Visas and visa regime
A visa is a permission enabling foreign citizen to enter, stay in and transit across the territory of Montenegro.
Visa regime is regulated by the Government of Montenegro (the Government).
Nationals of certain countries may enter Montenegro without a visa, in accordance with an international treaty or according to the visa regime regulation.
Visas types are:
- Airport-transit visa (A Visa)
- Transit visa (B Visa)
- Visa for short-term stay (C Visa)
- Visa for long-term stay (D Visa).
Limitations on the validity
When issuing a visa, the validity period of the travel document into which a visa is entered shall be at least three months longer than the validity period of the visa.
Exceptionally, if thus required due to the humanitarian reasons, national interest or international obligation of Montenegro, a travel document can be entered a visa that may be valid not after the expiry date of validity period of the travel document, when the return of the foreigner into his/her country of residence or a third country is ensured.
Competence for visa issuing
A foreigner shall be required to obtain a visa prior to entry into Montenegro.
The visa shall be issued by a diplomatic or consular mission of Montenegro unless otherwise stipulated under the law.
A visa application shall be submitted by a foreigner in person, in a special form.
Notwithstanding, if so required due to humanitarian, personal or professional reasons, the following may be issued at the border crossing point by the Police:
- A short-stay visa (C visa) for a single entry and stay of up to 15 days,
- A transit visa (B Visa), for a single transit across the territory of Montenegro of up to five days,
- A transit visa (B Visa) to a seaman, or a group of seamen.
Visa issuance manner
Visa shall be issued by entering a visa form into a valid foreigner's travel document. Notwithstanding, if so required due to humanitarian reasons, national interest or international obligations of Montenegro, visa may be entered on a form for entering the visa if the travel document contains no place for visa entering or if the foreign travel document is not valid.
In the countries where Montenegro has no diplomatic or consular mission, a diplomatic or consular mission of another country can represent Montenegro in the process of issuing visas, as stipulated pursuant to an international treaty.
Reasons for the rejection of Visa application
Visa shall not be issued to a foreigner if:
- There is a general legal obstacle for visa to be issued;
- He/she fails to appear in person, as required upon the request of a diplomatic or consular mission of Montenegro;
- He/she fails to submit the required documents proving the purpose and conditions for the issuance of the visa pursuant to the law;
- He/she fails to submit proof of health and travel insurance;
- He/she stayed in Montenegro for 90 days, without 180 days not having passed from the date of first entry.
The foreigner shall be verbally advised about the reasons why his/her visa was not issued.
Exceptionally, a foreigner may be issued a visa, i.e. approved the entry into Montenegro, if thus required due to the humanitarian reasons, interests of Montenegro or internationally accepted commitments. In these cases, a foreigner may be allowed to enter the country solely on a specified border crossing point.
Shortening the Period of Visa Validity
During the course of border control performing of the entry into Montenegro, the visa validity period may be shortened by the Police at the border crossing point, if:
- It is determined that the foreigner does not have sufficient funds for subsistence;
- The visa validity period is longer than the travel document validity period;
- The foreigner would exceed the limit of 90 days of stay within the period of 180 days starting from the date of first entry.
Entering corrections to the visa
The Police may, in the course of performance of the border control, correct the data mistakenly entered into the visa issued by a diplomatic or consular mission of Montenegro.
Cancellation of visas
A visa shall be cancelled by a diplomatic or consular mission of Montenegro or the Police if the existence of any of the legal reasons. A cancellation of an issued visa shall be entered into the foreign travel document.