May 25, 2020 - Montenegro is the last country in Europe to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also the first to boast the status of a corona free destination after 68 days of the first recorded cases of infection. Therefore, it is not surprising that there is great interest when Montenegro will open its borders and approve the arrival of foreign citizens in our country.
For now, it is possible to come to Montenegro only by small private planes, but we expect additional liberalization of air and road traffic soon, which is still approved only for trucks and transfers organized through diplomatic missions.
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases has approved the opening of the Airports of Montenegro. As of May 20, general aviation flights with a maximum of ten passengers are allowed.
Crew and passengers are required to wear masks during and after the flight and inside the airport building. The crew must remain on the plane during the rotation, and if necessary, they can leave the aircraft in the parking area. Passengers must have a negative PCR test for SARS-COV-2 not older than 48 hours, as well as the crew if they enter Montenegro.
Upon arrival in Montenegro, passengers are issued a certificate that they are under health control, which includes regular self-monitoring of signs and symptoms of the disease. If they feel any signs and symptoms, they are required to report to a local epidemiologist.
Passengers arriving in Montenegro on general aviation flights are not required to stay in quarantine for 14 or 28 days, which is a rule that applies to Montenegrin citizens returning to their country organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tivat Airport procedure for general aviation flights
The take-off and landing of private, business and other flights of the General Aviation are coordinated with the Operations Center of Tivat Airport. The flight must be announced 24 hours before the scheduled take-off or landing, or in case of emergency on the same day. The Operations Center needs the following information: Name of the operator, type of aircraft, call sign, aircraft registration number, the maximum weight of the plane at take-off, data on the airport of departure/destination, date and estimated time of arrival/departure to/from Tivat Airport.
Contact details of the Tivat Operations Center:
The liberalization of cross-border road traffic is expected soon
When it comes to the liberalization of cross-border road traffic, the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases will wait for the suggestion of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro. The director of this institution, Dr. Boban Mugoša, pointed out yesterday that, if there are no new cases of COVID-19 infection, Montenegro can declare the end of the epidemic on June 2. Still, he did not specify what that could mean in the context of international traffic.
The meeting of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases with the officials of the Institute of Public Health is scheduled for today at 1 pm. Answering the question of TMN, the head of the Public Relations Bureau of the Government of Montenegro, Srdjan Kusovac, said that it is expected that the liberalization of cross-border road traffic will be one of the topics of today's meeting. The meeting is going to be followed by a press conference scheduled for 5 pm.