Peaks of the Balkans permits

We’re happy to see your interest in the Peaks of the Balkans Trail! Applying for and receiving the necessary permits remains a big hurdle for individual walkers and we hope we can assist with that.

  1. Fill in the form below to submit your data
  2. Details are checked and once approved instructions send to upload your passport scans and pay via PayPal (funded by credit card or bank account)
  3. An application for each border crossing is submitted to the respective police unit for review and approval – this usually takes 1-2 weeks.
  4. You receive a confirmation letter and your application forms by email as PDF, to be printed or carried on a device with you during the trek.
  5. The Montenegrin police asks you to pick up a finalized paper permit at the border police station of Plav.

Please apply at least 7 days before your crossing, ideally a month in advance! If less than 10 days remain we will try the best we can but cannot guarantee to receive all approvals in time.

We believe that 5 eur per person and permit is a fair amount in return for our effort.
Our fee is capped at 50 eur no matter number of persons for regular permits.
In return we sort out the red tape that guarantees you a hassle free vacation time.
An additional 10 eur fee is charged by the Montenegrin police (for each crossing out of Montenegro).

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2 persons will require 3 permits each traveling the complete Peaks of the Balkans:

2 persons x 3 permits x 5 eur + 10 eur police fee = 40 eur.

(Payment is possible via PayPal and credit card.)

Why do I need the permits?
Crossing outside of a regular checkpoint nobody will check and register your ID/passport and the digital entree corresponding to your arrival/departure is missing in system. Your exit/entree should be recorded as otherwise problems can arise trying to leave the country without having a record entering it: Imagine the police men at airport wondering how you managed to slip past the border control into the country.

 

Are the dates flexible?
The police requires a fixed date – no exceptions. Please plan ahead and try to stick to the plan. When walkers were delayed by one or two days due a valid excuse like bad weather conditions, loosing the trail and similar events, it has never been a problem and the police showed understanding.
Please note: This is not legal council, if you have further questions please contact the police directly – neither Zbulo nor any of its associates can’t be hold responsible for any negative results or legal charges that might occur. 

 

Why does the Montenegrin police change a fee?
In a mutual agreement the police units of all three countries signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to process this applications and for free. Montenegro seems to have changed it’s mind and now requires a fee of 10 EUR . If this sounds outrageous to you why not let the Montenegrin Tourism Organisation know about it: info@montenegro.travel

 

Does police really check the permits?
While Albanian police happily welcomes visitors, their neighbors in Kosovo are already less open-minded to the idea of a border-less Europe and the Montenegrin border guards are more serious with frequent patrol, especially in the area around Vusanje and Babino Polje (driving around in a Land Rover Defender). There is also a rather large police station in Plav, keep in mind that fully equipped hikers aren’t the most low profile persons in the streets of this small town. Rumors have it that a small group of British walkers spend last year a night in jail in addition to hefty fine – the reason we highly recommend obtaining all permits for a worry-free walking holiday.

 

Is it possible to just get them on the go / on short notice?
No, unfortunately this isn’t possible.

 

What if I really need them on short notice? (this is an emergency!)
These are the Balkans, give us a quick call and we can see if we can do something.

The form is designed for 8 persons, with more participants in the group please send an email detailing which crossings you plan to complete (date and location) to welcome@zbulo.org you will receive interactive PDFs forms that you can fill yourself with a PDF reader software digitally.

Required for each participant are:

  • first and last name
  • nationality
  • birth date and location
  • address
  • passport / ID number (we recommend passports)
  • date and location the document was issued as well as expiry date (be aware that it should be valid for another six month)

Application for border-crossing permit

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