Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (April 23, 2020)

Location: Kosovo.

Event:Updated flight information from Pristina International Airport (see specific instructions for American citizens and Legal Permanent Residents below).

UPDATE. This is the best information we have at the moment. If/when booking tickets, ensure you verify with the airline or travel agent. There is a flight departing Pristina International Airport, Monday, 27 April at 1550 ( We believe this flight is a viable option for those intending to return to the U.S. There are no direct connections to the U.S. that same evening (arrives in VIE at 1730), however there are connections to Amsterdam and Heathrow. From there you should be able to proceed to the U.S. either that same evening, or the next day.

UPDATE. All passengers must have travel booked all the way to their U.S. destination or they will not be able to board in Pristina. In both Vienna and Amsterdam, passengers cannot leave the terminal and food options are limited to non-existent. We are recommending that passengers do not overnight in the Vienna terminal because the airline may choose not to board you for an extremely long layover. LPRs (green card holders) cannot transit Amsterdam, however they can transit Heathrow. London has hotel options for those staying less than 48 hours; if you book via Heathrow let us know and we can provide that list to you.

UPDATE. All travelers please alert us ( of your full itinerary so that we can inform the transit airports and customs. Check that your passports and LPR cards are valid (not expired). If you are not a citizen or permanent resident, please check with us before booking a flight, as the restrictions are tight and changing rapidly. If you book and are not permitted to enter the U.S. or one of the transit airports, you will be denied boarding in Pristina.

UPDATE. There are additional flights listed on the Pristina International Airport Facebook page: Zurich, and Dusseldorf. The Zurich flight is unconfirmed and not likely to happen, and Dusseldorf is not viable because there are no transit options.

Archived Information:

On April 15, 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. 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 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 last digit of their foreign passport number. Please check the Ministry of Health web site for more information.

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.