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Kosovo
Republic of Kosovo
Last Updated: July 18, 2017
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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:
Must be valid at time of entry
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for visits less than 90 days in a six-month period
VACCINATIONS:
None
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
10,000 euros or more in cash must be declared
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
10,000 euros or more in cash must be declared
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Pristina

30 Nazim Hikmet Street
(Dragodan area)
Pristina, Kosovo
Telephone: +(381) (38) 5959-3000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(381) (38) 5959-3000
Fax: +(381) (38) 549-890
PristinaACS@state.gov

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Kosovo for information on U.S. - Kosovo relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Kosovo and may be asked to provide documentation stating the purpose of their visit.

  • No visa is required for tourist trips of up to 90 days within six months.
  • For work, study, or visits longer than 90 days within six months, you must apply for a temporary residence permit once in Kosovo at Pristina’s Directorate for Migration and Foreigners (+381 38-200-190-22/17) or email here or here for information prior to arrival in Kosovo).
  • To apply for a temporary residence permit, you will need to provide proof of local health insurance and an official police background check report. See our Criminal Records checks page on our website. The U.S. Embassy cannot assist you in obtaining background checks, certificates of conduct, or fingerprints.

The U.S. Embassy cannot intervene on your behalf, obtain a background check report for you at the airport when applying for a visa, or assist if you are denied entry into Kosovo.

Kosovo law requires U.S. citizens to present photo identification (driver’s license or passport copy) to prove identity when asked by an authorized official.

Additional Entry/Exit Requirements for Minors: Kosovo law requires unaccompanied children under 14, regardless of nationality, to have  written, notarized permission from both parents or both legal guardians to depart Kosovo without both parents. Please review our website for more information on children’s issues.

Special note on travel to Serbia: If you wish to travel to Serbia after visiting Kosovo, you must have initially entered Kosovo through Serbia and have a valid, recent Serbian entry stamp. U.S. citizens entering Kosovo from a country other than Serbia, including from any other country via Pristina’s airport, will be barred from entering Serbia by Serbian border officials.

Visit the Embassy of Kosovo website for the most current visa information.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Kosovo.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. Please see the U.S. Department of State’s travel alert for Europe.

For most visitors, Kosovo remains a safe country. Petty street crime is the most common safety concern for U.S. citizens. The Kosovo Police, assisted by the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) police and the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR), are responsible for safety, security, and stability in Kosovo. The U.S. Embassy has no law enforcement authority.

  • Travel by U.S. Embassy personnel to North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan is restricted due to incidents of violence and high tensions in these areas. 
  • The U.S. government strongly advises private U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to these regions as well. The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to assist U.S. citizens who encounter difficulties in these areas.
  • Incidents with grenades, including threats with grenades, as well as other forms of violence, occur regularly throughout Kosovo, including in major towns.  However, most incidents are politically motivated and rarely result in death or severe injuries.

U.S. citizens should avoid demonstrations, events involving political/ethnic/religious/social causes, or any other large groups. Demonstrations occur frequently, particularly in Pristina, often with little or no notice. Demonstrations can cause serious traffic disruptions or violent incidents. For more information, visit U.S. Embassy Kosovo’s safety and security message page.

Crime: Although violent crime against U.S. citizens is rare, the expatriate community can be a target of crime, as criminals assume expats are wealthy.  Theft and other petty street crimes do occur, particularly in areas where tourists and foreigners congregate.

  • Do not leave anything of value in plain view in unattended vehicles.
  • Securely lock the windows and doors of your residence when not home.
  • Organized crime is present in Kosovo, occasionally resulting in violent confrontations between rival organizations.
  • Sporting events can also trigger violence or protests.
  • ATM use is generally safe. However, fraud is increasing; ATM skimmers have been found on keypads and are utilized by criminals in Kosovo.
  • Be aware when using public Internet cafes and open WiFi connections, as your sensitive personal information, account passwords, etc. can be stolen.
  • Taxis are generally an inexpensive, safe, and reliable means of transportation. We recommend you use established taxi companies instead of a personally-owned vehicle converted to a taxi. Make sure the taxi has a meter and that the driver activates it upon departure.
  • To avoid the risk of sexual assault, anyone traveling alone in taxis or mini-buses should exercise caution, especially after dark. Avoid being alone in isolated areas with unfamiliar people. Don’t leave drinks unattended in bars and nightclubs.
  • Kosovo has seen a rise in Islamic extremism in recent years. Be aware of local security developments, and be vigilant. If you are concerned for your security or witness suspicious behavior, remove yourself from the situation, relocate to a secure area, and file a police report.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:  Victims of crime and sexual assault should go to a safe location, call the local police to report the incident, and then contact the U.S. Embassy.

Report crimes to the local police by dialing 192 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +381 (38) 5959-3000 (avaialble 24/7 for emergencies).  Police responsiveness to criminal reports varies greatly.  Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

Kosovo’s Victims’ Advocacy and Assistance Office (VAO) has a 24-hour, toll-free, operational help line available at 0800 11 112. The VAO provides information and guidance, can help refer cases to appropriate institutions, and allows the general public/victims to report crimes. The VAO may also assist with medical exams, obtaining protection orders, or case status updates.

Additional in-depth information regarding safety and security in Kosovo can be found at: Kosovo 2017 Crime and Safety Report - OSAC.

 See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas. See Embassy Pristina’s Victim’s Assistance Information Sheet.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide local information on victim compensation programs in Kosovo
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

The U.S. Embassy’s ability to assist dual U.S.-Kosovo citizens may be limited. Dual nationals may be subject to laws that impose special obligations on Kosovo citizens. Contact the Embassy of Kosovo for further information.

Arrest Notification:   If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

The Kosovo criminal justice system does not function at a level consistent with Western standards. Lengthy detentions are common before and during judicial proceedings. The U.S. Embassy cannot expedite legal/court proceedings, secure releases, nor facilitate preferential conditions for detained U.S. citizens.

Special Circumstances:

  • Power  outages, which can occur frequently throughout Kosovo, may also disrupt other public utilities, including water service, and interfere with traffic lights, normal business activity, and public services.

Kosovo is a cash economy based on the euro. ATMs are readily available throughout Kosovo, but users should exercise caution with regards to theft. Although improving, banking services in Kosovo remain underdeveloped.

  • Western Union and MoneyGram exist throughout Kosovo. 
  • Credit cards are typically only accepted in larger stores, hotels, and in most restraurants in larger cities.
  • Travelers must complete a customs declaration at their port of entry  when bringing in or taking out cash in amount of 10,000 euros or more. Failure to comply may result in the confiscation of all funds.

Climbing and Hiking: If you are a hiker and skier, you should always seek a local guide’s informed advice, maintain communication with your family and friends, and provide route and contact details to someone not travelling with you.   Seek additional information for marked and unmarked contaminated areas with leftover mines and unexploded ordnances.

  • The weather in Kosovo can change quickly, even in the summer months.
  • Temperatures can drop overnight and snow can fall unexpectedly.
  • If in trouble, call the local emergency number at 112. Local authorities will help to the best of their ability.

