Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (April 3, 2020)

Location: Kosovo

Event: Update to limited scheduled flights departing Kosovo.

UPDATE. Limited international commercial flight options currently exist in Kosovo. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Kosovo at this time.

UPDATE. This Sunday, 05 April, a sold-out flight is scheduled to depart to Zurich with a direct connection to Newark, NJ. Embassy staff will be at the airport to assist. Based on recent experience, we recommend: 1) Bring cash (euros) to pay additional bag fees and incidentals (credit card machine was not working on Wed), and 2) Have an accessible paper or electronic copy of your tickets with final destination in the U.S. If the airline cannot verify your follow-on tickets they cannot board you on the flight.

UPDATE. This morning we called everyone who registered with us using this online FORM expressing interest in returning to the U.S. who did not already inform us of their travel plans. There may be flights available to London Stansted and London Gatwick in the coming week. We will share this information via STEP. Contact us at if you choose to take advantage of those flights.

We have been organizing flights with our international partners, and assisting U.S. citizens in booking flights, selecting viable routes, and clearing through connecting airports since 18 March. At this point, if you do not take advantage of the above option, you should have a plan to remain in place in Kosovo until travel patterns return to normal.

Archived Information:

On March 27, we asked all U.S. Citizens in Kosovo who wish to be notified if commercial flights or evacuation options to the U.S. become available must complete this online FORM. Completing this form will enable us to compile accurate information on potential travelers, and the data will be held in strict confidentiality. If you previously contacted us, we already have your information, but recommend filling out this form if you have the capability to do so. Please also complete the form for all minor children.

Please view this brief video message by the Consular Chief regarding the current situation:

On March 19, the Department of State issued a 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.