Overview of visa regimes for foreign citizensMere possession of a visa does not grant the entry to Montenegro. Other legal requirements for granting a foreigner the entry and stay to Montenegro must also be met according to the Law on Foreigners (“Official Gazette of Montenegro”, No. 82/08). Visa regime between Montenegro and other countries is regulated by the Regulation on Visa Regime(“Official Gazette of Montenegro”, No. 18/09). Visa in itself does not offer a grant of permission to work in Montenegro. Person who intends to work in Montenegro must obtain a temporary residence permit for the purpose of employment or seasonal work, on the grounds of previously issued work permit.
Types of VisasLaw on Foreigners (“Official Gazette of Montenegro”, No. 82/08).prescribes the following types of visas:
- Airport transit ( A)
- Transit (B)
- Short stay visa (C)
- Long stay visa (D)
- intending to stay in Montenegro in order to perform business or other activities, provide advisory expert activities as agreed by the Agreement on business and technical cooperation, on a long-term production cooperation, and on transfer technologies and foreign investments;
- coming to serve to Montenegro as a member of foreign diplomatic and consular representative office to Montenegro or an international organizations accredited to Montenegro, member of economic and cultural representative office, as well as to the members of his family, i.e. members of his household holding diplomatic or official passports.
- employment and work, performing economic or business activity;
- seasonal work;
- secondary education and studies
- participation in student exchange programmes or other youth programmes
- specialisation or professional training and acquisition of practical skills;
- scientific-research work;
- medical treatment;
- family reunification;
- humanitarian reasons;
- other justified reasons specified by law or international agree.
Visa issuance precedureAs a general rule, a foreigner shall submit a visa application personally. In exceptional, justified cases, a foreigner does not have to apply for a visa personally, but does need to appear at the diplomatic or consular representative office once it is issued. For a foreigner who is minor, i.e. legally incapable, visa application shall be filed by a parent or his legal representative.
In addition to the visa application, the foreigner shall submit:
- valid travel document (the period of validity of the travel document should exceed that of the visa’s by three months);
- one color photo 35×45 mm;
- proof of the purpose of stay in Montenegro (letter of guarantee by a physical person or letter of invitation by a legal entity, state authority inMontenegro or organizer of an international conference or event);
- proof of ensured accommodation (receipt from a tourist arrangement, hotel or other type of accommodation reservation that has been paid in);
- proof of possession of means for sustenance during his stay in Montenegro, as well as for return into the country where he comes from or for travel into a third state (cash, a bank account, traveler’s checks, credit cards etc.);
- proof of the means of travel and intention to return into the state where a foreigner comes from or into a third state (a return airplane or other transportation ticket, a driving license);
- proof of health insurance;
- proof that the consular fee has been charged,
- as well as other corresponding documents based on which the purpose and ensured accommodation in Montenegro can be determined