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1 July 2020

The Council of Europe has adopted the recommendations on gradual lifting of travel restrictions to the EU for the residents of 14 countries, including Montenegro, after 1 July

The recommendations are based on epidemiological situation evaluations to be done every two weeks, but in case of sudden worsening of the situation in a country, fast decision-making process will take place.

The main criterion is to have a number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average as it stood on 15 June 2020, when such a number was 16. The second criterion is stable or decreasing trend of new cases, and the third one is the overall response of a country to the epidemics, such as testing, contact tracing, reporting, as well as the reliability and availability of the information in third countries, and information provided by EU delegations in such countries on these aspects should also be taken into account.

The following countries are also included in the list: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China also meets the requirements, but its residents could enter EU if Being lifts the travel ban for the EU residents.
Residents of Monaco, Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican are to be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.

30 June 2020

Montenegro opens the borders for all EU countries today.
Residents of #EU countries can enter Montenegro without any additional conditions (tests, quarantine etc.).

29 June 2020

COVID-19: Easing International Traffic Measures
In accordance with the previously determined dynamics, the Institute for Public Health of Montenegro has analyzed the available epidemiological data and made a list of countries whose residents may enter Montenegro without special limitations and health measures.
Countries whose residents may freely enter Montenegro
The list is applicable from 29 June until 5 July 2020 at midnight
• Countries whose residents may freely enter Montenegro (in alphabetical order):
Algeria, Angola, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Brunei, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Philippines, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Georgia, the Netherlands, Croatia, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Cuba, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Hungary, Malta, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Slovakia, Seychelles, Senegal, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia.
• Countries whose residents may enter Montenegro provided they have a negative PCR or ELISA test: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Romania, Italy and Ukraine.
• Citizens and residents of Montenegro who may enter Montenegro from other countries with self-isolation measures or quarantine:
All other countries.
174 cases have been registered in Montenegro since mid-June. There are 2 registered coronavirus cases in Tivat.

26 June 2020

• List of countries whose residents may enter Montenegro
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases has adopted a strategic decision on further opening of Montenegro pursuant to our recognizable policy of the uttermost protection of the citizens, foreigners who live in our country, and tourists, and creating preconditions to normalize the economy suffering the pandemic consequences.
In accordance with the adopted principles, three lists of countries have been formed, depending on: number of active and new coronavirus cases, trend of overall number of infected persons and overall response of a state to the pandemic, taking into consideration the available information about the aspects such as testing, supervision, contact monitoring, medical care and reporting.
• Countries whose residents may freely enter Montenegro: Algeria, Angola, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Brunei, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Philippines, Finland, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Greenland, Georgia, Guyana, Guinea, the Netherlands, Croatia, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, East Timor, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, South Sudan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Kenya, China, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Hungary, Malawi, Malta, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Monaco, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Ivory Coast, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Slovakia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Senegal, Slovenia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Saint Lucia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
• Countries whose residents may enter Montenegro provided they have a negative PCR test result for SARS -CoV-2 done by accredited laboratories, not older than 48 hours: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Romania, Italy and Ukraine.
The National Coordination Body has analyzed epidemiological situation in Serbia. It has been stated that free movement of people and goods is a strategic policy of Montenegro, that our country is truly committed to, as being our economic interest and need. However, a unanimous decision has been made that a decision to open towards Serbia can be made only after the health status is known after the recent sports event held in Belgrade, as it allowed gathering of tens of thousands of spectators, thus causing a high epidemiological risk.
• Charter flights
A part of the new policy of opening of Montenegro is today’s decision to enable the entry of tourists from epidemiologically safe parts of certain countries (regionalization principle) by charter flights, provided that prior communication is established between tour operators and our authorities and bilateral agreement at the level of competent health institutions.
The limitation on the number of passengers in a general aviation aircraft that may enter Montenegro has been cancelled.
• The same rules regarding countries apply also to all passengers coming to Montenegro on yachts.
• Special conditions to enter and move across Montenegro
Pursuant to the recommendations of the European Commission, the Institute for Public Health has suggested and the National Coordination Body has accepted the exception to the aforementioned criteria to be applied to certain categories of persons necessary for normal functioning of vital services and activities and employees of clear economic importance. Special conditions to enter and move across Montenegro will be prescribed for:
– Health workers, health researchers and scientists;
– Persons who perform or provide transport of passengers and goods;
– Diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in performing their functions;
– Certain categories of passengers in transit;
– Persons in need of international protection or coming to Montenegro for other humanitarian reasons (the principle of non-refoulement is respected).
The National Coordination Body has analyzed the overall epidemiological situation development in the region and beyond, as well as the number of new coronavirus cases in Montenegro. It has been concluded that since epidemiological researches of ways of importation and local transmission of virus have not been finalized yet, the citizens must fully comply with all prescribed measures, not exceptions allowed.
The results of epidemiological and safety checks indicate that after almost 30 days of not having registered cases in Montenegro, the virus has been re-imported due to irresponsibility of individuals, not only jeopardizing the public health but also the economy and national interests of Montenegro. All competent institutions have additional motive and obligation to rigorously and continuously implement the activities prescribed by law and process individuals or groups of individuals threating to jeopardize all citizens by their irresponsible behavior.

25 June 2020

There are currently 100 active corona-virus cases in Montenegro. There are no registered cases in Tivat.

• New measures of the National Coordination Body
1. Public outdoor political gatherings are prohibited
2. Sport events spectators are prohibited
3. Religious gatherings at public outdoor areas are prohibited, except at the areas belonging to religious facilities
4. Funerals to be attended only by immediate family members.

• Events in indoor public areas have already been prescribed by the order.

5. The National Coordination Body, at the quest of the Cabinet of President of Montenegro, has recommended that the traditional reception for the Statehood Day should not be organized this year.
6. At the quest of SUBNOR and Antifascists of Montenegro, the National Coordination Body has recommended the postponement of ceremonies planned for 8 July in Ravni Laz and 13 July in Bijelo Polje.

More measures have been adopted for the Municipalities of Bijelo Polje and Rozaje.

23 June 2020

COVID-19 in Montenegro: 51 in Total

Montenegro was corona free for three weeks
After being the last corona free country in Europe, Montenegro reported its first COVID-19 cases on March 17. After 62 days of the successful counter-epidemic strategy by the Institute of Public Health, no new cases of infection occurred for 42 days- from May 5 to June 14, when the Institute’s laboratories reported four imported cases.
The last patient of the “first COVID-19 wave” in Montenegro recovered on May 24, making Montenegro a corona-free country for three weeks.

19 June 2020

COVID-19 Again in Montenegro: 13 active cases
The National Coordination Body has recommended, for the purpose of additional protection of the elderly, who due to the tradition and customs attend funerals and convey their condolences in person, that such gatherings are limited to the family of deceased and officials (priests and communal workers), and that condolences are expressed by passing by the grieving family members, without shaking hands and kissing.
Bearing in mind the number of contacts of all identified cases so far, their movements and current status, and implementation of preventive measures, the Institute for Public Health has suggested the reintroduction of certain preventive health measures to prevent further spread of infection, primarily the obligation to wear face masks in public closed areas, as it was the case before:
• The obligation of companies and entrepreneurs in retail business to ensure that all employees and consumers wear face masks;
• Employees and clients of hairdressing and beaty salons are obliged to wear face masks, and in case of shaving or facial treatments, employee is obliged to wear, in addition to face mask, a face shield;
• The obligation of betting and gambling houses is to ensure that employees and users of services wear face masks inside the premises;
• The obligation of state bodies, territorial units and branch offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Real Estate Administration and other state administration bodies and local government bodies, banks and post offices, is to ensure that employees and clients wear face masks;
• The obligation of cultural institutions (libraries, archives, museums and galleries) is to ensure that employees and users of their services wear face masks;
• The obligation to wear face mask in public intercity, suburban and city transportation vehicles, including taxes;
• The obligation of public sector employees to wear face masks while working in public indoor areas;
• The obligation to wear masks during driving lessons and stay in all public indoor areas;
• The obligation to wear masks by hospitality workers while providing services.

03 June 2020

COVID-19 in Montenegro: Declared End of Epidemic!
After two and a half months of fighting COVID-19 and 28 days since the last recorded case of coronavirus infection, the Institute of Public Health (IJZ) declared today the end of the epidemic in Montenegro. The IJZ also approved the opening of Montenegro’s borders to citizens of 132 countries with less than 25 active cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The IJZ’s assistant director, Senad Begic, explained this morning on national TV that by medical standards, Montenegro is no longer under epidemic conditions, but that this in practice meant nothing. Begic said declaring the end of the epidemic changed little on the field, as the risk of new coronavirus cases continued and that this was a new reality being faced by the entire planet. Begic said the first wave of the virus had formally ended but that all of the preventive measures of the Ministry of Health as well as the recommendations of the IJZ – particularly physical distancing, hand washing and the wearing of masks – remained in effect and would remain in effect for some time. Begic said testing continued, as well as efforts to prevent the emergence of new COVID-19 cases.