Athletes: We have received reports that some Kosovo sports clubs have allegedly not honored contracts for foreigners. Before signing a contract or relocating:

  • Consult the Embassy’s information page.
  • Ensure you are able to financially support your trip and return home to the United States, should problems arise.

Property and Other Private or Commercial Disputes: The Government of the United States does not have jurisdiction over property or private disputes in Kosovo.

  • The U.S. Embassy cannot protect personal property and cannot take sides in legal disputes.
  • Information about the legal system in Kosovo is available on the Government of Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) website.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Kosovo. Kosovo law provides lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed (LGBTI) individuals with full legal rights. LGBTI individuals are protected by anti-discrimination laws. There are no legal impediments to organizing LGBTI events. In practice, however, LGBTI persons face discrimination.

  • LGBTI travelers should  exercise caution when visiting Kosovo, especially with regard to expressing affection in public.
  • Individual police officers may have limited experience or knowledge of the specific concerns of LGBTI individuals or the LGBTI community.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States. The Kosovar Constitution and legislation prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, and in the provision of other state services.

  • Only limited measures exist to support disabled persons.
  • Law mandates access for disabled persons to official buildings; however, it is not enforced, and such access is rarely available.
  • Most public buildings and many residential or commercial facilities remain inaccessible.
  • Public transportation for persons with disabilities is very limited.

Students: See our  Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Medical facilities in Kosovo consist of private medical clinics and the government-sponsored University Clinical Center. Medical facilities outside Pristina have very limited capabilities. Quality controls are lacking, services are very basic, hygiene may be insufficient, and medical care is below Western European or U.S. standards.

  • United States or Western European-licensed physicians and specialists are not available in Kosovo. If you encounter corruption while obtaining medical care, please report it to the local authorities.
  • Kosovo has few ambulances. Ambulances will take you to the public hospital. Injured or seriously ill U.S. citizens may be required to take taxis or other immediately available vehicles to the nearest major hospital rather than waiting for ambulances to arrive.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Kosovo to ensure the medication is legal in Kosovo.  Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

  • Some prescription medication may not be available locally.
  • Tap water is not potable or safe to drink. Take care that food is cooked thoroughly to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.
  • Air pollution is a severe problem in the greater Pristina area, particularly during the winter. Travelers with upper respiratory ailments or asthma-like symptoms should consult their doctor prior to travel.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The following CDC-recommended vaccines for children are not available in Kosovo: Hib, Rotavirus, Inactivated Polio, Pneumococcal, and Varicella.

If you are planning on traveling from Kosovo to Mecca please be aware of the MERS Corona Virus Advisory. For more information please see our Hajj Fact Sheet and the Saudi Ministry of Health website.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Kosovo are hazardous. Although some modern highways exist, most roads remain  narrow and crowded and are used by a variety of vehicles, from NATO-KFOR armored personnel carriers to horse-drawn carts. Mountain roads can be narrow and poorly marked, lack guardrails, and quickly become dangerous in inclement weather. Dense fog can obscure visibility while driving.

  • Drivers routinely ignore speed limits and traffic regulations (illegal left turns from the far right lane, passing on blind curves, and driving into oncoming lanes of traffic without yielding).
  • Many vehicles lack standard front or rear lights.
  • Roads frequently flood and are impassible during rainy months. Mud and road slides occasionally shut down main throughways.
  • Pedestrians should exercise extreme caution when crossing the street, even when using crosswalks. Drivers generally do not slow down or stop for pedestrians.
  • Crowded or isolated locations can increase travelers’ exposure to robbery.
  • The U.S. Embassy recommends that you travel during daylight hours. Leave a travel itinerary and contact telephone numbers with someone before you go.

Traffic Laws:  Drivers with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.05 percent are considered intoxicated and will be arrested and prosecuted.

  • The use of seat belts and headlights is mandatory at all times.
  • It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving unless it is hands-free.
  • When police impose a fine or penalty, they may legally confiscate your driver’s license and vehicle documents until the penalty is paid. The U.S. Embassy is not able to retrieve these documents.
  • Review the Kosovo traffic safety law for complete information on driver’s licenses and imported or foreign-tagged vehicle registration requirements.
  • Drivers of motor vehicles registered outside of Kosovo may need to purchase liability insurance at the border.
  • Drivers may be limited to three months of driving on a U.S. license before needing to obtain a Kosovo license.
  • Kosovo is not a member of the European motor vehicle third party liability (“green card”) system.

Public Transportation: Taxis are generally an inexpensive, safe, and reliable means of transportation. It is recommended to use established taxi companies instead of a personally-owned vehicle converted to a taxi. Make sure the taxi has a meter and that the driver activates it upon departure.

  • Rail transportation is very limited and unreliable, and safety equipment is often lacking or outdated.
  • There has been some improvement with new buses introduced in Pristina, but generally buses can often become overcrowded 
  • Many local residents frequently walk in the roadway and wear dark clothing, making it difficult to see them at night. You should watch out for stray dogs during day and night.
  • Pristina has a modern airport terminal and control tower. International airlines fly to Pristina on a regular basis. Flights can experience significant delays and/or cancellations due to weather conditions, especially during the winter.  When heavy fog or smog is present, flights may be diverted to Skopje, Macedonia.  Airlines typically bus passengers to the Pristina airport, which takes approximately 2 hours.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Kosovo’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Kosovo, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the Government of Kosovo’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Flights are frequently delayed or cancelled due to poor visibility as a result of heavy fog. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Pristina

30 Nazim Hikmet Street
(Dragodan area)
Pristina, Kosovo
Telephone: +(381) (38) 5959-3000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(381) (38) 5959-3000
Fax: +(381) (38) 549-890
PristinaACS@state.gov

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Hague Convention Information

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.

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Pristina
Dragodan-Arbëria, Nazim Hikmet 30, Pristina
Tel: + 381 38 5959 3001
Fax: + 381 38 548 614
E-mail: PristinaACS@state.gov
Internet: http://xk.usembassy.gov

Kosovo’s Adoption Authority
Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Department for Social and Family Policy
Magbule Koci
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
Suite 330
Washington, DC, 20007
Tel: +1 202 380 3581
Fax: +1 202 380 36 28
E-mail: embassy.usa@ks-gov.net

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
Email: consulategeneral.ny@rks-gov.net

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
Email: consularskopje@state.gov
Internet: http://macedonia.usembassy.gov

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: AskCI@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

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)
Internet: uscis.gov

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)
Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
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B
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D
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 36 Months
B-2 None Multiple 36 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 36 Months
C-1 None Multiple 36 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 36 Months
C-2 None Multiple 36 Months
C-3 None Multiple 36 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 36 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 12 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 12 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 None Multiple 24 Months
F-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months A
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months A
G-3 None Multiple 36 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months A
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 24 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 24 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 None Multiple 12 Months
M-2 None Multiple 12 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 1 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 12 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 12 Months
R-2 None Multiple 12 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Citizen records for adults (18 and over) are indexed by the unique registry number assigned to each citizen, similar to the U.S. Social Security number. This is called the National ID number. Birth, marriage, and death documents are issued by the municipalities and are described below. Divorce records are available from the courts and adoption certificates are generally not available. Life events occurring outside of Kosovo are not reflected in the registries unless they are voluntarily reported. Document names below follow the format of English/Albanian/Serbian, and all three languages are reflected on civil documents.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

Available: Yes 

Fees: Fee varies and is paid at the Municipal Civil Status Offices. 

