March 17, 2020 - The coronavirus has now spread to every country in Europe, with the first cases of coronavirus in Montenegro reported.
UPDATE MARCH 18, 2020 - Montenegro still with only two confirmed cases
The first cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Montenegro, said prime minister Dusko Markovic and added that there was no reason for panic.
The patients are female - born in 1948 and 1973, from Ulcinj and Podgorica, and both came from epidemic-affected areas during in the previous period.
Both of them are in their homes and in stable condition.
Markovic thanked citizens for their cooperation and called for more discipline and solidarity.
Director of the Public Health Institute, Boban Mugosa said that one patient came from Spain and the other from the US.
New nationwide coronavirus emergency measures
The National Coordination Team has adopted a new set of coronavirus measures, including domestic travel restrictions, the Government of Montenegro announced on Twitter. The public road and rail transport of passengers in the country is suspended; sports centres, swimming pools, hair and beauty salons are closed; the Ministry of Interior and the Real Estate Administration customer counters are closed as well. The government recommends Montenegrins to refrain from using public areas; take rigorous hygiene measures, especially handwashing; postpone weddings, organise funerals with close family only.
Coronavirus response team also said supermarkets and other shops will be open just for the eldest and PWDs for the first two hours after they open each morning.
For a comprehensive overview of the situation regarding the coronavirus crisis in Montenegro, check out Coronavirus in Montenegro: COVID-19 FAQs, Health & Travel Update.
March 16, 2020 - An overview of the situation with coronavirus in Montenegro, with the latest health, travel and containment measures explained.
UPDATE MARCH 17, 2020 - Montenegro confirms first two cases of COVID-19.
UPDATE MARCH 17, 2020 - Montenegro has announced full closure to international traffic.
At time of writing, March 16, 2020, Montenegro reminds the only European country with no recorded cases of coronavirus infection.
There are also no reported fatalities in Montenegro's four neighbouring countries - Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Albania. At the moment, Serbia has 55 cases, Bosnia and Herzegovina 24, Croatia 57, Kosovo 13, and Albania 51.
There are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Montenegro, but nevertheless all preventive measures have been taken, so no schools are open from today, all public gatherings are banned. Starting from today, border crossings to all countries in the region are closed - no entries to and from Serbia, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. Of course, Montenegrin citizens are welcome to come back home, but will be isolated for the next two weeks.
Yes. From midnight, the Government of Montenegro introduced rigorous measures, which also include a temporary ban on entry into the country of foreigners, except for foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro and foreigners operating motor vehicles engaged in the transport of goods.
The transport of goods remains undisturbed with extraordinary measures of health and sanitary control.
Schools in Montenegro, as well as kindergartens and universities, are closed from today for an initial two weeks.
With no confirmed cases of CONVID-19 infection yet, Montenegro is currently one of the most desirable places to be. However, it is unrealistic to expect that a coronavirus epidemic will bypass this small Balkan country. On the other hand, given that it bases its economy primarily on tourism, these will undoubtedly be one of the states hit hardest by the economic impact of the pandemic.
Impacts on the tourist pre-season are already evident, with the cancellation of a lot of arrangements for Montenegro. Considering the latest measures by the Government of Montenegro, which closed its borders and suspended the air traffic from seven European markets, it seems like the situation would be only more serious.
The recommendation of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro is that patients suspected of having coronavirus symptoms should not report in person, but only by telephone to the nearest health institution, or the Institute of Public Health itself, for instructions on how to proceed.
As mentioned above, schools, kindergartens and universities have been closed throughout the country, effective Monday, initially for 2 weeks. Public meetings are prohibited, as well as all sports and religious events. The authorities suggest citizens to stay at home, avoiding any indoor meetings if not necessary. The Montenegrin Health Institute launched the public campaign "Stay at Home."
The Ministry of Health has adopted the new provisional measures, starting from 16 March, including prohibition of entry to foreigners, compulsory self-isolation for all Montenegrin citizens who come from abroad, ban on providing catering services in hotels, the closing of disco clubs/ bars and nightclubs/ bars, closing of catering establishments - cafes, pubs, cafeterias, restaurants and bars, except catering establishments, ban on providing shopping and catering services in shopping malls, closing of children's playrooms, fitness centres, casinos, betting shops and gambling houses, limiting the number of customers in the retail outlets, markets and bazaars. The Decree for taking temporary measures to prevent the introduction into the country, suppress and prevent the transmission of new coronavirus is available in English at the Government of Montenegro website.
US Bloomberg ranked Montenegro among the top 20 destinations that will be particularly popular this year.
State Secretary at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Damir Davidovic, said that at the same time, China Travel Agent magazine awarded Montenegro as China's most popular niche destination last year.
