When your pet is part of the family and has to go on holiday with you, as all pets should, a vacation in Montenegro will be just right for you.
Here is some helpful information for you:
Your pet needs to be vaccinated against rabies and other diseases between 30 days and 1 year before traveling and you will need a certificate to prove this. This process may be lengthy as pet needs to be vaccinated against rabies and then after 30 days they do a test called a blood titer test in order to issue the certificate. This Veterinary Certificate has to be endorsed by the governing body of your country. In Montenegro a licensed veterinary can complete this form (for those taking their pets out of Montenegro). Your pet will be allowed into Montenegro without being quarantined if it is healthy and meets these requirements. If your pet does not appear to be healthy you might be asked to pay for it to be inspected by a local veterinarian upon arrival.
Officially the requirements for microchips are vague, so your safest option would be to have a European microchip implanted, but identifying tattoos and other microchips may be acceptable – most likely it will depend on whether they can be read by the authorities in Montenegro.
You will also need a pet passport that states the breed, date of birth or age, type of animal, sex and color of the animal.
The different airlines have different pet requirements and the information can always be found on their websites. Montenegro Airlines will allow small cats, dogs, rodents and birds into the cabin but not reptiles. The pets have to be in a ventilated container made from a hard material like plastic or wood. The pet and the container has to weigh less than 8kg and be smaller than 55 x 40 x 20cm, which is the hand-luggage limitation. They will have to be taken out of the container and be screened along with yourself at the security checkpoints. Pets in the cabin are not allowed with unaccompanied minors. The charge for this is currently 20 Euro for travel between Montenegro and Serbia and 30 Euro for travel between Montenegro and other European countries – one way.
Larger animals can be transported in the aircraft hold. Their containers need to be strong enough that the pets cannot bite through them or escape by clawing at them. It also has to be big enough for the pet to be able to stand, turn around and lie comfortably in the container. The maximum dimensions of the container are 91 x 60 x 66 and the maximum weight is 50kg. The charge for this depends on the size and weight and will vary from 30 Euro to 150 Euro – one way.
In both cases there can be more than one pet in the container as long as their combined size and weight meet the set criteria.
An exception is made for registered guide dogs who may accompany their owners into the cabin and sit by their feet. They will be transported for free, however, there is a requirement that they should be muzzled. The necessary arrangements will need to be made prior to traveling.
Another requirement is that dogs are not fed 6 hours before the trip or given any water 2 hours before the trip.
Pets are not allowed in shopping malls and everywhere that there are signs specifically indicating that pets aren’t allowed. However, on most smaller beaches, outside restaurants and parks your pets are welcome to accompany you. There generally aren’t any laws about pets being on leashes so they will be able to roam free in the parks and on the beaches. Small dogs will be more welcome than large dogs on busy beaches as they’re simply less noticeable or in the way. Privately run beaches and ports tend to create their own rules but they will always put up a sign to indicate what their rules regarding pets are. The beaches with a lot of deckchairs and parasols are more likely to forbid pets than the open beaches.
Montenegro does not have an official animal-welfare charity and as a result there are a lot of strays. It is recommended that you give your pet a chewable tick and flea treatment that lasts for 12 weeks or those that last for 1 month depending what is available in your country, ask at your vet or pet store. These tablets will prevent the fleas, from the stray animals, from infecting your own pet.
Unfortunately, when strays are picked up by the counsel they are euthanized. There is an organization in the city of Bar that is working hard to rescue and save these pets. They rely on donations and use these funds to sterilize, vaccinate, clean and microchip the animals before finding them new homes. If you’re visiting Montenegro and you can help by taking one of these animals home with you or by donating some money, every little bit helps.