Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (April 15, 2020)

Location: Kosovo.

Event: Tightening restrictions on freedom of movement in Kosovo.

UPDATE: As of Wednesday, April 15th, the government of Kosovo introduced additional movement restrictions. All residents in Kosovo will have a daily limit of  90 minutes to leave their premises to accomplish essential tasks. Although some of the details are still being clarified, the safest interpretation of the current guidance is that it applies to all municipalities. If you need additional assistance or clarification, please call the toll free emergency number 112.

Persons over the age of 16 can leave their homes for the supply of essential goods (food and medicine for people and animals, and hygiene products) and to perform financial duties and other needs (payments, banking) for 90 minutes only. The schedule of movement is based on the second to last digit of their ID number. For foreign residents that do not possess a Kosovo ID, their movement schedule is based on the second-to-last digit of their foreign passport number. The schedule changes every few days and is available on the link below.

Hefty fines have been introduced for individuals and legal entities who fail to comply with these measures, which will be in place at least until May 4th. The complete set of rules are not currently available in English, however we expect that to be updated. Please check Ministry of Health web site for more information.

Archived Information: 

On April 11, the last scheduled flight departed Pristina International Airport. We don’t have any information regarding flights in May or beyond. If/when new flights are added, we will send an update via Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

On March 31, the Department of State updated the Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel, due to the global impact of COVID-19. 

On March 16, the United States Embassy in Pristina reduced staffing and operations, however, emergency consular services for U.S. citizens continue to be available. To apply for an emergency passport, or if you have any other urgent matter, contact 

Actions to Take: 

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy web page on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Kosovo.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.