Coronavirus Updates in Montenegro
Covid-19 Measures and Prevention
As evidencing the very difficult situation with the covid-19 virus in the world, we wanted to inform you about all the actions taken by Montenegrin Government referring to local fellow citizens as well as travellers.
On March 17th in the evening, the first 2 cases of coronavirus in Montenegro have been registered. Now, April 9th, we have 252 cases confirmed out of which some medical doctors and nurses, as well as a few police officers, while over 7000 people are in self-isolation, under medical surveillance. Montenegro is under lockdown. Measures and precautions are quite strict, to prevent spreading the virus. From March 31st, curfew was declared, so it's now forbidden to leave the house from 7 pm to 5 am and during the weekends after 1 pm on Saturday and after 11 am on Sunday. Unfortunately, 2 persons passed away due to their previous health conditions, as covid-19 affected their state.
The city of Tuzi is under a strict lockdown and all the citizens should be only staying home, while the volunteers will be bringing them the necessary groceries and other products. The virus spread in this city on March 24th, due to the irresponsible behaviour of the fellow citizens and the Government decided to put a limit to their motion and stop the negative trend.
The infected people by municipalities:
Bijelo Polje 6
Herceg Novi 6
The Government of Montenegro and Ministry of Health have declared a new complement of temporary measures to secure the spreading of the new coronavirus.
The measures indicate:
FOREIGN VISITORS – ban of entry of foreign visitors, except ex-pats with permanent or temporary residence. Even when allowed to enter in specific cases, everyone will be first put into self-isolation for 14 days to prevent the possible existence of the virus.
MONTENEGRIN CITIZENS – if a person happened to be on the travel when the quarantine was announced, once returned to Montenegro, everyone will be put into self-isolation for 14 days with mandatory check-in to the Ministry of Health twice per day. The transport of these citizens is strictly under the Government's control in collaboration with embassies and consulates.
HOSPITALITY FACILITIES – all the cafes, hotels, discotheques, night clubs, restaurants, shopping centres, kids playrooms, fitness centres, casinos and betting houses will be closed until further notice.
GROCERIES AND PHARMACIES – groceries and pharmacies will stay open but will be limiting the number of customers that can be inside the shop at the same time. The mandatory distance between each person standing in line or shopping is 2 metres. From March 26th, all the groceries and pharmacies will be operating from 8 am to 6 pm.
PETROL STATIONS – petrol stations will stay open but cafes inside the petrol stations (where existing) will remain closed for 14 days.
TRANSPORT OF GOODS – it stays unlimited and unimpeded, but with strict control of the goods entering the country.
TRANSPORT OF PEOPLE - the flights are stopped as well as trains and buses to and from Montenegro in the next 14 days. The borders are closed and all the transport of people is forbidden, except the flights in which the Government is bringing Montenegrin people back home. Also, transport between the cities is now stopped, so citizens can only stay in the cities of their residence.
The Government has prepared quarantine venues in Danilovgrad, Podgorica, Bar and Ulcinj at the moment.
Many sports players and corporations, as well as individual businessmen, donated a lot of money these days to help Montenegro in fighting covid-19. It is beautiful to witness such a united reaction of our Government and people who willingly help their country and fellow citizens.
Montenegro's pharmacies are lacking surgical masks, as the existing stock is sold-out and we are still waiting for the possibility to import more, The Republic of China has sent us a certain amount. But, also, some creative tailors have come up with an idea to sew it for their fellow citizens for FREE. Two ladies in Niksic are doing it as well as some fashion studios in Podgorica! Well done!
The above-mentioned institutions started another campaign called #StayAtHome, together with the rest of the world, to prevent the occurrence and spread of the covid-19. Piece of advice given by the Government and Ministry of Health, as part of this campaign is the following:
- stay at home if you have any symptoms
- wash your hands often, for a minimum of 20 seconds and with the soap and warm water
- cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough
- avoid hugging and kissing others
- do not touch your face
- disinfect all the surfaces in your home, including phones, computers and tablets frequently.
Regarding the situation with some of our partners, these are the news we can share with you:
Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro will organise their planned job-fair online, using all the digital channels. So, all the candidates who wanted to apply will still be able to do it and even without visiting the hotel. The hotel will stay closed in the next 14 days.
EastWestVoyage DMC is celebrating their 9th birthday during this quarantine time and to make your time at home more interesting, they organised a giveaway that you can find on their Instagram channel. Click here for information and participate, as you can win prizes even during the quarantine and use these once the situation is back to normal.
In case if you prefer to go to a private hospital, for any health issue during the quarantine time, we want to inform you that Medical Centre Budva is operating without changes, so their working hours remain the same.
Lazure Hotel & Marina will be closed for new guests and hotel and restaurant will be operating for the guests who are already checked-in. Spa centre will remain closed for the next 14 days.
Travel Board of Kotor in the Old Town will be only operating for residence tax and check-in, every day from 9 am to 2 pm. Other spots of information will be closed during the next 14 days.
Travel Board of the Old Royal Capital Cetinje will be operating daily from 8 am to 12 pm, only for residence taxes and with limited number of employees involved daily.
Hotel Leon Coronato and Restaurant Djardin in Perast will be closed in the next 14 days, as well as Tre Canne Hotel in Budva, Hotels Trebjesa and Yugoslavia in Niksic, while Obuca Minja will be operating online and you will be able to shop online with delivery. Tavern Catovica Mlini won’t be operating in the next 14 days.
Hotel Onogost in Niksic kindly gave their capacities to the Government, to use it in the worst-case scenarios, if it's necessary to form more quarantines or give help to the ones infected. It's such a nice gesture, well done. Also, Kalamper Hotel & Spa donated 10.000 € to the National Coordinating Body for Combating Infectious Diseases with a purpose to use it against the covid-19 virus. Company doMEn, one of the organisers of the Spark.me Conference, donated 25.000 € to the same Body.
Hotel The Chedi Lustica Bay is not working during the quarantine time, while its employees are working from home. Lustica Bay employees are also working from home and their generous team donated 20.000 € to Tivat Health centre, to help fighting the covid-19. Besides, the owner of Lustica Bay and a very important Montenegrin investor, Samih Sawiris, donated 500.000 € to the National Coordinating Body and with the purpose of buying necessary medical equippment.
The Red Cross, in collaboration with telecommunication companies in Montenegro, has activated 2 phone lines for the support - FREE to call. This comes as a support to everyone who wants to know more, ask more and check the overall situation. It's a very good sort of psychologic support for the ones who are frightened and scared. The phones are 069 19 44 75 and 069 19 44 76.
Have a great time at home, stay safe, enjoy with your family and read our blogs to have some fun and information on the destination. We will be updating information on the covid-19 situation in Montenegro and follow the Government and Ministry of Health releases.
Take advantage of the quarantine time to read, do your hobbies, do online courses, plan your next travel, or whatever you didn’t have enough time to do before this!