01 June 2020

MONTENEGRO OPENS BORDERS TO ALL NEIGHBOURS!

BORDERS
• The National Coordinating Body (NKT) decided yesterday to open most of its border crossings to neighbouring countries. Thus, the following checkpoints are now open: with Albania, at Grncar Baskim and Sukobin Murican; with Bosnia-Herzegovina, at Scepan Polje Hum, Sula Vitina, Sitnica Zupci, and Meteljka Metaljka; with Croatia, at Kobila Vitaljina; and with Serbia, at Rance Jabuka, Vuce Godovo, and Cemerno. Travellers and goods crossing the borders must adhere to NKT measures currently in effect.

Travellers entering Montenegro
• Montenegrins and foreign citizens with permanent or temporary residency in Montenegro will not be subject to quarantines if they are arriving from a country on Montenegro’s safe list. The list is published and updated by the Institute of Public Health.

Gatherings
• Starting today, all forms of gatherings, in open and closed spaces as well as in public areas, up to a maximum of 200 people, are allowed. This includes weddings, funerals and sports events. It is noted that physical distancing of at least 2 metres must be maintained at such gatherings. Entertainment venues and children’s playrooms are free to reopen.
Although the NKT had announced that kindergartens would be allowed to reopen today, this refers only to private kindergartens that meet all IJZ recommendations. Public kindergartens will not open until Thursday, 4 June.

Passports and other ID documents
• The Ministry of the Interior’s division for passports and other identification documents begins normal activities under its usual schedule today.
The NKT calls to mind that expired licenses and permanent and temporary residency permits for foreigners will remain valid until 1 July.

29 May 2020

• Border openings

Foreign citizens from 26 countries will be free to enter Montenegro starting 1 June, the National Coordinating Body (NKT) has announced.

Travellers will not be quarantined or asked to self-isolate, the NKT said. The key criterion for allowing entry will be an infection rate of 25 active cases or less per 100,000 inhabitants in the country where the foreigner resides or from which travel to Montenegro begins.
Thhe NKT said it is updating this list of countries on a weekly basis. Among the countries currently on the list are: Slovenia, Iceland, Croatia, Slovakia, Georgia, Switzerland, Albania, Austria, Norway, Monaco, Kosovo, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Israel, Northern Macedonia, Ireland, Czech Republic, Finland and Estonia.

• Public gatherings

The NKT will now allow all types of gatherings, up to a maximum of 200 people, in open and closed spaces and in public areas, including weddings and funerals. The 200 maximum also applies to spectators at sports events. Physical distancing of at least 2 metres during gatherings remains mandatory.

• Entertainment venues, kindergartens
Discos, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres as well as children’s playrooms and kindergartens are now permitted to reopen, under the instructions issued by the Institute of Public Health.

• Licenses, residency permits
The NKT advises that expired drivers licenses and residency and work permits for foreigners are considered valid until 1 July.
The NKT notes that foreign citizens (and Montenegrins) with temporary or permanent residence in Montenegro that arrive in Montenegro from countries not on its safe list will be required to self-isolate or be ordered into quarantine for 14 days.

Self-isolation implies remaining in family housing or other accommodation, as well as medical monitoring.

25 May 2020

Montenegro is free of COVID – 19

There are no more people infected with the novel coronavirus in Montenegro – the Public Health Institute announced.

Since yesterday’s cross-section of the condition, laboratories of the Public Health Institute have completed the analysis of 140 samples, among which there were no new cases of infection # COVID – 19. Also, at this moment in Montenegro, there are no active cases of infection with the novel coronavirus – the Institute states.

Since the beginning of the occurrences, the total number of infected persons is 324, while 315 persons have recovered.

24 May 2020

COVID-19 in Montenegro: 19 Days Without New Cases

The epidemic situation in Montenegro is the same. One active COVID-19 case and 314 recovered patients.

Becoming corona free destination
To become a corona-free destination would be a real privilege for Montenegro in the world where pandemic of the SARS- Cov- 2 is looming. Montenegro’s position is very favorable as counting days to acquire this status in circumstances in which other countries are recording an increase in the number of infections. Dr. Vesna Miranović, head of the Operational unit for the implementation of measures for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, has said.

Dr. Miranović suggests that the corona-free destination possibility is not the only news thanks to which Montenegro has attracted attention.

“Montenegro is the last country in Europe where the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. It is special because it is the only country where no case of the virus has been recorded in nursing homes. It would be great if we could add to this list of achievements the fact that it is the first corona-free destination in Europe”, Dr. Miranović says.

19 May 2020

• ALMOST CORONA FREE
No new COVID-19 patients have been registered in Montenegro for 14 days. Since the last press conference of the situation, IJZ laboratories have completed the analysis of 93 samples, among which there were no new cases of coronavirus infection, the Institute of Public Health (IJZ) announced.
The total number of patients since the beginning of the events is 324, while 311 have recovered. Currently, four people are ill, two in Ulcinj and one in Gusinje and Bijelo Polje.

• Public intercity transport established
After two months, rail transport and public city transport have been re-established in Montenegro.
Passengers must also wear a protective mask in public city transport, and hand disinfection will be mandatory at the entrance to the bus. From the Railway Transport, they say that they are ready to return to work obligations, and they expect a significant number of passengers in the coming days.
• Opening of the Airport of Montenegro soon
The National Coordination Body (NCB) has decided on the forthcoming opening of the Airport of Montenegro for general aviation flights to and from Montenegro.
Appropriate instructions and orders will be issued tomorrow, the NKT announced.

• Over eight million were paid into the account for the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic
The government announced that more than eight million euros have been paid into the NKT account from the country and abroad in the last two months.
By May 18 at nine o’clock, 7,999,630.21 euros and 75,971.72 US dollars had been paid. The total outflows from the account opened on March 19 to May 18 amount to 1,757,173.33 euros.

• COVID-19 Crises: Montenegrin economy will contract by 8% due to heavy reliance on tourism
According to the latest forecast report of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW), the Montenegrin economy will contract by 8%, due to heavy reliance on tourism.
The report forecasts that the Montenegrin economy will strengthen by 5% next year.
Croatia is expected to face the most significant real GDP contraction (11%). Croatia is followed by Slovenia (9.5%), Slovakia (9%), and Montenegro (8%), reflecting these countries’ particularly heavy reliance on external trade and tourism.
Economies of North Macedonia, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina are expected to contract by 5%, while Serbia’s economy will experience a 4% contraction. WIIW forecast that GDP will drop by 6% in Turkey and 7% in Russia.

14 May 2020

•Nine days without new cases
No new cases of Covid-19 have been registered in the past nine days. The total number of recoveries has now risen to 298. The total number of registered cases stands at 324. There are currently 17 active cases in the country. Active cases by city are as follows: Ulcinj (10), Gusinje (3), Podgorica (2), Bar (1), Bijelo Polje (1).
•Eight days with no new cases of coronavirus infection
Dr Ranko Lazovic, the head of the Medical Crisis Headquarters says the nation’s exit strategy must be just as carefully planned as its handling of the epidemic. He reports that hospitals across the country are moving towards pre-epidemic conditions and Covid-19 bed space is being reduced, while maintaining reserve capacity as a precaution. Lazovic also reports that the average age of Covid-19 patients is 42, while the average age of the country’s nine deaths was 70. He urges citizens to wear masks and observe social distancing, and notes that a large number of citizens have been seen violating these measures.
Dr. Senad Begic of the Institute of Public Health adds that a large number of countries that abruptly lifted restrictions are now seeing a rise in Covid-19 infections, which is why Montenegro is insisting on gradually easing measures.

13 May 2020

• No new coronavirus cases

• Ban on movement from 11pm to 5am to be lifted on Friday
As of Friday, 15 May, passenger and taxi transportation throughout Montenegro is to be allowed (the number of persons allowed in a vehicle as specified by vehicle registration document); Starting from Monday, national public road and railway transportation restarts.
• Hospitality facilities to reopen on 15 May
The Government of Montenegro has made a decision to reopen hospitality facilities on Friday, 15 May.
Hospitality facilities must fulfill the following requirements: post information about measures; employees must wear face masks; maximum four persons per table (except for families); between two tables to have minimum 2 meters apart or a screen; disinfection of hands at entrance/exit; no self-service; no staying and standing at bar;
• Shopping malls to open as well
Shopping malls and indoor shops to reopen on 15 May, but must comply with a set of epidemiological measures – it has been stated by the Government of Montenegro.

