Travel

05 Aug 2020, 18:10 PM

August 6, 2020 - Montenegro opened its borders to Russian citizens two days ago, with the company Airports of Montenegro sending welcome messages on social networks, and the media announcing that the first planes from Moscow will fly to Tivat on August 10 - "Vijesti" writes.

On July 27, the Government of Russia passed a decision on the re-establishment of international air traffic, establishing the conditions for entry for foreigners onto the territory of the country. The first official information regarding flights to Turkey and Great Britain has been published. Although there is no official information, the media also write that airline tickets from Moscow to Tivat are on offer, starting on August 10. Judging by these data, Montenegro could expect the first guests from Russia in less than a week - unless they are deterred from visiting Montenegro by the obligation to have a PCR test when they return home.

The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) decided to open the borders and allow entry to Montenegro without additional conditions for citizens of the Russian Federation and Azerbaijan at its session on Monday. After the meeting, just before midnight, they announced that the tourist economy's operational headquarters proposed those countries for the "green list," which means that their residents can enter Montenegro without additional conditions.

"Considering the epidemiological situation in the countries around us, the reliability and relevance of available data, as well as the needs of our tourism economy and the national interests of Montenegro, the NKT assessed that there are no obstacles to liberalizing entry for Russian and Azerbaijani citizens," the NKT said after the session.

Yesterday, the Institute of Public Health (IPH) did not respond to "Vijesti" regarding the criteria for opening the borders for Russia and Azerbaijan, and why the Republic of Serbia is not yet on the yellow or green list. According to the data from those countries, Russia has 127.2 active cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants, Azerbaijan 40.49, while in Serbia, the rate is 138.91. For comparison, there are 228.41 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in Montenegro.

Reporting that Montenegro had opened its borders to Russian citizens, and that they could enter Montenegro without having to meet any conditions, the portal mir-da.ru stated that "the only obstacle is the lack of flights that were canceled at the end of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

"However, flight connections could be re-established in the coming days. As announced on August 1, the Russian government is considering lifting the flight ban for all international destinations within ten days, and Aeroflot is already selling tickets to Tivat from August 10," mir-da.ru announced.

Flights from Russia have not been confirmed at airports in Podgorica and Tivat, and there is no official information regarding the flights on the website of Airports of Montenegro.

Source: Vijesti, mir-da.ru

25 Jul 2020, 17:27 PM
July 25, 2020 - Airports of Montenegro have published a list of current flights running to Podgorica and Tivat airports, recently reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 

CURRENT FLIGHTS AT PODGORICA AIRPORT:

Montenegro Airlines: Zurich - Podgorica - Zurich
 
Montenegro Airlines: Ljubljana - Podgorica - Ljubljana
 
Montenegro Airlines: Paris - Podgorica - Paris
 
Montenegro Airlines: Lyon - Podgorica - Lyon
 
Turkish Airlines: Istanbul - Podgorica - Istanbul
 
Ryanair: Berlin - Podgorica - Berlin
 
Ryanair: Krakow - Podgorica - Krakow
 
Ryanair: Poznan - Podgorica - Poznan
 
Ryanair: Wrocław - Podgorica - Wrocław
 
Ryanair: Dublin - Podgorica - Dublin
 
Ryanair: Brussels - Podgorica - Brussels
 
Ryanair: London - Podgorica - London
 
Ryanair: Barcelona - Podgorica - Barcelona
 
Ryanair: Stuttgart - Podgorica - Stuttgart
 
Wizz Air: Memmingen - Podgorica - Memmingen
 
Wizz Air: Katowice / Warsaw - Podgorica - Katowice / Warsaw
 
LOT Polish Airlines: Warsaw - Podgorica - Warsaw
 
LOT Polish Airlines: Poznan - Podgorica - Poznan
 

CURRENT FLIGHTS AT TIVAT AIRPORT:

Montenegro Airlines: Hannover - Tivat - Hannover
 
Montenegro Airlines: London- Tivat - London
 
EuroWings: Dusseldorf - Tivat - Dusseldorf
 
Air company Jonika: Kiev - Tivat - Kiev
 
SkyUp Airlines: Kyiv - Tivat - Kiev
 
Ukraine International: Kyiv - Tivat - Kiev
 
LOT Polish Airlines: Warsaw - Tivat - Warsaw
 
Belavia - Minsk - Tivat - Minsk
 
 
The airports report that, due to the country's current epidemiological situation, the list of flights is subject to change.
 
