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20 May 2020, 16:25 PM
May 20, 2020 - Public Company for National Parks of Montenegro - JPNPCG invites all nature lovers to visit all national parks free of charge on the occasion of the upcoming national holiday Independence Day - May 21 and important environmental dates of the International Biodiversity Day - May 22 and European Parks Day - May 24.
 
"Having in mind the pandemic, I would like to emphasize that the focus of interest of institutions and organizations dealing with nature protection is precisely the relationship between nature and health and that employees, despite the situation behind us, performed their regular activities." In addition to preserving and protecting our valuable natural resources, protected areas provide numerous ecosystem services and have an essential mission of connecting people with nature. That undoubtedly affects human health and well-being, said the director of JPNPCG Elvir Klica.
 
The employees of JPNPCG remind that the national parks of Montenegro provide undoubtedly the most beautiful conditions for a vacation in a healthy environment and protected nature. Visitors are offered various activities- hiking, educational and cycling trails, touring mountain lakes, sport fishing on Black, Biograd and Skadar lakes, bird watching in NP Skadar Lake, children's playgrounds in NP Durmitor, NP Lovcen and NP Biogradska Gora etc.
 
Visitors to the national parks of Montenegro must adhere to all temporary measures and recommendations of the Ministry of Health.
 
The General Assembly of the United Nations declared May 22 as the International Day for the Protection of Biodiversity to raise the awareness of citizens and increase understanding of the importance of its conservation and sustainable use.
 
The European Park Day was declared by the Federation of National Parks of Europe (EUROPARC) to draw public attention to the importance of green areas. This date was chosen to commemorate the proclamation of the first European national parks, or nine national parks in Sweden, on May 24, 1909. JPNPCG is a member of the EUROPARC Federation.
 
17 May 2020, 14:09 PM
May 17, 2020 - Since the beginning of the global pandemic COVID - 19, Porto Montenegro has respected and implemented all decisions of the Government of Montenegro and the World Health Organization when it comes to protection measures for employees, citizens and clients.
 
“Since the beginning of this global situation, we have created the concept of working from a virtual office, where we serve all our clients online. We inform them about all the new situations in the nautical resort and marina Porto Montenegro, and on the other hand, we organize various online events. From sessions, virtual conferences for ship captains, fitness sessions and other segments "- said Kristina Škanata PR Porto Montenegro.
 
- Marina Porto Montenegro has received all institutional approvals from the Government of Montenegro and nautical institutions for receiving boats and mooring in our marina for yachts up to 450 m.
Of course, crews have to go through all quarantine procedures, from 14-day quarantine to self-isolation, but the Porto Montenegro marina team is ready, and taking all protection measures to serve the crew on that ship. Of course, with social distance and all medical requirements.
 
Such is the situation with our tenants, over 60 boutiques, and as of today, catering facilities that can operate, all follow all the instructions of the competent authorities, says Škanata.
"We follow all the measures and instructions of the Government of Montenegro and analyze the global situation, given that we have a lot of clients who come from different meridians. We are in daily contact with them, they can't wait to come to Montenegro.
 
We think that Montenegro is just a delayed destination this summer, not for a month or two, we hope it will be, and on the other hand it depends on many other factors, borders and air traffic, but we hope, here is the first water transport we have all established, we have several yachts that have sailed into Porto Montenegro, and we hope for a good charter season ”- said Škanata.
 
17 May 2020, 13:58 PM

May 17, 2020 - Montenegro Airlines management has announced that they expect to have their first commercial flights in June.

Representatives of the national airline assume that the first flights will be established to destinations in the region, it was announced to Pobjeda from Montenegro Airlines.

"Having in mind the easing of restrictions in Montenegro as well as in a number of European countries in the last few days, we expect to have the first flights in June to destinations with a similar epidemiological situation," Pobjeda from Montenegro Airlines said.

Montenegro Airlines assumes that the first flights will be established to destinations in the region.

"Then, in the next month, flights would be established to all destinations to which we travel. Of course, provided that flying to those countries is allowed ", said Montenegro Airlines.

Passenger commercial air traffic in Montenegro has been suspended since March 16, except for the announced arrival of Montenegrin citizens through diplomatic and consular missions.

"At the moment, all Montenegro Airlines commercial flights are suspended until May 31. Of course, this is not a final decision, because the establishment of commercial air traffic depends on the decisions and guidelines of domestic and international bodies and authorities responsible for civil aviation, and also depends on the protocols relating to health measures and travel restrictions in countries to which MA is flying ", explained the representatives of the national airline, emphasizing that their fleet is ready to establish traffic.