9 May 2020

• No new cases! The epidemics will be declared over after 21 days of not having any new cases.
• To ease measures from 11 May:
1. To enable traffic of personal vehicles and public transportation of passengers WITHIN the territory of Montenegro, in the following manner:
– Coastal region (HN, KO, TV, BD, BR, UL) + CT
– Central region (PG, DG, TZ, CT, NK, ŠN, PŽ)
– Northern region (PV, ŽB, BP, BA, MK, KL, PL, RO, AN, PT, GS);
2. Internal maritime transportation will be fully open;
3. To commence the process in the Clinical Center of Montenegro and general and specialized hospitals to gradually start with all specialized examinations of all patients;
4. To enable religious rituals under the following conditions:
– To have maximum 1 person per 10 m2 in the facility and maximum 20 persons with 2 meter-distance between each person outside the facility;
– At the entrance to post the information about maximum number of persons;
– Obligatory use of face masks, with the exception of the priest holding the ritual;
– To disinfect hands at entrance/exit.

Group gathering ban still valid!

6 May 2020

No new cases

There are currently 55 coronavirus cases in Montenegro, whereas 261 recovered.
Since yesterday there are no coronavirus patients in the Clinical Center of Montenegro.

5 May 2020

• One new coronavirus case

After four days of not having new coronavirus cases, one new infected person has been registered – it has been stated by the Institute for Public Health.
It is the person who came from abroad and has been placed in the institutional quarantine.

4 May 2020

• We have no new infected cases for days now
The number of infected persons in Montenegro is 65, whereas all persons who contracted the coronavirus in Tivat recovered (since the outburst, only three cases were recorded).
The number of the coronavirus cases since the outbreak remains 322, whereas the number of recovered persons is now 249.

Businesses including beauty salons, dental clinics, fitness centres, bookshops and trade services reopen today, under measures defined by the National Coordinating Body.

Employers are required to provide masks for their employees and are obliged to also ensure that customers are observing the prescribed measures.

Stores and green markets must post a notice of the measures currently in effect at their facility entrances.

No more than one consumer is allowed within a 10-metre area, and a minimum of two metres must be maintained between consumers, whose number must be controlled at entry points.

1 May 2020

• NO NEW CASES TODAY
The Laboratories of the Institute for Public Health did the analysis of 193 samples and there were no newly infected persons.
The number of the coronavirus-infected persons since the outbreak remains at 322.

• NEW MEASURES FROM 4 MAY
The measures, the implementation of which starts on Monday, 4 May, in all facilities that are operating or that will start to operate, are as follows:
1. Employer is obliged to provide for its employees the use of the protective face masks and disinfectants;
2. Employer is obliged to ensure the compliance of the measures by its clients, users of services and visitors;
3. STORES AND GREEN MARKETS: 1 consumer per 10 m² with minimum 2m distance between consumers in the building and outside the building; control of the number of entries and exits; obligatory use of face masks; use of plexiglass at cash registers;
4. TRADESMEN, SERVICES AND SIMILAR: 1 user per 10 m² with minimum 2m distance; disinfection of hands at entrance and exit; obligatory use of face masks;
5. HAIRDRESSERS AND BEAUTICIANS: 1 user per 10 m², exceptionally 2, with minimum 2m distance between them or barrier between working chairs; disinfection of hands at entrance and exit; obligatory use of face masks; in case of face treatment employee to wear face shields or goggles;
6. FITNESS CENTERS AND GYMS: 1 person per 10 m², exceptionally 2, with minimum 2m distance between them; disinfection of hands at entrance and exit and equipment after practice;
7. BETTING AND GAMBLINH PLACES: 1 person per 10 m², with minimum 2m distance between them; disinfection of hands at entrance and exit and devices after game; each person to use his/her own pen;
8. COUNTER HALLS (of state authorities, banks and similar): 1 person per 10 m², with minimum 2m distance between them; transparent barrier between employee and user; obligatory use of face masks; disinfection of hands at entrance and exit;
9. LIBRARIES, MUSEUMS, AND SIMILAR: 1 person per 10 m², with minimum 2m distance between them; obligatory use of face masks; disinfection of hands at entrance and exit;
10. DENTAL OFFICES: mandatory scheduling of visits; 1 person per 10 m², with minimum 2m distance between the patients; disinfection of hands at entrance and exit;
11. BUSES: obligatory use of face masks; passengers must be seated;
12. TAXI: max 2 persons in the back seat; disinfection of car handles and similar between the two rides;
13. RENT-A-CAR: in the facilities, 1 person per 10 m²; disinfection of hands at entrance and exit; disinfection of vehicle interior prior to and after the use;
14. DRIVER SCHOOLS: 1 person per 4 m² in the premises; disinfection of vehicle interior prior to and after the use;
15. OWNERS OF HOUSES OR AGRICULTURAL FARMS IN OTHER MUNICIPALITIES may travel with the completed confirmation taken from the site of the Institute for Public Health;
16. FISHERMEN OR VESSEL OWNERS may travel to the place of fishing or sailing; must have with them fishing or sailing permit;
17. Employees of the public sector must wear face masks;
18. Members of the family household may be together at public areas with minimum 2 meter-distance between them and other persons.

29 April 2020

• Good news again: For the third consecutive day, no new cases of the COVID-19 infection were recorded, Tivat 0 active cases.
In Montenegro, for the third consecutive day, no new cases of the COVID-19 infection were recorded, and currently, the number of recovered patients is higher than active cases of the coronavirus infection.
The total number of those infected since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montenegro is 321. Seven patients have died, 199 have recovered, and the number of currently infected is 115.
The director of the Emergency Center of the Clinical Center of Montenegro (KCCG), Nermin Abdić, has said that eight patients are currently being treated at the institution.
• Good epidemiological situation – gradual return to normal economic flows
Economy Minister Dragica Sekulic said that the favorable epidemiological situation and compliance with the measures allowed her to start letting the economy slowly enter normal flows.
“Our proposal for tomorrow will be for the National Coordination Team to adopt that individual shops, hairdressers, beauticians, taxi transportation within the municipalities can start operating on 4 May. Since the announcement of the business opportunities, we have received a large number of inquiries from people in the business. Instructions will be available to businessmen in Montenegro tomorrow, ” Sekulic said.
She added that no measure would be costly and labor-intensive, and that the epidemiologist’s profession and suggestions were respected.
Sekulic has reiterated that the possibility of opening catering facilities is under consideration as of May 18. “It seems to me that May 18 is a long way off and that all these measures will be taken by May 4. However, the health of citizens and persons working in catering establishments must come first,” Sekulic said.
• Counter- COVID-19 measures still in force:
The restriction of the number of citizens in the counters of regional units and branches of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other state administration bodies continues until May 4, 2020. Independent of the surface, no more citizens can reside in the counter than the number of existing counters.
Counter – COVID-19 measures that continue to apply until May 18, 2020:
1) a ban on leaving the premises every day between 11 pm and 5 am the next day. Exceptionally, for the duration of this ban, pets may stay in the public area for a maximum of 60 minutes;

2) prohibition of sports and recreational activities on all public areas, except for individual recreational physical activities, with the obligation to observe the prescribed distance measure from other persons at least two meters;

3) prohibition of gathering in the housing facilities by persons who are not members of the joint family household;

4) suspension of international passenger traffic;

5) Prohibition of intercity passenger traffic;

6) Ban on the presence of more than one person in all public areas. Exceptions are children under the age of 12 and persons with special needs, who can be in the company of one parent or another responsible person;

7) Ban on the appearance and detention of persons on beaches, landscaped and unregulated bathing areas, and picnic areas;

8) the obligation of legal and natural persons performing construction works to organize the job in a manner that ensures respect for epidemiological measures, especially respecting the social distance between employees and other counter- COVID-19 standards of occupational health and safety;

9) the possibility of pharmacies, food, beverage and hygiene facilities, newsstands, specialized sales facilities (baby equipment, construction products, plant protection products, and planting materials, nutrition products, and animal treatment, agricultural machinery, and funeral equipment) to organize working hours from 7 am to 10 pm;

10) ban on entry to foreigners, except to foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro; to foreign seafarers in transit; foreigners who operate motor vehicles used to perform trade of goods, with special measures of health and sanitary control, based on the decisions of sanitary health inspection;

The traffic of products for the needs of Montenegro as well as for transit remains unhindered, with special measures of health and hygienic control;

11) compulsory self-isolation for all Montenegrin citizens, as well as for foreigners who have permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro, who come from abroad, based on the decision of the sanitary inspection;

12) ban on providing catering services in hotels, except for registered guests;

13) ban on the operation of disco clubs/bars and nightclubs/bars;

14) ban on the activity of catering establishments – cafes, cafeterias, restaurants, and bars, except catering establishments that supply food;

15) Prohibition of performing shopping and catering services in shopping malls;

16) ban on the operation of children’s playrooms; fitness centers, casinos, bookmakers and casinos;

17) limiting the number of customers concerning the area of the outlet so that only one consumer can be located per ten square meters of the surface of the outlet. Independent of the surface, no more than 50 consumers can be accommodated at the point of sale;

18) obligation of responsible persons in trade establishments to provide/mark a distance of at least two meters between persons located in front of sales outlets, at cash registers and sectors where employees serve goods in sales outlets.

