Kosovo Visa Regime?

VisaPRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo citizens are currently only allowed to visit four countries world wide visa-free: (Turkey, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro). As to media reports the Kosovo Government now likewise intends to request visas from visitors of selected countries. Citizens of  Russia and China are said to be among the respective states. According to government sources this policy doesn’t refer to the recognition of Kosovo’s independence, but will be also applicable to several states from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The new visa procedure will include entry and transit visas. A starting date for the procedure was not published yet. KON/NK

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EU High Representative Ashton officially invites Kosovo PM Thaci to Brussels

Thaci-AshtonAPRISTINA, Kosovo — The European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton on Friday finished her Balkans tour in Kosovo. In Prishtina Ashton was welcomed first by Xavier de Marnhac, the Head of the EU rule-of-law mission (EULEX) in Kosovo. Later on she met Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Edita Tahiri, the head of the Kosovar negotiation team at the EU mediated talks of Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels. Finally she gathered with Prime Minister Hashim Thaci for a working lunch in the southern Kosovar town of Prizren. As to Kosovar media, the meeting lasted one hour longer than scheduled. Diplomatically the visit was a success for the Thaci government.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Kosovo Visa Liberalization – still unsolved?

Khaldoun.SinnoPRISTINA, Kosovo — Khaldoun Sinno, head of the European Commission Liaison Office in Prishtina, requests further efforts to achieve visa liberalization for Kosovo: “Since 2009, when we proposed a dialogue for visa liberalization for Kosovo, we have been focused on two main issues: repatriation and reintegration of returnees” … “Some progress has been made in terms of repatriation – some agreements have been reached … but there should be done more in terms of reintegration. … our mission realized that not much has been done in this regard at the local level.”

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Kosovo Asylum-Seekers and Kosovo Image are Obstacle to visa Liberalization

asyl1PRISTINA / PRISHTINA ++ EU states are concerned about the large number of Kosovan asylum seekers all over Euro-pe. This particular issue is seen as a main reason of EU coun-tries to remain reluctant regarding the visa liberaliza-tion for Kosovo, the newspaper Koha Ditore reports. Before taking further steps, Kosovo has to re-integrate all asylum seekers returned from any EU state.

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