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Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Kosovo?
Although Kosovo is on the membership negotiations with the European Union since its declaration of independence in 2008, the country is not a member state and regulates its own visa policy.
Kosovo has many bilateral or multilateral visa agreements with different countries all over the world that eliminates lengthy visa processes. Citizens of listed countries are allowed to stay in Kosovo for 90 days within a 180 days period starting from the date of first entry. These countries are:
In addition to listed countries, it is possible for individuals who have a biometric valid residence permit issued by one of the Schengen states or holders multiple entry Schengen visas are exempt from a visa to enter, transit, or stay in Kosovo for up to 15 days.
Citizens of the EU, Schengen area member states, Holy See, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Albania, Montenegro, and Serbia are allowed to enter Kosovo with their valid biometric identification cards even if they do not have passports.
Countries that are not listed above have to apply for a visa beforehand to visit Kosovo through its consulates around the globe or outsourced visa companies.
Kosovo Visa Types
We covered Kosovo visa types that vary depending on the duration and purpose of the stay.
C Type (Short-Term) Visas
Depending on your purpose of visit that is limited to 90 days or less in a 180 days period to Kosovo; it is possible for you to obtain one of the following visa types.
Kosovo Touristic Visa
A Kosovo tourist visa is issued for tourists who are planning to visit Kosovo for sightseeing purposes and is the most issued type of visa for the country. It is possible to obtain a Kosovo tourist visa through its consulates, outsourced visa companies, or authorized travel agencies both for individuals and groups.
Kosovo Business or Fair Participation Visa
A Kosovo business visa is a type of short-term visa that is required for individuals or groups who are going to attend meetings, trainings, or business-related fairs without labor or gainful employment. Obtaining a business or fair participation visa to Kosovo requires more documents than other category C visas, including but not limited to proof of trip financing, employee certificates, and a confirmation letter from the inviting company or institution.
Kosovo Family, Relative or Friend Visit Visa
A Kosovo family, relative, or friend visit visa is issued for individuals who wish to visit a family member or a friend residing in Kosovo. In order to get the visa, it is required for applicants to include an invitation letter from the person whom you are visiting in addition to other necessary documents.
Kosovo Cultural, Sports or Conference Visit Visa
A Kosovo cultural, sports, or conference visit visa is granted for individuals or groups that are going to attend a cultural event or activity held in Kosovo. An invitation from the receiving association and confirmation documents from the sending association must be included in the application.
Kosovo Short-Term Education or Internship Visa
A Kosovo short-term education or internship visa is issued for students who intended to study in Kosovo for university projects or special educational purposes for less than three months. The applicant has to include documents of sufficient means of subsistence, proof of adequate accommodation as well as an admission letter from the receiving institution.
D Type (Long-Term) Visa
Kosovo category D visas are required for stays that exceed a three month period with varying purposes in Kosovo even if the applicant’s nationality is on the visa-free list and they are not to be confused with permanent residence permits. It is possible for you to apply for a long-term visa to Kosovo if you are one of the following:
- A student planning to study at a higher education institution, have a language course, or long-term internship
- An employee going to work for a Kosovo-located business or for seasonal employment
- An academic, researcher, or scientist to work in a certified Kosovo research center
- An individual whose family member is a Kosovo citizen
- A patient going to receive a long-term medical treatment in a Kosovo-located medical institution
Kosovo Transit Visa
A Kosovo transit visa is asked from individuals whose nationality is not eligible to transit another destination from Kosovo. A Kosovo transit visa authorizes the individual to travel a third country from the territory of Kosovo and can be issued for one or multiple transits.
General Requirements to Apply for Kosovo Visa
In order to successfully obtain a Kosovo visa, it is important to be prepared and gather all the necessary information regarding your nationality and purpose of the visit beforehand. There are certain stages to obtain a Kosovo visa:
Make an Appointment
It is always important to plan ahead and contact the relevant consulate for an appointment since you are required to bring original documents in person.