17 May 2020, 13:41 PM

May 17, 2020 - The civic movement URA sent an appeal to the Government of Montenegro in order to save the tourist season by accessing the corona corridor.

"After the Government accepted the proposal to promote Montenegro as a corona free destination, we appeal to take concrete steps regarding the said proposal." It is necessary for Prime Minister Markovic and the head of diplomacy, Srdjan Darmanovic, to establish contacts with their colleagues in Germany and Austria as soon as possible, to try to get our country into the corona corridor. In that way, at the moment of opening the borders, Montenegro would be among the countries where there would be unobstructed passage for tourists ", they point out in the URA movement.

They state that talks on the topic of the tourist season have already begun in some European countries.

"Depending on the epidemiological situation, it is expected that at some point the borders will be opened, where the countries that were not significantly affected by the COVID 19 pandemic, including Montenegro, will certainly have a tourist advantage." If the idea of ​​the corona corridor comes true, it is of immense importance for our country to be a part of that agreement. Therefore, activities in that direction should be undertaken without delay, "they said in the URA movement.

They point out that a large number of citizens of Montenegrin origin live in Germany and Austria.

"Apart from Germany and Austria, which are large tourist markets, a large number of our citizens also live in those countries. They traditionally spend their holidays on the Montenegrin coast or in the north of our country. It is important to note that in addition to these two countries, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are participating in the talks on the corona corridor, which can also be a significant potential for saving the tourist season. "Montenegro should join these talks, regardless of the fact that we are not a member of the EU," said the URA movement.

They state that, according to EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, travel restrictions should first be eased towards countries where the virus has been brought under control.

"The government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must do everything to convince our partners to be part of this agreement, regardless of the fact that we are not an EU member state. In that way, they would more or less save the tourist economy, which will be significantly endangered ", they conclude in the URA movement.

15 May 2020, 15:17 PM

May 15, 2020- The National Tourist Organization of Montenegro has published today the detailed guide for tourists regarding the current situation in the country, which is very close to proudly pronounce itself one of the first corona-free destinations in the world.

Tourists currently residing in Montenegro can find information on all health-related issues on the website of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro https://www.ijzcg.me/ and via Call Center 1616 every day from 8am to 11pm.

What is prohibited?

Travel ban for all foreigners to Montenegro (except for foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro) and those operating vehicles for transfer of goods.
 
Presence and loitering of more than one person in an open public space (except for persons performing their regular work assignments and members of shared household ). 

Which border crossings are closed?

The border crossings for passenger border traffic are closed as follows:
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Scepan Polje, Sula, Sitnca, Metaljka
 
Albania: Grncar, Sukobin
 
Croatia: Kobila
 
Serbia: Rance, Vuce

The border crossings are open with the following countries:

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ilino brdo, Nudo and Krstac;
 
Serbia: Dobrakovo, Dracenovac and Cemerno;
 
Croatia: Debeli Brijeg;
 
Albania: Bozaj.
 
Most border crossings have cameras installed and can be checked online via the link http://kamere.mup.gov.me/

What has been shut down?

International traffic (except in extraordinary cases)
 
Schools and universities
 
Children playrooms
 
Night clubs

What remains open?

Traffic with personal vehicles within Montenegro
 
All ports for cruisers and yachts
 
The internal maritime traffic is completely open
 
Cafes, restaurants, bars (Responsibilities: employees wear masks; max 4 people at the table (except for families); between tables min 2m or barrier; hand disinfection at the entrance / exit; no self-service; no standing and staying at the bar)
 
Bathing areas and beaches
 
All national parks of Montenegro
 
Public transport in  municipalities without infection
 
Taxi transport
 
Grocery and liquor stores, hygiene disinfecting product, baby accessories
 
Gas stations
 
Pharmacies
 
Kiosks
 
Banks and post offices
 
Food delivery
 
Hair and beauty saloons
 
Casinos and bookmakers
 
Shopping malls
 
Gym and Fitness center
 
Indoor and outdoor activities are provided, which can be performed in groups

What is required?

Mandatory wearing masks in a closed public space (stores, banks, post office, hair and beauty saloons).

Where are the quarantines located?

Podgorica: "Dorm", Hotel "Voco"
 
Danilovgrad: "Police Academy", Regional School of Public Administration RESPA
 
Ulcinj: Former barracks "Zoganj", Hotel "Holliday Villages Montenegro"
 
Bar: "Red Cross's House of Solidarity" in Sutomore
 
Herceg Novi: Hotel "Lighthouse Igalo", "Institute Dr Simo Milosevic"
 
Budva: Hotel "Castellastva" in Petrovac
 
Niksic: Ski Center "Vucje"

Who should be quarantined?

