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All About the Kosovo Visa
Since declaring independence from Serbia in 2008, the Republic of Kosovo has been diplomatically recognised by 111 countries. So, what does this mean for travel to this new nation? Do you need a visa for Kosovo?
Here at Byevisa, it’s our job to research Kosovo’s visa policy so you don’t have to. We’ve read all about how to travel to Kosovo with a tourist visa and have boiled it down to a few concise sections below.
Fortunately, at present, over 100 countries can explore this Balkan nation for up to 90 days within a 180-day period with just a valid passport. This includes nationals from the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Japan, plus the Schengen Zone Member States. So this means no fees, no forms and no lines for a Visa on Arrival at the airport.
On the other hand, foreign visitors who are not eligible for permit-free entry must apply for a traditional tourist authorisation from their nearest embassy or consulate.
Keep reading to see who is exempt from applying for an authorisation, how to apply for one if not, and what a Kosovo tourist visa can offer you!
Kosovo Visa Requirements and Eligibility
Fortunately for many foreign travellers, there’s a long list of countries whose nationals can visit Kosovo visa-free. To take advantage of this open travel policy, make sure your passport will be valid at least 90 days past your travel dates and has at least 2 blank pages for your entry and exit stamps.
With this document in hand, you’re free to wander one of Europe’s most off-the-beaten-path destinations for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
To see if you’re eligible, just find your nationality in our eligibility checker tool below.
Or, take a look at our list of Kosovo visa-free countries below:
Antigua and Barbuda
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
New Papua Guinea
Republic of Korea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and Grenadine
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Keep in mind that all foreign visitors exploring this country for short stays of 90 days or less must register with the police if you’re staying at a homestay or with friends or family. This applies even if you’ve entered through the visa-free scheme. For travellers staying in a hotel or registered hostel, your hosts will usually register your stay on your behalf.
Kosovo Visa Application Process
To travel to Kosovo, the visa requirements are pretty straightforward. No more than 3 months before your trip, you’ll need to gather some basic travel documents and present them at the nearest Kosovo embassy. Your embassy’s consular section will provide nationality-specific application information and schedule you an appointment to drop off your documents.
Before making your final appointment, make sure that your passport will be valid at least 90 days from your planned date of departure. In addition, it should have at least 2 blank pages for the visa sticker and entry/exit stamps.
Once approved, you’ll need to pick up your passport in person from the embassy. From here, you’ll have 90 days to roam this nation’s scenic country roads and explore Pristina’s music and nightlife scene. If applying for a Multiple-Entry document, these entries must be used in a 180-day period.
Kosovo Visa Form and Documents
Once you’ve contacted the embassy and finalised your appointment, it’s time to gather your paperwork. To apply you’ll need:
- A completed and signed application form.
- A recent (no older than 1 month) passport-size photo.
- Your passport (valid at least 90 days after your date of departure from Kosovo and with at least 2 blank pages).
- Documents indicating the purpose of your journey (hotel bookings, a round-trip flight itinerary).
- Proof of financial means (bank statements or a certificate of employment from your company).
- Travel insurance that is valid for the Republic of Kosovo.
- A non-refundable application fee.
When evaluating your documents, consular officers will want to see proof that you can support yourself during your travels to the Republic, as well as evidence of your intention to return to your country of residence. Documents such as a round-trip ticket and a certificate of employment on official letterhead are an important way to support your application.
When filling in the actual application form, it’ll be helpful to have this information at hand:
- Your passport information such as the number, date of issue and date of expiry.
- Your nationality and place of birth.
- Your itinerary, including your date of entry/departure.
- The full names of your parents.
- Your marital status details.
- Evidence of permanent residence if you are currently living in another country (proof that you can re-enter legally after visiting Kosovo).
- Your occupation and employer details.
Please submit all original documents, plus 2 copies of each. Keep in mind that all supporting documents should be in Albanian, Serbian or English.
Can I Enter Kosovo With a Schengen Visa?
Yes, a valid Multiple-Entry Schengen Visa can take the place of a Kosovo entry authorisation. This document will allow you to enter or transit through the Republic for up to 15 days within a period of 6 months.
Keep in mind that you’ll have to have entered another Schengen Member State prior to entering Kosovo’s territory for this authorisation to be recognised.
Likewise, foreign visitors who otherwise must apply for a travel permit can enter for up to 15 days, if one of the following applies:
- You hold a valid biometric residence permit issued by a Schengen Member State.
- You hold a diplomatic or service passport issued by the Russian Federation, China, Egypt, Indonesia or Ukraine.
- You hold a United Nations Laissez-Passer.
Visa Status Check
When you visit the embassy to drop off your documents, the consular section will indicate the approximate time frame for processing your application. Typically, embassies do not give updates on the status of entry permits until a final decision has been made.
After processing, you will receive an email from the consular section directly that indicates:
- If your document was approved or rejected.
- When you can pick up your passport.
- How to authorise a third party to pick up your document if needed (usually they will need a copy of your photo ID and a signed authorisation letter).
How Much Is a Kosovo Visa?
The Kosovo visa fee is 40 EUR. This amount will be paid directly into the embassy’s bank account. For bank details, please check with the particular embassy where you apply.
Keep in mind that this amount is not refundable in the case that your application is rejected. You can greatly reduce the risk of this happening by minding the details on your application and following our suggestions outlined above.
More Kosovo Visa Information
We hope you’ve found the information in the above sections to be helpful. For more tips that may be useful when planning your trip, please check out our FAQs below.
- Vali Konağı Cad. No: 74 D 3, Nişantaşı, İstanbul / Turkey, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ambasada-ks.net/tr/
Keep in mind that your Schengen documents must have been used first to enter a country in the Schengen Area before they can be used to enter Kosovo.
- Consular section: Tel: +44(0) 207 405 1010 Email: email@example.com
In particular, Serbia does not currently recognise the designated crossing points to be official ‘international border’ crossing points. In some cases, foreign travellers have been denied entry to Serbia if they have Kosovan stamps on their passports
To prevent this, you should not travel directly from the Republic into Serbia unless you have a valid Serbian entry stamp from either Belgrad airport or one of Serbia’s other land borders (with Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria or North Macedonia).