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Expat guide to living and relocating to Montenegro

Expat guide to living and relocating to Montenegro

Living in Montenegro

Montenegro is blessed with natural beauty, the sea, rivers and mountains. Summer in Montenegro is a holiday in itself and the influx of tourists is high. Expats generally tend to live and work in Podgorica, working for NGOs and international or multinational organisations.

Montenegro Savina Monestry

Expat Clubs

Internationals in Montenegro
There is no other similar group in Montenegro which combines fun of mingling and networking with Internationals. Whether you are self-employed or work for a business or you might be a student or a tourist, whether you are from Europe, Africa, Asia, America, Australia or maybe you are from Montenegro with a strong connection to a foreign country or passion for other cultures, this MeetUp is for you! We want to see this group grow from a social networking group to a close-knit community of International people. We would like to organize events at least on a monthly basis with my co-organizers ranging from happy hour, movies, restaurants, outdoor adventures and perhaps later travel inside and outside of Montenegro. Any ideas and feedback from group members is welcome as this group will only grow with the participation of its members.
Website: www.meetup.com/Internationals-in-Montenegro   
Dobredodje Macedonia Welcome Centre
Dobredojde Macedonia Welcome Centre (DMWC) is a non-governmental non-profit organization promoting Macedonian culture among the international community in Macedonia and abroad.  At the same time, we organise events aimed at representing and promoting other cultures in Macedonia and encourage intercultural dialogue.
Website: dmwc.org.mk
International Women’s Club of Montenegro
The International Women’s Club of Montenegro (Međunarodni klub žena Crne Gore) is a non-profit organization with the following objectives: welcoming and assisting  newcomers to Montenegro, furthering our knowledge and understanding of Montenegro, fostering goodwill and friendship among club members,  raising funds through charitable activities for humanitarian projects, and organizing regular social and cultural events for the members of the  international community. Interested in more information? You are welcome to join us at our traditional Wednesday´s Lunch.
Website: iwcmontenegro.org

International Schools 

Knightsbridge Schools International
Knightsbridge Schools International in Montenegro is an international school for boys and girls aged 3-16 years. We are an IB World School. KSI Montenegro belongs to a global network of international schools united through a shared ethos and curriculum, with all of the KSI community being encouraged to live by our KSI Code. Modelled on both the successful features of Knightsbridge School in London and international standards expected of high quality schools across the globe, KSI Montenegro offers a unique and compelling approach to education in the beautiful Bay of Kotor.
Curriculum: British
Address: Tivat
Tel: +382 3267 2655
Website: www.ksi-montenegro.com
QSI International School
QSI International School of Montenegro, is a private non-profit institution that opened in January of 2006 and offers a high quality education in the English language for elementary and secondary students. The warm and welcoming school community make it an ideal place to receive a quality education from QSI. In March of 2014, QSIM received a full licence from the Ministry of Education of Montenegro as a school of public significance, for all the levels of education.
Address: Donja Gorica bb, Podgorica,
Tel: 382-20-641-734
Fax: 382-20-640-837
Email: montenegro@qsi.org
Website: www.qsi.org

Country Information 

Location: Europe
Capital City: Podgorica
Other Important Cities: Nikšic, Pljevlja, Bijelo Polje, Cetinje, Bar, Herceg Novi, Berane
Currency: Euro €
Language: Serbian
Calling Code: +382
Internet TLD: .me
Electricity: 220V 50Hz

Emergency Numbers:
Police: 122
Fire: 123
Ambulance: 124
Country Information

Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Expats need a work visa, which is renewed annually. After staying in Montenegro for a period of 5 years expats can apply for permanent residence.
More information: www.monteru.com/english/faq


The accommodation in Montenegro might not be what you’re used to especially if you’re coming from the west. The types of housing available in Podgorica include apartments and houses, which can be single or double storey.

If you are looking at apartments the real estate pages you may see adverts for a one or two bedroom apartment, bedrooms are not defined in Montenegro as they are in the west. A one bedroom apartment refers to an apartment with an entrance hall, kitchen, bathroom and room. A lounge is not counted separately, thus if you are looking for a one bedroom apartment by western standards, you should look for one advertised as a two bedroom apartment. Many generations of families in Montenegro live in a single apartment, and sleep on fold out couches in bedrooms that are later converted into the lounge areas for guests. You may also come across an advert for a one and a half (jednoiposoban stan) bedroom apartment which refers to a larger kitchen, one where you can have a couch in, and an additional bedroom.

Houses can be found outside the city centre and are bigger than the apartments. You will usually find a large kitchen with a table where the family dines together and a separate lounge suite in a house. The bedrooms will be used only as bedrooms for the most part, however the older generations in the Balkans still prefer to sleep on fold out couches as opposed to beds. If you are getting a furnished house or apartment, be prepared for this.

Driving License

Residents of Montenegro should exchange their driving license of a Montenegrin one.

Documents required:
  • Form,
  • Valid foreign driving license,
  • Valid translation of the foreign driving license,
  • Medical certificate valid for 6 months from the date issue
  • Proof of stay of more than 6 months
  • Proof of payment for the form – 5 Euros and 100 Euro administrative fee.


The healthcare facilities in Montenegro do not meet the international standard; however the medical staff is well trained and does the best with what they have. There are a few good private hospitals expats use. Most expats have an international medical insurance cover that covers treatment abroad. Doctors’ visits, blood tests and medication are relatively cheap and accessible, even in private hospitals, as is dentistry.

Poliklinika Filipovic
Is one of the leading and the first private clinics in Montenegro with a wide range of health services and a large number of patients. Thanks to the constant monitoring of the development of medical science, good medical equipment and professional medical teams we are able to provide timely, high-quality and highly professional medical services.
Address: Ul. Ivana Crnojevića 53
Tel: +382 (20) 618.050, 618.051
Fax: +382 (20) 618.051 fax
Email: info@poliklinikafilipovic.com
Website: www.poliklinikafilipovic.com

Cenex Medical
Address: Goce Delčeva br. 18, Podgorica, Crna Gora
Tel: +382 (20) 645-466
Mob: +382 (67) 645-466
Email: info@cenexmedical.com
Website: cenexmedical.com

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