Thursday, July 6, 2017

How to Travel Croatia and Montenegro without their visa?

 “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Croatia and Montenegro are neighbouring countries sharing borders and require their own visa to travel.

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Croatia visa will cost around INR 6,000 / EUR 80 per person:

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Montenegro visa will cost around INR 8,400 / EUR 120 per person:

As you can see, the cost of the visa can be a big dent to your pocket. Not to forget the pain of documentation and processing times required for each visa.

Well I have a good news : You can travel to both the countries without their own visa.

What's the workaround?

The answer is multiple entry Schengen visa.

Yes, both Croatia and Montenegro have an exception for tourists with valid multiple entry Schengen visa.

Before I travelled to both these countries, I contacted their respective embassy and got the below response as confirmation :

Response from Croatia Visa Help Desk:
"Thank you for writing to the Croatia Visa Help Desk.

Addressing your below mail, we would like to inform the applicant that Croatia is not a part of Schengen country.
Further, if applicant hold a valid Schengen uniform visa (C) for two or multiple entries, valid for all Schengen Area member states, whose period of validity covers your stay in Croatia then applicant can travel to Croatia .

Also, if applicant have not used all of the days in the Schengen Area (i.e. you need to have at least one day left of the approved number of days; and at least one entry in case of a double-entry visa), you do not require (additional) Croatian visa for transit through or intended stays in the territory of the Republic of Croatia not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period."

Response from Montenegro Embassy:
"No Need to apply for visa if you are having valid USA/UK/ SCHENGEN visa (any one):

This is to inform you that if you are holding valid visa for USA or UK or Schengen countries (any one), than you can travel to Montenegro without applying for Montenegro visa but only for up to 30 Days (it is revised from 7 Days to 30 Days), if your travel exceeds 30 days than you have to apply for Montenegro Visa in Embassy of Serbia."

Thus, plan a Euro trip,  apply for multiple entry Schengen visa and  you can club travel to both the beautiful destinations of Croatia and Montenegro for free!

Visit below link for Schengen Visa Information:

Book Sightseeing Tours in Croatia :

Book Sightseeing Tours in Montenegro:

If you are clubbing these 2 destinations with other countries in Europe,
Buy the EuRail Pass from the below: