and crew must have a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours,
4) after entering Montenegro, health surveillance measures shall be taken against passengers, following the recommendations of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro,
5) for the arrival/departure of passengers from the terminal to the accommodation, it is necessary to organize a special transport following the Institute's recommendations, and
6) when staying in a hotel or other accommodation, passengers are obliged to follow the Institute of Public Health recommendations.
NKT agreed to change the appropriate order to ban games of chance so that the organization of games in casinos is also allowed.
Around 450 Montenegrin seafarers trapped in US waters
According to available data, around 625 Montenegrin seafarers and crew members are trapped on cruise ships sailing across the world. Of this number, 264 cruise ship passengers made it back to land, either by organized flights or on their own - using alternative routes.
"Our estimates say that around 450 Montenegro nationals are being stuck in the US waters, of whom 200-250 are interested in returning to their home - Montenegro. Others are under contract or represent an 'essential staff' and cannot leave cruise ships under current circumstances, "the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs told CdM.