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Demonstrations: April 25, 2013 Protests in several Kosovo towns

April 25, 2013

According to media reports, demonstrations are scheduled on Thursday, April 25 beginning at 12 noon in Pristina, Mitrovica, Prizren, Gjakova, Peja, Ferizaj, and possibly other towns in Kosovo. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. We will provide updates if there are significant developments in activity.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.  For additional information, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad.”

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Kosovo enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website at, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for Kosovo if appropriate), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Kosovo at
For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter at and Facebook at, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App at  to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Pristina is located at 30 Nazim Hikmet St. Arberia/Dragodan, 10000 Pristina and is open between 8AM-5PM, (381) 38-5959-3000 .  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is  (381) 38-5959-3000. At this time U.S. Embassy Pristina provides only emergency services to American citizens.  U.S. Embassy Skopje, Macedonia, provides all routine consular services such as passport and visa processing. The U.S. Embassy in Skopje is located at ul. Samoilova 21, 1000 Skopje and is open between 8AM-5PM, (389) 2-310-2000.