Anyone who has been or is suspected of being exposed to the corona virus
 
Anyone who enters Montenegro from countries with high levels of local transmission of the virus.

Who is required to self-isolate, that is, stay inside house quarantine?

Anyone who comes from abroad, for at least 14 days, under special medical supervision.

Return for tourists currently in Montenegro

All tourists wishing to return to their countries of origin should contact their country's embassies for information on their return options whose contacts are available at http://www.mvp.gov.me/rubrike/misije/Strane-misije-u-CG/

Return to Montenegro for Montenegrin nationals located abroad  

Montenegrin nationals currently abroad who are planning to return to Montenegro can contact the nearest diplomatic mission or consulate for information on return options whose contacts are available at this link http://www.mvp.gov.me/rubrike/misije/Ambasade-i-konzulati-CG-u-svijetu/
 
Alternatively, the following form may be used: Return to Montenegro https://fillit.typeform.com/to/MtyA3V
14 May 2020, 16:09 PM

May 14, 2020 - The date when Montenegro will open its borders is not yet known. Branislav Karadzic, a member of the Operational Staff returning Montenegrin citizens from abroad, believes it will be soon.

"We are working intensively on organizing the return of our citizens who work in other countries. A flight Podgorica-Frankfurt is planned for Friday. We expect an agreement with Serbia on the return of our students to that country next week at the latest. We expect that in the next ten days, the problem of the return of our citizens who have been trapped on the cruiser of the American company "Royal Caribbean" for three months will be solved, " Karadzic told this morning in the TV Vijesti show Boje Jutra.

He added that the main goal is to preserve the health of citizens.

"We expect that our country will soon be a corona-free state. It is difficult to bid when Montenegro opens its borders, but I believe it will be very soon. Based on the recommendations of the Institute of Public Health, the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases will decide on that. When the borders open, the emphasis will be on road traffic. Montenegro may ask passengers to present evidence of a negative coronavirus test result to enter the country, but other authorities decide this. I am sure that we will find the best solution, "Karadzic pointed out.

According to him, the coordinating body is working intensively on the return of Montenegrin citizens to foreign countries where they operate.

As for Montenegrin students who want to return to Serbia due to the June exam period, the Montenegrin embassy in Belgrade and the Consulate General in Sremski Karlovci have contacted the authorities in that country.

"Nothing has been agreed yet. About 180 students, who want to return to Serbia on the occasion of the June exams, contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We will try to make their status as easy as possible. We expect an agreement next week at the latest, "Karadzic said.

"We returned 206 seafarers with the help of Montenegro Airlines. Many of them returned in individual arrangements in different ways," said a member of the Operational Staff for the return of Montenegrin citizens from abroad, emphasizing that about 580 seafarers remained at sea.

09 May 2020, 18:04 PM
May 9, 2020 - As of Monday, additional easing of measures against the spread of the COVID-19 infection will take effect, in particular, about easing traffic-related restrictions. Intercity traffic is now allowed, after being forbidden on March 24.

Intercity traffic to be allowed within areas

According to the decision of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases, from May 11, traffic with personal vehicles and public transport of passengers will be allowed, but within the region in the country. Montenegro is divided into three areas, and citizens will be able to move between municipalities in:
 
  • Coastal region: Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat, Budva, Bar, Ulcinj and Cetinje
  • Central region: Podgorica, Danilovgrad, Tuzi, Cetinje, Niksic, Savnik, Pluzine
  • Northern region: Pljevlja, Žabljak, BIjelo POlje, Berane, Mojkovac, Kolašin, Plav, Rožaje, Andrijevica, Petnica, Gusinje
"No more than two adults may be transported in a passenger motor vehicle at the same time unless members of a joint family household. This ban does not apply to vehicles of legal entities, media representatives, and vehicles used for the needs of emergency services (health, police, army, fire services, etc.) ", the NKT announced.
 
The passenger will not be able to stand in intercity transport vehicles, and he will have to wear a protective mask. Passengers can sit next to each other.

Opening of internal maritime traffic on Monday

As stated on the Twitter account of the Government, as of May 11, the full internal maritime traffic will be opened. They add that the transport of passengers in domestic maritime traffic is also enabled.
 
"Carriers in road and sea transport are obliged to apply prevention measures following the Institute of Public Health Instruction: all passengers must wear protective masks; it is not allowed to stand in the vehicle or vessel ", it was announced from NKT.

Montenegro Airlines does not fly until June 1

Due to the situation caused by the coronavirus, the current ban on commercial air traffic from Montenegro, as well as restrictions on other countries for travel, Montenegro Airlines has extended the period of traffic suspension until May 31, 2020, including that date, the national airline company's website said. 

