Exercise increased caution in Kosovo due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Reconsider travel to:
Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in the Balkans region, including Kosovo. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. In addition, politically motivated violence occurs throughout Kosovo.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Kosovo:
North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan
Tensions within and between communities in northern Kosovo continue to provoke violence, demonstrations, and other unrest in North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan. Although recent unrest has been politically-related and does not involve tourists or members of the international community, bystanders can be affected if violent incidents occur.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in northern Kosovo as U.S. government employee travel to North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan is restricted.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
Kosovo is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).
Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Kosovo. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Kosovo should contact the adoption authority of Kosovo to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Kosovo, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Kosovo’s adoption authority. See contact information below.
Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.
Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Kosovo and the U.S. Embassy Pristina’s website for information on consular services.
Kosovo’s Adoption Authority
Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Department for Social and Family Policy
Senior Officer for Foster Care and Adoption
Address: UCK st, Qafe p.n. Kati III. Nr. 14
10000 Pristina, Kosovo
Tel. +381-38-211-080; +381-38-200-26-032; fax: +381-38-211-940;
Email: Magbule.Koci@rks-gov.net (The Department for Social and Family Policy is open Monday – Friday; representatives speak English, Albanian and Serbian).
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo
1101 30th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20007
Tel: +1 202 380 3581
Fax: +1 202 380 36 28
Consulate General of the Republic of Kosovo in the United States, New York
801 Second Avenue, Suite 301 New York, NY 10017
Tel.: + 1 212 949 1400
Fax: + 1 212 949 1403
U.S. Embassy in Macedonia
Address: Samoilova Street, No.21, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Tel: +389 (0)2 310 2000
Fax: +389 (0)2 310 2299
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures:
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
For questions about filing a Form I-600A or I-600 petition:
National Benefits Center
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
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