Foreigners having a valid multi-entry Schengen Visa are excused from getting a Kosovo Visa to enter, transit, or remain in the Republic of Kosovo's territory for up to 15 days during a six-month period (For more up-to-date information, please check here or here!). The same rule applies if you have been granted an exception to the visa requirement.
In addition, if you are travelling as a tourist and planning to stay in Kosovo for less than three months, you do not need a visa. If your plan is to stay longer, then you should apply for a Kosovo Tourist Visa.
You can apply for a Schengen visa at any consulate or embassy of the European Union (EU) in the world. These include embassies in Washington, D.C.; London; Paris; Berlin; Rome; Madrid; and in other major cities around the globe. Visas are also issued by consulates in Toronto, Montreal, and New York City. The cost of the visa varies depending on where you apply and when you apply. You can find out more information about the fees charged for different types of visas on the website of the country's foreign ministry or mission to the EU.
To enter Kosovo, US nationals must have a valid passport and may be requested to produce papers indicating the purpose of their travel. Tourist vacations of up to 90 days within six months do not require a visa. For longer stays, check with the local embassy or consulate.
The free visa service is handled by the American Citizens Center (ACC). You can find an address for the ACC on their website at www.acc-kyiv.org. You also need to complete an application form that's available online. The process takes about two weeks.
Visas are not required for citizens of EU countries or other NATO members. In fact, they're usually not even issued. When you arrive at the airport, officials will want to see your passport and possibly a letter from your employer or school saying that you're in town for work or study and where you're staying. If you don't have this documentation, you'll be sent home.
The only people who need visas are those entering as tourists or business travelers. If you plan to stay in Kosovo for more than 90 days, it's best to get one because there are no embassies or consulates here. You can apply for a long-stay visa through the ACC. The cost is $135.
Citizens of the EU and Schengen Member States, the Holy See, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino, the Republic of Albania, Montenegro, and the Republic of Serbia with a valid biometric identification card are permitted to enter, transit, and stay in Kosovo for up to 90 days over a 6-month period. Other citizens should consult relevant governmental agencies to determine if there are any restrictions on traveling to and from Kosovo.
In addition to the requirements for other travelers, individuals planning to travel to Kosovo must also comply with security measures imposed by the Government of Kosovo. These include a requirement to register with the police within 24 hours of arrival into the country and to remain in possession of their passport at all times.
If you are allowed to enter Kosovo, check out our guide on Traveling to Kosovo. It includes information on registration with the police, health concerns, crime, safety, shopping, banking, and much more.