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

Country: Kosovo

Event:Details and corrections to today’s message.

UPDATE. This is the best information we have at the moment, but please ensure you verify with the airline or travel agent. The flight departing Pristina International Airport, Monday, 27 April at 1550 ( to Vienna (VIE) may be a viable option for American citizens, but it carries the risk of extended periods in transit terminals and uncertain connections. We cannot confirm any same day connections to London (LHR), Frankfurt (FRA), or Amsterdam (AMS), as was advertised yesterday. We apologize for the confusion. Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) cannot make two connections within the Schengen Zone without a Schengen visa, so unless they can prove they have the proper travel documents, we will instruct Prishtina Airways to not board them on this flight. The same rules apply for all non-citizens such as visa holders, those with advanced parole, etc. If you have a question, please contact us ( before booking.

We are not recommending this flight because of the extended periods in the transit terminal(s), the complicated transit restrictions, and the risk of cancelled connections. However, if you are an American citizen and you do choose to take this flight you must book your trip all the way through to the final destination. Alert us at so that we can assist as much as possible in your journey.

UPDATE. Although nothing is firm at this point, we are actively monitoring several possible options within the next 10 days.

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.