Document Name: Birth Certificate/ Certifikate e Lindjes/ Izvod Rodjenih 

Issuing Authority: Municipal Civil Status Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue color round stamp. The name of the institution and the relevant municipality is written within the stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Municipal Civil Status Office

Registration Criteria: Regulated by Administrative Instructions No.1/2014 on general procedures of birth, marriage, and death registration. 

  • Registering a newborn in Kosovo: Declaration of birth is done according to Article 34 of the Law on Civil Status. The person who declares the birth should be:

    • 1.1 One of the parents, or
    • 1.3 The legal representatives, or
    • 1.4 Guardian, or
    • 1.5 Other representatives of the mother, with special proxy
    • 1.6 In case of inability or absence of those persons who have the right to certify the birth

  • Registering a child born outside Kosovo:  For these cases, a birth certificate (either original or a certified copy) of the child is presented along with the marriage certificate of the parents if they are married -- or a paternity acknowledgment if they are not -- and copies of the parents’ identity documents.

Procedure for Obtaining: Parents apply in person. If the application for registration is done in a Consular mission abroad, the certificate is sent there through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To apply abroad, see the MFA website with complete details: http://www.mfa-ks.net/?page=2,6#?page

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents: Extract of birth

Exceptions: No

Comments: The aforementioned civil documents are available from the civil registrar with jurisdiction over the locality where the event occurred. If the event occurred abroad, the Kosovar citizen may choose to report it to the local authorities and is then issued the corresponding document, listing the foreign country as the place of occurrence of the event. Life events occurring outside of Kosovo are not reflected in the registries unless they are voluntarily reported.

Death Certificates


Available:
 Yes

Fees: Fee varies and is paid at the Municipal Civil Status Offices. 

Document Name: Death certificate/ Certifikate e Vdekjes/Izvod Umrlih

Issuing Authority: Municipal Civil Status Offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue color round stamp. The name of the institution and the relevant municipality is written within the stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Municipal Civil Status Office

Registration Criteria: Regulated by Administrative Instruction No.1/2014 on general procedures of birth, marriage, and death registration

Procedure for Obtaining: A member of family or through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (if the application is done in a Consular mission abroad. To apply abroad, see the MFA website with complete details: http://www.mfa-ks.net/?page=2,6#?page

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments: The aforementioned civil documents are available from the civil registrar with jurisdiction over the locality where the event occurred. If the event occurred abroad, the Kosovar citizen may choose to report it to the local authorities and is then issued the corresponding document, listing the foreign country as the place of occurrence of the event. Life events occurring outside of Kosovo are not reflected in the registries, unless they are voluntarily reported.

 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available: Yes

Fees: Fee varies and is paid at the Municipal Civil Status Offices

Document Name: Marriage certificate/ Certifikate e Marteses/ Izvod Vencanih

Issuing Authority: Municipal Civil Status Offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue color round stamp. The name of the institution and the relevant municipality is written within the stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Municipal Civil Status Office

Registration Criteria: Regulated by Administrative Instruction No.1/2014 on general procedures of birth, marriage, and death registration.

  • Registering a marriage that occurred in Kosovo: Registration of the marriage is done in the municipality where one of the partners lived. Before registration, both applicants should present required documentation and be registered in Central Civil Registry System. The Marriage Announcement is made public in the premises of the Municipal Civil Status Office and stays there for at least two days. If no objection is reported after two days, the marriage is registered.

  • Registering a marriage that occurred outside Kosovo: Marriages that occurred outside Kosovo are registered based on the Marriage Certificate of that country and other personal documents that certify roots in Kosovo, such as birth certificate, ID (if applicable), and copy of ID for a spouse with a foreign nationality upon the request of the Kosovar citizen.

 

Procedure for Obtaining: Either personally or through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if the application is filed in a Consular mission abroad. To apply abroad, see the MFA website with complete details: http://www.mfa-ks.net/?page=2,6#?page

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents: Certificate of Marital Status

Exceptions:

Comments:

 

Divorce Certificates

Available: Yes

Fees:

Document Name: 

Issuing Authority: The basic court (Gjykata themelore /Osnovni Sud) that decided the case

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A divorce certificate is typewritten and headed "In the Name of the People" (Ne emer te popullit / U ime naroda)

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining: 

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents: Certifikate e Statusit Martsor/ Uverenje o Bracnom/ Certificate of Marital Status

  • The civil registrar with jurisdiction over a person's residence can issue a certificate (Certifikate e Statusit Martsor/ Uverenje o Bracnom/ Certificate of Marital Status) stating that the applicant is married, single, or divorced. Life events occurring outside of Kosovo are not reflected in the registries unless they are voluntarily reported, meaning these certificates may not be accurate and may not include all marriages or divorces.

Exceptions:

Comments: Only divorces obtained through the civil courts are considered legal and valid. 

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable.

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Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available: Yes - Types: IA (languages ALB, SEB, ENG), IB (language ALB, SEB, ENG and TUR) and IF (Resident Permits)

Fees: 10 Euro

Document Name: Identity card

Issuing Authority: MOIA

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Polycarbonate as in the SPECIMEN/ format ID3 (125 x 88mm)

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: Based on Administrative Order No. 20-2011 on the procedures of the application for ID.

Procedure for Obtaining: Requestor must present an extract of birth and application for the document (enrollment of alpha and bio data). Issuing office: Agjencia e Regjistrimit Civil, Ministria e Puneve te Brendshme, Rr. Luan Haradinaj, 10 000 Pristina

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents: Passport and driver’s license

Exceptions: All citizens above 16 years of age should possess an ID card.

Comments: Kosovo identity cards (Leternjoftimi / Licna Karta) are issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) through the municipality of residence (Komuna/ Opstina). They contain a photograph, as well as the date and place of birth, but do not contain a signature. Cards are valid for ten years.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available: Yes

Fees: 

Document Name: Vertetim/Potvrda/Certificate

Issuing Authority: Local offices of the Kosovo Police at the municipality where the person resides. 

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining: 

  • For those present in Kosovo: Police certificates (Vertetim/Potvrda/Certificate) may be obtained from the local offices of the Kosovo Police at the municipality where the person resides. The police certificate will usually document whether the person has a criminal background and if there are any records in the police database.

  • For those not present in Kosovo: After having completed the relevant forms for application, the interested applicant should attach a copy of his/her identification document and send both to the Kosovo Police Directorate for International Cooperation (ILECU) via e-mail at ILECU@kosovopolice.com. A close family member in Kosovo can also apply on behalf of the applicant.

 

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments: Police certificates are issued with limited information and cover only the period from 1999 to the date of the request. This certificate should not be confused with the certificates issued by the courts (Vertetimi nga Gjygji/Sudsko uverenje), which do not cover a specific time frame and indicate the absence of any investigation, charge, or conviction. Police records reflect only post-1999 data related to convictions and sentencing.

