Kosovo nationals will be permitted to enter Montenegro only if they prove that they have tested negative for COVID-19, starting from today, June 22, Montenegro’s government has announced on Friday.

All persons wishing to enter Montenegro are obliged to present to local authorities the negative result of a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, obtained in accredited laboratories, VisaGuide.World reports.

“States whose residents can enter Montenegro with a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2in accredited laboratories no older than 48 hours: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Romania, Italy and Ukraine,” -Montenegro’s government statement reads.

Montenegro’s list is based on each country’s daily Coronavirus cases.

Earlier this month, on June 3, the government of Montenegro declared the country “coronavirus free”, after 28 days with no new COVID-19 cases. Anyway, on June 14, the country reported its first new virus case, which according to the government was imported from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On June 17, the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro reported seven new Coronavirus cases.

Amid the Coronavirus crisis, Montenegro is seeking to revive the tourism sector, which also has been damaged by the deadly virus.

Montenegro’s secretary of State for Tourism, Damir Davidovic stressed that “We cannot expect this season to be like the previous one. But I believe it is possible to achieve a much better result than the pessimistic forecasts we had just recently.”

Internationals who are currently allowed to enter Montenegro must follow social distancing and health protocols, which are still in effect. A large number of bars, restaurants and hotels have been reopened, under the new safety and health measures, which have been imposed by the government.

As per Kosovo, earlier this month the country’s government has approved a proposal by the health ministry to relax the imposed restrictions for citizens arriving in the country. The government also removed the mandatory quarantine for people who have a negative coronavirus test result not older than four days, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti announced.

Soon after the country’s decision to relax some of its imposed restrictions, the number of Coronavirus cases has shown a significant increase. Only in the past two weeks, the number of infections rose to 530 cases.

Up to this point, a total of 2,169 Coronavirus cases have been registered in Kosovo, while 37 persons have died.

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