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Montenegro: entry rules and temporary protection for Ukrainians in 2024

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Montenegro: entry rules and temporary protection for Ukrainians in 2024

Although Montenegro is not a member of the European Union, it has also simplified the requirements for entry and stay for Ukrainian citizens. Learn more about the documents required to cross the border and how to obtain temporary protection in Montenegro in 2024

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Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, most European countries have simplified the conditions for crossing their borders for refugees from Ukraine, and Montenegro is no exception. To enter the country, Ukrainians need:

1. A valid biometric or non-biometric passport and its copies;

2. Internal passport and its copies;

3. A document confirming family ties for crossing the border with minors (birth certificate, parental consent to accompany and departure).


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No proof of vaccination or test is required to enter Montenegro, entry is free. The Embassy also informs that entry with pets is allowed with or without any available documents for the animal.

Persons who do not wish to obtain temporary protection status can stay in Montenegro as tourists. To do so, they must have a biometric or regular passport valid for more than 180 days from the date of entry.


Rules of entry to Montenegro for Ukrainian citizens in 2024


Citizens of Ukraine need the following documents to enter the territory of Montenegro in 2024:

1. Valid biometric or ordinary passport and its copies;

2. Internal passport and its copies;

3. Birth certificate for minors.

If you do not have any of these documents, or have any other problems upon entry, you can ask the police for temporary protection or asylum (azil) right at the border. In such situations, Ukrainian citizens are allowed to enter with any available documents. In our previous article, we have already described the advantages of temporary protection over refugee status.




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Obtaining temporary protection for Ukrainians in Montenegro


In order to obtain temporary protection in Montenegro, you need to apply to any regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Montenegro. There, you will be asked to submit an application, take a photo, and have your fingerprints taken. The application can take up to 30 days to be processed.

In case of a positive answer, you will receive the status of a foreigner under temporary protection in Montenegro. This status is granted for at least 1 year with the possibility of extension.

You can apply for temporary protection regardless of the date of entry or length of stay in Montenegro. This status provides persons with the following rights and opportunities:

1. Healthcare (free medical care in public institutions);

2. Primary and secondary education (school and kindergartens are not included);

3. Employment;

4. Family reunification.

There are no restrictions, including the right to move freely around the country and change your place of residence/work. You can return to Ukraine at any time (temporary protection is automatically terminated). You can also freely travel abroad, but before traveling, you must notify the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Montenegro of the reasons and duration of such a trip.


Do I need a Green Card to drive to Montenegro?


Starting from June 1, 2022, the Green Card insurance policy is mandatory for traveling abroad by car, regardless of the status of stay. Therefore, Ukrainian refugees in Montenegro with their own car with Ukrainian registration need a Green Card.

A Green Card is the necessary insurance for traveling abroad by car outside Ukraine for safe travel. It takes a few minutes to apply for an insurance policy. All you need to do is follow the link, provide the necessary data and pay for the service.


Where can refugees from Ukraine get help?


Every refugee from Ukraine can apply to the Red Cross and Ukrainian centers in Montenegro. They will provide you with all possible support: legal advice, humanitarian aid, help with finding a job, or even housing.


You can do this at the following aid centers:


Podgorica - 13 Hercegovacka St.

Opening hours: from 9:30 to 12:30 from Monday to Friday;

Phone: +382-68-662-567 (Telegram/Viber);

Email: [email protected];

Telegram channel


Budva - Second Floor, 2-12 Dositejeva, Budva 85310, Montenegro

Opening hours: from 10:00 to 12:00 Monday through Friday;

Phone: +382-69-441-547 (Telegram/Viber/WhatsApp);

Telegram channel 


Bar - Bar, F42 Ul. Vladimira Rolovića / second floor, in the city center

Opening hours: office Mon-Fri from 10.00 to 13.00;

Phone: +38268447277;  

E-mail: [email protected].


Tivat - Coordinator for Tivat and Kotor - Victoria

Phone: +38268379983, +380660602651 (Telegram/Viber).


Herceg Novi - Jadranska highway, Intermedica building, in the premises of the Red Cross

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday;

Phone: +382-69-573-208.


If for a long time you have not received a response to your request for assistance from the above authorities, please contact the Embassy of Montenegro. You can do this by calling +382-20-320-400 or by e-mailing [email protected] In urgent and emergency cases, you can send a message to Viber at +382-67-69-86-86.


We remind you! Citizens of Ukraine who have been granted temporary protection status in Montenegro must personally apply to the country's Ministry of Internal Affairs offices to obtain a new asylum document. Find out what you need to extend your protection and how to do it.



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