Montenegro Country Report
The re-election of the incumbent DPS party of former Prime Minister Milo Đukanović is likely to ensure a high degree of policy continuity. Montenegro's progress towards EU membership will slowly decrease high bribery and corruption levels, strengthen state institutions, and simplify licence acquisition and property registration procedures. Shootouts and IED attacks between criminal groups pose elevated risks of property damage and injury. Peaceful, anti-government protests are increasingly likely in urban centres (Podgorica and Nikšić) as a result of deteriorating socio-economic conditions and rising resentment towards the ruling party. Strikes are likely at aluminium and steel plants in Podgorica and Nikšić because of their financial difficulties andstagnant wages.
Corruption and nepotism constitute a major problem for businesses operating in Montenegro. Other impediments to business include an inefficient bureaucracy and labour shortages in various sectors. Industrial action is relatively infrequent in occurrence, but plans to privatise a number of state-owned enterprises are likely to trigger labour strikes and deterioration of relations between labour, business, and the government. The quality of the general infrastructure is adequate, but extensive upgrades are needed for Montenegro to compete with more developed European countries. Flooding and earthquakes can occasionally occur, causing some material damage or affecting infrastructure.
Terrorism risk in Montenegro is low despite some grievances between the central government and ethnic minorities over matters pertaining to language and administrative reforms. A small Salafist minority is present in Montenegro, with a number of them having travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight for various Islamist military groups. However, these individuals have not indicated intent to carry out terrorist attacks in Montenegro. An alleged coup attempt that was foiled by Montenegrin authorities in October 2016 highlights the growing risk posed by far-right terrorist groups sponsored by foreign intelligence services.
Montenegro's NATO membership and aspiration to join the EU, as well as improved bilateral relations and security co-operation with neighbouring countries, have significantly lowered the risk of interstate war. Although there is a level of discontent and sense of exclusion from power by ethnic minorities, this is unlikely to escalate into military violence and civil war.
High levels of corruption and economic stagnation increase the risk of economically and socially motivated protests across the country. Opposition parties' calls for protests in favour of snap elections following what they claim was the unlawful re-election of the ruling DPS party have the potential for violence between protesters and police, in particular in the capital of Podgorica.
Vaccinations required to enter the country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
Hepatitis A: A vaccine is available for anyone over one year of age. The vaccine may not be effective for certain people, e.g. those born before 1945 and who lived as a child in a developing country and/or have a past history of jaundice (icterus). These people can instead get a shot of immune globulin (IG) to boost their immunity against the disease.
Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).
Typhoid Fever: If your travels take you to regions with poor sanitary conditions (for children two years old and up).
Rabies: For prolonged stays in an isolated region (for children from when they can walk).
For Children: All standard childhood immunizations should be up-to-date. In the case of a long stay, the BCG vaccine is recommended for children over one month and the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for children over nine months.
Montenegro is located in an active seismic zone.
Flooding is not rare in winter months during periods of melting snow.
Numerous wildfires have been reported in recent years during the summer.
The bus network is dense and covers the whole country. The railway network is usually crowded, especially in the intercity trains, and includes a cross-country route from the Adriatic Sea to Serbia via the capital: Bar - Podgorica - Kolasi - Bijelo Polje - Belgrade. It should nonetheless be noted that public transportation is generally uncomfortable, outdated, and overcrowded.
Despite the absence of highways the road network is relatively well developed with major arterials, although traffic jams are not rare, especially during the summer. The secondary and semi-urban roads can be in poor condition (with livestock present, lack of road construction signals, etc.). Mountain roads can be twisting and dangerous (damaged guard railing, collapsed shoulders, etc.). It is advised to be vigilant while driving following intense rain or snow. The canyon roads in Moraca, linking Niksic to Zabljak, and mountain roads are to be avoided in case of bad weather. Winter tires are mandatory from November 15 to March 23. It is worth noting that Montenegrin drivers can be aggressive.
An Eco tax is mandatory for all foreign vehicles entering in the country, with price varying depending on the vehicle model. The payment of this tax is validated by stickers which must be placed in the corner of the windshield.
Taxis are numerous and inexpensive. Ask for a fare estimate before departure and confirm the price prior to payment, especially if the fare differs from the meter. Travelers should refuse taxi services proposed by random individuals.
Ferries are available, linking Bar to Bari in Italy.
Traveler should note that there are two international airports in Montenegro: Podgorica (TGD) and Tivat (TIV).
The climate is continental in the interior of the country, mountainous along the reliefs, and Mediterranean along the coast. In the center of the country, summers and autumns are hot and dry and winters are cold, even harsh, with frequent snow. Summers in coastal regions are hot and dry while winters are mild and humid. In the summer temperatures are cooler in mountainous regions.
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