Therefore passengers must regularly check their flight status with the airline - state Airports of Montenegro .
 
09 Jul 2020, 21:01 PM
July 9, 2020 - The Operational Headquarters for Monitoring the Epidemiological Situation in the Tourist Season has prepared an "Action Plan for monitoring and dealing with COVID-19 in tourists during their stay in Montenegro" as well as "Recommendations and instructions of the Institute of Public Health regarding the incidence of COVID-19," the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism announced.
 
In addition representatives of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, members of the Operational Staff for monitoring the epidemiological situation in the tourist season include representatives of the Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Chamber of Commerce, National Tourism Organization, Health Insurance Fund, Insurance Supervision Agency and Administration for Inspection.
 
Upon entry into Montenegro, each passenger will be registered by reading a barcode on a mobile phone. Data can alternatively be taken at the border crossing via a form if passengers do not have a mobile phone or have not registered via the application.
 
Upon entering the country, each foreign citizen will be given a leaflet containing:
 
• recommendations and instructions of the Institute of Public Health regarding COVID-19; a suggested course of action in case of symptoms; telephone numbers of health institutions      to be contacted
• Instructions on the use of the IT application and the legal obligation to register a stay within 24 hours.
 
Hotels and other accommodation facilities are obliged to designate a person in charge of contacting the competent health center/epidemiologist to report a suspicious case and receive instructions on the necessary procedures following the provisional recommendations for action and implementation of protection measures against COVID - 19.
 
If a tourist during his stay in Montenegro gets symptoms of COVID-19 and is confirmed positive, the procedure is as follows:
 
a) Procedure in case of a SEVERE CLINICAL PICTURE in tourists
• In case of a severe clinical picture that requires the urgent attention of health services, patients are accommodated in the Clinical Center of Montenegro; General hospital Bar, Nikšić or Berane, depending on the geographical position of the tourist at the time of symptoms
• The patient is transported by the Institute of Emergency Medicine/health centers. The organization of transportation is the responsibility of the Crisis Medical Staff.
 
b) Procedure in case of a MILDER CLINICAL PICTURE 
• If a tourist is a hotel guest- positive asymptomatic cases and cases with a milder clinical picture are placed in a separate part of the hotel, where they remain in self-isolation under health and sanitary measures until leaving Montenegro, or going home if a domestic tourist.
• If a tourist is a guest of a small hotel or registered private accommodation - positive asymptomatic cases and cases with a milder clinical picture must remain in their room in self-isolation under the measures of health and sanitary supervision until leaving  Montenegro, or going home if a domestic tourist
• If the individual in question (foreign or Montenegrin citizen) is the owner of the facility - positive asymptomatic cases and cases with a milder clinical picture remain in their facilities in self-isolation while under health and sanitary measures or until leaving Montenegro if the individual in question is a foreign citizen
• In cases where tourists do not adhere to the prescribed self-isolation measures, they are sent to quarantine under commercial conditions.
 
