Podgorica – The embassy of the Republic Bulgaria will officially be opened in Podgorica in Monday on the 11th of December, which will be the 10th diplomatic mission of the highest rank in Montenegro after the renewal of the state independence.
After the opening of the embassy it is expected that the Bulgaria will name its first ambassador in Montenegro. Its first diplomatic representative, the recent general consul Snezana Najdenova, at the moment is the chargé d’affairs in the embassy.
In Montenegro at the moment there are 9 embassies on the residential basis, 5 general consulates and one consular office. USA, Germany, Great Britain, France, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary and China have opened their embassies. Germany and Great Britain have sent their residential ambassadors – Thomas Schmitt, and John Alva Dyson.
Italy, Greece, Croatia, Romania and Russia have decided to present themselves through general consulates, while Czech Republic has consular office.
Beside them, their ambassadors in Montenegro on the non residential basis have Guinea Bissau, Estonia, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, and Netherlands.
The chargé d’affairs of the embassy of Bulgaria, Snezana Najdenova, recently has signed an agreement about the visa regime with the representative of the Minister of foreign affairs of Montenegro, Dragan Sekulic, with which it is predicted that Bulgaria, even though it has to import the visas for the citizens of Montenegro, because of their entrance in the European Union on the 1st of January, the procedure for their issuing will make as simple as possible and will not charge them. The citizens of Montenegro will be able to get visas in the embassy of Bulgaria in Podgorica in a very short period of time, mostly in at least 24 hours.
Reminding that Bulgaria too would like this agreement to be short as possible, Njadenova explained that with this agreement it is predicted that the citizens of Montenegro, who have and official or diplomatic passport or a valid Schengen visa can travel in Bulagaria without a visa. “Those who have a Schengen visa have the right to stay in Bulgara for 5 days. All other citizens of Montenegro can come to our embassy in Podgorica to get visas, but they are, which is very important, completely free of charge. The procedure will be shortened and eased. If, let’s say, you are going to some conference and you show the invitation you can get the visa next day” – said Najdenova.