Application Requirements, procedures and guideliness
Kosovo is a small country in Balkan situated in Southeastern Europe. It’s a relatively new country, having declared its independence in 2008. Despite being in Europe, Kosovo is still not part of the Schengen visa treaty or part of the European Union. As a result, this makes it more difficult to access Kosovo in comparison to other countries in Europe.
The requirement for a Kosovo visa will mostly vary depending on where you are from, so before you plan your trip, make sure you contact a Kosovo mission abroad to get accurate information.
Who Needs a Visa for Kosovo?
Visitors from these countries will need a visa in order to enter Kosovo legally:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Côte D’Ivoire
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominician Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
- Guinea Bissau
- North Korea
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic
- Republic of Moldova
- Russian Federation
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Syrian Arab Republic
- Chinese Taipei
Visitors from these countries will also need a transit visa if they have to use Kosovo as a transit zone during their travels.
Specific Cases Exempt From Kosovo Visa
There are some special occasions where specific visitors from these countries won’t need a visa in order to visit Kosovo:
- Visitors who hold a valid biometric residence permit provided by a Schengen member state can visit Kosovo visa-free for 15 days.
- Visitors who have a valid multiple-entry Schengen visa are allowed to stay without a visa in Kosovo for 15 days.
- Visitors who have a diplomatic or service passport issued by China, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, Egypt can stay for up to 15 days without a visa in Kosovo.
- Visitors who have travel documents issued by Taiwan are exempt from a Kosovo visa provided they notify the Consular Mission of Kosovo 2 weeks before they plan to visit.
- Visitors who possess travel documents issued by an EU member state, Schengen state, United States of America, Australia, Japan, and Canada based on refugee status or stateless person can travel visa-free in Kosovo for up to 15 days.
- Visitors who hold valid travel documents issued by Special Administrative Regions of People’s Republic of China; Hong Kong and Macao can travel visa-free to Kosovo.
- Visitors who hold Laissez-Passer passes, issued by United Nations Organizations, NATO, OSCE, Council of Europe, and European Union no matter what their nationality is, are exempted from obtaining a visa.
What Are the Requirements for a Kosovo Visa?
When you apply for a Kosovo visa, you have to submit the following documents:
- Kosovo visa application form. Fill in the application form with the most accurate information, and don’t forget to sign it. Minors or anyone else traveling with you will need a separate visa form.
- Travel document. A copy of your travel documents (passport, Laissez-Passer, etc.) containing two blank pages must be attached to your application, and they must be valid for three months after you depart Kosovo.
- Recent picture. You must attach a recent identity photograph following the visa photograph instructions.
- Personal statement. You have to provide a letter where you state the reason for your visit, how long you plan to stay, and where you will visit during your stay.
- Financial statement. Attached to your application should be a financial statement proving that you are able to finance your stay in Kosovo.
- Proof that you intend to leave before your visa expires. You need to provide documents that prove you will return to your country before your visa expires. These documents could be a letter from your employer, a reserved flight ticket, a letter stating that you have a business back home, and so on.
- Health insurance. Valid travel insurance for the territory of Kosovo is obligatory. Your insurance must cover any type of medical issues or emergencies during your stay in Kosovo.
- You must provide evidence that you have secured a place to stay during your stay. Your accommodation could be either a hotel, private housing, or rental agreement.
- Paid visa fee. Provide a copy of your receipt that you paid the required fee for the visa.
Your documents should be either in Albanian, English, or Serbian. If they are not then please make sure you have them translated by a verified translator. Some documents may need to be legalized, the embassy/consulate will let you know.
*Please note that there must be two copies of each document.
How Much Does a Kosovo Visa Cost?
The fee for the Kosovo visa application is €40. However, the visa fee may be waived when:
- The visitor is a child under 6 years old.
- The visitor holds a diplomatic passport.
- The visitors are children and teachers on educational trips.
How to Apply for a Kosovo Visa?
The application process for a Kosovo visa is as follows:
- Get your documents ready.
- Pay the application fee.
- Reserve a date at the embassy.
- Submit your application.
Get Your Documents Ready
Begin your application process by assembling your documents. Make sure they are translated, signed, and legalized if required. Check your passport to see if it’s valid and that it won’t expire during your stay.
