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). 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.
Visit Travel.State.Gov for up-to-date information regarding international travel, adoptions, child abduction prevention, overseas absentee voting, sending money overseas to a U.S. citizen in an emergency, scam warnings, and other American Citizen Services topics. There you can read the Country Specific Information for Kosovo and the "Traveler's Checklist" for having a safe trip abroad. We encourage you to explore the wealth of resources on this page to make your trip overseas as safe and enjoyable as possible.
U.S. Embassy Pristina Contact Information
Phone: +381 38 5959-3000
If you need immediate assistance after normal working hours because of the death, disappearance, or destitution of an U.S. citizen, please call +381 38-5959-3000 and ask for the afterhours mission duty officer.
Emergency questions or notifications about life or death urgent U.S. citizen issues should be directed to our office by phone. Please do not send emergency information requiring an immediate response by email.
The following information and contacts are provided for informational purposes only. Please refer directly to the appropriate local authorities for the most up to date and accurate information.
U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Kosovo. No visa is required for tourist stays of less than 90 days. If you intend to work, study, or visit for longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a temporary residence permit. The U.S. Embassy is not able to assist with obtaining a residency permit, extending a stay, or granting of entry into Kosovo.
Please contact the Directorate by telephone (+(381) 38-200-190-26; +(381) 38-200-190-27; or +(381) 38-200-190-17) or by email prior to your arrival in Kosovo to obtain complete information about current requirements. The Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs website includes contact information for the Embassy of Kosovo in the United States, which can help you with additional information on how to apply for a residency permit or confirm if you need a visa to enter Kosovo for your psecific purpose of travel.
The Law on Foreigners stipulates that a foreigner is obliged to present photo identification to prove his or her identity when asked by an authorized official. A driver’s license or a copy of your passport is usually sufficient. You do not have to carry an original passport with you at all times while in Kosovo. For more information please click Kosovo Government Entry/Exit Regulations (PDF/299 kb)
The Kosovo Customs and Exercise Code contains reporting and declaration requirements for those entering and exiting Kosovo, regardless of nationality or citizenship. For more information on Customs including limitations on traveler allowances, exemption and transfer of residence, please visit: http://dogana.rks-gov.net/sq/Kontakti. Kosovo Customs contact information phone number is + 381–38-540-350.
For more information about marriage abroad, please click here. Information about getting married in Kosovo is available at the State Portal of the Republic of Kosovo at this link. For additional information you should consider contacting the municipal registrar in the city where you are getting married. Please click here for the corresponding municipality. As a resource you may also consult applicable Family Law.
Apostille Information can be found here. Kosovo is not a contracting state for the Hague Apostille Convention and therefore this service is not required for documents submitted to authorities in Kosovo.
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