Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo (March 30, 2020)

Event: Update to flight options departing Kosovo. If you plan to depart Kosovo please read each paragraph below marked UPDATE, to include new flight information.

UPDATE. This morning we spoke to each of you who expressed interest in leaving Kosovo in order to clarify your plans. The guidance below is a summary of information we gathered from numerous official sources and is what we are using for our own staff. However, these regulations are changing on a daily basis and individual travelers are responsible for verifying transit requirements.

UPDATE. The flight departing Pristina International Airport on 01 April to Zurich is SOLD OUTThere is a new flight listed ( on 05 Apr to Zurich (1345 arrival). If you plan on departing, please book immediately. There are other flights to Malmo, Basel, and Dusseldorf, but we have not been able to confirm viable transit options. We do not recommend you book those flights unless you can confirm your travels plans all the way through to your U.S. destination.

UPDATE. Passengers will need to show proof of tickets purchased for each leg of their journey back to the U.S. in order to board these flights. Additionally, you will not be permitted to exit the airport terminal due to Covid-19 restrictions. The best information we have (sources below) indicates that both American citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) may transit Zurich and Heathrow to the U.S. as long as they can show that they are booked on each leg. Another option that may be viable (unconfirmed) for American citizens (but not LPRs) is Zurich to Schiphol (Amsterdam). There are several direct flights from Schiphol to the U.S. on KLM and Delta. Please check their websites for info. You can also contact Alta Via travel, or another travel agent, for assistance at Please remember to book your trip all the way through to your final U.S. destination and check transit requirements, particularly for Zurich to Schiphol.

UPDATE. The below websites are from the governments of the U.K. and Switzerland and explain the transit requirements and exemptions for both countries. We recommend you print a copy and bring it with you to show to boarding agents if asked.

Archive 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.