Kosovo law (article 103 – see Court Record section) has a legal provision that allows convicted citizens to have their records expunged from court and police records after a certain period of time has passed. Therefore, legitimate police and court records will not include all offences if the citizen benefited from this provision.

 

Court Records



Available: 
Yes

Fees: Charge usually ranges from 5-10 EUR.

Document Name: Court Conviction Certificate

Issuing Authority: Basic Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A-4 format. At the bottom, it has the respective court’s stamp and the signature of the court clerk

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Basic Court in (location of the court), signed by the court clerk.

Registration Criteria: Convicted person's name is entered in court register.

Procedure for Obtaining: Requestor must submit an application with the court and a copy of his/her ID. The applicant must complete the information requested in the application form, which includes: first name, last name, father’s name, date of birth, place of birth, address of residence, national ID number. This is also possible by proxy.

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments: 
 

Article 103

Legal rehabilitation

1. Upon legal rehabilitation, a punishment shall be expunged from the record of a first-time convicted person as provided in paragraph 2 of this Article and such person shall not be considered convicted.

2. A punishment shall be expunged from the record of a first-time convicted person upon the expiry of the following periods of time, by operation of law, if the convicted person does not commit a new criminal offense within this period:

 

  • 2.1. one (1) year from the day the judgment becomes final in the case of a judicial admonition or a waiver of punishment;
  • 2.2. one (1) year from the day the verification period expires in the case of a suspended sentence;
  • 2.3. one (1) year from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by a pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of semi-liberty;
  • 2.4. three (3) years from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by a pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of imprisonment of up to one (1) year, a fine or an accessory punishment;
  • 2.5. five (5) years from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by a pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of imprisonment of one (1) to three (3) years;
  • 2.6. eight (8) years from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by a pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of imprisonment of three (3) to five (5) years;
  • 2.7. ten (10) years from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by a pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of imprisonment of five (5) to ten (10) years;
  • 2.8. fifteen (15) years from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of imprisonment of ten (10) to fifteen (15) years;

3. A punishment of imprisonment of more than fifteen (15) years or life-long imprisonment shall not be expunged.

4. A punishment shall not be expunged during the duration of accessory punishments and measures of mandatory treatment.

 

Prison Records

Available: Yes

Fees: 

Document Name: 

Issuing Authority: A statement of the time spent in a correctional institution can be obtained from the prison in which the person was confined.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: 

Registration Criteria: 

Procedure for Obtaining: Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments: 

Military Records

Available: Yes with limitations

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority:

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining: The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare’s Division of Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) issues records for personnel that served during 1999-2008. In order to obtain this document, the person should go to its office in Pristina, Kosovo in the Qafa Complex and complete the request form. Website: Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. 

The Ministry of the Kosovo Security Forces’ (KSF) Personnel Department is available to Kosovo citizens to issue KSF records or provide a letter certifying that a person did not serve in the KSF. To obtain this document, the person should go to their office at the Adem Jashari Barracks in Pristina, Kosovo and complete the request form. Website: MKSF.

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions: Kosovo citizens who served in the Yugoslav or Serbian military are unable to obtain military records. Please see the Serbian Reciprocity Schedule for more information on Serbian military records and documentation for records prior to 1999.

Comments:

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

 

Types Available: Regular, Diplomatic, Official 

Fees:

Document Name: 

Issuing Government Authority:

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The cover of each passport displays wording with gold lettering on the front that says "Republic of Kosovo" and "Passport" in Albanian, Serbian, and English, as well as Kosovo's emblem.

  • Regular passport (e zakonshme/ obican): A dark-red, hard-cover booklet with biometric chip and machine-readable zone is issued to every Kosovo citizen who has right to hold a Kosovo passport.

  • Diplomatic passport (diplomatike/diplomatski): A light-red, hard-cover booklet with a biometric chip and machine-readable zone is issued to the President of the Republic of Kosovo, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, members of the Assembly of Kosovo, Prime Minister, members of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo, President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kosovo, and Ombudsman. Diplomatic and consular representatives of the Republic of Kosovo abroad who have diplomatic appointments and/or perform consular services, as well as employees of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs who perform diplomatic and consular affairs and have diplomatic appointments, heads of state delegations of the Republic of Kosovo, and persons subject to a decision of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo can also receive diplomatic passports. Diplomatic passports can be issued to a member of the family members of diplomatic representatives and those on consular missions of the Republic of Kosovo, as well as government employees when the government decides to send them to work in international organizations.

  • Official Passport (Official – Service / Sluzbeni): A light-red, hard-cover booklet with a biometric chip and machine-readable zone is issued to the political staff of the Republic of Kosovo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees and persons employed in diplomatic or consular missions of the Republic of Kosovo who do not poses diplomatic passports. Official passports are issued to members of state delegations of the Republic of Kosovo and employees of other state bodies, officials who travel abroad, and persons whose travel the government decides is in interests of the Republic of Kosovo.

 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining: 

Alternate Documents: Travel document for foreigners (dokument i udhetimit per shtetasit e huaj/putna isprava za strane drzavljane): A light-blue hardcover booklet is issued to persons who do not possess a passport or passport substitute and for whom it is unreasonable to demand that they obtain such a document. The alien must hold a residence permit in Kosovo.

Exceptions:

Comments: Passports for citizens 18 years of age and over are valid for 10 years; children up to the age of 3 years are issued passports valid for 3 years, while those between the ages of 3 and 18 years are issued passports valid for 5 years.

Other Records

Citizen Records

Citizen records for adults (18 and over) are indexed by the unique registry number assigned to each citizen, similar to the U.S. Social Security number. This is called the National ID number. Birth, marriage, and death documents are issued by the municipalities and are described below. Divorce records are available from the courts and adoption certificates are generally not available. Life events occurring outside of Kosovo are not reflected in the registries unless they are voluntarily reported. Document names below follow the format of English/Albanian/Serbian, and all three languages are reflected on civil documents.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo

Address:

Arberia/Dragodan
Nazim Hikmet 30
Pristina, Kosovo

Phone Number: (+389) 38 59 59 3001

Visa Services:

Comments / Additional Information:

Visa Services

Pristina: A, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J (except SWT), L, M, O, P, Q, R, and Interview Waiver B1/B2

Skopje: All immigrant visas, B1/B2 requiring interviews, Summer Work and Travel:

U.S. Embassy Skopje, Macedonia

Street Address:

Samoilova 21, 1000
Skopje

Mailing Address:

U.S. Embassy - Skopje
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7120

Tel:  (389) (2) 310-2000 Fax:  (389) (2) 310-2499

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 450-2130 (202) 735-0609

New York, NY (212) 949-1400 (212) 949-1403

 

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Pristina
30 Nazim Hikmet Street
(Dragodan area)
Pristina, Kosovo
Telephone
+(381) (38) 5959-3000
Emergency
+(381) (38) 5959-3000
Fax
+(381) (38) 549-890
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Kosovo
Republic of Kosovo
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:
Must be valid at time of entry
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for visits less than 90 days in a six-month period
VACCINATIONS:
None
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
10,000 euros or more in cash must be declared
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
10,000 euros or more in cash must be declared
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Pristina

30 Nazim Hikmet Street
(Dragodan area)
Pristina, Kosovo
Telephone: +(381) (38) 5959-3000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(381) (38) 5959-3000
Fax: +(381) (38) 549-890
PristinaACS@state.gov

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Kosovo for information on U.S. - Kosovo relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Kosovo and may be asked to provide documentation stating the purpose of their visit.