The following measures shall continue to apply until June 1, 2020:
1) suspension of public transport of passengers in the international road, rail, and air traffic, except for irregular charter transport organized for the return of Montenegrin nationals and foreign nationals to their home country, with the consent of the National Infectious Diseases Coordination Body;

2) obligation of state bodies, state administration bodies, local self-government bodies, and local government to consider the personal documents (identity card, passport, and driver’s license) held by citizens, issued after 2008 and which expired, as valid.

28 April 2020

• There were no new Covid-19 positive cases.
In Montenegro, 321 people have been infected with the new coronavirus since its outbreak. The total number of the recovered patients is 189, so the current number of “active” cases is 125.
The municipality of Tivat registers no more active cases.

27 April 2020

• No new cases; face masks are obligatory from 4 May

There are no new coronavirus cases this morning as well, so that the total registered number of corona-virus infected persons since the outburst is 321. The number of active cases is 161.

According to the recommendation issued by the Institute for Public Health, starting from 4 May, all of us will have to wear face mask, a scarf either cotton or made of other fabric, to cover the mouth and nose during our stay in public indoor areas (stores, banks, post offices, hairdressing salons, beauty salons).

“With increasing number of information about the new coronavirus, the entire world is learning how to adjust to it. When we thought that only persons having symptoms could spread the virus, the recommendation was clear: they must wear face masks. Now when we know that there is much greater number of those not having symptoms, who are enormously contributing to the spread of the virus, the only way to reduce its further dissemination is that all of us cover the noise and mouth ”, it has been stated by the Institute for Public Health.

25 April 2020

• Good news: The same number of infected persons as yesterday – COVID19-infected is 319
• New government economic survival package: Help for citizens and companies, salary cuts for public officials
Prime Minister Dusko Markovic presented to the public his government’s second economic survival package, of €71.4m, that is, €40m net, to be implemented over the next three months.
Prime Minister said that the government worked with dedication on finding the best solutions and provide an additional financial stimulus for the citizens and economy. Some of the many measures in the package include support for businesses and employees in several thousand micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, in which more than 100,000 Montenegrins are employed, releasing these businesses from paying the fixed portion of their electricity bills for April, May and June, additional financial support instruments and many others.
Salaries for public officials and government members will take an up to 50% cut, social welfare will be paid to the most vulnerable population groups. As Markovic explained, the scope of the package was very broad and covered the employees in closed companies and those in jeopardy, furloughed workers, those quarantined and in self-isolation, and it included employment subsidies.

24 April 2020

• Institute for Public Health: The total number of COVID19-infected persons is 319
• Mugosa: If you don’t adhere to social distancing measures and other limitations, we will reintroduce previous measures
The director of the Institute of Public Health (IJZ) Dr Boban Mugosa said during the parliamentary discussion on activities related to the Covid-19 epidemic that must be no easing of control and monitoring over the epidemic.
He said that yesterday’s behaviour of citizens was a reaction to the previous movement restrictions that lasted for a month and that he hoped that they would behave differently already today or tomorrow, that is, that they would adhere to the coronavirus containment measures. In the case that they didn’t, said Mugosa, previous restrictions would have to be re-introduced. As long as the citizens adhere to the coronavirus containment measures, the epidemic will be under control, said Mugosa.

23 April 2020

• The death rate in Montenegro is 1,63%, the lowest in the region
Montenegro’s coronavirus mortality rate is the lowest in the region, confirms the director of the World Health Organisation for Europe, Hans Kluge, citing the country’s timely measures.
Slovenia has the highest mortality at 5.56%, followed by Northern Macedonia at 4.23%.
The death rate in Bosnia-Herzegovina is 3.63%, in Croatia 2.51%, Serbia 1.93% and in Montenegro 1.63%.
• In Montenegro, 316 persons have so far contracted the COVID-19 virus

21 April 2020

• Since coronavirus has started in Montenegro, 312 persons got infected
• The number of recovered persons is 88; There is only one coronavirus case in Tivat now
• Prime Minister Markovic: To start with preparing the plan for alleviating measures within the following 45 days
The Government and the National Coordination Body will do their best, in the weeks to come, to gradually and decisively create conditions to make free the civil, entrepreneurial and creative potential – it was published on Prime Minister Dusko Markovic’s Twitter.
Markovic has asked the ministers and heads of institutions to prepare a specific and sustainable plan to mitigate the adopted measures in several phases within the following 45 days, starting from tomorrow.
“We have achieved enviable results in fighting COVID-19 epidemics. Staying consistent with our primary task to protect the health of citizens, Montenegro must continue with its economic and social life. Every next phase will depend on our readiness to preserve the achieved results in suppressing the epidemics. It is a precondition for economic and social recovery”, it was stated by Prime Minister Markovic.

20 April 2020

Institute for Public Health: The total number of COVID19-infected persons is 311

18 April 2020

As of yesterday’s final count, 2 new cases of Covid-19 have been registered in Montenegro, raising the total to 305.
The new cases were registered in Plav and Podgorica.

17 April 2020

• This morning status assessment confirmed another 13 new coronavirus cases
All new cases are from Podgorica; three of them are the contacts of the already known coronavirus cases, whereas the source of infection is being investigated for one person.
Since the coronavirus outburst in Montenegro, 303 persons have caught the virus.

• New opening hours of supermarkets and grocery stores on Saturday – until 6pm
The National Coordination Body for the Fight against Infectious Diseases has made a decision, due to the forthcoming Easter holidays (Orthodox Easter) to extend the opening hours of the retail stores and green markets on Saturday, 18 April, until 6 pm, whereas the ban to leave the housing premises will apply from 7pm.

• The Plav-based man infected with coronavirus passed away
This is the fifth victim of the coronavirus outbreak in Montenegro.

16 April 2020

• As of yesterdays final count, 2 new cases of Covid19 have been registered in Montenegro, raising the total to 290.

15 April 2020

• The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Montenegro has reached 288
• Total Number of recovered is 46, 1 in Tivat

14 April 2020

• Since the outburst, 274 coronavirus-infected persons in Montenegro!
• A 79-year-old man infected with the coronavirus died at the Clinical Centre of Montenegro (KCCG)
People have now died in Montenegro after contracting the coronavirus, that is, since 17 March.
“The deceased also had other health issues,” noted KCCG.

13 April 2020

• In Montenegro, 272 persons have so far contracted the COVID-19 virus; another person passed away

According to the yesterday’s analysis of the situation, another 5 persons got virus-infected, out of whom one is from Tivat.

The man, born in 1946, passed away yesterday in the Intensive Care Unit of the Clinical Center of Montenegro (KCCG).
The coronavirus-infected patient had comorbidities – it was stated by the Clinical Center of Montenegro.

12 April 2020

The Institute of Public Health (IJZ) announced four new Covid-19 cases in Montenegro!
the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Montenegro has reached 267.

11 April 2020

• Five new coronavirus case have been confirmed today in Montenegro
Currently, the total number of cases is 262, announced the Public Health Institute (IJZ).

10 April 2020

• Good news – no new coronavirus cases

There is no new coronavirus case among 60 analysed samples yesterday afternoon and this morning – Doctor Senad Begic has stated, adding that we cannot, however, relax and be carried away by optimism.

• New packages of economic measures to mitigate the pandemic consequences

“Montenegro has continued to successfully cope with the epidemic threatening and paralyzing the entire world, according to the information and analyses of both domestic and international institutions, and I want to thank, once again, all citizens of Montenegro who have shown a high level of awareness and responsibility during these difficult times”, it was pointed out by Prime
Minister of Montenegro Dusko Markovic.

