Kotor Travel Information
Electrical current in Montenegro is 220 volts, 50Hz. Two-prong round pin attachment plugs are in use.
Montenegrin (very similar to Croatian) is the official language of Montenegro, although Serbian and Albanian is commonly used in some areas. English is widely understood in the capital, Podgorica, and in the coastal resorts.
Montenegro is generally a healthy country with few risks. Only bottled or purified water should be consumed, and food should be well prepared and well cooked. Those intending to hike in the countryside should take precautions against ticks. Medical facilities in Montenegro are limited, and supplies are lacking. Medical insurance with evacuation cover is strongly recommended. There are some private clinics in Podgorica, which treat travellers, but payment in cash is expected. A reciprocal health agreement entitles visitors from the UK to free emergency treatment.
Service charges are generally not included in restaurant and hotel bills in Montenegro. A tip of 10% is appreciated. Taxi drivers do not expect tips; but a small gratuity would be appreciated.
Montenegro is a safe destination for travellers, although it is wise to take sensible precautions against street crime in the towns and cities, as you would in any other European country. Travellers should note that car thieves tend to target four-wheel-drive and luxury vehicles and that unexploded landmines may still remain along the Kosovo border, so necessary precautions should be taken.
Wearing shorts is not permitted inside public institutions such as hospitals and dress should be modest when visiting monasteries in Montenegro. There are designated nudist beaches and over-exposure is frowned upon elsewhere. Being drunk in public is considered in bad taste, as is discussing national politics and ethnic issues. Littering is considered the ultimate insult.
Business relationships in Montenegro are founded on hospitality, so expect to be wined and dined. Dress is formal and conservative, and handshakes are the norm at the beginning and end of meetings. Business hours are generally between 8am and 4pm.
The international dialling code for Montenegro is +382 (the previous code of +381 is still in use). The outgoing dialling code is 99. There are local area codes (Podgorica is (0)81). The telephone system is undergoing modernization with digital lines being slowly introduced. There is good GSM mobile network coverage throughout the country provided by two operators. There are Wi-Fi Internet zones available in Podgorica and all the main towns have Internet cafes, charging around €1 an hour.
The following can be brought into Montenegro without paying duty: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; two litres of wine and 750ml of spirits; perfume for personal use; personal jewellery and clothing; up to two cameras and one movie/video camera; electronic equipment (such as radio) for personal use; and sports equipment. Pets can be brought into the country with a veterinary certificate of good health.
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