Fact file: Montenegro

Did you know?
The name Montenegro is thought to have been inspired by the dark, dense forests that covered Mount Lovcen, overlooking Lake Skadar and the surrounding area, which gave people the impression of a "black" mountain.
Language
Serbian
Visas
None required for stays of up to 90 days.
Getting there
Check out Jet Airlines, Montenegro Airlines and British Airways. The first direct charter flights from Manchester and Gatwick fly to Tivat from May 2006.
Flying time from London
Flights typically go to Dubrovnik, Croatia, two hours from London. It's two hours 40 mins to Tivat near Belgrade.
Getting around
Trains are cheaper than buses but slower and some carriages are in bad condition. If you want to travel along the Montenegrin coast, you'll have to catch a bus. Taxis and car hire are available in all major towns and tourist spots. But be aware that driving can be challenging on mountainous roads with hairpin bends.
Currency
The euro
Costs
Prices vary but expect to pay roughly: can of beer 1.54 euros; moderate restaurant meal £8-£10; roll of camera film £1; four-mile taxi ride £2-£4.
Weather
Expect dry summers when temperatures can climb to 30C and the sun shines up to 12 hours a day. Typical coastal temperatures hover around 23C-26C. Winters are mild and sunny although the mountains behind the coast can get rainy.
Time difference
One hour ahead
International dialing code from the UK
00 381
Voltage
220V
Opening hours
Banks are open weekdays from 8am-7pm and from 8am-3pm on Saturdays. Shops open daily from 6am-9pm, including Saturdays but open half days on Sundays.
Health - Before you go
Tetanus, polio and hepatitis A vaccinations are advisable. Check with your GP for the latest advice.
Health - When you are there
There is a reciprocal healthcare arrangement for British nationals, which entitles you to free emergency treatment. The tap water is treated in urban areas but this may not be the case in rural areas. Take precautions.
Warnings
Possession or trafficking of drugs is treated seriously. There are strict penalties and severe sentences.
Emergency
Fire – 93; police – 92; ambulance – 94; emergency – 241 629.
Pets
Montenegro is not part of the Pet Travel Scheme. Speak to your vet for the latest advice.
Tipping
10 per cent is expected by hotels, restaurants and taxis
Tourist office
Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro, 28 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QB. Tel: 0207 235 9049.


Telephone

+44 (0) 203 696 2870

Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm

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