• Porto Montenegro Crew Club Activities

Crew Club continues with its calendar of fun and engaging activities for captains and crew. All events are hosted online, via set of various applications, where we organize quizzes, wine nights, regatta competitions and more. Events are hosted 2 to 3 times per week.

9 April 2020

• Institute for Public Health: The total number of COVID19-infected persons is 249

• National Coordination Body agrees new measures: No more than one person in public places

The National Coordination Body, at today’s session chaired by President Milutin Simović, analyzed the epidemiological situation in Montenegro and found that a significant increase of the number of citizens on the streets and in public places yesterday and today represents an unacceptable level of violation of orders and recommendations prescribing social distancing and staying in housing facilities. Therefore, the National Coordination Body decided to amend several temporary measures, so that new decisions would apply from tomorrow.

Amended orders and recommendations prohibit:

1. presence and loitering of more than one person in public places, except for a child under 12 years of age, a child with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities and wheelchair users, with the presence of one parent, guardian, adoptive parent, foster, companion or other adult member of the family household;

This prohibition does not apply to persons who perform their regular work tasks permitted by the orders.

2. presence and loitering of persons on beaches (river, lake and sea), landscaped and unregulated bathing areas and picnic areas;

3. leaving the residential premises from Sunday from 11 a.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.;

It is ordered:

4. compulsory institutional isolation for persons who have been quarantined or self-isolated and are tested positive for the novel coronavirus, if they must be isolated from healthy persons and cannot be provided with self-isolation in family accommodation; for patients who have been hospitalized, have recovered and have no symptoms of the disease, but have not yet had two consecutive negative results from samples taken at intervals of 24 hours; as well as for persons who came from abroad and tested positive for the novel coronavirus in quarantine.

Institutional isolation means accommodation in a facility intended for self-isolation and the stay of persons who are tested positive for the novel coronavirus and who do not have symptoms of the disease, who do not require medical treatment but must be supervised by health care professionals, based on the decision of the sanitary inspection.

The National Coordination Body agreed to adopt the new Order ordering companies, other legal entities, or entrepreneurs who carry out the construction works and are responsible for the execution of construction works on the facility, i.e. for the execution of certain works:

1. to put notice, in a conspicuous place on the construction site, on the temporary prevention and control measures for the novel coronavirus prescribed by this order;

2. to ensure that all employees performing construction work, during their organised transportation to and from the construction site, as well as during their stay and work on the construction site (except during the mealtime), use personal protective equipment – masks and gloves;

3. to prohibit all employees who carry out construction work on the construction site, during working hours, from leaving the construction site to procure food, etc.;

4. to provide food delivery to employees performing construction work on the construction site;

5. to ensure social distance during the organised transportation of employees from and to the construction site (bus or van);

6. to organise work in several groups of 20 or less employees at larger construction sites (with 40 or more employees), bearing in mind that groups cannot be changed, while ensuring social distance at the construction site and avoiding to the greatest extent possible physical contact between these groups after leaving the construction site. This obligation also applies to the organisation of collective accommodation of employees, their transportation, area intended for food consumption at the construction site, the time distance when arriving at the construction site, which must prevent the merging of employees divided into groups;

7. to organise the work of the principal, responsible and other engineers indoors in such a way as to provide greater social distance with the mandatory use of personal protective equipment – masks and gloves.

Failure to comply with the measures is subject to criminal liability, in accordance with Articles 287 and 302 of the Criminal Code of Montenegro.
Analyzing the effects of the adopted measures, the National Coordination Body initiated a procedure for verification of the validity of movement certificates during restrictions issued by companies and urged the competent authorities to treat any identified abuse in accordance with the legally prescribed criminal liability.

With the same attention, the emergence of public assistance offers, voluntary work and requests for donations have been analyzed. The competent authorities are invited to analyze these phenomena in particular with regard to possible abuses.

There have been reports of incitement to disregard measures against the coronavirus epidemic and attempts to introduce national and political elements into their implementation. The National Coordination Body has strongly condemned such cases that directly endanger public health and the lives of citizens.

There is a strong conviction that the attempts to stop the awakened social responsibility and solidarity expressed by our citizens, businesses, foreign investors and the Montenegrin diaspora cannot succeed because solidarity, responsibility and patriotism are much stronger and more valuable than any obstruction.

Without prejudice to the decisions of the judicial authorities and without prejudice to the presumption of innocence, the National Coordination Body expressed its full support to the competent institutions for the prompt and efficient detection of persons suspected of committing the criminal offense of unauthorized collection and use of personal data by sending a list of persons affected by coronavirus to other persons.

• Only commercial fishing allowed
Any sport-recreational fishing, which includes boat fishing, shore fishing and underwater fishing, is prohibited. Commercial fishing is still allowed, with measures of departure reported.

8 April 2020

• Coronavirus – 2 new cases
Since the COVID-19 outburst in Montenegro, 241 persons got infected.
“The only way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is to stay at home, as every time we go out, we are exposed to risk”, Doctor Boban Mugosa, the Director of the Institute for Public Health of Montenegro said.
Assistant Director of the Institute for Public Health, Doctor Senad Begic, has stated that there are at least 25 clusters or 25 groups among 241 infected persons, having the connection and same line of the virus transmission.
“As far as other cases are concerned, 24 are under epidemiological research, which means that at this moment we do not have valid epidemiological data for 24 cases that would indicate the source and manner of contracting the virus. The remaining 192 cases belong to the aforementioned 25 clusters”, explained Begic.

7 April 2020

• The status: 10 new cases
Since the outburst of COVID-19 in Montenegro, 233 persons have contracted the coronavirus. There are no new cases in Tivat, where two patients have been registered since the pandemic started.

• SMS Donations to 15888
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases, in cooperation with Montenegrin Telecom, Telenor and Mtel, has provided an SMS 15888 line for donations, so that the citizens can contribute to the joint action against coronavirus outbreak.
“By sending an SMS “DONACIJA” to 15888, it is possible to donate EUR 1 to the joint fund of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases. This service is available to all users, regardless of the operator they are using in Montenegro, and having made the donation, each donor will receive an SMS confirming the donation”, it has been explained by the National Coordination Body.

• Valuable donations by companies and individuals in Montenegro
Since 19 March, EUR 6,738,838 and US$ 56,000 of donations have been paid to the account of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases.
The National Coordination Body has spent during the same period EUR 978,406 to fight the coronavirus spread.

6 April 2020

• 223 coronavirus cases in Montenegro
In Montenegro, new coronavirus cases have been registered, raising the total number of virus-infected persons to 223.
The health condition of the two infected persons in Tivat is stable.

4 April 2020

• 14 new coronavirus cases
174 persons in Montenegro contracted the virus since the COVID-19 outburst.
The new cases are registered in Podgorica (4), Niksic (9) and Herceg Novi (1).
The 13 new coronavirus-infected persons are the contacts of the previously recorded cases, whereas one source of infection is yet to be determined.

• The first patient released from hospital after the coronavirus treatment
The first patient, born in 1974, whose condition was life-threatening and was the candidate for a ventilator, was discharged from the Clinical Center of Montenegro.

3 April 2020

• Since the outburst, 144 coronavirus-infected persons in Montenegro!
Yesterday, 4 new cases were registered in Montenegro. Three newly infected persons were in contact with already registered corona cases, whereas the source of infection of one person is yet to be determined.

• It is allowed to go out on Sunday until 1 pm!
The National Coordination Body for the Fight against Infectious Diseases gave the consent to the Ministry of Health to mitigate the ban on leaving the house on the weekends.
The ban will apply from Monday to Friday until 7pm, as it does now, and on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5am the following day.

• Equipment for health workers worth EUR 3 million
United Nations Development Delegation (UNDP) in Montenegro signed the contract worth EUR 3 million to procure necessary medical equipment and personal protective equipment for health workers.

• Porto Montenegro Crew Club Activities
Crew Club continues with its calendar of fun and engaging activities for captains and crew. All events are hosted online, via set of various applications, where we organize quizzes, wine nights, regatta competitions and more. Events are hosted 2 to 3 times per week.

2 April 2020

• Since the COVID-19 outburst, 140 persons have been diagnosed with the virus

Yesterday, another three persons who contracted the coronavirus got registered. At this moment, 1096 persons are quanranteed.

• National Coordination Body: Measures extended until 15 April
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases has agreed to extend the validity of the temporary measures adopted on 15 March that were supposed to apply for 15 days, until 15 April.
All of the measures are valid until 15 April.

1 April 2020

• Another coronavirus case in Tivat!

