How to Open a Corporate Bank Account in Montenegro

Montenegro is an ex Yugoslavian country with a dramatic landscape and wonderful sea coast. It gained its independence in 2006. It is sometimes called a “Monte Carlo of the Balkans”, but it is not just that. There is more to it.

The banking sector is still under a lot of old Yugoslav influence (very strong banking). The country has adopted a EUR currency a long time ago and is already implementing EU laws in banking. However, now is the right time to invest in Montenegro or open a bank account there. The country has not yet joined CRS (Common Reporting Standard). Therefore, solid and stable banking with optimal privacy is available for non-residents.

Can Foreigners Open a Bank Account in Montenegro?

In general, the answer is yes. Private individuals would need to visit the country in order to open the account while foreign corporate clients can still open the account remotely. 

However, there are some limitations. Offshore companies are not accepted (particularly classical offshore) as well as some business activities such as forex, gaming, crypto etc (high risk business activities). 

Companies involved in trade, purchase and sale of goods, IT, marketing or any standard business activity are welcome to apply.

Why to Open a Bank Account in Montenegro?

There are several reasons why one should have a bank account in Montenegro. The first and most important reason is the solid and stable banking tradition. Second, banking is significantly cheaper than in the EU. Lastly, Montenegro is not a member of CRS yet. For some clients, this can make quite a difference.

Lastly, if you wish to have a business in Montenegro you will be surprised in a good way- Montenegro has one of the lowest tax rates in Europe with only 9% corporate tax. 9% is also applied to personal tax.

What Else Montenegro Bank Has to Offer?

Montenegro gives EUR 50,000 in deposit insurance. Banking is available for national and international payments for residents and non residents. No minimum deposit and balance are required. It is possible to open both USD and EUR accounts with dedicated IBAN.

Contemporary banking services such as e-banking and mobile banking are at hand. Corporate clients can get a VISA card.

Savings accounts are available for all clients with regular incomes, who want to save gradually for the fulfillment of their wishes or for additional financial security, with the most favourable interest rates.

Gradual savings is savings by which you pay as much money each month as you choose when you start saving. Portfolio management and investment consulting can be some of the benefits for non-residents as well. Safekeeping and administration of financial instruments on behalf of clients, including custody and related services, such as cash and collateral management is available too. Also, granting loans and credits to the investor can also be arranged.

Corporate account in EU for offshore companies

It is so hard to open a bank account for an offshore company nowadays! International regulations and laws do not allow banks to cooperate much with offshores. It is a sad reality.

Do you have a company set up in one of offshore jurisdictions and you need a bank account in EUR? If the answer is yes, then there might be a solution after all!

A payment provider in Lithuania is licensed by the Central Bank of Lithuania as an Electronic Money Institution (E.M.I.) and provides professional services within the framework of the relevant Law and the corresponding Directive of the European Parliament and the European Council. 

What is this corporate account all about?

It is one of the very few payment services that accept classical offshore companies without much struggle but can allow payments only within the SEPA zone. 

Not only that companies registered in offshore zones will be accepted (Seychelles, BVI, SVG, Nevis etc.) but also companies involved with crypto and IT activities.

However, it is not like any company can apply. There are limitations. Companies from the following countries will not be accepted: Afghanistan, Botswana, Bolivia, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Nauru New Caledonia, Niue, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Venezuela, Yemen.

What services does this payment service provider offer?

There are so many services that a payment service in Lithuania can provide to onshore and offshore companies.

First and most important, bank transfers. Clients can perform domestic or cross border transfers. Merchant accounts are also available- provider helps multi channel businesses accept payments through optimized configuration, aimed at enhanced customer experience and increased revenue. Lastly, OTC Desk provides a secure platform for businesses and individuals to buy, sell and store virtual currencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, USDC stablecoins and more. Last and not the least, personal account opening is also available!

What do you need to open an account with the EU PSP?

Account can be opened completely remotely and within 2 working days. You just need to make sure you have all the required documents first and if you do not have them with you – make sure you can get them. Findove will talk to this payment service and check if they are interested to open an account for you. If we get the positive answer, you can apply for account opening. Documents confirming beneficial owners, director’s and company’s identity will be required. 

You should choose this provider if bank transfers within the SEPA zone are enough for you, and if not – we will find another solution for you. The other good reason for this payment service to be on the top of the list of your choice is that the account can be open almost instantly. Remember, this is not the case with traditional banks that sometimes need a lot of time to decide whether they want you as a client or not!