  • No visa is required for tourist trips of up to 90 days within six months.
  • For work, study, or visits longer than 90 days within six months, you must apply for a temporary residence permit once in Kosovo at Pristina’s Directorate for Migration and Foreigners (+381 38-200-190-22/17) or email here or here for information prior to arrival in Kosovo).
  • To apply for a temporary residence permit, you will need to provide proof of local health insurance and an official police background check report. See our Criminal Records checks page on our website. The U.S. Embassy cannot assist you in obtaining background checks, certificates of conduct, or fingerprints.

The U.S. Embassy cannot intervene on your behalf, obtain a background check report for you at the airport when applying for a visa, or assist if you are denied entry into Kosovo.

Kosovo law requires U.S. citizens to present photo identification (driver’s license or passport copy) to prove identity when asked by an authorized official.

Additional Entry/Exit Requirements for Minors: Kosovo law requires unaccompanied children under 14, regardless of nationality, to have  written, notarized permission from both parents or both legal guardians to depart Kosovo without both parents. Please review our website for more information on children’s issues.

Special note on travel to Serbia: If you wish to travel to Serbia after visiting Kosovo, you must have initially entered Kosovo through Serbia and have a valid, recent Serbian entry stamp. U.S. citizens entering Kosovo from a country other than Serbia, including from any other country via Pristina’s airport, will be barred from entering Serbia by Serbian border officials.

Visit the Embassy of Kosovo website for the most current visa information.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Kosovo.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. Please see the U.S. Department of State’s travel alert for Europe.

For most visitors, Kosovo remains a safe country. Petty street crime is the most common safety concern for U.S. citizens. The Kosovo Police, assisted by the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) police and the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR), are responsible for safety, security, and stability in Kosovo. The U.S. Embassy has no law enforcement authority.

  • Travel by U.S. Embassy personnel to North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan is restricted due to incidents of violence and high tensions in these areas. 
  • The U.S. government strongly advises private U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to these regions as well. The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to assist U.S. citizens who encounter difficulties in these areas.
  • Incidents with grenades, including threats with grenades, as well as other forms of violence, occur regularly throughout Kosovo, including in major towns.  However, most incidents are politically motivated and rarely result in death or severe injuries.

U.S. citizens should avoid demonstrations, events involving political/ethnic/religious/social causes, or any other large groups. Demonstrations occur frequently, particularly in Pristina, often with little or no notice. Demonstrations can cause serious traffic disruptions or violent incidents. For more information, visit U.S. Embassy Kosovo’s safety and security message page.

Crime: Although violent crime against U.S. citizens is rare, the expatriate community can be a target of crime, as criminals assume expats are wealthy.  Theft and other petty street crimes do occur, particularly in areas where tourists and foreigners congregate.

  • Do not leave anything of value in plain view in unattended vehicles.
  • Securely lock the windows and doors of your residence when not home.
  • Organized crime is present in Kosovo, occasionally resulting in violent confrontations between rival organizations.
  • Sporting events can also trigger violence or protests.
  • ATM use is generally safe. However, fraud is increasing; ATM skimmers have been found on keypads and are utilized by criminals in Kosovo.
  • Be aware when using public Internet cafes and open WiFi connections, as your sensitive personal information, account passwords, etc. can be stolen.
  • Taxis are generally an inexpensive, safe, and reliable means of transportation. We recommend you use established taxi companies instead of a personally-owned vehicle converted to a taxi. Make sure the taxi has a meter and that the driver activates it upon departure.
  • To avoid the risk of sexual assault, anyone traveling alone in taxis or mini-buses should exercise caution, especially after dark. Avoid being alone in isolated areas with unfamiliar people. Don’t leave drinks unattended in bars and nightclubs.
  • Kosovo has seen a rise in Islamic extremism in recent years. Be aware of local security developments, and be vigilant. If you are concerned for your security or witness suspicious behavior, remove yourself from the situation, relocate to a secure area, and file a police report.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:  Victims of crime and sexual assault should go to a safe location, call the local police to report the incident, and then contact the U.S. Embassy.

Report crimes to the local police by dialing 192 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +381 (38) 5959-3000 (avaialble 24/7 for emergencies).  Police responsiveness to criminal reports varies greatly.  Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

Kosovo’s Victims’ Advocacy and Assistance Office (VAO) has a 24-hour, toll-free, operational help line available at 0800 11 112. The VAO provides information and guidance, can help refer cases to appropriate institutions, and allows the general public/victims to report crimes. The VAO may also assist with medical exams, obtaining protection orders, or case status updates.

Additional in-depth information regarding safety and security in Kosovo can be found at: Kosovo 2017 Crime and Safety Report - OSAC.

 See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas. See Embassy Pristina’s Victim’s Assistance Information Sheet.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide local information on victim compensation programs in Kosovo
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

The U.S. Embassy’s ability to assist dual U.S.-Kosovo citizens may be limited. Dual nationals may be subject to laws that impose special obligations on Kosovo citizens. Contact the Embassy of Kosovo for further information.

Arrest Notification:   If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

The Kosovo criminal justice system does not function at a level consistent with Western standards. Lengthy detentions are common before and during judicial proceedings. The U.S. Embassy cannot expedite legal/court proceedings, secure releases, nor facilitate preferential conditions for detained U.S. citizens.

Special Circumstances:

  • Power  outages, which can occur frequently throughout Kosovo, may also disrupt other public utilities, including water service, and interfere with traffic lights, normal business activity, and public services.

Kosovo is a cash economy based on the euro. ATMs are readily available throughout Kosovo, but users should exercise caution with regards to theft. Although improving, banking services in Kosovo remain underdeveloped.

  • Western Union and MoneyGram exist throughout Kosovo. 
  • Credit cards are typically only accepted in larger stores, hotels, and in most restraurants in larger cities.
  • Travelers must complete a customs declaration at their port of entry  when bringing in or taking out cash in amount of 10,000 euros or more. Failure to comply may result in the confiscation of all funds.

Climbing and Hiking: If you are a hiker and skier, you should always seek a local guide’s informed advice, maintain communication with your family and friends, and provide route and contact details to someone not travelling with you.   Seek additional information for marked and unmarked contaminated areas with leftover mines and unexploded ordnances.

  • The weather in Kosovo can change quickly, even in the summer months.
  • Temperatures can drop overnight and snow can fall unexpectedly.
  • If in trouble, call the local emergency number at 112. Local authorities will help to the best of their ability.

