Message for U.S. Citizens: Registering and Taking the U.S. Foreign Service Exam in Pristina, Kosovo (December 6, 2019)

We are pleased to announce that U.S. Embassy Pristina is an official testing site for the 2020 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)! Registering for the FSOT is the first step in becoming a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State.  The mission of an FSO – as a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service – …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (December 2, 2019)

Location: Kosovo, countrywide Event: During the holiday season security measures in Kosovo remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe. Violent extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets. Actions …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: ACS Newsletter Summer Edition  (15 August,  2019)

We are pleased to present the summer edition of the American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter. Articles in this issue include: o Swim Safety o Embassy Move o Peja Brewery – Unseen Kosovo o Jalapenos Grow In Kosovo—American Business Highlight o Need Fingerprints? Here’s Where to Go! o Passport Application Change o Road Sign of the Quarter You …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (July 25, 2019)

Location: Kosovo, countrywide Event: During the summer season security measures in Kosovo remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology. Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, large public gatherings, shopping malls, transportation hubs, clubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners. Actions to Take: Exercise …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (April 25, 2019)

Location: Luan Haradinaj St., Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on April 26, 2019 beginning at 1000. Vetevendosje political party will hold a protest demanding the dismissal of Kosovo’s chief prosecutor. Actions to Take: Avoid the area (Luan Haradinaj St in Pristina, Kosovo) Monitor local media for updates. Avoid crowds. Avoid demonstrations Keep …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (February 7, 2019)

Location: Main police headquarters, Luan Haradinaj St, Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on February 7, 2019 beginning at 1200. The Youth Initiative for Human Rights intends to protest against the “legitimized violence within the Kosovo Police against women and girls”. Vetevendosje has announced their planned participation in the protest. Actions to Take: …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (December 7, 2018)

Location: Kosovo, countrywide Event: During the holiday season security measures in Kosovo remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners Actions …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (September 26, 2018)

Location: National Library and Zahir Pajaziti Square in Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on September 29, 2018 beginning at 1400.  Vetevendosje political party will hold a protest opposing the Kosovo President calls in favor of Kosovo-Serbia border correction.    Actions to Take: Avoid the area (National Library and Zahir Pajaziti Square …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (September 26, 2018)

Location: Justice Palace in Ajvali, Kosovo. Event: Group of former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members will hold a protest today, September 26, 2018 beginning at 13:00, to assert their stand on the protection of the values of war and the dignity of the KLA fighters. Actions to Take: Avoid the area (Justice Palace in Ajvali, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (September 5, 2018)

Location: Zahir Pajaziti Square, Luan Haradinaj St. and Mother Teresa Boulevard in Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on September 5, 2018 beginning at 1800.  Civil society will hold a protest against the political involvement in the judicial system, particularly demanding the resignation of the Chief Prosecutor and calling for vetting of the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. Follow …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (August 29, 2018)

Location: Zahir Pajaziti Square, Luan Haradinaj St. and Mother Teresa Boulevard in Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on August 29, 2018 beginning at 1800.  Civil society will hold a protest against the political involvement in the judicial system, particularly demanding the resignation of the Chief Prosecutor.  Today’s protest is a follow-up to …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (August 22, 2018)

Location: Zahir Pajaziti Square in Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on August 22, 2018 beginning at 1800.  Civil society will hold a protest against the political involvement in the judicial system, particularly demanding the resignation of the Chief Prosecutor. Actions to Take: Avoid the area (Zahir Pajaziti Square in Pristina, Kosovo) Monitor …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Pristina-Skopje Road Advisory (May 8, 2018)

U.S. Embassy Pristina informs U.S. citizens that according to reports published in local media, the main road between Kacanik and Hani i Elezit will be closed today, May 8, 2018 at 10:00 due to potential landslides and cracks in the asphalt.  Starting today and until further notice, travelers using this route may experience periodic interruptions. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (May 2, 2018)

Location: Zahir Pajaziti Square in Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on May 3, 2018, beginning at 1100.  The Association of Kosovo Journalists will hold a demonstration on Freedom of Speech Day to call for improved cooperation between journalists and security/judicial institutions. Actions to Take: Avoid the area (Zahir Pajaziti Square in Pristina, Kosovo) …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (March 27, 2018)

Location: Kosovo, countrywide Event: The Department of State wishes to alert U.S. Citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks in Kosovo, particularly during holiday seasons. U.S. Citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events around the Catholic and Orthodox Easter celebrations.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, bars, houses of worship, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (March 7, 2018)