Pay the Application Fee
Make sure you pay the fee so you can attach the receipt to the rest of your application.
Schedule a Date at the Embassy
Call a Kosovo embassy or consulate in your country to set up an appointment for your visa application. You might be asked to sit for an interview when you visit the embassy.
Submit Your Application
Once your appointment has been verified then you can hand in your application. After you submit your application, then you have to wait for the embassy to contact you regarding the status of your visa. For the most part, the visa process time will take about 15 days, but this will depend on the embassy.
Where Do I Apply for a Kosovo Visa?
You should lodge your application at a consular point in your country of residence. Visas are issued by the specific embassy or consulate, in this case, find the nearest Kosovo embassy and apply for the visa. Diplomatic missions that accept Kosovo visa applications are offered in the following:
General Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in Tirana
Str. Donika Kastrioti, Vila Nr. 6a, Tiranë/Shqipëri
General Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in Istanbul
Vali Konağı Cad. No.74 D 3 / Nişantaşı, İstanbul
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Skopje
Samoilova 136, Skopje/Macedonia
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Vienna
Goldeggasse 2/13, 1040 Wien/Austria
General Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in New York
801 Second Avenue, Suite 405 New York, NY 10017/United State of America
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Riyadh
Diplomatic Quarter, Block2, Public Pension Agency,
Al fazare Plaza, Floor 1, Office No.: B07Riyadh/Saudi Arabia
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Sofia
26-30 Bacho Kiro Str. 1000 Sofia/Bulgaria
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Budapest
BANK CENTER 1054 Budapest, Szabadsag Ter 7. 1054 Budapest/Hungary
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Tokyo
MG Atago Bldg. 10 F
3-13-7, Nishishinbashi, Minato-ku/Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Brussels
Rond Point Schuman 6, Box 5
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Berlin
Wall str. 65 D-10179 Berlin/GER
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Paris
61 Avenue de la Grande Armée, 75116 Paris/France
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Croatia
Trg Kralja Tomislava 8
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in London
Rr. John 8
London WC1N 2ES UK
When Should I Apply for a Kosovo Visa?
You should submit your application three months before you plan to travel. Those who still have valid multiple Schengen visas can apply six months before their current visa expires.
What if My Kosovo Visa Application Is Rejected?
In cases of rejection, the applicant has 8 working days to file a complaint to the consular point where the initial application was submitted.
How Long Can I Stay in Kosovo With a Visa?
You can stay in Kosovo for three months within 180 days if you have a visa.
How Long Can I Stay in Kosovo Without a Visa?
If you are a visitor from any country that does not require a visa to visit Kosovo (see above), then you can stay for 90 days within six months without a visa. Please make sure you won’t surpass the 90 days limit otherwise you may be fined and deported.
Do I Need a Visa to Work in Kosovo?
Yes, if you are planning on working in Kosovo then you have to apply for a work visa. The work visa is usually valid for six months up to a year and can be extended. Work visas are issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. You must have a valid contract and your employer needs to apply on your behalf.
Foreigners who need a visa to enter Kosovo have to apply for an entry visa (national D visa) as well.
Do I Need a Visa to Study in Kosovo?
Students who want to study in Kosovo need a student visa. The student visa for Kosovo is a temporary stay permit that is valid for the duration of the student’s academic program. When you apply, you must attach an acceptance letter from a university in Kosovo and previous university records.
Students who need an entry visa for Kosovo should apply for the entry visa first. This visa is valid for six months (national D visa) and afterward, they can apply for the student permit.
If you want to stay after your studies are over then you have to switch to a work permit, then if you want, you can also apply for a permanent permit.
Why Should I Visit Kosovo?
Kosovo is definitely one European country that should be on your “to-visit” list. It’s new and still developing but it can be a memorable place and, not to mention, relatively cheap for tourists. One of the best things about visiting Kosovo is that you’ll find Kosovo is mostly surrounded by mountains and plains, and as a result, you witness some extraordinary sights.
You will also find that Kosovo has a rich history and culture and you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the friendliest people in Europe. They will want to talk to you and share their local legends, and they will point out hidden gems that only the locals know.
Is Kosovo Safe to Visit?
Despite its past, Kosovo is very safe to visit. You shouldn’t come across any more unusual criminal activity than you would in any other country you were visiting as a tourist.