This, he said at a press conference organized by the National Tourism Organization (NTO), shows that the results and potential that the state has achieved have been recognized.
The director of the NTO, Zeljka Radak Kukavicic, said that last year was a record year and that they can boast a good start this year.
"On New Year's Eve, we had 60,000 guests and good attendance on other days," said Radak Kukavicic at a conference organized by the NTO in cooperation with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism.
US Bloomberg recommends 20 inspiring destinations that will be especially enticing this year. Thus, Montenegro found itself ahead of Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Bolivia, Mozambique, Jamaica and Cairo.
Bloomberg writes that the tiny Balkan country has slowly positioned itself as the new jewel of the Adriatic, with a mix of centuries-old villages, aristocratic mansions and numerous challenging locations beyond gravel beaches.
NP Durmitor - Black Lake - photo Boka News
"On your Montenegro adventure, you may encounter a brown bear, a gray wolf, a Eurasian lynx and other endangered species in Durmitor and Biogradska Gora National Parks," Bloomberg states.
After the wild beauty, they recommend going to the "sunlit" shores of the sea.
“Be sure to visit the luxury marina Portonovi in the Bay of Boka Kotorska, where the first European resort, One & Only, will open in June. Cruise the sea or fly Lufthansa to Tivat, a seaside town with an airport. Whatever you choose, you are sure to bypass the crowded Dubrovnik in neighboring Croatia," the author said.
Bloomberg also recommends when it is best to visit Montenegro and when not, with a handy overview of annual accommodation rates.
According to them, the weather in Montenegro is warm enough for bathing until October, when the prices are the most affordable.
"You will have a good time in the late spring as well, when the nights are warm but pleasant," recommends this eminent media.
Text by Boka News, on January 9th, 2020, read more at Boka News
During 2020, 540 cruisers will sail to the Kotor Harbor.
The first arrival this year was recorded on January 3, when Costa Deliziosa sailed to the port.
"The first larger ship will sail again on April 1st. It is a cruiser - Aida Blu, and in the meantime, we have the constant arrivals of Athens and Artemis, smaller ships with a length of 58.80 m and 1,206 GRT," said Port Director Branko Kovacevic.
Last year, 529 smaller and larger cruise ships sailed to Boka Kotorska bay, with more than 600,000 tourists.
Text by Boka News (source Radio Kotor),on January 9th, 2020, read more at Boka News
In 2019, Tivat Airport achieved a new absolute record in the physical volume of traffic, as nearly 1.37 million passengers passed through the two terminals of the airport.
Last year, Tivat Airport had 1,367,282 passengers, which is a 9.7% increase compared to 2018 when there were a total of 1,245,999 passengers.
During 2019, 7,049 aircraft landed on the Tivat airport runway, which is 234 aircraft, or 3.4% more than in 2018.
Airport Tivat photo S.L
Last year, apart from the opening of the newly built temporary facility of Terminal 2, was marked by an additional increase in the number of lines that carriers enter from the Tivat airport during the summer season, so this airport was connected with about 50 destinations in Europe and the Middle East this summer.
Among the new carriers that have established traffic with Tivat, the most significant is the German national airline Lufthansa, which first appeared on the Montenegrin market, operating from this coastal city during the summer to Frankfurt and Munich.
The announcements of air carriers for this year signal an additional increase in the volume of physical traffic in Tivat airport as new companies wanting to fly to Tivat are announced to the management of the Airports of Montenegro, and the introduction of routes from that airport to some new destinations like Milan in northern Italy has been confirmed.
Text by S.L., on January 8th 2020, read more at Boka News
January 4, 2020 - Looking for a bargain villa in Montenegro to celebrate the New Year? Look no further that Lustica and the RE/MAX catalogue.
One of the most desirable places to live in Montenegro is without doubt the Lustica Peninsula. An area of outstanding natural beauty, it is also superbly located close to Tivat, Budva and Tivat Airport. A little off the main traffic arteries, it offers the benefit of being close to the main action without being disturbed by it.
The huge 1.1 billion euro investment from Orascum in Lustica Bay is also transforming the area, adding some of the highest quality accommodation and facilities on the Montenegrin coast, and there really are few better places to choose for your holiday home.
Especially when that holiday home is a quality villa offered at a bargain price, the latest from the mouthwatering brochure of the RE/MAX real estate catalogue. In the words of the RE/MAX original listing:
Beautiful stone house for sale on the peninsula of Lustica. The house is an ideal base for a family who are looking for a peaceful getaway on the coast. Here you can enjoy relaxing in a tranquil environment away from crowds and traffic, dining al-fresco, entertaining your friends and family, sun bade or star gaze on the large balcony. It is spread over 200 sq meters (2150 sq feet) and arranged over 3 levels with a garden and gated parking spaces on the plot of 420 sqm. Four tastefully decorated bedrooms are spacious, filled with natural light, each with built-in wardrobes and air-conditioned.