Air Serbia is planning flights to Podgorica with the same intensity as before

Air Serbia has announced that it will resume scheduled passenger air traffic to a limited extent from May 18, with an increase in the number of flights within the flight schedule from June 1.
 
From May 18, a limited number of flights will be organized to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Zurich, and Vienna airports.
 
It was pointed out that the flight schedule will undergo specific changes compared to the plan for the 2020 summer season.
 
As it was announced, Podgorica will be one of the destinations to which Air Serbia planes will fly with the same intensity as before, but, among other things, the weekly number of flights to Tivat will be optimized.
 
Air Serbia also pointed out that they are working closely with partners to determine the demand for charter flights. There is a possibility that flights to a limited number of destinations will be established earlier, even before June 1.
 
The final flight schedule will depend on the decisions and guidelines of domestic, foreign, and international bodies and authorities in the field of civil aviation, said in a statement today, the national air carrier of Serbia.
08 May 2020, 17:33 PM
May 8, 2020 - Marina Porto Montenegro in Tivat received all institutional approvals formed by the Government of Montenegro, for the entry of yachts and superyachts during the global pandemic COVID-19. According to feedback from nautical clientele from the Mediterranean and even further, the first entries are expected in the next few days.
 
What is important to point out is that all vessels moored in Porto Montenegro will respect the quarantine period of 14 days and in the event of the appearance of COVID 19 on the ship and longer. In addition to reducing the mandatory quarantine period from 28 to 14 days, NKT will probably soon allow the time spent on sailing from the last port to the moment of arrival in Montenegro to be counted during the quarantine period.
 
Porto Montenegro will provide protection for foreign vessels and their crews, delivery of food and hygiene items, provision of medical assistance, water, fuel and electricity supply, collection of waste from foreign vessels, as well as other necessary measures to ensure a safe and decent stay of the crew on a ship, and during self-isolation. After the expiration of quarantine and isolation, the team of a foreign used facility is obliged to apply all valid measures adopted by the Ministry of Health for the citizens of Montenegro.
 
All tenants in the nautical resort, over 60 of them, respect the decisions and protection measures against the COVID 19 virus defined by the Montenegrin Government's National Coordinational Body for Infectious Diseases and have been following these instructions since they reopened their businesses on May 4 - boutiques of world brands, perfumeries, hairdressers and beauty salons, yacht agencies. And from May 18, according to previous announcements and guidelines, restaurants, cafes, and cafeterias that operate within the nautical settlement of Porto Montenegro will join.
 
Source: Boka News
08 May 2020, 13:39 PM
May 8, 2020 - The director of the National Tourist Organization, Zeljka Radak Kukavicic, said in an interview with Dnevne Novine that the initial phase of the tourist recovery would start in July.
 
Having in mind the excellent position of Montenegro, Radak Kukavicic says that there is moderate optimism that we will achieve a part of the high tourist season during July and August, again depending on the epidemiological situation in Europe.
 
According to the estimates of the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization), the initial phase of tourist recovery will begin in July 2020, and the essential part of tourist traffic will be domestic tourists and regional tourist demand. "Montenegro sees opportunities here, and it is quite certain that tourists will decide on closer destinations this year," said Radak Kukavicic.
 
Also, as she added, health safety and security are the priorities that tourists will be guided by when choosing a vacation destination.
 
"According to the estimates of eminent health experts, the 'winners' of the crisis so far are countries that are close to eradicating the virus, and among them is Montenegro, which is predicted to be one of the world's first corona-free zones," said Radak Kukavicic.
 
She announced that the goal is to create "green air corridors" with some countries that are at a similar epidemiological level as Montenegro, including Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic "
 
"Our focus is undoubtedly on domestic guests, whom we invite to spend their vacation in their country this year and use the opportunity to get to know some of the perhaps less researched segments of the various tourist offer. We believe that the tourism industry will provide additional motivation to domestic guests by offering exclusive benefits. We have intensified the promotion on social networks, through which every day we try to inspire past and future domestic and foreign tourists by reminding them of the rich tourist offer of Montenegro ", said Radak Kukavičić.
 
07 May 2020, 13:48 PM

May 7, 2020 - Sitting by the PC to finally start working, I put on my headphones so that the music would play the song of the birds calling me out.  I ask Youtube for "recently uploaded" and guess what - a video about Kotor was there, which was uploaded yesterday by Mark Wolters, a travel blogger whose youtube channel has 681K subscribers. Let's see what he has to say on our Medieval pearl and its surroundings. It would be especially interesting since, at the moment, there is still a ban on intercity traffic. And I cannot go there. 

