Kosovo Visa Application Requirements, Procedures and Guideliness

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:

Afghanistan Gabon Pakistan
Algeria Gambia Peru
Angola Georgia Philippines
Armenia Ghana Republic of Moldova
Azerbaijan Guinea Russian Federation
Bangladesh Guinea Bissau Rwanda
Belarus Guyana Senegal
Bhutan Haiti Sierra Leone
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) India Somalia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Indonesia South Sudan
Burkina Faso Iran Sri Lanka
Burundi Iraq Sudan
Côte D’Ivoire Jamaica Suriname
Cabo Verde Kazakhstan Syrian Arab Republic
Cambodia Kenya Tajikistan
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
Comoros Liberia Turkmenistan
Congo Libya Uganda
Cuba Madagascar Ukraine
Democratic Republic of the Congo Mali Uzbekistan
Djibouti Mauritania Vietnam
Dominican Republic Mongolia Yemen
Ecuador Morocco Zambia
Egypt Mozambique Zimbabwe
Equatorial Guinea Myanmar  
Eritrea Niger  
Ethiopia Nigeria  

*Note: As a citizen of the countries listed above, you may enter Kosovo for 15 days without a visa if:

  1. 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
  2. You are a holder of a valid Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations Organizations, NATO, OSCE, Council of Europe or European Union
  3. 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:

Albania Hungary Paraguay
Andorra Iceland Poland
Antigua and Barbuda Ireland Portugal
Argentina Israel Qatar
Australia Italy Republic of Korea
Austria Japan Romania
Bahamas Jordan Saint Kitts and Nevis
Bahrain Kiribati Saint Lucia
Barbados Kuwait Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Belgium Latvia Samoa
Belize Lesotho San Marino
Botswana Liechtenstein Sao Tome and Principe
Brazil Lithuania Saudi Arabia
Brunei Darussalam Luxembourg Serbia
Bulgaria Macao Seychelles
Canada Macedonia Singapore
Chile Malawi Slovakia
Colombia Malaysia Slovenia
Costa Rica Maldives Solomon Islands
Croatia Malta South Africa
Cyprus Marshall Islands Spain
Czech Republic Mauritius Swaziland
Denmark Mexico Sweden
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)
Estonia Montenegro Timor-Leste
Fiji Namibia Tonga
Finland Nauru Trinidad and Tobago
France Netherlands, The Turkey
Germany New Zealand Tuvalu
Greece Nicaragua United Arab Emirates
Grenada Norway United Kingdom (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Guatemala Oman United States of America
Holy See Palau Uruguay
Honduras Panama Vanuatu
Hong Kong Papua New Guinea Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

 

Exemption from Visa Requirements applies to the following categories as well:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

 

Document Requirements

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Documents indicating the purpose of your travel to the Republic of Kosovo
  5. Documents indicating your accommodation, and a proof of sufficient means to cover for your accommodation
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Travel medical insurance valid throughout the territory of the Republic of Kosovo, covering for the entire period of your intended stay or transit
  9. 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.

 

Consular Fees

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:

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Tirana
Address: Rr. Donika Kastioti, Vila No. 6, Tiranë, Albania
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/al

General Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in Istanbul
Address: Vali Konağı Cad. No.: 74 D 3
Nişantaşı, İstanbul, Turkey
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/tr

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Skopje
Address: Samoilova 136, Skopje, Macedonia
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/mk

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Vienna
Address: Goldeggasse 2/13, 1040 Wien, Austria
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/at

General Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in New York
Address: 801 Second Avenue, Suite 405 New York, NY 10017, United States of America
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/us

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
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/sa

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Sofia
Address: 26-30 Bacho Kiro Str. 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/bg

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Budapest
Address: Bank Center 1054 Budapest, Szabadsag Ter 7. 1054 Budapest, Hungary
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/hu

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Tokyo
Address: MG Atago Bldg. 10 F
3-13-7, Nishishinbashi, Minato-ku, Japan
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/jp

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Brussels
Address: Rond Point Schuman 6, Box 5
1040 Brussels, Belgium
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/be

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Berlin
Address: Wall Str. 65 D-10179 Berlin, GER
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/de

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Paris
Address: 61 Avenue de la Grande Armée, 75116 Paris, France
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/fr

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Croatia
Address: Trg Kralja Tomislava 8
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/hr

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in London
Address: Rr. John 8
London WC1N 2ES UK
e-mail:  [email protected]
http://www.ambasada-ks.net/gb

For more information about Kosovo Embassies and Consulates abroad please click Kosovo Embassy Worldwide!

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