Last update 16 August 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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Republic of Kosovo
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pristina
Address: Kosovo, Pristina, Dragodan/Arberid, 12 Ismail Qemali Str.
Telephone: +381 38 245 540
Fax: +381 38 245 543
Office hours: 08:30-16:30
Out-of-hours hotline: +37745590408
E-mail: [email protected]
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Bulgaria
Office Address: 1000 Sofia, 28 “Bacho Kiro” str.
Telephone: +359 2 983 39 99
Fax: +359 2 983 52 22
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
E-mail: [email protected]
The euro is the official currency. In municipalities with predominantly Serbian population, the Serbian dinar is used.
Crime and security
In major cities of the Republic of Kosovo, average household crime rates are reported. It is recommended to avoid moving outside the city centre late at night.
Travellers should avoid visits to remote locations due to the possible presence of mines left over from the war.
Local law allows duty free imports of items and goods for personal use, as follows: 200 cigarettes, 1 litre of alcohol, 2 litres of wine (for people over 17 years) and other items of total value of 175 euros.
Cars travel with “short” lights on all year long.
Legislation on road traffic in the Republic of Kosovo provides any serious traffic violation and accident to be considered by a panel of the respective District Court.
The European car insurance “Green card” of civil liability is not valid on the territory of Kosovo.
When travelling by vehicle with Bulgarian license plates, the driver must pay a local insurance “Civil Liability”, with prices starting from 32 euros for 15 days.
Payment is to be made in the offices of insurance companies at border check-points upon entry.
The level of healthcare is average.
There is no need for any special vaccinations.
Travel papers and visas
Bulgarian citizens enter the territory of the Republic of Kosovo with a valid Bulgarian passport or a valid biometrics ID card.
Bulgarian citizens can enter and reside in the territory of Kosovo without visas for up to ninety (90) days within 6 (six) months from the date of first entry. Border authorities may require proof of purpose of the visit.
It is recommended that travellers avoid visits to Northern Mitrovica and the entire North region, unless strictly necessary.
Due to periodic protests and blockades of border checkpoints Barnyak and Jarinje in northern Kosovo, it is recommended that travellers use alternative check-points for border crossing between Serbia and Kosovo - Merdare and Gnjilane.
Serbian authorities do not to allow passage into Serbia from Kosovo if entry on the territory of Kosovo was from Macedonia, Albania or Montenegro. There have been cases when Serbian authorities have refused access to the territory of Serbia to foreigners who have a stamp from Kosovo in their passport.
Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents
The Consular Office at the Embassy has the technical capability to collect biometric data and is therefore accepting applications for all types of Bulgarian identity documents - passports, identity cards, driving licenses and a temporary passports.
Legalisation and Certification
To serve before the institutions of the other country, acts/documents drawn up within each of the two countries should bear the stamp of the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is to be certified by the consulate office of the sending State.
In the case of birth, marriage or death of a Bulgarian citizen on the territory of Kosovo, Bulgarian citizens should receive the respective document from the local administration, certifying the event.
In the Republic of Kosovo, civil status acts are issued by the municipality of the event and should be legalised under the following order:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo;
- Embassy of Bulgaria in Pristina (the fee is 20 euros for each document);
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Then, the document is to be submitted before the respective Bulgarian municipality for registration of the event.