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This article was originally published on December 5, 2022, and was updated on March 16, 2023, to reflect new information.

March 15, 2023, Update: The European Council (EC) approved short-term visa-free travel options for nationals of Kosovo. As a result, holders of a Kosovo passport will be permitted to enter and remain in the European Union (EU) for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

These measures will become effective on January 1, 2024, or at the implementation of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), whichever comes first. According to the council, this decision will better align with the Western Balkan region’s visa regime.

Original Post From December 5, 2022:

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


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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