Another four coronavirus cases have been registered in Montenegro, out of which one patient is from Tivat.
In Montenegro 120 persons got infected since the beginning of COVID19, and 6.375 persons are under health surveillance.

31 March 2020

The Institute of Public Health has confirmed 14 new coronavirus cases, raising the total to 105. There are currently 6,262 people under health surveillance.

30 March 2020

NKT imposes new measures

The National Coordinating Body imposed new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, announced the government via Twitter account.

Citizens are not allowed to leave their apartments on weekdays from 7pm to 5am, while on weekends, going out is forbidden from Saturday at 1pm until Monday at 5am.

• 91 virus-infected citizens in Montenegro
There are currently 91 coronavirus-infected persons in Montenegro. The highest number of infected persons is in Tuzi, more precisely 32, and in Podgorica 31. In Tivat, there is one registered case. There are 6,278 persons under health and sanitary surveillance in Montenegro.

• MARKOVIC: The hardest times yet to come; iron discipline needed; employers to keep their employees

Prime Minister Dusko Markovic has informed the citizens of Montenegro that our country has managed the coronavirus situation so far thanks to the efforts and complex action and sacrifice, but that the hardest days are yet to come, and therefore require the iron discipline and compliance with the orders and recommendations of the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases – it has been stated by the Government.

“The latest data of the Institute for Public Health warn and we have already reached a high number of almost 90 confirmed cases. Although Montenegro is currently handling well the situation, it is clear that the greatest challenges are yet to come. In the weeks ahead – we have to act even more decisively, better and stronger. Institutions work in a highly committed and organized manner, and the health system prepares for a crucial battle to preserve the health and lives of our citizens. But all of these will not be enough unless we continue to respect, without exception, the orders and recommendations of the National Coordination Body and provide the iron discipline of each of us,” the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister has emphasized that “we will treat the infected, but we must stop the epidemic that the responsibility of the citizens is essential for”.

28 March 2020

• 82 coronavirus-infected persons in Montenegro

Another 13 Montenegrin patients tested positive for coronavirus. There is a group of infected persons who are clearly epidemiologically connected to previous cases.
There are now 82 coronavirus-infected persons in Montenegro.

• New measures: Self-isolation is extended for 14 days
The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases has adopted, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect the health and lives of citizens, a temporary measure under which:

1) After the lapse of first 14 days of self-isolation for persons who, have been assigned such a measure (in a family accommodation or other facility), based on the decision of the Health and Sanitary Inspection, self-isolation is extended for another 14 days;

2) Persons who have been quarantined by a decision of the Health and Sanitary Inspection (in a facility designated by the Government of Montenegro for quarantine) and did not have symptoms of the new coronavirus during the quarantine, shall be placed after the quarantine in self-isolation in the family accommodation for 14 days. The transport of these persons to family accommodation will be carried out in line with the prescribed measures for prevention of coronavirus infection;

3) Self-isolation of persons (in a family accommodation or other facility), who have been in contact or are suspected to have been in contact with persons suffering from the new coronavirus and who did not have symptoms of the disease, shall be extended by a decision of the Health – Sanitary Inspection for 14 days;

The National Coordination Body accepted epidemiologist reasoning that the incubation period of the new coronavirus could be longer than 14 days, and that there are asymptomatic cases, therefore the extension of self-isolation is the only proper way to protect the health of self-isolating citizens, their families and all citizens of Montenegro.

27 March 2020

• In total, 69 coronavirus confirmed cases
The Institute of Public Health (IJZ) has confirmed 2 new cases of coronavirus, after another 78 samples were analyzed. This raises the tally of infections in Montenegro to 69.
The number of people under health surveillance now stands at 6,258. Podgorica has 27 infected people, Tuzi 26, Herceg Novi and Budva 4 each, Ulcinj and Bar 3 each, while Danilovgrad and Andrijevica have 1 positive case each.

• New working hours for supermarkets, stores and pharmacies
New working hours for supermarkets, stores and pharmacies have come into force today, so they will be open from 8am to 6pm. The same rule applies to Maxima pharmacy and Bonella green bazar in Porto Montenegro Village!

• Joint forces of foreign investors to organize aid for Montenegro!
Sub-title: Adriatic Properties and Adriatic Marinas Joint Task
Prime Minister of Montenegro Dusko Markovic has stated that three tons of necessary medical and protective equipment for our doctors, health workers and members of all services who are on the front line to fight the coronavirus pandemic, will come to Montenegro in two days. “I am grateful to our donor Petros Stathis, the owner of Adriatic Properties and Universal Capital Bank, who responded to my quest to provide directly the protective equipment. I express my gratitude to His Excellency Mohammed Al Shaibani, the co-owner of Porto Montenegro, who has helped us deliver the equipment as fast as possible to Montenegro. This is the first delivery from Dubai, others are to follow from several addresses”, it has been published on Mr. Markovic’s Twitter.
The Prime Minister has stated that this is the best proof of Montenegro having friends and
socially responsible and respectable foreign investors.

26 March 2020

• The Institute of Public Health (IJZ) has confirmed 2 new cases of coronavirus, after another 78 samples were analysed. This raises the tally of infections in Montenegro to 69.
The number of people under health surveillance now stands at 6,258. Podgorica has 27 infected people, Tuzi 26, Herceg Novi and Budva 4 each, Ulcinj and Bar 3 each, while Danilovgrad and Andrijevica have 1 positive case each.
• Expired documents are considered as valid
Pursuant to the temporary measures imposed by the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases, expired documents are considered to be valid. This measure relates to the following documents: identity card, passport, driver’s license, vehicle registration document (accompanied with insurance policy), temporary and permanent residence permits, as well as foreigner’s temporary stay and work permits.
• Valuable donations of the European Union
The European Union is donating three million euros to Montenegro as urgent aid for the health system, plus 50 million euros for the long-term program to be allocated on as needed basis, but mostly to the health, economy and entrepreneurial sectors.
• Porto Montenegro implements innovative solution to face the COVID-19 restrictions
All Porto Montenegro services are still available to clients. Virtual marina reception delivers a friendly and safe option in a time of social distancing.

25 March 2020

• Institute for Public Health: The total number of COVID19-infected persons is 47
In Montenegro, another 18 coronavirus cases have been registered.
We have the total of 47 persons infected with the novel coronavirus, out of which 18 are new cases – it has been stated by the Institute for Public Health.

• There are no registered patients in Tivat.
Coronavirus-infected patients have been registered in Podgorica, Ulcinj, Bar, Budva and Herceg Novi.
The Local Committee implements comprehensive preventive measures.

Call Center of the Municipal Team is available 24/7. Telephone numbers are: 032 671 318 and 069 351 251.

• National Coordination Body has adopted new measures
The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, at today’s session chaired by its Chairman Milutin Simović, adopted several decisions aimed at preventing further spread of coronavirus and protecting lives and health of citizens.

The temporary measures are:

1) suspension of international passenger traffic, except for the arrival of the Montenegrin nationals, through diplomatic and consular missions, announced to the Operational Staff of the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, with mandatory quarantine accommodation, in accordance with the decision of the health and sanitary inspection;

2) ban on intercity passenger transport, except for passenger motor vehicles carrying out activities essential for the traffic of goods, supply and delivery of medicines, ambulance, utilities, supply of fuel and electricity, transportation of employees, transportation of persons staying outside the place of temporary or permanent residence or in order for them to return to a place of residence;

3) ban on presence and loitering of more than two persons together in an open public place (sidewalks, squares, streets, parks, promenades, beaches, etc.), except for persons who perform their regular work tasks;

4) possibility of a chosen doctor to, at the request of the employee, extend the temporary incapacity to work, which was given for the period up to 30 days (determined by the chosen team or the chosen doctor) and the temporary incapacity to work given for the period longer than 30 days (determined by the competent medical committee), until 30 April 2020;

5) obligation of legal and natural persons performing construction work to organize the work in a way that ensures compliance with epidemiological measures, especially respecting the social distance between employees and other measures to provide protection and health at work;

6) obligation of pharmacies, food, beverage and hygiene facilities, specialized facilities for the sale of baby equipment, construction products, plant protection products and planting materials, animal nutrition and treatment products, agricultural machinery, and funeral equipment to organize working hours between 8am and 6pm, except delivery to the customer’s address, which can be done during business hours, which the vendor points out in accordance with the regulations;

7) obligation of the owner or user of the kiosks in which the newspapers are sold to organize working hours within the period from 7am to 3pm, in two shifts of four hours per employee;

8) obligation of the competent authorities that control and regulate the traffic on the roads to consider traffic licenses, which have expired, as valid, if the driver, along the license, possesses a valid insurance policy and proof of performed technical inspection of the vehicle;

9) obligation of state authorities, public administration bodies, local self-government and local administration authority, companies, public institutions and other legal persons, entrepreneurs and natural persons to consider expired permanent residence permit, temporary residence permit and temporary residence and work permit of foreigners, on the basis of which they exercise their rights or fulfill their obligations before these authorities, as valid;

10) suspension of fee collection (in the amount of EUR 2) for citizens who ordered the issuance of birth certificates and certificates from the register of Montenegrin citizens at www.dokumenta.me.

