Kosovo is a new country located in the Southeast Europe, which has declared its independence from Serbia in February of 2008 and thus became known as the Republic of Kosovo.
Visa requirements for Kosovo are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of the state placed for the citizens of other countries.
Who needs a Kosovo Visa?
Countries that need a visa to visit or transit Kosovo:
|Armenia||Ghana||Republic of Moldova|
|Bolivia (Plurinational State of)||India||Somalia|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Indonesia||South Sudan|
|Burkina Faso||Iran||Sri Lanka|
|Cabo Verde||Kazakhstan||Syrian Arab Republic|
|Cameroon||Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of)||Tanzania (United Kingdom of Tanzania)|
|Central African Republic||Kyrgyzstan||Thailand|
|Chad||Lao People’s Democratic Republic||Togo|
|China (except for diplomatic and service passport holders)||Lebanon||Tunisia|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Mali||Uzbekistan|
*Note: As a citizen of the countries listed above, you may enter Kosovo for 15 days without a visa if:
- You are a holder of a valid biometric residence permit issued by one of the Schengen member states or a valid multi-entry Schengen Visa
- You are a holder of a valid Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations Organizations, NATO, OSCE, Council of Europe or European Union
- You are a holder of a valid travel document issued by EU Member and Schengen States, United States of America, Canada, Australia, and Japan based on the 1951 Convention on Refugee Status or the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons, as well as holders of valid travel documents for foreigners (for a maximum stay of 15 days)
You may visit or transit Kosovo without a visa for up to 90 days within a 6-month period with a valid travel document, identification card or a document confirming your identity and nationality:
|Antigua and Barbuda||Ireland||Portugal|
|Australia||Italy||Republic of Korea|
|Bahamas||Jordan||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Barbados||Kuwait||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Botswana||Liechtenstein||Sao Tome and Principe|
|Costa Rica||Maldives||Solomon Islands|
|Dominica||Micronesia (Federal State of Micronesia)||Switzerland|
|El Salvador||Monaco||Taiwan – Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) – you need to notify the diplomatic and consular posts of Kosovo prior to traveling (in same Kosovo embassies, either Tirana or Istanbul)|
|Finland||Nauru||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Greece||Nicaragua||United Arab Emirates|
|Grenada||Norway||United Kingdom (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)|
|Guatemala||Oman||United States of America|
|Hong Kong||Papua New Guinea||Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)|
Exemption from Visa Requirements applies to the following categories as well:
- Citizens of the countries that are required a visa, but hold a biometric valid residence permit issued by one of the Schengen Member States or a valid multi-entry Schengen Visa – will be exempt from a visa for entering, transit, or stay in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo for 15 days.
- Citizens of the EU and the Schengen Member States; Holy See; Principality of Andorra; Principality of Monaco; Republic of San Marino, Republic of Albania, Montenegro, and Republic of Serbia are allowed to enter, transit, and stay in Kosovo for up to 90 days over a 6-month period with a valid biometric identification card.
- Holders of diplomatic and service passports issued by the Russian Federation States, People’s Republic of China, Egypt, Indonesia, and Ukraine shall be allowed to enter, transit or stay up to 15 days in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo.
- Holders of valid travel documents issued by Special Administrative Regions of People’s Republic of China: Hong Kong and Macao are exempt from the visa obligations.
- Holders of travel documents issued by Taiwan shall be exempt from the visa obligation as long as they primarily notify the Diplomatic or Consular Mission of the Republic of Kosovo, at least 2 weeks in advance.
- Holders of travel documents issued by the EU Member States, Schengen Area States, United States of America, Canada, Australia, Japan based on the 1951 Convention on Refugee Status or the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons. Also, holders of valid travel documents for foreigners are allowed to enter, pass through the territory (transit) and stay in the Republic of Kosovo for up to 15 days without a visa.
- Holders of Laissez-Passer, regardless of their nationality, issued by the United Nations Organizations, NATO, OSCE, Council of Europe and European Union, are also exempt from the visa requirement.
How to Apply for a Kosovo Visa?
If you are not a citizen of any of the countries that do need a visa or a part of the exempt category – wishing to enter, visit, or transit through the territory of the Republic of Kosovo comes with the requirement to apply for a Kosovo visa.
Applications should be lodged in person maximum 3 months before the intended visit!
- A completed and signed application form. Persons included in the applicant’s travel document should apply on separate application forms. Minors must submit an application form signed by a legal guardian or a person that holds permanent or temporary parental authority
- A recent photograph, not older than 1 month, in accordance with the international standards as set out in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) document 9303 Part 1, 6th edition
- A copy of your travel document. The validity of this travel document should extend at least 3 (three) months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Republic of Kosovo, and it should contain a minimum of two blank pages
- Documents indicating the purpose of your travel to the Republic of Kosovo
- Documents indicating your accommodation, and a proof of sufficient means to cover for your accommodation
- Documents indicating the possession of sufficient means to support the duration of the intended stay and return to country of origin or residence. If you are a transit to a third country, where you are certainly admitted – you should still bring the document indicating your sufficient means to support your intended transit or a proof that you are in a position to lawfully acquire such means
- Information enabling an assessment of your intention to leave the territory of the Republic of Kosovo before the expiry of the visa you have applied for
- Travel medical insurance valid throughout the territory of the Republic of Kosovo, covering for the entire period of your intended stay or transit
- Proof of your visa fee payment of 40€, unless you are a holder of a diplomatic and official passport; or children under six (6) years old; school children, students and teachers accompanying and visiting for training or study purposes
*For bank details, check with the Diplomatic of Consular Mission.
Other Important Information
- The Consular officer may request additional supporting documents from the applicant
- All supporting documents must be translated into one of Kosovo’s official languages: Albanian, Serbian or English
- All documents must be submitted in two copies
- Holders of diplomatic and official passports are exempted from the visa fee and do not need to apply in person
- The applicant whose visa is refused can file a complaint within 8 calendar days to the respective Consular Mission, where initially applied
- Possessing only a valid visa does not automatically guarantee entry in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo
Payment for Consular Services
Payment for all consular services should be made through the bank. Fees for specific services must be paid to the Consulate General of the Republic of Kosovo in the specific account, by depositing the specific amount of money to the relevant bank. In the US, payment must be made in dollars, equivalent to the amount in Euros, as exchanged by the US banks.
List of consular service fees:
- Fees for identification card – 40€
- Travel document for return – 30€
- Travel pass for deceased – 20€
- Passport for first time over 18 years of age – 100€
- Lost/damaged/renewed passport – 85€
- Passport for children up to 3 years – 60€
- Passport for children from 3-18 years – 70€
Fees for civil registry services:
- Registration of birth – 20€
- Registration of marriage – 20€
- Registration of death – 20€
- Conclusion of Marriage – 120€
Fees for citizenship:
- Application for acquisition/renunciation of citizenship – 50€
- Decision on the acquisition of citizenship – 180€
- Decision on the acquisition of citizenship for minors 80€
- Decision on the renunciation of citizenship with a release – 180€
- Decision on the renunciation of citizenship with a release for minors – 80€
- Certificate of any kind – 20€
Where to Apply for a Kosovo Visa?
You can apply at either one of the following:
General Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in New York
Address: 801 Second Avenue, Suite 405 New York, NY 10017, United States of America
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Riyadh
Address: Diplomatic Quarter, Block2, Public Pension Agency
Al fazare Plaza, Floor 1, Office No.: B07 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
For more information about Kosovo Embassies and Consulates abroad please click Kosovo Embassy Worldwide!