It seems that the post-corona world will be more prone to travelers than tourists in the classical sense of the word. In the new circumstances, preference will be given to destinations that can offer the traveler an authentic experience, which will undoubtedly require a more personal approach to the needs of each traveler and guest that the trip brings to our country. In this sense, Boka Bay and its historical and cultural center, Kotor, have a large number of products of particular interest to numerous niches of guests looking for a personal experience. It is interesting to hear what a world-renowned travel blogger has to say to its broad audience about Kotor on May 6, 2020.

"Heading to Kotor, Montenegro, and not sure what to expect? Well, here we go through what to see, do, eat, and enjoy on your Montenegro vacation. Whether you are coming in on a cruise or just passing through Kotor has quite a bit for a traveler to enjoy in a short period of time. From walking the ramparts, hiking the hills, visiting the churches (St. Luke's, St. Nicholas, the Cathedral), or heading out into the Bay of Kotor to see some wonders, you will have a nice visit in Kotor. " 

 

Filmed in Kotor, Montenegro Copyright Mark Wolters 2020

Wolters World youtube channel gives first-hand travel advice to help fellow travelers get the most out of their travel experience. Mark Wolters and his crew discuss the best & worst parts of traveling so that potential travelers can be better prepared for his vacation. In a way that helps them know more about the culture and people of the city, country, or region he is going to visit, as written at the Wolters World youtube channel. 

"From the shocks of traveling to a new country to the things you don't do when you travel, the things you will love and hate, to general travel tips for packing, budgeting, planning, safety and more - we try to help all types of travelers," states the channel presentation.

Hopefully, at least one percent of Wolters subscribers decide to check Kotor. They do not have to come all this summer, but sometimes soon- it would be great.

I'll watch this video one more time. Jealous of Mr. Wolters that he's in Kotor, although I know this video was recorded earlier. 

07 May 2020, 07:30 AM
May 7, 2020 - Montenegro Airlines has extended its planned flight suspension until 15th May, but it does not expect to start commercial operations again until June. The Montenegrin national carrier said it is on a mission to bring as many tourists to Montenegro this year as possible, writes Jakov Fabinger for Simple Flying.
 
As part of a wave of airline groundings across Europe, Montenegro Airlines stopped all commercial flights on 16th March.
 
Montenegro was the last European country to record its first case of COVID-19, following the imposition of strict travel restrictions to the country. In February, the Montenegrin Ministry of Health issued a ban for all travel between Montenegro and Northern Italy, and vice versa. It was effectively a ban on Wizz Air and Ryanair from the country.
 
Montenegro Airlines remains grounded, and its current flight suspension is officially in place until Friday, 15th May. On that day, the airline will operate its first flight in two months, to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport.
 
However, the Montenegrin national airline told Vijesti that “in light of the latest measures presented by NKT [national coordination body], first flights are expected in June.”
 
Montenegro Airlines does not expect to operate as many frequencies out of Podgorica and Tivat as it had planned for this year. Its first flights would be regional operations. Only in the second phase of its emergence from grounding will it resume flights to its wider international network. Even so, Montenegro’s international network will see “reduced intensity” because of the slump in demand the airline is already recording through advance bookings and its expectations based on negative worldwide aviation trends.
 
Unsurprisingly, the first flight Montenegro Airlines has scheduled is to Belgrade, in neighboring Serbia. However, the date of 16th May is unexpected, since Serbia does not expect to open its airports until 18th May at the earliest.
 
Along with Belgrade, Montenegro Airlines is likely to immediately resume its routes that are least dependent on fragile tourist demand. For example, Ljubljana in Slovenia and Moscow are two routes that are sustained through the requirement that does not rely on tourism.
 
Frankfurt, Paris, and Vienna could also be early routes to resume since Montenegro Airlines acts as a feeder to various major carriers through these hubs. For example, the flights to Vienna from Podgorica leave in the mornings, perfectly timed to connect onto Austrian Airlines’ late morning departure wave. Austrian Airlines and Montenegro Airlines operate a codeshare between Podgorica and Vienna.
 
Last year, between 1st March and 1st June, Montenegro Airlines recorded revenues over €13 million ($14 million). This year it will have been grounded for almost all of this period, which will be a significant blow for the airline’s finances.
 
The airline is now hoping to reduce its losses by generating as much revenue as possible in the summer months when tourists usually flock to its base in Podgorica and seasonal focus city of Tivat. But will the tourists come? What do you think are the prospects for smaller European airlines like Montenegro Airlines? Jakov Fabinger, a Simple Flying journalist following the air industry in Balkan countries, asks at the end of his article.
 
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