Are you a remote worker and looking for a country as a base, you might be looking into the possibility of living in Montenegro? John and Kat have lived here for the past 2 years, and they love it! If you want it as a new home, you can check out the nine reasons Why Montenegro is a great center for nomads.
Montenegro is a country in the Balkans, southern Europe. It was once part of Yugoslavia, and a young country, which gained its independence in 2006. Filled with gorgeous landscapes and great business opportunities, this is a great place to live. Read more about why below.
1. Fast and affordable internet
As digital nomads, internet speed is one of the factors we keep in mind. Like most countries in Europe, the Internet here is reliable and fast. You can get a normal speed of around 50Mbps. In addition, Internet plans can start from 18 to 60 euros per month, some of which include cable TV coverage.
If you’re only here for a few days, they have very attractive plans too! Local Sims cost around €5-15 with 1000GB data already for a week to a month. It’s too hard, Dibba?
2. Ease of obtaining residency in Montenegro
Montenegro may not have Digital Nomad visas, however, unlike Croatia and Estonia, you can easily obtain D-type visas and apply for temporary residence. The process of obtaining temporary residence can take up to a month, but renewing it every year only takes a few hours and documents. Unlike other countries, you can really stay for a long time (2 years or more) here!
In case you wish to immigrate here, we offer resettlement services. From helping you get a visa, settling in a new home, and helping with your temporary residence, we’ve got you covered.
You can check out our offers here. You can also send an email [email protected]
3. No office? No problem!
There are group work spaces (and living spaces) in Montenegro – Podgorica, Tivat, Herceg Novi or Kotor. So if you don’t have a good internet connection or a comfortable place to work within the place you rent, you can work here remotely. Some of the spaces also offer stunning views so you can relax while you take a break!
4. Great for country jumping
Many people here are visa-free, such as Europeans and Americans, but if your stay ends, you can easily choose a neighboring country to spend a few months in until you can return.
In addition to Schengen visa holders whose stay has almost expired and the 180-day period is still very far away, you can live here for a few months until they are reset. No expensive trips and no extra expenses.
For Asians or Africans, visa applications to Montenegro are very easy. In our experience with our Filipino clients, applications can be submitted without a personal presence at the Embassy. You can send your documents and collect your passport. We can help you with your request; Check out our visa application package service.
5. Montenegro is a great place for adventures!
If you are a fan of the outdoors, you will definitely love it here in Montenegro. We have sea, lakes, mountains and rivers. From hiking to skiing, to kayaking, you can experience it in this amazing country.
6. Reasonable cost of living
Compared to many European countries, you can survive in Montenegro for as little as 1,000 euros or maybe even half. Rentals can go up to 170 euros, utilities 50 euros, groceries 100 euros. You can still eat more outside or have fun! It is very low compared to strong countries like Italy or Germany, where you will need EURO 50/100 to survive daily.
7. Strategic location
If you want to travel to the Balkans, Montenegro is one of the best gateways. Turkish Airlines, which has many hubs around the world, has regular flights here; To Podgorica or Tivat. Whether it’s from Asia, the Middle East or the United States, you can come to Montenegro. During peak seasons or tourism, many direct flights are also offered, especially to Tivat.
If you don’t want many layovers or excursions, another option is to get to Dubrovnik, Croatia. This wonderful city is only a 30-minute drive from Montenegro. There are also direct buses from Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi, and it is very easy to get across the border.
8. Friendly locals
One of the best things you will like about Montenegro is its people. The locals are very nice, friendly and welcoming. Also, most can speak English, especially the younger generation. You can definitely meet a good local friend who will tell you about his culture and lifestyle. Please note that there may be many older people who speak Serbian but not English, especially in the northern part of the country.
9. Not a saturated digital community of Bedouins but an active community
Since Montenegro is young and not many know it yet, there are a growing number of digital nomads here, not very few and not many. However, the community is open and beneficial to each other. If you are a remote worker and would like to learn more about Montenegro or what it is like to be here, join our Facebook group – Montenegro Digital Nomads & Remote Workers.
These are nine reasons why Montenegro is a wonderful center for nomads. If you want to know more about Montenegro or the process of staying here, feel free to email Kach at [email protected]. We hope you find a place called home there too!
About the author
Hi, I’m Lyza! Once upon a time I was someone who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first overseas travel was in Japan, solo, in 2018, and I fell in love with the experience. I aim to visit 10 countries before I turn 30 and two new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, taking photos, reading and making new friends. Follow my adventures on my Instagram.
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