24 March 2020

• The safety of PM community remains our top priority!

Porto Montenegro fully complies with all measures imposed by the Government of Montenegro to fight the virus – the marina and the village have been closed for outside visitors and the public. Bonella, the green bazar, and Maxima, the pharmacy, are the only retail units operating in the village, as they are necessary for normal functioning of the crew members and apartment tenants, as well as of the citizens of Tivat. Porto Montenegro Team implements all safety and security measures regarding COVID-19, as recommended by the Government of Montenegro. We have reduced all direct contacts among people, but our services are available to our clients. In fact, we understand the time is difficult for all of us, and we are doing our best to ensure that all tenants can be absolutely calm and composed as far as their safety and security are concerned.

• The most recent data published by the Institute for Public Health: 27 persons infected

The Institute for Public Health announced five new Covid-19 cases in Montenegro today, after 19 samples had been tested. Three of the newly infected patients came in contact with Montenegro’s previously registered patients.
This means the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Montenegro has reached 27. The number of citizens now under observation has risen to 5,863.

• Being human in hard times
Over two million euros of donations have been paid for less than five days on the account of the National Coordination Body for Contagious Diseases.
On 23 March, at 2pm, there were 483 donations from the country and abroad, amounting to EUR 2,224,140.34 – it has been posted to the Government of Montenegro Twitter.

23 March 2020

The Institute of Public Health (IJZ) announced five new Covid-19 cases in Montenegro today, after 19 samples were tested.

Three of the newly infected patients had come in contact with Montenegro’s previous registered patients.

This means the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Montenegro has reached 27.

The number of citizens now under observation has risen to 5.863.

First coronavirus fatality in Montenegro: Man (65) from Herceg Novi enters hospital with critical case of pneumonia

The director of Clinical Centre of Montenegro, Dr. Jevto Erakovic, has announced the first registered coronavirus fatality in the country. The deceased was a 65-year-old man, Z.P., from Herceg Novi, who arrived at the state hospital shortly after midnight with a critical case of pneumonia caused by Covid-19, and who died shortly after. Erakovic announced that the patient had spent time in Serbia in the first half of March. Unfortunately, none of the measures taken to treat the patient during his short internment produced any improvement, Erakovic said, urging citizens to understand the seriousness of the disease and to comply with all of the National Coordinating Team’s recommendations.

22 March 2020

Five new coronavirus cases confirmed in Montenegro, total rises to 21

The analysis of 10 samples has just been finished and five of them are positive, announced the Public Health Institute (IJZ). This raises the total number of cases to 21. The new cases are linked to previous cases. Currently, 5.565 people are under health surveillance.

21 March 2020

Two new coronavirus case have been confirmed today in Montenegro, announced the Public Health Institute (IJZ).

This raises the total number of cases to 16.

Currently, 5.156 people are under health surveillance

20 March 2020

Institute for Public Health: Another three persons with coronavirus in Montenegro: 13 total cases confirmed

The Institute for Public Health published the most recent data on the number of tested and infected persons in Montenegro.

As stated by the Institute, another three persons have positive coronavirus tests.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Montenegro is now 13.

As stated by the Institute, the last three cases are related to the first case of COVID-19 in Montenegro.


New measures to protect citizens from coronavirus: maximum control of violations of self-isolation decisions, removal of outdoor furniture, max two people in vehicles
The Ministry of Health imposed today three new temporary measures to protect the population from the further spread of coronavirus:

1) The Health and Sanitary Inspection and the Police Directorate are tasked to monitor, to the maximum extent possible, activities of all persons who have been ordered a self-isolation, their household members, as well as persons who brought them from the border crossing to their place of residence.

If they find that these persons do not act in accordance with the imposed measure, the Health and Sanitary Inspection and the Police Directorate will immediately file a criminal complaint with the competent state prosecutor’s office for committing a criminal offense of failing to comply with the health regulations for the control of a dangerous contagious disease, for which imprisonment of up to one year is prescribed;

2) It is prohibited to transport more than two adults in a passenger motor vehicle at the same time;

3) The owners and tenants of restaurants and cafes are obliged to make the outdoor furniture inaccessible for use.

The Order to amend the yesterday’s Order was passed by exempting shops selling “baby equipment, print media, agricultural machinery and equipment and funeral equipment”.

19 March 2020

In Montenegro, six new coronavirus cases

The Institute of Public Health announced that six more people had tested positive for Covid-19 in Montenegro today.

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Montenegro has reached 8.

Of the six positive coronavirus cases today, one has no known connection to the previously confirmed cases.

The Institute’s laboratories today completed preliminary analyses of 20 samples taken from persons who are monitored and who were in contact with cases confirmed yesterday.

#StayAtHome #DoYourPart


New measures to protect citizens from coronaviruses: banning most commercial establishments, suspension of taxi services…

The Ministry of Health issued today, following a session of the National Infectious Disease Coordination Body, an order for new interim measures to protect citizens from the spread of coronaviruses and more recommendations.

Temporary measures are ordered to prevent the introduction of infectious diseases into the country, suppress and prevent the transmission to other countries, as well as protect the population from the new coronavirus, namely:

1) ensuring regular running of work and provision of services by legal entities founded by states or local self-government, which perform tasks of public interest, which are irreplaceable condition for life and work of citizens;

2) a ban on the operation of commercial establishments, except pharmacies and establishments where food, beverages, hygiene products, motor fuels, construction products, plant protection products and planting products, animal nutrition and treatment products are traded;

3) suspension of taxi transportation;

4) making stocks of protective equipment and disinfectants owned by wholesale drug stores available to the public health system of Montenegro, in return for financial compensation at market prices;

5) modification of the system of functioning of the health system in the part of providing health services in such a way to:

– make available in the Clinical Center of Montenegro, general and specialty hospitals, and institutions in the Health System Network, specialist examinations for emergency patients on the basis of the proposal of the chosen doctor marked “urgent”. Pre-scheduled specialist examinations will be performed once epidemiological conditions are met;

– Ensure the availability of all medical services on a continuous basis for hematological oncology patients at the Clinical Center of Montenegro on a scheduled schedule;

– delay screening programs for colon, breast and cervical cancer screening for the duration of the measures;

– suspend the operation of dental surgeries, with the obligation to arrange on-call emergency services for emergency patients;

– oblige all health centers to implement measures that will allow the rational and efficient use of human resources under current epidemiological conditions;

– oblige the Health Center Podgorica to open a checkpoint for patients “suspected of infection with KOVID 19” in the Tolosi Health Facility;

– provide referral and transportation of patients for treatment outside Montenegro, only in cases of life threatening of the patient;

6) allowing pharmacies to deliver medicines and medical supplies to the home address of restricted citizens. Delivery can be made for medicines and medical devices that meet the requirements for retail trade and about which the pharmacy performing the delivery is obliged to keep records in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Pharmacy;

7) due to epidemiological risk, it is forbidden to arrange delivery to home addresses of food and medicine without the consent of the Operational Headquarters of the National Coordinating Body for Infectious Diseases;

8) in the units of local self-government, in addition to the powers prescribed by the law governing the affairs and powers of the Municipal Police, the communal police officer is also specifically authorized to file criminal charges for determining criminal liability for failure to comply with the provisions of orders to take temporary measures to prevent entry into the country, suppression and preventing the transmission of a new coronavirus relating to:

– ban on providing catering services in hotels, except for registered guests;

– closing of disco clubs / bars and nightclubs / bars;

– closing of catering establishments – cafes, cafes, cafeterias, restaurants and bars, except catering establishments that deliver food and allow food and meals to be taken, with a ban on the stay of guests in the facilities themselves;

– ban on the provision of trade and catering services in shopping malls;

– ban on gathering of the population in indoor and outdoor public places (public gatherings, public events, sports, political, religious, cultural and artistic, private gatherings, ceremonies and events, in accordance with the law);

– closing of children’s playrooms;

– closure of fitness centers;

– ban on the operation of indoor and outdoor sports and recreational facilities and swimming pools;

– closure of casinos, bookmakers and casinos;

– suspension of public transport of passengers in suburban and city bus and van;

– closing of hairdressing and beauty salons;

– prohibition of the operation of commercial establishments, except pharmacies and establishments in which food, beverages, hygiene products, motor fuels, construction products, plant protection products and planting products, animal nutrition and treatment products are traded;

– suspension of taxi transportation.

It is emphasized that non-compliance with the measures is subject to criminal liability, in accordance with Art. 287 and 302 of the Criminal Code of Montenegro.

The Ministry of Health recommends that chronic patients and persons over the age of 65 not leave their homes to prevent the spread and spread of the virus corona and to protect citizens.

It is urged that citizens who do not have compulsory work engagement should refrain as much as possible and do not leave their homes without much need.

It is recommended that the Red Cross of Montenegro should provide food, medicines, hygiene products and other necessities for disabled persons, pensioners, the elderly and chronic patients, unless they have other options and support for these needs.

The Red Cross will set up a special hotline for these purposes

Citizens are advised not to transport persons with whom they do not live in a shared household.

In view of the significant number of donors that emerge expressing their willingness to assist the state’s efforts to combat the coronavirus, the National Coordination Body welcomed the noble intentions and invited all entities with a high degree of social responsibility to realize their intention in communicating with the National Coordination body by emailing coronaInfoCG@gov.me 

Giro accounts are opened for donations – for payments from the country 510-117161-85, and for payments from abroad: Intermediary bank RAIFFEISEN ZENTRALBANK OESTERREICH AG VIENNA, SWIFT RZBAATWW, Account with Institution Party Identifier 000-55.062.301; Swift Address CKBCMEPG, Name CRNOGORSKA KOMERCIJALNA BANKA AD PODGORICA, Beneficiary Customer VLADA CRNE GORE Nacionalno koordinaciono tijelo za zarazne bolesti, Karađorđeva b. b. 81000, Podgorica, MONTENEGRO, IBAN: ME255100000000117161855.

18 March 2020

First cases of coronavirus in Montenegro confirmed

The first cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Montenegro, said prime minister Dusko Markovic and added that there was no room for panic.

The patients are female – born in 1948 and 1973, from Ulcinj and Podgorica, and both came from epidemic-affected areas during 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.


The Ministry of Health issued an order yesterday, following a session of the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, to take a new set of precautionary measures, in order to protect citizens from the spread of coronavirus and make more recommendations to the state administration, industry and the media.

Precautionary measures are ordered to prevent the introduction of infectious diseases into the country, suppress and prevent the transmission to other countries and protect the population from the new coronavirus, namely:

1. Public transport of passengers (suburban, urban and intercity) by buses and vans is suspended;

2. Public transport of passengers by rail in domestic traffic is suspended;

3. The crossing of the border crossings Sitnica – Župci (HN – Trebinje road), Meteljka – Metaljka (PV – Čajniče road) and Čemerno (PV – Priboj road) is suspended;

4. The operation of indoor and outdoor sports and recreational facilities and swimming pools is prohibited;

5. Hair and beauty salons shall be closed;

6. The public offices of the Ministry of the Internal and the Real Estate Administration shall be closed.

It is recommended to:

1. Refrain from using public areas;

2. Follow rigorous hygiene measures, especially of hands;

3. Postpone weddings; burials should be held in a narrow family circle;

4. Shops to dedicate the first two hours of opening to the elderly and persons with disabilities;

5. The state institutions, local self-government and the economy to work closely with the National Coordination Body when communicating with public.

6. The media to seek information regarding the COVID19 and to check information with the National Coordination Body prior publication.

PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MONTENEGRO

17 March 2020

Resort “Krusevac” in Donja Lastva is a new quarantine area on the territory of the Tivat municipality. The Zupa Sports Center was designated as a quarantine area originally. The capacity of the newly designed area, “Krusevac” is 45 beds with the possibility of providing extra area if needed. The property is fenced – possesses a courtyard with parking spaces, and has a kitchenette with a dining area.

The Municipal Protection and Rescue Team yesterday adopted a new set of measures to prevent disease and protect public health.

The Mayor of the Municipality, Mr Sinisa Kusovac, stated that the City Administration is firmly committed to the consistent implementation of all measures that have been introduced and will therefore continue to implement them responsibly.

New measures imposed: International passenger traffic suspended, expired personal documents will be considered valid, number of people at public service counters limited

Public transport of passengers in the international road, rail and air traffic is suspended.

State authorities, state administration bodies, local self-government bodies and local governments will consider personal documents (identity card, passport and driver’s license), issued after 2008, which have expired, on the basis of which the citizens exercise their rights or fulfil their obligations before these authorities, as valid.

The number of citizens at the public service counters in the units and branches of the Ministry of the Interior and other state administration bodies is limited, so that the maximum number of citizens allowed must not be higher than the number of existing public service counters, regardless of the room surface.

The Government reiterates that it will enable return of all our citizens to Montenegro. All travelers from abroad will have to spend at least two weeks in quarantine upon returning to the country.

These are the latest interim measures adopted by the Ministry of Health after today’s session of the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases to prevent the introduction of infectious diseases into the country, suppress and prevent transmission to other countries, and protect the population of Montenegro from the novel coronavirus.

National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases will consider and decide on specific cases that are the subject of transnational cooperation and the needs of special national interest, especially with respect to public health.

16 March 2020

Still no coronavirus cases in Montenegro

No cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Montenegro, the Institute of Public Health said. Dr Karolina Hajdukovic says 783 persons are under public health supervision – 392 persons are monitored by the Institute and the rest are monitored in other municipalities.

The Institute of Public Health has tested 88 people so far and all results have been negative.

15 March 2020

Montenegro currently remains the only European nation without a single confirmed case of the coronavirus which has become a global pandemic and infected over 150,000 people worldwide and killed 5,798 as of Saturday evening.

The Ministry of Health has adopted, on the proposal of the Institute for Public Health of Montenegro and on the basis of the Law on the Protection of Population against Communicable Diseases, the Decree for taking temporary measures to prevent the introduction into the country, suppress and prevent the transmission of new coronavirus.

The provisional measures are:

1) Prohibition of entry to foreigners, except to foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro and foreigners who operate motor vehicles used for traffic of goods.

The traffic of goods for the needs of Montenegro and for transit remains smooth, with special measures of health and sanitary control;

2) Compulsory self-isolation for all Montenegrin citizens, as well as for foreigners who have permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro, who come from abroad, based on the decision of the health and sanitary inspection;

3) Ban on providing catering services in hotels, except for registered guests;

4) Closing of disco clubs / bars and nightclubs / bars;

5) Closing of catering establishments – cafes, pubs, cafeterias, restaurants and bars, except catering establishments that deliver food and allow food and meals to be taken over, with a ban on the stay of guests in the facilities themselves;

6) Ban on providing shopping and catering services in shopping malls;

7) Closing of children’s playrooms;

8) Closing of fitness centers;

9) Closing of casinos, betting shops and gambling houses;

10) Limiting the number of customers, in relation to the area of the retail outlet, so that only one consumer can be located in ten square meters of the surface of the outlet. Regardless of the surface, no more than 50 consumers can reside in a retail outlet at a time.
Exceptionally for markets and bazaars, the number of customers who can be in the facility simultaneously limits up to 100 consumers;

11) Obligation of responsible persons in trade establishments to provide or mark a distance, of at least two meters between persons located in front of retail outlets, at cash registers and sectors where goods are served by employees in the outlet;

12) Obligation of responsible persons in trade establishments to ensure for their employees the implementation of health and protection measures prescribed by the Institute for Public Health of Montenegro;

13) The obligation of the responsible persons in the trade establishments to indicate at the entrance to the sales facility the notification of the maximum number of persons, who can be in the same facility at the same time and to organize the implementation of this measure;

14) The obligation of municipalities, the Capital and the Old Royal Capital to identify, in cooperation with the municipal crisis staffs, potential facilities for the implementation of quarantine measures, in line with the Rulebook on closer conditions and methods for organizing and implementation of health surveillance and quarantine and the conditions that the quarantine must meet (Official Gazette of Montenegro 13/20) and propose to the Ministry of Health for further quarantine determination procedure.

The measures shall apply from the publication in the Official Gazette of Montenegro, for a period of 15 days.

Specific cases, which are the subject of interstate cooperation and the need of special state interest, and particularly for public health purposes, will be considered and decided by the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases.

Failure to comply with the measures referred to in Article 1 of this Decree, shall be subject to criminal liability, in accordance with Art. 287 and 302 of the Criminal Code of Montenegro.