The Montenegrin passport is currently ranked 42nd place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 125 countries. This gives it an overall medium mobility score. Montenegrin passport holders have visa-free and visas on arrival access to countries such as Brazil, Israel, Turkey and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel worldwide. Montenegrin passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 104 destinations in the world. Some of the countries where visa is required are China, Japan and India.
The Montenegro passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Montenegro passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Montenegro passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 90 Montenegro passport visa-free countries, 33 Montenegro visa-on-arrival countries, and 2 eTA destinations.
Altogether, Montenegro passport holders can enter a total of 125 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Montenegro passport ranks 42 in the world.
Separate from these Montenegro visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 104 additional destinations which Montenegro passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
Montenegro is a Balkan country consisting of 24 municipalities. It is located in South Eastern Europe with neighboring countries Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Kosovo. The most important municipalities are Podgorica, Niksic and Bijelo Polje. The nation has a surface area of 13,812 square kilometers and is therefore one of the smaller countries in the continent. The climate is mainly Mediterranean with cold winters and hot, dry summers. Its terrain is characterized by narrow coastal plains and rugged mountains with plateaus.
The overall population is around 620,739 people. The capital of the country is Podgorica, which is also the most populous city, followed by Niksic and Herceg Novi. The largest airport is Podgorica Airport (TGD) with 1.2 million yearly passengers. This makes it the 23rd busiest airport in the Balkans. Podgorica airport has excellent flight connections to the entire European Union and beyond.
Montenegrin culture is dominated by a mix of languages and historic cultural influences. The main belief is the Orthodox Religion. The official language is Montenegrin. The legal system is the civil law. The government type is a parliamentary republic. The head of government is the elected President Milo Djukanovic and the Prime Minister is Dritan Abazović. The elections take place every 5 years and the president is elected directly by popular vote.
The official currency of the country is the Euro (EUR) with the current exchange rate being EUR 0.93 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $13 billion. Its citizens have a per capita income of $20,977. Montenegro was able to attract a steady influx of foreign investment and constant GDP growth. The GDP is mostly made up of 2 key sectors, which are services and industry. Its main goods of export are steel, aluminum, tobacco, potatoes, citrus fruits and olives. Tourism also plays a large role as a GDP contributor, accounting to over 20% of income.
Montenegro is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourism destinations and attractions. It is known for its picturesque historic sites and different cultural facets. The country boasts with 4 UNESCO world heritage sites. Some of the major destinations include Ulcinij, Biogradska Gora National Park, Sveti Stefan Kotor, Budva and Durmitor National Park. The nation has a total of approximately 622,359 tourists visiting every year. Most tourists originate from Europe and its surrounding countries making it a very popular destination especially for regional visitors.