Kosovo is a disputed territory and de facto independent country in South Eastern Europe, in central Balkans, with its capital as Pristina. After a lengthy and often violent dispute with Serbia, Kosovo declared independence in February 2008 and (as of 16 October 2012) 110 UN states recognize this and it has become a member country of the IMF and World Bank as the Republic of Kosovo.
Though a secular republic, it is largely Albanian-speaking (although both Albanian and Serbian are spoken) and Muslim but there are also significant numbers of minorities living within its borders. The Euro is its official currency.
Types of Visa to Kosovo
There are several visa types that can be granted to travelers who wish to get into Kosovo, and this depends on the purpose of the travel.
- Tourist Visa
- Business Visa
- Work Visa
Where to Go
There is no Kosovar embassy or consulate here in Nigeria, but bearers of valid multiple entry Schengen visa may enter the Republic of Kosovo without having to obtain a Kosovo visa. On arrival though, if you intend staying for some time you would need to register at the Police Department for the Registration of Foreigners.
So you could acquire a Schengen visa from any of the Schengen member country’s consulate here in Nigeria such as the Austrian embassy, this will allow you entrance into the Kosovar borders.
Embassy of Austria in Abuja, Nigeria
Plot 9, Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.
Phone: +234-706-4183226, +234 (0)9 291 5465
Website URL: www.aussenministerium.at/abuja
Here are the required documents needed when applying for a business visa.
- Visa application form completely filled (in block letters) and signed.
- Recent passport sized photographs which captures the full face with a light background is required.
- National passport with validity exceeding the expected return date, with at least two blank pages.
- Copy of the passports data sheet (page on which the photo is located).
- Copies of your previous visas (if any).
- A cover letter stating the purpose of visit to Kosovo and itinerary.
- Flight Itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Kosovo.
- Health Insurance. Proof of health insurance covering international travel.
- Foreign Exchange or Credit Card copy. Applicant must provide Foreign Exchange or Credit Card copy.
- Hotel reservation for the duration of the intended stay in Kosovo.
- A proof of your civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse if applicable).
- Proof of legal stay (if the application is not presented in the country of origin).
- Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Kosovo.
- If you will be receiving financial support from a host or other sponsor in Kosovo, their bank statement would be required. Please provide a copy of that individual’s bank statement. Please note that the invitation letter from your host should specifically state the types of support they will be providing (financial, accommodations, etc.).
- Original Business letter, signed by the inviting company on the company letter paper, providing information about the travel purpose, specifying the type and desired validity of the visa.
- Proof of previous trade relations between the two companies, if any exists.
- Certificate of employment (if employed).
- If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.
- A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel (if employed).
- Trade register excerpt or the like (for self-employed).
- Bank statement for the last 3 months.
- Proof of group travel (if the travel is going to done in a group).
- Trade License (first issued and present renewal).
- Visa fees for visa
According to each individual case the competent embassy may request for additional documentation.
For further information, and all types of visas, please call or visit the appropriate embassy in Nigeria.