EU member states have approved the planned abolition of visas for citizens of Kosovo starting next year, the Council of the EU announced. Visa liberalization for Kosovo must also be approved by the European Parliament.
The new rules will allow Kosovo passport holders to travel to the EU without a visa for a stay of 90 days in any 180-day period. This visa exemption will apply from the date of the start of operation of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), scheduled for November this year.
If ETIAS becomes operational later, the visa waiver will apply from 1 January 2024.
EU countries and the European Parliament agreed on the abolition of the visa requirement for citizens of Kosovo at the end of last year.
“Kosovo has worked hard to improve security and migration management and to harmonize its visa policy with the EU visa policy. We hope that our cooperation in these areas will continue to be fruitful,” emphasized the Swedish Minister for Migration Maria Malmer Stenergard.