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Kosovo Travel Guide

Kosovo — Visas and Vaccinations

All nationalities may enter Kosovo visa-free with a valid passport. Travelers are granted a 90-day visit, but longer stays are possible through in-country visa renewal. Healthcare is still behind that of most other European nations and security remains an issue, meaning visitors should keep abreast of their government’s warnings.

Health and Safety

No specific vaccinations are required for a visit to Kosovo, but it's worth noting that Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever is endemic in the country’s central region. Mosquito-borne diseases are also present, and visitors who feel feverish should get checked out as soon as possible. All routine shots should be kept up to date.

Kosovo’s health system is underfunded, with hospitals unable to afford specialty equipment and medical professionals often untrained in modern techniques. A shortage of prescriptions is also a problem, with visitors on regular medication urged to bring adequate supplies. Visitors should purchase full health insurance for the trip, and a medivac add-on is recommended.

Although the security situation in the country remains tense, the bulk of Kosovo is as safe as the rest of the Balkans. Areas to avoid are: Leposavic, Zvecan, Zubin Potok, and Mitrovica city. It’s best to always use common sense as you would in your home country in crowded places, the airport, on public transportation, and in tourist hubs as pickpocketing and street crime is common.

It’s recommended that you avoid driving at night, as much for road safety reasons (no lights) as for risk of attack. If you’re planning outdoor activities such as hiking or walking, note that a few areas still contain hidden mines and other munitions from the Kosovo War.

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