The bathrooms are modern with plenty of storage one on each level of the house. Comfortable, double aspect living room with two sofas and an armchair is on the ground floor. It has a wide screen TV with satellite channels available and the villa also has WIFI access. There is a large, open plan kitchen-dining room on the ground floor. The modern kitchen offers all contemporary amenities, with plenty of cupboard and work space. There are doors leading to a garden with a large table for al-fresco dining and barbecue.
It is in an idyllic, rural location on the southern side of Lustica peninsula, peaceful and tranquil with rolling hills, olive groves and magnificent views. It’s a good base to come back to while exploring Montenegro as even the most remote parts of the country are no more than couple of hours away.
Lustica is still one of the relatively untouched parts of Montenegrin coast and on its southern side there are beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters. It is perfect for nature lovers, hikers, joggers and cyclists. The house is located within an easy reach of many beautiful beaches with their restaurants and bars. Mirista and Zanjice are the closest, accessible by bike or a car or, if you are a walking enthusiast, there is a footpath 1.2km (less than a mile).
At the tip of the peninsula there is Rose, the fishing village with popular seafood restaurants and to the other side an unusual rocky beach of Veslo, the upmarket beach resort Oblatno and a sandy beach of Plavi horizonti. Supermarkets are within in 20 min and 30 min drive from the village. A van stops very near the house every morning with fruit, vegetables and the basics. Organic olive oil available locally.
Sales price just 300,000 euro. For more information, photos and to book a viewing, check out the original RE/MAX listing.
The high point of the “From Christmas to Christmas” event, and a great joy for the very youngest audience is of course the Children’s New Year’s Eve celebration, which will be organised on Monday, 30th December beginning at 4pm at the Arms Square in Kotor.
Santa Claus and his elf helper will be preparing various surprises and a big party, which is not to be missed. For kids, there will be a super-fun interactive show called “Love One Another - This is the Year of Love”. As with every year, an integral part of the programme is when Santa Claus comes to hand out New Year’s presents to all children gathered on the main town square.
For little ones who are too ill to attend the festivities, distribution of presents will take place at 12 noon at the children’s ward of Kotor Municipal Hospital, as a continuation of the “Fairy Tale for Health” event that has been held since 2015 as part of the From Christmas to Christmas project.
The last day of 2019 will close with a fantastic concert by the group “Perper”. The New Year will get off to a swinging start with a fundraising party.
NGO Karampan invites everyone to come down to the main town square on 2nd January at 8pm sharp and join the festivities, with the lively band “The Grupa” and the fantastic hits of the well-known Montenegrin artist Sergej Ćetković.
December 21, 2019 - The Gross domestic product (GDP) amounted to €1.63 million in the 3rd quarter of the year, according to preliminary data of MONSTAT. Head of this state body, Ms Gordana Radojević, noted that the GDP real growth rate amounted to 4.7 per cent in the 3rd quarter of 2019.
“In the absolute value, we have achieved an added value by more than €100 million compared to the same quarter last year. Positive movements in GDP in the third quarter are the result of increased production in almost all economic sectors,” Ms Radojevic told the press.
She added that the highest growth in the 3rd quarter was recorded in the construction sector.
“We’ve recorded a 31.4% growth by measuring the value of completed construction works.”
Enormous contribution to the GDP growth in the 3rd quarter has come from tourism, Ms Radojević concluded.
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December 20, 2019 - Today’s session of the Defense and Security Council was dedicated to the consideration of the Decision on the Engagement of the members of the Armed Forces of Montenegro in order to support administration authority in charge of protecting state borders from illegal migrations.
The session, which was held in Cetinje, was presided over by Mr Milo Đukanović, Montenegro’s president.
“After consideration, the Decision was adopted. In 2020, the Armed Forces of Montenegro will deploy its members in seven international taskforces. The decision was adopted on the basis of the assumed NATO responsibilities, EU accession process, regional initiatives, bilateral cooperation plans and needs of the Armed Forces for specific training sessions and exercises, with the aim of further developing military capacities in 2020”, said representatives of President’s Office.
Members of the Council are familiar with the activities Montenegro undertook in countering hybrid threats in 2019 and the Information on the cyber activity performed by Montenegro in 2018 and 2019.
The Council concluded that competent ministries should continue to develop protection capacities to respond adequately to cyber and hybrid threats.
Text by CDM, read more here.
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