Countries that can enter without visa
The exemption from the visa requirement applies to the citizens of the following countries:
Antigua and Barbuda
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
New Papua Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and Grenadine
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom and Northern Ireland*
United States of America
*EU or Schengen member states
Special Categories Exempted from Visa Requirements
The exemption from the visa requirement applies also to the following categories:
• Citizens of the countries which are required to obtain a visa for Kosovo but hold a biometric valid residence permit issued by one of the Schengen member states or a valid multi-entry Schengen Visa are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Visa to enter, transit, or stay in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo for up to 15 days.
• Citizens of: EU and Schengen Zone 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 for a six-months period with a valid biometric identification card.
• Holders of diplomatic and service passports issued by 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 exempted from the obligation to obtain a visa.
• Holders of travel documents issued by Taiwan shall be exempted from the obligation to obtain a visa provided that they preliminarily notify the Diplomatic or Consular Mission of the Republic of Kosovo, at least 2 weeks in advance.
• Holders of Travel documents issued by EU Member States, Schengen zone 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, may enter, pass through the territory and stay in the Republic of Kosovo up to 15 days without a visa.
• Holders of Laissez-Passer, regardless of their nationality, issued by United Nations Organizations, NATO, OSCE, Council of Europe and European Union, are also exempt from the visa requirement.
Visa application procedure
If you are not a citizen of the countries listed under Who doesn't need a visa? or a part of Special Categories, and wish to visit or transit through the territory of the Republic of Kosovo, you are required to apply for a Kosovar visa.
Applications shall be lodged in person no more than three (3) months before the start of the intended visit at the respective Diplomatic or Consular Mission of the Republic of Kosovo. Holders of a multiple-entry visa may lodge the application six (6) months before the expiry of the valid visa.
When applying for a visa, the applicant shall submit:
• A completed and signed application form. Persons included in the applicant’s travel document shall submit a separate application form. Minors shall submit an application form signed by a person exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship.
• A recent (not older than 1 month) photograph 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. Its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Republic of Kosovo. It shall contain at least two blank pages.
• documents indicating the purpose of the journey;
• documents in relation to accommodation, or proof of sufficient means to cover his/her accommodation;
• documents indicating that the applicant possesses sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to his country of origin or residence, or for the transit to a third country into which he is certain to be admitted, or that he is in a position to acquire such means lawfully;
• Information enabling an assessment of the applicant’s intention to leave the territory of the Republic of Kosovo before the expiry of the visa applied for.
• Travel medical insurance valid throughout the territory of the Republic of Kosovo which covers the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit.
• The visa fee payment of 40 EUR that applicants need to pay unless they are holders of diplomatic and official passports; children nder six (6) years old; or school children, students and teachers accompanying and visiting for studying or training purposes.
Note: For bank details please check with the Diplomatic or Consular Mission.
• The Consular Officer may request from the applicant additional supporting documents;
• All supporting documents should be translated in one of the Kosovo’s official languages (Albanian or Serbian) or in English;
• All the documents must be submitted in two copies;
• Holders of diplomatic/official passports are exempted from the visa fee and do not need to apply in person.
• The applicant to whom the visa is refused can file a complaint within 8 calendar days to the respective consular mission where initially applied.
• Only possessing a valid visa does not automatically guarantee entry in Kosovo.
Information Source: https://www.mfa-ks.net/