Treatment of identified contacts with COVID-19 patients
a) Contact with foreign tourists 
• If a foreign tourist is in contact with a patient with COVID-19, he should be placed in self-isolation in his accommodation until leaving Montenegro:
• If a tourist is in a hotel, they must  be accommodated in a specially separated part of the hotel, and remain in self-isolation under health and sanitary supervision measures until leaving Montenegro;
• If he is in a small hotel or registered private accommodation he must stay in his room in self-isolation under the rules of health and sanitary supervision until leaving Montenegro;
• If the foreign citizen is the owner of the facility, he must remain in the facility in self-isolation while under health and sanitary supervision measures or until they leave Montenegro.
• In cases where foreign tourists do not adhere to the prescribed self-isolation measures, they are sent to quarantine under commercial conditions.
b) Contact with domestic tourists 
• If a local tourist is a confirmed contact of a COVID-19 patient, he must be placed in self-isolation in his accommodation or institutional quarantine if there are no conditions for self-isolation.
c) Contact with tourism employees
• If a foreign worker is an identified contact - the employer should provide self-isolation for the employed foreign worker or proceed to institutional quarantine if there are no conditions for self-isolation at the expense of the state.
• If a domestic worker is an identified contact of a patient with COVID-19, he must be placed in self-isolation in his accommodation or institutional quarantine if there are no conditions for self-isolation at the expense of the state.
 
 Addressing the issue of covering the costs of isolation and treatment
 
The state bears the costs of treatment, self-isolation, and quarantine for all tourists.
 
The Ministry of Health and the Health Insurance Fund are obliged to prepare information on the payment method for medical expenses. For the costs of self-isolation and quarantine, the Government will allocate earmarked budget funds (Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism).
 
Safe transport of patients to their home countries
a) Contacts, patients with asymptomatic infection or mild clinical picture, who arrived in Montenegro by their own means of transportation, leave the country accompanied by the police to the border crossing.
b) Contacts, patients with asymptomatic infection or mild clinical picture, who arrived in Montenegro by other means of transport, leave the country either by:
• organizing their own transport to the country of origin;
• transportation organized by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and NTOCG to the country of origin with the assistance of the Ministry of Transport, Montenegro Airlines, the Army of Montenegro, private airlines, MIA (car, bus, charter flight, helicopter). Tourists bear transport costs.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH REGARDING COVID-19

Montenegrin and foreign citizens entering Montenegro are obliged to adhere to these recommendations and instructions for 14 days from the day of crossing the state border as follows:
 
• It is necessary to maintain physical distance from other people (minimum 2 meters) and maintain hand hygiene. When staying indoors in public spaces, it is recommended to wear masks, scarves, or shawls covering the nose and mouth, especially for people over the age of 65 or for people with chronic diseases.
• Wash your hands as often as possible with warm soapy water or use a hand sanitizer that should be rubbed well into your palms. Avoid touching face, mouth, nose, and eyes.
• Large groups and public gatherings should be avoided.
• During business meetings, communication should be made with as few people as possible, maintaining a physical distance (minimum 2 meters) and using disinfectants. It is recommended to avoid unnecessary meetings.
• It is recommended to use contactless payment cards or online services.
 
1) If you are staying in a hotel:
In the case of acute respiratory infection (cough, gout, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell, and taste), you are obliged to stay in the room and contact the hotel reception, which further follows the protocol and recommendations of the Institute of Public Health.
 
2) If you are staying in private accommodation:
In the case of acute respiratory infection (cough, gout, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell, and taste), you must stay in the room and contact the owner/manager of private accommodation who informs the competent health center.
 
3) If you are staying in your own accommodation:
In case of symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, gout, fever, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, loss of smell, and taste), you are obliged to stay in your accommodation and contact the competent health center.
 
• In case of sudden onset of severe, life-threatening symptoms, the individual is obliged to the emergency medical service.
 
More information on coronavirus disease and measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 is available on the IPH website https://www.ijzcg.me/. Montenegrin and foreign citizens can request additional information and clarifications on info number 1616.
08 Jul 2020, 18:56 PM
July 8, 2020 - Air connections are becoming all the more frequent between airports in Tivat and Podgorica and European cities. Ryanair is flying to London from today, flights to Barcelona and Brussels have been announced for tomorrow. Also, the national airline of Luxembourg - Luxair starts flying to Montenegrin airports this month.
 
