After Kosovo authorities launched a campaign for visa-free travel within the Schengen area, the EU Ambassador to Kosovo, Tomáš Szunyog, warned that the country’s citizens could face significant restrictions if they do not respect the rules and exceed the allowed stay.
In an interview with Kallxo Përnime, Ambassador Szunyog said that when the visa exemption agreement begins to be implemented, Kosovo citizens will have to ensure that they do not stay in the Schengen space for more than 90 days in a 180-day period.
On the other hand, if such a regulation is not respected by Kosovo citizens, Ambassador Szunyog warned that they could be banned from entering the Schengen area for up to 10 years.
He emphasized that if a person stays in the area for more than 90 days in a 180-day period, it essentially means they are staying illegally, warning of the need for action.
He further noted that visa liberalization is related to the issuance of visas to the Schengen area for tourism purposes, stressing that the visa liberalization agreement does not allow for work or study in the area Schengen. Ambassador Szunyog further clarified that in addition to the possibility of some people being banned from entering the Schengen area, if many people are found not to respect the regulations, the decision to liberalize visas could be suspended completely.
Reminding Kosovo citizens of these restrictions, Ambassador Szunyog suggested that everyone should know about these regulations because they will harm not only themselves but also the whole country.
During the information campaign on visa-free travel regulations in the Schengen area launched by the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, Kosovar people prepared for “what is to come”.
They are reminded that although they will no longer need a visa from 1 January 2024, they will still need to carry certain documents, such as a biometric passport, evidence of having Accommodation and travel itinerary, return flights, and other documents.