Britons in Montenegro warned of travel requirements as arriving with invalid documents could see them denied entry

Montenegro landscape

Entry requirements state that passports should be valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave

Solen Le Net

By Solen Le Net

Published: 12/04/2024

- 15:35

Britons have been urged to double check their travel documents before visiting the small European hotspot

Despite its small size, Montenegro beckons thousands of British travellers every month with its idyllic lakes and mountains.

The European country can be reached by plane, train and even by boat, but failing to meet the country's passport validity requirements could see tourists denied entry.

The Foreign Office (FCO) has issued an update urging Britons to double-check the validity of their travel documents before entering Montenegro.

The requirements to enter the country include travelling with a passport issued less than 10 years before the date a visitor crosses Montenegro's border. Passports must also be valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave.


Montenegro beckons many Britons with its picturesque landscape 


The FCO said: “This advice reflects the UK Government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

“The authorities in Montenegro set and enforce entry rules, if you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact Montenegro Embassy London.

“Land and border crossings may close at short notice and entry into neighbouring countries may be subject to entry requirements.”

The FCO added that Britons can enter the country for up to 90 days in “any 180 days without a visa”.

“If you are travelling to Montenegro without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit," it added.

“Visits to Montenegro within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

“Montenegro is not part of the Schengen Area, so your time spent in Montenegro does not add to your total number of days spent in the Schengen Area.”

It comes as the small European country was named as one of the best to move to in 2024 for expats seeking a lower cost of living than in the UK.

The YouTuber Wealthy Expat said British residents who move to Montenegro frequently maintain their pension benefits after moving to the country.

“Montenegro is very similar to Serbia, very traditional,” the YouTuber pointed out. “It still preserves that traditional culture.”

“It’s a country that has amazing beaches and mountains. The nature is incredible. If you get residence in Serbia, you can get easy access to Montenegro, it’s a one-hour flight."


British passport and map

Britons have been urged to check the validity of their passports before heading to Montenegro


According to WTM Global, 2022 saw 52,000 travellers visit Montenegro, with 268,000 overnight stays recorded.

Year-on-year, this was an increase of 374 per cent from January to January 2022, and 87 per cent from the same recorded period in 2019.

The destination is a top pick for Britons who enjoy warm weather, cheap food and drinks. It is also just a few hours from the UK.

Montenegro's capital city, set in the centre of the country, is surrounded by beautiful ranges of mountains with direct flights from the UK.

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