Athletes: We have received reports that some Kosovo sports clubs have allegedly not honored contracts for foreigners. Before signing a contract or relocating:

  • Consult the Embassy’s information page.
  • Ensure you are able to financially support your trip and return home to the United States, should problems arise.

Property and Other Private or Commercial Disputes: The Government of the United States does not have jurisdiction over property or private disputes in Kosovo.

  • The U.S. Embassy cannot protect personal property and cannot take sides in legal disputes.
  • Information about the legal system in Kosovo is available on the Government of Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) website.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Kosovo. Kosovo law provides lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed (LGBTI) individuals with full legal rights. LGBTI individuals are protected by anti-discrimination laws. There are no legal impediments to organizing LGBTI events. In practice, however, LGBTI persons face discrimination.

  • LGBTI travelers should  exercise caution when visiting Kosovo, especially with regard to expressing affection in public.
  • Individual police officers may have limited experience or knowledge of the specific concerns of LGBTI individuals or the LGBTI community.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States. The Kosovar Constitution and legislation prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, and in the provision of other state services.

  • Only limited measures exist to support disabled persons.
  • Law mandates access for disabled persons to official buildings; however, it is not enforced, and such access is rarely available.
  • Most public buildings and many residential or commercial facilities remain inaccessible.
  • Public transportation for persons with disabilities is very limited.

Students: See our  Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Medical facilities in Kosovo consist of private medical clinics and the government-sponsored University Clinical Center. Medical facilities outside Pristina have very limited capabilities. Quality controls are lacking, services are very basic, hygiene may be insufficient, and medical care is below Western European or U.S. standards.

  • United States or Western European-licensed physicians and specialists are not available in Kosovo. If you encounter corruption while obtaining medical care, please report it to the local authorities.
  • Kosovo has few ambulances. Ambulances will take you to the public hospital. Injured or seriously ill U.S. citizens may be required to take taxis or other immediately available vehicles to the nearest major hospital rather than waiting for ambulances to arrive.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Kosovo to ensure the medication is legal in Kosovo.  Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

  • Some prescription medication may not be available locally.
  • Tap water is not potable or safe to drink. Take care that food is cooked thoroughly to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.
  • Air pollution is a severe problem in the greater Pristina area, particularly during the winter. Travelers with upper respiratory ailments or asthma-like symptoms should consult their doctor prior to travel.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The following CDC-recommended vaccines for children are not available in Kosovo: Hib, Rotavirus, Inactivated Polio, Pneumococcal, and Varicella.

If you are planning on traveling from Kosovo to Mecca please be aware of the MERS Corona Virus Advisory. For more information please see our Hajj Fact Sheet and the Saudi Ministry of Health website.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Kosovo are hazardous. Although some modern highways exist, most roads remain  narrow and crowded and are used by a variety of vehicles, from NATO-KFOR armored personnel carriers to horse-drawn carts. Mountain roads can be narrow and poorly marked, lack guardrails, and quickly become dangerous in inclement weather. Dense fog can obscure visibility while driving.

  • Drivers routinely ignore speed limits and traffic regulations (illegal left turns from the far right lane, passing on blind curves, and driving into oncoming lanes of traffic without yielding).
  • Many vehicles lack standard front or rear lights.
  • Roads frequently flood and are impassible during rainy months. Mud and road slides occasionally shut down main throughways.
  • Pedestrians should exercise extreme caution when crossing the street, even when using crosswalks. Drivers generally do not slow down or stop for pedestrians.
  • Crowded or isolated locations can increase travelers’ exposure to robbery.
  • The U.S. Embassy recommends that you travel during daylight hours. Leave a travel itinerary and contact telephone numbers with someone before you go.

Traffic Laws:  Drivers with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.05 percent are considered intoxicated and will be arrested and prosecuted.

  • The use of seat belts and headlights is mandatory at all times.
  • It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving unless it is hands-free.
  • When police impose a fine or penalty, they may legally confiscate your driver’s license and vehicle documents until the penalty is paid. The U.S. Embassy is not able to retrieve these documents.
  • Review the Kosovo traffic safety law for complete information on driver’s licenses and imported or foreign-tagged vehicle registration requirements.
  • Drivers of motor vehicles registered outside of Kosovo may need to purchase liability insurance at the border.
  • Drivers may be limited to three months of driving on a U.S. license before needing to obtain a Kosovo license.
  • Kosovo is not a member of the European motor vehicle third party liability (“green card”) system.

Public Transportation: Taxis are generally an inexpensive, safe, and reliable means of transportation. It is recommended to use established taxi companies instead of a personally-owned vehicle converted to a taxi. Make sure the taxi has a meter and that the driver activates it upon departure.

  • Rail transportation is very limited and unreliable, and safety equipment is often lacking or outdated.
  • There has been some improvement with new buses introduced in Pristina, but generally buses can often become overcrowded 
  • Many local residents frequently walk in the roadway and wear dark clothing, making it difficult to see them at night. You should watch out for stray dogs during day and night.
  • Pristina has a modern airport terminal and control tower. International airlines fly to Pristina on a regular basis. Flights can experience significant delays and/or cancellations due to weather conditions, especially during the winter.  When heavy fog or smog is present, flights may be diverted to Skopje, Macedonia.  Airlines typically bus passengers to the Pristina airport, which takes approximately 2 hours.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Kosovo’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Kosovo, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the Government of Kosovo’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Flights are frequently delayed or cancelled due to poor visibility as a result of heavy fog. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Pristina

30 Nazim Hikmet Street
(Dragodan area)
Pristina, Kosovo
Telephone: +(381) (38) 5959-3000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(381) (38) 5959-3000
Fax: +(381) (38) 549-890
PristinaACS@state.gov

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Hague Convention Information

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.

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Pristina
Dragodan-Arbëria, Nazim Hikmet 30, Pristina
Tel: + 381 38 5959 3001
Fax: + 381 38 548 614
E-mail: PristinaACS@state.gov
Internet: http://xk.usembassy.gov

Kosovo’s Adoption Authority
Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Department for Social and Family Policy
Magbule Koci
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
Suite 330
Washington, DC, 20007
Tel: +1 202 380 3581
Fax: +1 202 380 36 28
E-mail: embassy.usa@ks-gov.net

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
Email: consulategeneral.ny@rks-gov.net

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
Email: consularskopje@state.gov
Internet: http://macedonia.usembassy.gov

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: AskCI@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

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)
Internet: uscis.gov

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)
Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 36 Months
B-2 None Multiple 36 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 36 Months
C-1 None Multiple 36 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 36 Months
C-2 None Multiple 36 Months
C-3 None Multiple 36 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 36 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 12 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 12 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 None Multiple 24 Months
F-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months A
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months A
G-3 None Multiple 36 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months A
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 24 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 24 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 None Multiple 12 Months
M-2 None Multiple 12 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 1 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 12 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 12 Months
R-2 None Multiple 12 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Citizen records for adults (18 and over) are indexed by the unique registry number assigned to each citizen, similar to the U.S. Social Security number. This is called the National ID number. Birth, marriage, and death documents are issued by the municipalities and are described below. Divorce records are available from the courts and adoption certificates are generally not available. Life events occurring outside of Kosovo are not reflected in the registries unless they are voluntarily reported. Document names below follow the format of English/Albanian/Serbian, and all three languages are reflected on civil documents.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

Available: Yes 

Fees: Fee varies and is paid at the Municipal Civil Status Offices. 

