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Montenegro country bordering

Границы ЧерногорииMontenegro is a regular European country. Tourism is a major source of income. For this reason Montenegro continues in its effort to simplify entry for foreigners year on year. Most visitors can spend a limited time here without a visa. For example, Russian citizens can continue their stay in Montenegro without a visa for 30 days. When the time limit is about to expire, it is simply a matter of exiting Montenegro to neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina or Albania with subsequent re entry on the same day, the 30-day term then starts anew. Therefore leaving for just a few hours effectively allows you to stay in Montenegro for an unlimited time.

You can only exceed this 30-day grace period without leaving Montenegro if you have a tourist visa or a work permit (‘boravok’) in advance.

Neighboring countries vary in their entrance policies for Montenegro yearly. The current situation largely depends on the Balkan countries’ ongoing initiatives to affiliate with or join various international organisations and alliances.

Croatia -Montenegro border

Пересечение границ Черногории

Croatia officially entered the EU as a full-fledged member in 2012. You can now only enter Croatia with a Croatian visa or an open Schengen multiple entry visa. Croatia has not entered the Schengen Agreement yet, but it already recognises Schengen visas.
You can apply for a Croatian visa at any Croatian embassy. The documents required are almost identical to a Schengen visa application.
Foreign citizens staying in Montenegro on a long-term tourist visa or a work permit (‘boravak’) can apply for a Croatian visa in Montenegro via one of the Croatian consulates.
Croatian consulate in Kotor:
Stari Grad, Trg od oruzja bb, the building near the main gates.
+38232323127, +38232323124
Consul general – Božo Vodopija
Croatian consulate in Podgorica:
Ul. Vlada Četkoviča, 2
+38220269760, +38220269810
Consul – Petar Turčinovič

Be careful visiting Croatia in a car with Montenegrin registration plates. Remember, that only recently, during the 1990’s, Croatia had been in a bitter armed conflict against Serbia and Montenegro. Croatians who live in border regions up to Dubrovnik and Makarska can be hostile. Their displeasure usually manifests in unfriendly looks, but sometimes tires are slashed and windscreens shattered. However, Croatians are quite welcoming towards foreigners, including Russian language speakers. For your own safety and that of your car near Croatian border, displaying a note saying “RENT-A-CAR“. I am a tourist’ in large print under your front and rear windscreens. This simple measure has been tried and tested by local expats.

Пересечение границ ЧерногорииBosnia and Herzegovina

From 2013 all Russian citizens need to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina is an international passport.

Before that a travellers also had to have a tourist visa, but this requirement has been lifted recently. Please note that visa-free period in Bosnia and Herzegovina is limited to 30 consecutive days.

Пересечение границ ЧерногорииSerbia -Montenegro border

One does not need any documents other than an international passport to enter Serbia. This applies all year round.

Russia actively disapproved of Kosovo’s separation from Serbia, so Serbia opened its borders on an ex parte basis as a gesture of gratitude and to ensure friendly relations.

Besides, the border between Serbia and Montenegro – friendliest Balkan countries – has simplified the procedures for crossing in both directions. It is easier to cross the Serbian-Montenegrin border than any of other Montenegrin borders.

Пересечение границ ЧерногорииKosovo -Montenegro border

The country is relatively young and some of its institutions have still not reached maturity. Many state agencies are still developing and not fully established in their everyday activities. Legislative fundamentals are also being developed. The same applies to border crossing regulations. So far, there is no single uniform standard.

To enter Kosovo at the moment citizens of Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine need to obtain a visa in advance in their home countries. If you have a valid Schengen multi-entry visa, this is sufficient to cross the border with Kosovo.


Пересечение границ ЧерногорииAlbania -Montenegro border

Entrance to Albania does not require a visa from June 10 to September 30. The exact timetable may vary yearly. You need only your passport to cross the border.

During the rest of the year (for Belarusian citizens all year round) one needs a visa to cross the Albanian border. The visa should be obtained in advance in the country of residence. In practice though, a valid Schengen visa will be enough. Albania is not on the list of the countries which signed Schengen agreement and its consulates cannot grant Schengen visas, but Albania wants to become a part of EU just like its neighbours, so exceptions are quite often made on the border.

Пересечение границ ЧерногорииItaly-Montenegro border

A tourist who wants to go to Italy must have a valid Schengen visa obtained in advance in the country of residence. This is a core requirement. The only exception used to be a cruise tour “Bar-Bari-Bar” for citizens of Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine. This cruise stopped in 2013.

Montenegro has a sea border with Italy, but it is easy to get to Italy by car too. All year round a cruise ship goes from the Montenegrin city Bar to Italian city Bari. More details are available on the relevant page of our website.

It is impossible to come for a holiday in Montenegro and buy or obtain a Schengen visa in a more simplified way, despite rumours on the Internet. You can only apply for a Schengen visa in Montenegro if you live and work there with a tourist or business visa. In this case, the standard requirements for documents apply.

Italian embassy in Podgorica:
Ul. Džordža Vašingtona, 83
Tel.  +382 20 234 661/2,  Fax. +382 20 234 663

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  2. I booked a Toyota Land Cruiser to be picked up in Podgorica Airport in Montenegro on 8/18 at 2;30pm. I have not gotten a conformation from you but you have charged my credit card for $204. Please either confirm the vehicle I wlll have no choice but to call my credit card and cancel the order or report it as fraud.


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    • Hiello again,

      Never mind my last inquery. I found the mail with the voucher in the junk mail box. Apparently the spam filter directed it there. So everything is on track. Thanks.

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  12. Hello! I am only 20 years old, is there is a chance that there is going to be some sort of problem when I book a car?

    • Greetings! In Montenegro, according to the law, the tenant must be at least 21 years old.

  13. Hi! Is the amount of the deposit which is displayed on the calculator, is applicable to the entire period of booking or it just for one day?

    • The amount of the deposit is shown for the entire booking period, not just for one day.

  14. Tell me please, how can I change car pick-up time?

    • Hello there! After you made a booking, you’ll receive an e-mail with a voucher. Reply to this e-mail with all the changes you want to make to your booking, including pick-up time. My colleagues will make all of the adjustments and will send you a new voucher.

  15. Could you please tell me, is it possible to return a car in Germany?

    • Hello there! Unfortunately, you can pick-up or drop off a car only in Montenegro.

  16. Is CDW included in the final price or you need to pay an extra fee for it?

    • In the description of every car, you can find all the information about the type of insurance. Sometimes CDW is provided as an additional option for some amount of money.
      But there are cars that have only SCDW (Super Collision Damage Waiver) or only TPL (third party liability insurance), and it is impossible to change the type of insurance, even for an extra fee. Please check all the information in the description very carefully. You can also use the advanced search in order to find a car with a desired type of insurance.

  17. Is it possible to pick up a car in Tivat, and return it to the city of Bar?

    • Hello! Yes of course. In our widget, in the green search panel, there are two headings “Pick-up” and “Drop off”. You just need to specify the desired city, and you will get all the available options.

  18. Hello there! How do I find the rental manager at the airport?

    • Greetings! The rental company manager will meet you with a nameplate in the arrival area.

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  21. Why not get payment by card? Rather uncomfortable though all other is ok. The car is ok and booking easy but can have problems with cash.

    • Hello! You actually can pay by your card, but, unfortunately, not for all of the cars. If it is absolutely necessary for you to pay by card, and you have no other options, please contact our support team on our website. Our managers will help you pick a car with the option to pay by card

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Kirill Antoshin
DOO "Kvanto Company", Jadranski put bb, Budva, 85310 Montenegro
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