EU ministers agree to visa-free travel for Kosovo passport holders

European Union interior ministers agreed at a meeting on March 9 that holders of Kosovo passports should be allowed to travel to the EU without a visa for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.

This exemption from the visa requirement will apply as of the date when the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) comes into operation or from January 1 2024, whichever comes first.

The new rules now need to be adopted by the European Parliament before they can be signed and published in the EU official journal.

Earlier, the European Commission (EC) proposed to lift the visa requirement for holders of passports issued by Kosovo, having found that Kosovo had made significant progress in all blocks of the visa liberalisation roadmap.

The exemption from the visa requirement will ensure that the whole Western Balkan region is under the same visa system.

The EC is continue to actively monitor the implementation of these requirements, including visa policy alignment, through the post-visa liberalisation mechanism.


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