Document Name: Birth Certificate/ Certifikate e Lindjes/ Izvod Rodjenih 

Issuing Authority: Municipal Civil Status Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue color round stamp. The name of the institution and the relevant municipality is written within the stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Municipal Civil Status Office

Registration Criteria: Regulated by Administrative Instructions No.1/2014 on general procedures of birth, marriage, and death registration. 

  • Registering a newborn in Kosovo: Declaration of birth is done according to Article 34 of the Law on Civil Status. The person who declares the birth should be:

    • 1.1 One of the parents, or
    • 1.3 The legal representatives, or
    • 1.4 Guardian, or
    • 1.5 Other representatives of the mother, with special proxy
    • 1.6 In case of inability or absence of those persons who have the right to certify the birth

  • Registering a child born outside Kosovo:  For these cases, a birth certificate (either original or a certified copy) of the child is presented along with the marriage certificate of the parents if they are married -- or a paternity acknowledgment if they are not -- and copies of the parents’ identity documents.

Procedure for Obtaining: Parents apply in person. If the application for registration is done in a Consular mission abroad, the certificate is sent there through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To apply abroad, see the MFA website with complete details: http://www.mfa-ks.net/?page=2,6#?page

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents: Extract of birth

Exceptions: No

Comments: The aforementioned civil documents are available from the civil registrar with jurisdiction over the locality where the event occurred. If the event occurred abroad, the Kosovar citizen may choose to report it to the local authorities and is then issued the corresponding document, listing the foreign country as the place of occurrence of the event. Life events occurring outside of Kosovo are not reflected in the registries unless they are voluntarily reported.

Death Certificates


Available:
 Yes

Fees: Fee varies and is paid at the Municipal Civil Status Offices. 

Document Name: Death certificate/ Certifikate e Vdekjes/Izvod Umrlih

Issuing Authority: Municipal Civil Status Offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue color round stamp. The name of the institution and the relevant municipality is written within the stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Municipal Civil Status Office

Registration Criteria: Regulated by Administrative Instruction No.1/2014 on general procedures of birth, marriage, and death registration

Procedure for Obtaining: A member of family or through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (if the application is done in a Consular mission abroad. To apply abroad, see the MFA website with complete details: http://www.mfa-ks.net/?page=2,6#?page

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments: The aforementioned civil documents are available from the civil registrar with jurisdiction over the locality where the event occurred. If the event occurred abroad, the Kosovar citizen may choose to report it to the local authorities and is then issued the corresponding document, listing the foreign country as the place of occurrence of the event. Life events occurring outside of Kosovo are not reflected in the registries, unless they are voluntarily reported.

 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available: Yes

Fees: Fee varies and is paid at the Municipal Civil Status Offices

Document Name: Marriage certificate/ Certifikate e Marteses/ Izvod Vencanih

Issuing Authority: Municipal Civil Status Offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue color round stamp. The name of the institution and the relevant municipality is written within the stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Municipal Civil Status Office

Registration Criteria: Regulated by Administrative Instruction No.1/2014 on general procedures of birth, marriage, and death registration.

  • Registering a marriage that occurred in Kosovo: Registration of the marriage is done in the municipality where one of the partners lived. Before registration, both applicants should present required documentation and be registered in Central Civil Registry System. The Marriage Announcement is made public in the premises of the Municipal Civil Status Office and stays there for at least two days. If no objection is reported after two days, the marriage is registered.

  • Registering a marriage that occurred outside Kosovo: Marriages that occurred outside Kosovo are registered based on the Marriage Certificate of that country and other personal documents that certify roots in Kosovo, such as birth certificate, ID (if applicable), and copy of ID for a spouse with a foreign nationality upon the request of the Kosovar citizen.

 

Procedure for Obtaining: Either personally or through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if the application is filed in a Consular mission abroad. To apply abroad, see the MFA website with complete details: http://www.mfa-ks.net/?page=2,6#?page

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents: Certificate of Marital Status

Exceptions:

Comments:

 

Divorce Certificates

Available: Yes

Fees:

Document Name: 

Issuing Authority: The basic court (Gjykata themelore /Osnovni Sud) that decided the case

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A divorce certificate is typewritten and headed "In the Name of the People" (Ne emer te popullit / U ime naroda)

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining: 

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents: Certifikate e Statusit Martsor/ Uverenje o Bracnom/ Certificate of Marital Status

  • The civil registrar with jurisdiction over a person's residence can issue a certificate (Certifikate e Statusit Martsor/ Uverenje o Bracnom/ Certificate of Marital Status) stating that the applicant is married, single, or divorced. Life events occurring outside of Kosovo are not reflected in the registries unless they are voluntarily reported, meaning these certificates may not be accurate and may not include all marriages or divorces.

Exceptions:

Comments: Only divorces obtained through the civil courts are considered legal and valid. 

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable.

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Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available: Yes - Types: IA (languages ALB, SEB, ENG), IB (language ALB, SEB, ENG and TUR) and IF (Resident Permits)

Fees: 10 Euro

Document Name: Identity card

Issuing Authority: MOIA

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Polycarbonate as in the SPECIMEN/ format ID3 (125 x 88mm)

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: Based on Administrative Order No. 20-2011 on the procedures of the application for ID.

Procedure for Obtaining: Requestor must present an extract of birth and application for the document (enrollment of alpha and bio data). Issuing office: Agjencia e Regjistrimit Civil, Ministria e Puneve te Brendshme, Rr. Luan Haradinaj, 10 000 Pristina

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents: Passport and driver’s license

Exceptions: All citizens above 16 years of age should possess an ID card.

Comments: Kosovo identity cards (Leternjoftimi / Licna Karta) are issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) through the municipality of residence (Komuna/ Opstina). They contain a photograph, as well as the date and place of birth, but do not contain a signature. Cards are valid for ten years.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available: Yes

Fees: 

Document Name: Vertetim/Potvrda/Certificate

Issuing Authority: Local offices of the Kosovo Police at the municipality where the person resides. 

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining: 

  • For those present in Kosovo: Police certificates (Vertetim/Potvrda/Certificate) may be obtained from the local offices of the Kosovo Police at the municipality where the person resides. The police certificate will usually document whether the person has a criminal background and if there are any records in the police database.

  • For those not present in Kosovo: After having completed the relevant forms for application, the interested applicant should attach a copy of his/her identification document and send both to the Kosovo Police Directorate for International Cooperation (ILECU) via e-mail at ILECU@kosovopolice.com. A close family member in Kosovo can also apply on behalf of the applicant.

 

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments: Police certificates are issued with limited information and cover only the period from 1999 to the date of the request. This certificate should not be confused with the certificates issued by the courts (Vertetimi nga Gjygji/Sudsko uverenje), which do not cover a specific time frame and indicate the absence of any investigation, charge, or conviction. Police records reflect only post-1999 data related to convictions and sentencing.