The budget airline Ryanair began flying again on the Podgorica-London route today. From Podgorica, Ryanair flights will also be available to Barcelona and Brussels as of tomorrow.
 
Luxair establishes connection with Montenegro for the first time
Luxair - the national airline of Luxembourg, will establish a regular route between Luxembourg and Montenegro on Sunday, July 19, for the first time in the history of Montenegro Airports. Luxair will be introducing a seasonal line Luxembourg-Tivat-Luxembourg on which it will fly once a week with its regional aircraft type "Bombardier Q400".
 
The plane with a capacity of 76 passengers from Luxembourg will leave every Sunday at 8.20 am and arrive in Tivat at 10.50 am. The return from Tivat to Luxembourg will be at 11.35 am, arriving at its destination at 2.10 pm.
 
The Luxembourg-Tivat line, as announced, will function until September 20. Moreover, Luxair is the first foreign airline to arrive this year at Tivat Airport. From mid-March until today, the volume of scheduled and charter air traffic has been decimated due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in Montenegro in mid-March until today, only a minority of the previously most popular regular seasonal routes to Tivat from the German and Ukrainian markets have been renewed by Montenegro Airlines, Eurowings and a Ukrainian charter company hired by the local tour operator ALF.
 
Source: Boka News
08 Jul 2020, 15:51 PM
July 8, 2020 - The National Tourist Organization of Montenegro and the national airline Montenegro Airlines, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro, have launched a campaign to form attractive tourist package arrangements in order to improve tourist traffic. The idea is to carry out joint activities to face the extraordinary circumstances surrounding this tourist season.
 
To increase competitiveness, Montenegro Airlines has offered promotional ticket prices for package deals on all available routes, which are valid only with an accommodation voucher. This offer will be available for passengers coming by MA flights from Slovenia (Ljubljana), Austria (Vienna), Germany - Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hanover, and from August 3 Munich and Leipzig, France (Paris, also Lyon from July 25), Denmark (Copenhagen) and Switzerland (Zurich), they explained in the announcement.
 
"Bearing in mind that these are low prices for return air tickets, ranging from 99 euros on the route to Ljubljana, to a maximum of 164 euros on the Paris route, including all taxes, all interested hoteliers in Montenegro are invited to create an equally attractive special offer of accommodation and accommodation services. The National Tourist Organization is forming and promoting package deals, which will be available for sale to all travel agencies in Montenegro and partners in target markets," the statement said.
 
"Interested parties should provide a single price for a stay on a half board or full board basis valid for the period until November 1 and send to NTOCG at the e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than July 10, 2020," the statement concludes.
04 Jul 2020, 20:52 PM

Charters to run almost every day from Ukraine to Montenegro

 During the forthcoming season, Ukrainian tourists are to be arriving in Montenegro almost every day, it was announced after the first charter flight from Kiev landed at Tivat Airport with 153 passengers on board.

The Honorary Consul of Montenegro in Ukraine, owner of tour operator ALF and leader of around 40 travel agents who today came to visit Montenegro, Olga Oleksienko, said that she hoped that there would indeed be a summer season this year, at least when it comes to Ukrainian tourists.

"‘Welcome’... we have been waiting for those words for a very long time ...I myself have fallen in love with Montenegro, and I hope that there will be flights from various Ukrainian cities at least four times a week. "Agents also love your country, and after visiting it they will offer some really great deals for tourists," Oleksienko said.

She thanked the embassies of Montenegro and Ukraine, the Airports of Montenegro and the National Tourist Organization for the positive cooperation that resulted in today's flight and the impressive welcome given to passengers and tourist representatives.

NTO Director Željka Radak Kukavičić highlighted that the organization of the first charter flight and the agreement for those to follow is an expression of trust by the people of Ukraine towards institutions in Montenegro.

