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EU allows Kosovo Citizens with Serbian passports to enter visa-free

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Following the EU’s decision to allow Kosovars to travel visa-free for short-term stays from January 1, 2024, the European Commission has issued visa-free visas for Serbs living in Kosovo who hold passports issued in Serbia.

The European Commission proposed to amend Regulation (EU) 2018/1806 exempting holders of Serbian passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate from visa requirements.

This is because there is no longer any reason for Serbian passport holders residing in Serbia to be exempted from the need for a visa.

Kosovo was not allowed visa-free travel to the borderless Schengen area of ​​the European Union, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported.

In April this year, the European Commission announced that from January 1 next year, Kosovars will be able to travel to EU countries visa-free for more than 90 days out of 180 days.

However, it was emphasized that visa liberalization applies only to Kosovo passport holders, and not to nationals holding passports of the Coordination Directorate, which operates within the Ministry of Interior of Serbia.

In view of the abolition of visa requirements for Kosovars, the European Commission has presented a new proposal that also covers holders of passports issued in Belgrade. After visa liberalization, only Serbian passport holders residing in Kosovo will no longer have the possibility of visa-free travel.

This policy change is expected to significantly facilitate travel for many people in the Western Balkans and boost mobility, cultural and economic exchanges with the EU. It also underlines the EU’s commitment to addressing regional inequalities and promoting inclusiveness in visa policy.


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Kosovo was the last Western Balkan country not to have such an agreement with the EU. Kosovars have been waiting for more than 10 years to enter the EU without a visa. However, this process is not yet complete, although the European Commission considers the country to have met all necessary conditions in 2018.

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