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Temporary residence permit in Montenegro, types and process of obtaining the permit

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Montenegro, a hidden gem on the Adriatic coast, offers a stunning blend of natural beauty, historic architecture, and a laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle. Known for its rugged mountains, medieval villages, and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline, Montenegro presents an alluring destination for digital nomads.

Living as a Digital Nomad in Montenegro: Embracing the digital nomad lifestyle in Montenegro means immersing yourself in a country that balances work and life beautifully. With its affordable living costs, friendly locals, and an ever-growing expat community, Montenegro provides a conducive environment for remote work.

Obtaining a residence permit in Montenegro is a crucial step for anyone planning to live in the country for an extended period, including digital nomads, expatriates, and those considering Montenegro for its scenic beauty and relaxed lifestyle. Here's a comprehensive overview of the process and requirements:


Residence permit Types

Temporary Residence Permit: Usually granted for a year and can be renewed. Ideal for digital nomads, students, or employees. There are several reasons for applying for temporary residence


  • Company ownership (if you employ yourself);
  • Employment (working for a Montenegrin company);
  • Being a digital nomad (working for a foreign company);
  • Real estate property ownership;
  • Family reunification;
  • Studying;
  • Specialization or scientific research;
  • Medical treatment;
  • Humanitarian reasons;
  • Religious services

Permanent Residence Permit: Can be applied for after legally living in Montenegro for five continuous years.


Residence Permit Application Process

  1. Gather Documentation: Collect all required documents, including application forms, passport photos, and any additional paperwork specific to your situation.
  2. Submit Application: Applications are submitted at the local police station in the municipality where you intend to reside.
  3. Pay Application Fee: There's a fee for processing the application, which varies depending on the type of permit 67 euros.
  4. Wait for Approval: Processing times can vary, so it's important to apply well in advance of when you plan to move.
  5. Registration with Local Authorities: Once your permit is approved, you need to register your address with the local police.

A foreigner shall submit in person an application for the temporary residence permit to the Ministry, at his/her place of residence.

With the application a foreigner is obliged to enclose all evidences justifying the reasons for applying for a temporary residence permit.

A foreigner who submits a complete application for temporary residence before the expiry of 90 days of stay may stay in Montenegro until the final decision.


With exception of work, a foreigner who is granted a temporary residence permit may stay in Montenegro in accordance with the purpose for which his/her temporary stay was granted.

A foreigner may be granted a temporary residence permit if:

  • he/she has means of subsistence;
  • he/she has provided accommodation;
  • he/she has health insurance;
  • /she has submitted evidence justifying of the application for a permit issuance;
  • he/she has a valid foreign travel document or identity card issued by the competent authority of another state;
  • he/she was not imposed a prohibition on entry and residence in Montenegro;
  • in Montenegro he/she has not been legally sentenced to an imprisonment of more than six months for a criminal offense prosecuted ex officio, or the legal consequences of a conviction ceased;
  • in the country of origin he/she has not been legally sentenced to an imprisonment of more than six months for a criminal offense prosecuted ex officio, or the legal consequences of a conviction ceased;
  • there are no restrictions due to the reasons of national security, public order or public health;
  • he/she has submitted evidence of justifying the application for a permit issuance.



Temporary residence based on work or company ownership or employment

Temporary residence permit based on company ownership is technically a residence permit based on employment. In short, you are not eligible for a residence permit as a company owner, or a co-owner. But you are if you employ yourself as a CEO or any other position.

    Mostly, clients opt for the CEO position as it gives them full control over the company. In addition, in this case, you can use the perk of not being limited in the time you can spend out of Montenegro during your residence period. If you are registered as a company CEO, you are not required to spend a certain amount of time in Montenegro. However, if your goal is permanent residence, this may affect it.

    No matter if you are registered as a CEO or in another position, your salary must be at least a minimum net salary in Montenegro (€450.00 per month). In addition, salary taxes and social contributions must be paid to the tax authority. This amount varies depending on the net salary, but a minimum is €117.00.

    When it comes to the documentation requirements, besides a registered company, these are the documents you need for the residence permit based on employment:

    • Passport copy;
    • Non-conviction proof from your native country, not older than six months;
    • Accommodation in Montenegro – a notarized apartment rental agreement;
    • Accommodation proof – an original ownership document of the apartment owner;
    • A confirmation from the Ministry of Education of Montenegro that you submitted your education degree for verification;
    • A basic medical exam by a licensed doctor in Montenegro;
    • Employment proof – a job offer from a Montenegrin company, stating your salary;
    • An excerpt from the company registry of Montenegro, to show your company is active;
    • 30-day health insurance valid in Montenegro;
    • Residence permit police fees (67 Euros).


    Digital Nomad Residence Permit

    Digital nomads – persons who work remotely online for foreign companies can obtain a residence permit in Montenegro. Unlike the "standard" residence permit, this one can be valid for up to two years. Additionally, it can be extended for up to two more years. Therefore, the total period of stay in Montenegro for digital nomads is up to four years. Considering this, digital nomads are not eligible for permanent residence applications.

    The minimal monthly income a digital nomad needs to present is €1,350.00 per month. This needs to be shown in the work agreement and bank records.

    Notably, since their income is technically generated abroad, digital nomads are not eligible for paying any taxes in Montenegro. Considering this, if you want to use Montenegro's favorable tax system and become a tax resident, you'll need to choose another form of temporary residence permit.

    When it comes to the documentation for the application, you need to prove that you fit the definition of the "digital nomad", have a clean police record, and have accommodation in Montenegro.

    Here is a list of documents you need for the digital nomad residence permit in Montenegro:

    • Passport copy;
    • Non-conviction proof from your native country, not older than six months;
    • Accommodation in Montenegro – a notarized apartment rental agreement;
    • Accommodation proof – an original ownership document of the apartment owner;
    • Employment proof – a work contract with a foreign company, stating your salary, signed at least three months before your application;
    • Income proof – a bank statement or a company payroll showing a minimum monthly income of €1,350 in the year prior to the application date;
    • An excerpt from the company registry of the country in which your employer is registered, not older than three months;
    • 30-day health insurance valid in Montenegro;
    • Residence permit police fees 67 EUR.

    Another important note is that you need to enter Montenegro legally and report your stay from the day you entered the country. Otherwise, your residence permit application will be declined. The temporary residence permit must be submitted to the police branch in the city you plan to reside. If you are entering Montenegro visa-free, you can apply for residence at any time during your regular 90-day stay. However, if you need a visa for Montenegro, you must enter with a D business visa in order to apply. You can check if you need a visa at our Montenegrin visa regime page. 


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