Kosovo law (article 103 – see Court Record section) has a legal provision that allows convicted citizens to have their records expunged from court and police records after a certain period of time has passed. Therefore, legitimate police and court records will not include all offences if the citizen benefited from this provision.

 

Court Records



Available: 
Yes

Fees: Charge usually ranges from 5-10 EUR.

Document Name: Court Conviction Certificate

Issuing Authority: Basic Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A-4 format. At the bottom, it has the respective court’s stamp and the signature of the court clerk

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Basic Court in (location of the court), signed by the court clerk.

Registration Criteria: Convicted person's name is entered in court register.

Procedure for Obtaining: Requestor must submit an application with the court and a copy of his/her ID. The applicant must complete the information requested in the application form, which includes: first name, last name, father’s name, date of birth, place of birth, address of residence, national ID number. This is also possible by proxy.

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments: 
 

Article 103

Legal rehabilitation

1. Upon legal rehabilitation, a punishment shall be expunged from the record of a first-time convicted person as provided in paragraph 2 of this Article and such person shall not be considered convicted.

2. A punishment shall be expunged from the record of a first-time convicted person upon the expiry of the following periods of time, by operation of law, if the convicted person does not commit a new criminal offense within this period:

 

  • 2.1. one (1) year from the day the judgment becomes final in the case of a judicial admonition or a waiver of punishment;
  • 2.2. one (1) year from the day the verification period expires in the case of a suspended sentence;
  • 2.3. one (1) year from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by a pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of semi-liberty;
  • 2.4. three (3) years from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by a pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of imprisonment of up to one (1) year, a fine or an accessory punishment;
  • 2.5. five (5) years from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by a pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of imprisonment of one (1) to three (3) years;
  • 2.6. eight (8) years from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by a pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of imprisonment of three (3) to five (5) years;
  • 2.7. ten (10) years from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by a pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of imprisonment of five (5) to ten (10) years;
  • 2.8. fifteen (15) years from the day a punishment is served, prescribed by statutory limitation or terminated by pardon or a change in the law, in the case of a punishment of imprisonment of ten (10) to fifteen (15) years;

3. A punishment of imprisonment of more than fifteen (15) years or life-long imprisonment shall not be expunged.

4. A punishment shall not be expunged during the duration of accessory punishments and measures of mandatory treatment.

 

Prison Records

Available: Yes

Fees: 

Document Name: 

Issuing Authority: A statement of the time spent in a correctional institution can be obtained from the prison in which the person was confined.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: 

Registration Criteria: 

Procedure for Obtaining: Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments: 

Military Records

Available: Yes with limitations

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority:

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining: The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare’s Division of Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) issues records for personnel that served during 1999-2008. In order to obtain this document, the person should go to its office in Pristina, Kosovo in the Qafa Complex and complete the request form. Website: Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. 

The Ministry of the Kosovo Security Forces’ (KSF) Personnel Department is available to Kosovo citizens to issue KSF records or provide a letter certifying that a person did not serve in the KSF. To obtain this document, the person should go to their office at the Adem Jashari Barracks in Pristina, Kosovo and complete the request form. Website: MKSF.

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions: Kosovo citizens who served in the Yugoslav or Serbian military are unable to obtain military records. Please see the Serbian Reciprocity Schedule for more information on Serbian military records and documentation for records prior to 1999.

Comments:

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

 

Types Available: Regular, Diplomatic, Official 

Fees:

Document Name: 

Issuing Government Authority:

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The cover of each passport displays wording with gold lettering on the front that says "Republic of Kosovo" and "Passport" in Albanian, Serbian, and English, as well as Kosovo's emblem.

  • Regular passport (e zakonshme/ obican): A dark-red, hard-cover booklet with biometric chip and machine-readable zone is issued to every Kosovo citizen who has right to hold a Kosovo passport.

  • Diplomatic passport (diplomatike/diplomatski): A light-red, hard-cover booklet with a biometric chip and machine-readable zone is issued to the President of the Republic of Kosovo, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, members of the Assembly of Kosovo, Prime Minister, members of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo, President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kosovo, and Ombudsman. Diplomatic and consular representatives of the Republic of Kosovo abroad who have diplomatic appointments and/or perform consular services, as well as employees of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs who perform diplomatic and consular affairs and have diplomatic appointments, heads of state delegations of the Republic of Kosovo, and persons subject to a decision of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo can also receive diplomatic passports. Diplomatic passports can be issued to a member of the family members of diplomatic representatives and those on consular missions of the Republic of Kosovo, as well as government employees when the government decides to send them to work in international organizations.

  • Official Passport (Official – Service / Sluzbeni): A light-red, hard-cover booklet with a biometric chip and machine-readable zone is issued to the political staff of the Republic of Kosovo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees and persons employed in diplomatic or consular missions of the Republic of Kosovo who do not poses diplomatic passports. Official passports are issued to members of state delegations of the Republic of Kosovo and employees of other state bodies, officials who travel abroad, and persons whose travel the government decides is in interests of the Republic of Kosovo.

 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining: 

Alternate Documents: Travel document for foreigners (dokument i udhetimit per shtetasit e huaj/putna isprava za strane drzavljane): A light-blue hardcover booklet is issued to persons who do not possess a passport or passport substitute and for whom it is unreasonable to demand that they obtain such a document. The alien must hold a residence permit in Kosovo.

Exceptions:

Comments: Passports for citizens 18 years of age and over are valid for 10 years; children up to the age of 3 years are issued passports valid for 3 years, while those between the ages of 3 and 18 years are issued passports valid for 5 years.

Other Records

Citizen Records

Citizen records for adults (18 and over) are indexed by the unique registry number assigned to each citizen, similar to the U.S. Social Security number. This is called the National ID number. Birth, marriage, and death documents are issued by the municipalities and are described below. Divorce records are available from the courts and adoption certificates are generally not available. Life events occurring outside of Kosovo are not reflected in the registries unless they are voluntarily reported. Document names below follow the format of English/Albanian/Serbian, and all three languages are reflected on civil documents.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo

Address:

Arberia/Dragodan
Nazim Hikmet 30
Pristina, Kosovo

Phone Number: (+389) 38 59 59 3001

Visa Services:

Comments / Additional Information:

Visa Services

Pristina: A, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J (except SWT), L, M, O, P, Q, R, and Interview Waiver B1/B2

Skopje: All immigrant visas, B1/B2 requiring interviews, Summer Work and Travel:

U.S. Embassy Skopje, Macedonia

Street Address:

Samoilova 21, 1000
Skopje

Mailing Address:

U.S. Embassy - Skopje
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7120

Tel:  (389) (2) 310-2000 Fax:  (389) (2) 310-2499

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 450-2130 (202) 735-0609

New York, NY (212) 949-1400 (212) 949-1403

 

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Pristina
30 Nazim Hikmet Street
(Dragodan area)
Pristina, Kosovo
Telephone
+(381) (38) 5959-3000
Emergency
+(381) (38) 5959-3000
Fax
+(381) (38) 549-890
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