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Key Points

  • The European Union has proposed to allow holders of Kosovo passports to enter the EU on a short-term basis for select activities without requiring a visa

Overview

The member states of the European Union (EU) approved a proposal to introduce short-term visa-free travel to holders of passports issued by the authorities of Kosovo. If finalized, passport holders from Kosovo will be permitted to travel to the EU without a visa for a period of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

What are the Changes?

The EU has proposed measures that permit passport holders of Kosovo to enter the region visa-free for a maximum of 90 days within any 180 days for limited activities. According to the announcement, the exemption will standardize visa regime measures for all Western Balkan regions.

Looking Ahead

The decision will be moved to the European Parliament, where final approval and modifications will be made. If approved, the exemption measures would apply at the beginning of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) operation or no later than January 2024.

Continue to check the European Union’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The European Council, Council of the European Union

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