Location: Skenderbeu Square, adjacent to the Assembly building in Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on March 7, 2018 beginning at 12:00.   Several student organizations intend to protest in support of ratifying the Border Demarcation Agreement in the Assembly. Actions to Take: Avoid the area (Skenderbeu Square in Pristina) Monitor local media …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (February 23, 2018)

Location: Skenderbeu Square, near the government/parliament building in Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstration will begin at 1000, and will take place in Skenderbeu Square in Pristina and near the government/parliament building. Traffic disruptions are possible. An exact number of protest participants is unknown. Please use caution if in the area. Actions to Take: Avoid the area …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (February 8, 2018)

Location: Zahir Pajaziti Square to continue to the Skenderbeu Square in Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on February 8, 2018 beginning at 12:00.   The Union of the Energetic Corporation intends to protest by demanding an increase in their salaries. Actions to Take: Avoid the area (National Theater at Skenderbeu Square in …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (January 31, 2018)

Location: National Theater at Skenderbeu Square in Pristina, Kosovo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on January 31, 2018 beginning at 12:00. Citizens intend to protest the high levels of air pollution in the capital Pristina. Actions to Take: Avoid the area (National Theater at Skenderbeu Square in Pristina). Monitor local media for updates. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration December 20, 2017

U.S. Embassy Pristina informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in front of KEDS (Dardania area) in Pristina on December 20, beginning at 12:00. The protesters are expected to move to the Kosovo Ministry of Economic Development/Energy and, later, to the Kosovo Government Building. Several civil society organizations will be demonstrating with …

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Worldwide Caution, December 6, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration November 28, 2017

U.S. Embassy Pristina informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in front of the National Theater at Skenderbeu Square in Pristina, beginning at 1400 on November 28.  Several organizations associated with the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the imprisonment of several Kosovo citizens …

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Europe Travel Alert, November 16, 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration November 5, 2017

The U.S. Embassy Pristina informs U.S. citizens that protests are expected to take along Mother Teresa Blvd, between the National Library and Kosovo Government Building today, November 5, 2017 starting at 15:00. Use caution if in the area. We anticipate the size of the protest to be approximately several thousand people. Even demonstrations intended to …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration November 3, 2017

The U.S. Embassy Pristina informs U.S. citizens that protests are expected to take place at Zahir Pajaziti Square, beginning at 1400 on November 3 (today).  Protestors may gather at Zahir Pajaziti square and move in the direction to the Embassy of Macedonia.  Traffic disruptions are expected in the downtown area and may affect other areas …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Merdare border crossing November 1, 2017

  U.S. Embassy Pristina informs U.S. citizens that according to local media, Kosovo Police is advising the public to avoid the Merdare border crossing between Kosovo and Serbia due to construction work on the border facilities.  Starting today and continuing until November 15, 2017, travelers using this border crossing may experience periodic interruptions in service resulting in longer-than-normal …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration August 10, 2016

The U.S. Embassy Pristina informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations in Pristina are expected to begin at Zahir Pajaziti Square, continuing along Mother Teresa Road in close proximity to government buildings on August 10, 2016 starting at 19:00.  The protest is projected to move toward and ultimately end near the government buildings.  A group of citizens …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration August 8, 2016

The U.S. Embassy Pristina informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations in Pristina are expected to begin at Zahir Pajaziti Square, continuing along Mother Teresa Road in close proximity to government buildings on August 8, 2016 starting at 19:00.  A group of citizens in Kosovo will be demonstrating against the Government of Kosovo.  The anticipated size of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration August 5, 2016

The U.S. Embassy Pristina informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations in Pristina are expected to begin at Zahir Pajaziti Square, continuing along Mother Teresa Road in close proximity to government buildings on August 5, 2016 starting at 18:00.  A political party in Kosovo will be demonstrating against the Government of Kosovo.  The anticipated size of the …

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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the USAID Property Rights Program

Thank you for the kind introduction, Merita.  I’ve had a warm welcome on my first visit to Viti/Vitina.  Greetings Deputy Prime Minister Kuçi, Mayor Haliti and other distinguished guests including Supreme Court Chief Justice Hasani and Kosovo Judicial Council Chairperson Idrizi. Like all parents, I want the best for my children — and that includes …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration June 28, 2016

The U.S. Embassy Pristina informs U.S. citizens that Vidovdan gatherings are expected to take place at the Gazimestan monument beginning at 13:00 (today) on June 28, 2016, the Liturgy at the Monastery Gracanica  at 13:00, and in North Mitrovica  at the square “Sumadija” at 16:00.  The various groups of citizens will be commemorating the Battle …

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