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Why South Africans should join Montenegro’s citizenship-by-investment programme before it’s too late

Situated on the stunning Adriatic coast, surrounded by mountains and unspoilt landscapes, Montenegro is fast becoming a choice location for South African investors looking for a second citizenship. But you’re going to need to act quickly, this attractive programme is closing at the end of 2021. Here’s why you should consider applying.

Get citizenship for the entire family within six months

Many citizenship-by-investment programmes involve a long process to residency before you’re able to get that second passport. Montenegro’s programme is a fast-track route straight to citizenship in approximately four to six months from submission. 

There is no physical residency requirement before or after citizenship. You only need to visit Montenegro once after the approval in principle is received. There are also no language requirements, obligatory interviews or renunciation of existing citizenship. What’s more, you can include your spouse and all dependent children on your application. 

Visa-free access to over 120 countries

The country’s planned EU accession by 2025 makes Montenegro a strategically located gem in the heart of the Mediterranean and one of the best-connected luxury communities in the world.

While Montenegro’s not a member of the Schengen area itself, the Montenegrin passport allows visa-free access throughout Europe. Montenegro is also a United States E-2 Treaty country, which means citizens of Montenegro have the option to relocate to the USA, provided they are willing to invest in and operate a business there.  

“As the second fastest-growing tourism economy in the world and member of the NATO alliance, the guarantee of Montenegrin citizenship offers a safe and secure investment, with global access opportunities from the heart of the Mediterranean,” says Andrew Rissik, group commercial director for Sable International.

A sound investment

Montenegro’s favourable economic and political climate provides a solid investment opportunity, grounded by economic stability. The country’s impending EU candidacy demonstrates ongoing government commitment to both internal and international security and stability.

The majestic Southern Montenegro is host to a booming property market. A qualifying investment of €450,000 into this developed area, alongside a government contribution of €100,000, plus associated admin and processing costs, is all that’s required to obtain citizenship. One of the reasons this area is so attractive is that the property boom means that you’re likely to get a great return on your investment, independent of the advantages of the citizenship programme. 

Montenegro has no restrictions on foreign ownership and access to one of the most favourable tax economies in Europe. 


Montenegro promises a safe, child- and family-friendly environment and inclusive community, with a wealth of natural and cultural treasures. Coupled with its spectacular scenery, Montenegro perfectly accommodates healthy and active lifestyles, whilst preserving its reputation as a trending destination for new businesses and entrepreneurs. If you have a passion for sailing Montenegro is also the perfect destination and home port for you to explore the true beauty of the Mediterranean.

Using a trusted partner for citizenship

For over 20 years Sable International has been assisting people with their complex cross-border financial and emigration needs. They work with you to find the programme that has the best fit for you and your family. All of the programme costs are covered in detail so you can be sure of the financial commitments from the very beginning.  DM

For further information and to enquire, please contact Sarah Young at Sable International; [email protected] or +27 21 657 1584

About Sable International

Sable International is expert in helping small to medium-sized businesses, private individuals and clients with international interests, offering full-service solutions through their citizenship, residency, wealth, tax and forex divisions. They specialise in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions. 



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  • I love the subtlety of this statement “A qualifying investment of €450,000 into this developed area, alongside a government contribution of €100,000, plus associated admin and processing costs, is all that’s required to obtain citizenship.” So at current exchange, you need to have a spare 9-10 mill ZAR.

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