"We have proven to be responsible partners and their arrival in such large numbers leads us to expect that we will have a flight almost every day," said Radak Kukavićić.

Assistant Director of Commercial Policy at Airports of Montenegro, Aleksandar Mitrović, pointed out that during the entry checks of Ukrainian passengers, all the recommendations of the National Coordination Body, ie the Institute of Public Health, were followed.

"I must stress that all passengers arrived with a negative PCR test, in line with the required health procedures. The airports in Tivat and Podgorica have all the necessary equipment, from masks to disinfectant. In this way, we are showing that we are protecting the health of employees and citizens and instilling confidence in passengers who come to Montenegro," said Mitrović.

Ukrainian dispatcher Natalija Fijalka once again thanked the Montenegrin side for organizing the flight and welcoming the passengers, emphasizing that the Ukrainian people are increasingly interested in coming to Montenegro.

Last year, over 60,000 tourists from Ukraine stayed in Montenegro, spending a total of over 460,000 nights. Almost 89 thousand passengers from a total of 543 aircraft landed at Tivat Airport from Ukraine.

03 Jul 2020, 13:03 PM
July 3, 2020 - The coronavirus pandemic first hit the tourism sector, which, on the one hand, is disastrous for economies like ours, yet it could also be a new, real development opportunity. When it comes to the development of sustainable tourism through various specific types of tourism - Montenegro has inherited considerable potential. Through its 20 years of work, the professional NGO Expeditio - Center for Sustainable Spatial Development from Kotor has been looking into this potential. Its most recent task is that of publishing five books that represent the beginning of the edition "Cultural Routes of Montenegro."
 
The rich and diverse cultural heritage of Montenegro is recognized as an essential factor of national identity and a long-term resource for sustainable development. Although the presentation of aspects of cultural heritage is dealt with through the activities of both institutions and the civil and private sector, the need to improve its promotion and interpretation is certainly evident, especially given the exceptional richness of Montenegrin cultural heritage, in many areas not yet identified and protected. Those were the initial premises that inspired Expeditio to design a further project based on cultural heritage - "PATHS OF HERITAGE - the potential of cultural heritage to create cultural routes in Montenegro," which the Ministry of Culture supported within the competition "Diversity of expressions in the independent cultural scene" in 2019.
 
The project coordinator, architect-custodian Aleksandra Kapetanović, explains:
 
"One of the possible and practical ways to promote cultural heritage is through cultural routes, which include thematic and spatial connection of cultural heritage sites through a joint presentation, interpretation, and tourist promotion. Cultural routes can be especially important for discovering and promoting lesser-known sites. The opportunity to reawaken various cultural pathways in Montenegro, which inherits rich and diverse cultural heritage, is still not sufficiently used.
 
At the European level, there are several initiatives related to cultural routes, which Montenegro currently uses only to a minor extent. It may be necessary for the inclusion of Montenegrin heritage in these more extensive networks and joining regional and European cultural routes. However, in parallel with the recognition of cultural heritage sites in Montenegro as part of European cultural routes, there is great potential for the formation of cultural routes within Montenegro, at the national, regional and local levels. Through all these activities, one can contribute to the promotion of goods with potential cultural values, ​as well as to that of diversity of expression, and finally to the creation of something really unique for tourists."
 
Within the project, five books have been published, representing the beginning of the edition "Cultural Routes of Montenegro". The edition includes new, redesigned versions of previously published Expeditio publications, translations, and new titles. The following books have been published:
 

• Palaces of Boka Kotorska

In the area of ​​the Bay of Kotor, there are a large number of palaces and other significant houses with distinct cultural-historical, artistic and architectural values ​​that represent one of the crucial segments of our cultural heritage. These houses testify in the best way to the level of social, economic, and cultural development and speak about the culture of housing and the lifestyle of an entire environment.
In the publication "Palaces of Boka Kotorska", all palaces and other famous significant residential houses in Boka are presented in one place, which is one of the potential exciting cultural routes.
 
vila verona
 Palace Verona, Tivat, Photo by Antonela Stjepčević
 

• Perast - The Outstanding Boka Kotorska

An array of quality photos accompany the engaging book Perast - The Outstanding Boka Kotorska, which presents the city's cultural and historical sights and contains information about the location and history of Perast, important buildings (churches, palaces, fortresses, etc.) and traditional events.
 

