Zdravko Krivokapić, who was elected to office in December last year, spoke to the Sunday Express ahead of a meeting with Boris Johnson last week. Professor Krivokapić was in London to discuss security issues with his country being one of the newest members of Nato.
However, the Montenegro Prime Minister said he would also ask for his country to be green listed to end quarantine restrictions for visitors from the UK after dramatically bringing down the infection rate in his country to just four in every 100,000 and vaccinating a third of his country.
Montenegro had previously been ravished by the disease seeing around 107,000 out of a population of around 620,000 die from the virus.
He said: “When this government entered into power we had the highest number of people infected by the virus and zero vaccines.
“Back then nobody believed that [our targets] would be possible but taking into account the facts we have at our disposal we can say we managed to accomplish our goal.”
Tourism accounts for a quarter of the country’s economy and he set a goal of restoring it to 65 per cent of 2019 levels but managed to exceed that with 70 per cent last month.
He said British visitors would now be welcome as long as they have been vaccinated or can show a negative result from an internationally recognised test.
Professor Krivokapić said the shops, hotels and bars are now all open with an offer of free treatment for any visitor who becomes infected with coronavirus.
Around 10 percent of hotel space has been dedicated for care of people sick with the disease.
He said: “The only thing that remains is that people come to Montenegro, they visit us and they will be encountered with great hospitality in our country and they will be safe.”