Essential information for Montenegro
When to go
Montenegro has a Mediterranean climate in its coastal regions where most of its holiday resorts are based, which means the months between April and September will have warm nights and days. Daytime temperatures can climb as high as 30°C during the summer months of June, July and August.
If you’re looking to explore inland it’s best to travel in summer. This part of Montenegro has more of an Alpine climate, and in winter the temperatures drop steeply, with four hours of sunshine in the day and heavy rainfall.
Health and safety
As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and your family. It’s also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card – EHIC before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Montenegrin nationals.
Although not a member of the EU, Montenegro does have reciprocal healthcare arrangements with the UK and recognises the EHIC. An EHIC won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.
If you’re visiting Montenegro specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information, and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/montenegro/health.
Passports and visas
British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Montenegro but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information, visit visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/montenegro/entry-requirements
Montenegro has an excellent bus service with good links to and from the country’s two airports, Podgorica and Tivat. However, most tour operators include transfers as part of package holidays to Montenegro, so getting to your resort is easy. There’s also reliable links between Dubrovnik airport in Croatia. Located on the border between the two countries, it’s frequently used as an access point for resorts in Montenegro.
The train and rail services are affordable, but not as efficient as the country’s bus services. Car hire is available in most destinations, and if hailing a taxi make sure you agree on a price before starting your journey.
Advice for travellers with children
Montenegro is a child friendly destination, with most hotels providing services for children. Cobble streets are widespread and some children might find these difficult to walk on. With waterparks and other purpose built amusements in the most popular Montenegrin resorts, there is plenty for families to do.
Because the weather often climbs well above 30°C in summer, it’s advised that you always bring sun cream for little faces and for yourself, to make sure you and your family don’t suffer in the heat. It’s also vital to keep hydrated during Balkan holidays, thanks to the warmer climate.
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Call 112 for all general emergencies, 122 for the police, 123 the fire service and 124 for the ambulance service.
If you’re a victim of crime, affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner contact the British Embassy in the capital, Podgorica.
Address: 8 Ulcinjska, Podgorica 81000, Montenegro
Phone from within Montenegro: +382 20 618 010
Phone from the UK: 020 7008 1500
The main hospital is Podgorica Clinical Centre of Montenegro – KBC. This hospital is used for all emergency medical treatment for adults and children.
Address: Ljubljanska bb, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro Phone: +382 (0)20 412 412 Info: +382 (0)20 225 123
Phone: +382 (0)20 412 412
Info: +382 (0)20 225 123
There’s also an emergency health centre in Podgorica.
Address: Vaka Durovica bb, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
Phone: + 382 (0)20 226 081
If you’re staying in the tourist resort of Budva, there is a medical centre here.
Address: Popa Jola Zeca, Budva, Montenegro
Phone: +382 33 453 501