• Medieval Towns of Montenegro

The publication "Medieval Towns of Montenegro" is the first step towards the inclusion of medieval cities, as a unique thematic unit, in the cultural and tourist backdrop of Montenegro. The publication was based on the book by prof. Pavle Mijović and Mirko Kovačević "Medieval towns and fortifications in Montenegro".
 
Old Bar lonelyplanet
Old Bar, Source: Lonely Planet
 

• Godinje - Exceptional Rural Heritage of Shkodra Lake

The book "Godinje" presents the research carried out within the workshop of architecture students in the village of Godinje on Skadar Lake.
 
Godinje outdoorandmore
Godinje, Source: outdoorandmore.me
 

• World War II Monuments in Montenegro

The book "World War II Monuments in Montenegro" is intended as a guide to this valuable segment of Montenegrin and regional cultural heritage. It presents 11 monuments with a particular emphasis on five that have already been recognized at local and international levels (Dola, Trebjesa, Barutana, Jasikovac, Memorial House in Kolasin). The book aims to identify monuments dedicated to World War II, their recognition and affirmation as an essential segment of the entire cultural heritage of Montenegro, and thus their promotion as a broader, regional cultural and tourist product, i.e., part of the cultural routes of Southeast Europe.
 
monument of fallen solders
Monument of Fallen Solders, Barutana, Podgorica Photo by Ivan Botica
 
"We have produced four publications in English. The idea is to be available to tourist representatives and tourists themselves in discovering the rich heritage of our country, "explained Aleksandra Kapetanović.
 
In addition to the printed editions, which will be partly available for free sale, these publications will soon be available online on the project website: www.culturalroutes.com.
02 Jul 2020, 19:21 PM
July 2, 2020 - The national company Montenegro Airlines will once again be flying to Paris from July 4. At the weekend, charter flights will resume to the south of Italy, and most likely from August 1 to Israel, according to Executive Director Vlastimir Ristic, speaking to Radio Montenegro. He notes that for now, there are no indications as to when traffic with Belgrade will resume.
 
According to the RTCG portal, Ristic expects that the Law on Investment and Consolidation will soon enter into force. It will oblige the domestic airline to pay its debts for taxes and contributions to the state and the Airports of Montenegro, a total of 60 million euros.
 
"Montenegro Airlines has shown social responsibility, and by connecting the routes in complex conditions, it has connected Montenegro with Europe and the world," Ristic said.
 
He announced that the company's planes would fly to Paris again from July 4, but not every day as is usually the case in the earlier period for the summer months of July and August.
 
"That decision is limited to 14 days. That means that the epidemiological situation in our country must remain within the framework required by the EU so that after those two weeks, we will be able to continue flying," Ristic said.
 
This weekend, he stated, charter flights to the south of Italy-Bari and Naples will be re-established, and in the second half of July to Rome, but not with Lisbon, which was previously planned. A charter flight to Tel Aviv is also arranged.
 
"We have serious interest, and we can deliver on it, we hope, from August 1. This will be important for us. It is a long-distane connection that affects our operation. It is highly preferable to have charters that are so far away and are reliable partners," said Ristic.
 
According to Ristic, the restarting of flights to Russia is also of interest. He is optimistic that this could happen in August and then extend to the post-season.
 
"It is not realistic to expect Russia to be within our sights in the peak season. I hope, however, if the weather conditions help us to move the season to the post-season we will be able to benefit from the market there," stated the Head of MA.
 
