Podgorica – Quality of tourist capacities in Montenegro are various and it can be below the level of Western standards, while during the high season from time to time water and electricity lacks – those are the data which State department has prepared for the Americans who are traveling to the youngest Balkan state.
In the informatory which was published this week tourists are notified that Montenegro is “a small Balkan country in which at the moment some very important political and economic changes are taking place”. State department warns American citizens that taxi drivers in Montenegro can charge foreigners more expensive than they usually do, even though discrimination of foreigners is forbidden.
It is recommended to negotiate the price in advance – it is said in the informatory.
With the usual information about the procedure of entrance in the country, and registration State department notes that the dangers of the American interests are rare and that all demonstrations because of worker’s rights or on the occasion of sport events are ended quietly or with low degree of violence. It is said that the violence is rare and that it is mostly related to activities of organized crime.
Praises have missed out on the safety in discothèques and night clubs.
In the section dedicated to health services it is said that though the doctors are usually highly educated, hospitals and clinics are generally not well equipped and maintained according to the western standards. Medicines and basic medical material are mostly found in private pharmacies while the hospitals and private clinics usually ask to be paid in cash for their services – note the Americans who in their country rarely pay with cash for anything.
STREETS FULL OF RECKLESS DRIVERS
Safety in the traffic and the road conditions in Montenegro can be “significantly different from the ones we have in USA” – it is said in the informatory for American tourists. Even though it is said with reserve that the information is not completely true it is said that the roads are poorly maintained, especially in village areas.
As a very dangerous road for traveling they mention the road through the canyon of Moraca, which during the summer is jammed with vehicles.
– The roads, which go towards the Montenegrin coast, are in better condition, but are jammed during the summer season. Montenegrin drivers are usually reckless and aggressive, and the accidents are very frequent – it is said in the informatory.
When considering the trip with the train, American tourists are advised to look at the safety of the trains in the light of the accident from the January last year when 48 people lost their lives and numerous people were hurt.