Finalize Your Application
There will be an interview held at the relevant consulate to confirm your purpose of stay as well as required documents.
Receive Your Visa
After processing time, your application will be reviewed and you will be informed about the outcome. If your visa application is confirmed, you will be called back to the consulate to receive the visa that is affixed to your passport.
Kosovo Visa Applications
You are required to present the following documents if your nationality is not eligible for a visa-free entry to Kosovo:
- A completed and signed application form
- A photograph that is not older than one month
- A copy of the passport
- Documents stating the purpose of visit, sufficient financial means, and proof of adequate accommodation.
- Sufficient information proving the intention of return
- Medical travel insurance
- Visa payment receipt
There are additionally required or supporting documents from certain applicants:
- Proof of employment such as work contract if applicable
- Bank statement of the last six months
- A copy of the last income tax or relevant bank statements or documents
- Proof of business such as bank statements, invoices or receipts
- Proof of enrollment and no objection certificate from the registered school
- Sponsorship documents if the applicant cannot support himself/herself financially during the period of the stay
- Proof of pension of the last six months
What is Visa Sponsorship for Kosovo?
Visa sponsorship is required in Kosovo if the applicant cannot cover his/her expenses for educational or touristic purposes by own in the duration of the stay. A sponsor could be a parent, sibling, other relatives, or a friend. However, it would increase chances to obtain a visa if the sponsor is a first-degree relative or has a permanent residence permit or citizenship in Kosovo or a Schengen country. The required documents from the sponsor are:
- A confirmation letter clearly states the relationship with the applicant, how and what expenses are going to be covered by the sponsor, and contact details of both the applicant and sponsor
- A notarized invitation letter with accommodation details if the sponsor is a resident or citizen of Kosovo
- A scanned copy of ID or passport
- Proof of sufficient funds such as bank statements or paychecks
- Proof of estate or business ownership if applicable
Visa sponsorship for Kosovo can also be granted for long-term or short-term stays regarding business, legal, or cultural purposes by legal entities, businesses, or individuals. Keep in mind that there might be additionally asked supporting documents while applying for a visa with a sponsorship. You can check our website for more details about visa sponsorships.
Kosovo Visa Rules
There are many countries across the globe can enter Kosovo without a visa. If your country is not eligible for visa-free entry to Kosovo, you need to obtain a Kosovo visa and take consideration of the following visa rules:
- Applications should be submitted no more than three months before the starting date of the intended stay.
- Minors should include a signed document by a parental authority or legal guardian stating relationship and confirmation of the intended purpose of visit to Kosovo
- The passport should be valid for more than three months from the expected day of arrival to Kosovo.
- The passport should contain at least two blank pages.
- All documents should be submitted in two copies and translated into Albanian, Serbian, or English.
Kosovo Visa Requirements
Kosovo Visa Requirements for Schengen and EU Countries
Citizens of Schengen and EU countries should not have any problems while entering Kosovo since they are eligible for a visa-free entry to the country.
Kosovo Visa Requirements for US, UK, and Canada
Citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada can visit Kosovo without a visa if:
- Their passport is valid for more than three months from the expected time of arrival to Kosovo,
- They can provide proof of sufficient financial means,
- Purpose of visit is clear and well-documented.
Kosovo Visa Requirements Serbia Citizens
Although there are certain disputes between two countries, Serbia citizens can enter Kosovo without a visa and should not encounter any problems.
Kosovo Visa Fees
Kosovo short-stay visa types listed below exclusively include the visa and should be paid to bank account of the relevant consulate. Keep in mind that there might be additional payments expected from the applicant such as consular fees, service fees of the outsourced visa companies, or application form fees.
The current Kosovo visa fees valid as of March 2020 are as follows:
|Children under 6
|Teachers Accompanying Children for Study Purposes
|Visa Application Fee
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
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