The ban on landing Montenegro Airlines planes at Belgrade Airport is still in force. They are in communication with the Nikola Tesla Airport and with Air Serbia, but Ristic notes, there is no concrete agreement yet.
 
"We cannot rush into things. We must be patient and wait for the epidemiological situation to stabilize and then start moving. This is the one we're waiting for, because it is the most important regional line for us and Air Serbia," Ristic said.
 
For now, says Ristic, the flights, which were established with Ljubljana, Vienna, Frankfurt, Munich, and Copenhagen are not profitable.
 
"There is a low factor of 30, 45 or 50 percent at some points. And that is not profitable, but we are now in a situation where we need to be socially responsible, so profitability takes second place," stated the Executive Director of Montenegro Airlines.
 
The suspension of air traffic caused severe losses to the company of up to 90 percent, although we did run some flights in March. There were also flights paid by the government in April, says Ristic. However, as he says, it is not enough for losses not to accumulate.
 
For now, the implementation of the Law on Investment and Consolidation of the national airline has been postponed, which provided for a state investment of 155 million over six years. Ristic hopes that, as he says, the law will be applied swiftly and that the money wil cover the obligations towards paying the taxes and contributions as well as the debt to Montenegro's Airports.
 
"When the two are added up, it is 60 million. And that is a large part of the package that is built into that law. However, the money must end up in the hands of the state company and the budget," said Ristic.
 
He also mentioned that the Law on Consolidation and Investment would enable the purchase of new planes and, as he concluded, now is the right moment for this, as the price of planes has dropped due to coronavirus.
02 Jul 2020, 18:24 PM
July 2, 2020 - Croatia has opened its borders to EU citizens. As of yesterday, citizens of 15 countries, including Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, can enter for business or tourist reasons, with a paid accommodation reservation, and without mandatory self-isolation, the Croatian government announced.
 
According to the latest decision, EU / EEA citizens and persons with permanent residence in the EU / EEA can enter Croatia without restrictions. All passengers must still fill in the ENTERCROATIA form upon arrival in order to ensure expedited border crossing and monitoring of contacts in case of infection. All other foreign nationals can enter if they meet certain conditions, or if they come for business or tourist reasons, with a paid accommodation reservation.
 
While there are no restrictions for EU citizens, third-country nationals can enter Croatia if they have a business or tourist reason, must travel for educational purposes, or for essential personal or medical purposes. Health workers and researchers, carriers, and passengers in transit are also exempted from the restrictions. The authorities appeal to passengers coming to Croatia to check if they meet the requirements before the trip, and to the e-mail the Border Administration of the Ministry of the Interior at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
If they meet the stated conditions, these persons can apply to the www.entercroatia.mup.hr application for easier and faster entry into Croatia, as specified in the decision of central government, Beta reports.
Third countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Croatia are Algeria, Australia, Montenegro, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, BiH, and Uruguay. Chinese citizens will also be able to enter, but on the condition that Beijing lifts restrictions on the entry of EU citizens.
 
Croatia has acted in line with the European Commission's recommendations on the gradual opening of EU borders to citizens of 15 non-EU countries as of July 1, including Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
 
The same rules on entering Croatia from those countries apply, as before June 24, when a measure of mandatory self-isolation lasting 14 days was introduced for passengers coming from Serbia, BiH, Northern Macedonia, and Kosovo.
 
The list of countries will be revised every two weeks following epidemiological criteria.
01 Jul 2020, 20:33 PM

1 July, 2020 - The Tourist Organization of the Municipality of Tivat, in cooperation with "Morsko Dobro" has, as part of the project Green Destinations, nominated Tivat for the 2020 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations. The application process comprised several key steps. Namely, through the use of the Green Destinations platform, information had to be entered and reports made on the 15 criteria required, and a good practice example had to be given. Tivat Nature Reserve “Solila” was chosen as this example from Tivat Municipality, focussing on sustainable principles, problem solving, and creating a good environment for nature, tourists and the local community.

Some of the 15 criteria are: tourism policy - the destination must have a publicly available, long-term tourism policy or strategy related to environmental, aesthetic, social, cultural and economic issues, as well as issues of quality, health and safety. Air pollution - air pollution is adequately treated,  and the effects of air pollution related to tourism are effectively controlled. Promotion of local products and services - the inclusion of local craftsmen, producers and service providers in the tourism chain in accordance with the principles of fair trade is supported; local and sustainable products that support nature, culture, local identity and the local economy are promoted. Sustainability Standards - Internationally recognized sustainability standards that comply with the GSTC criteria for tourism-related businesses are promoted by the destination or business sector.

Issues related to tangible and intangible cultural heritage, nature and landscape, waste treatment, etc are also included. The application for the 2020 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations was to be completed by 1st July, while feedback is expected on 1st September, and the official announcement of destinations on the final list will be made in October. Destinations selected for the Top 100 will also qualify for the Sustainable Destination Awards 2020, which will be presented at Global Green Days Destinations in the spring of 2021 in Bodrum, Turkey.

The Tourist Organization of Tivat would like to thank all the associates and colleagues from the following organisations and businesses who helped with the application and whose cooperation made it possible for Tivat to enter the  TOP 100 sustainable destinations for 2020: The Secretariat for Investments, Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, the Secretariat for Communal Affairs and Transport, the Secretariat for Tourism and Entrepreneurship, the Secretariat for Culture and Social Affairs, and the companies DOO "Komunalno" Tivat, Brand New Tivat, as well as the Protection and Rescue Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, strategic partners Porto Montenegro and Luštica Bay and NGO Expeditio. 

The Top 100 Sustainable Destinations competition is being held for the sixth time in a row and aims to present tourism stories and examples of good sustainable development practice from local and regional destinations as inspiring examples to others, both travel organizers and tourists.

Through reporting on a variety of Green Destinations criteria and also using their internet platform, destinations can work on strengthening tourism sustainability, avoiding mass tourism, and also help promote tourism, warning destinations of hidden dangers associated with tourism development.

By publishing an annual list and sharing good practices and success stories of destinations, Green Destinations aims to identify initiatives that make tourist destinations more sustainable, responsible and attractive from the point of view of the tourist experience.

Source: Radio Tivat, Zora Krstovic

01 Jul 2020, 18:59 PM
July 1, 2020 - The EU decided yesterday to open its borders to citizens of Montenegro, leading Montenegro to act reciprocally; EU citizens are now allowed to come to to our country without any additional conditions. And they are only the first - it appears that the country will be opening up more and more. There are indeed all the more regular air connections. But when you enter the IATA interactive map and search for MNE, you find our country among those with the most highly restrictive policy regarding its borders and COVID-19 pandemic. So what does this mean?
 
There are many questions regarding entering Montenegro in the COVID-19 era, but not so many accurate sources to get detailed answers. Not because it is highly secretive, but because the situation is changing on a daily basis, especially since we have new COVID-19 cases after a pleasant break of 42 days without new patients officially reported. So, what's new, according to the International Air Transport Association?
 
 
Passengers are not allowed to enter Montenegro.
 
- It does not apply to nationals and residents of Montenegro.
 
- This does not apply to passengers who have been in Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China (People's Rep.), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam or Zambia in the past 15 days.
 
 Nationals and residents of Montenegro are subject to self-isolation for 14 days.
 
- This does not apply to passengers who have been in Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China (People's Rep.), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam or Zambia in the past 15 days.
 
- This does not apply to passengers who have been in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Kosovo (Rep.), Turkey, or Ukraine in the past 15 days and have a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
 
Passengers who have been in Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Israel, Kosovo (Rep.), Turkey, or Ukraine in the past 15 days must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
Page 1 of 61

Photo galleries and videos