Travel Advice for Kosovo - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Thursday, 18 August 2016, 05:18:44 +1000


2016 Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

While every care has been taken in preparing this travel information for travellers, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees including any member of Australia's consular staff abroad, can accept liability for injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any statement contained therein.

Travel Advice Levels

LocationLevel
Kosovo overallHigh degree of caution
Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan municipalities and North MitrovicaReconsider your need to travel

This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial changes. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Kosovo overall.

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This means your dependent children or grandchildren under the age of 21 at the date of policy issue who are travelling with you.

Summary

  • We advise you toexercise a high degree of cautionin Kosovo because of the threat of politically-motivated violence. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks. SeeSafety and security.

  • The overall security situation in Kosovo is generally calm but there have been anti-government protests mainly in Pristina and Gjakova. Protests in Pristina can turn violent, as they did most recently on 9 January 2016.

  • You should avoid all public gatherings, political rallies, demonstrations and protests as they may turn violent.

  • We advise you toreconsider your need to travelto the northern part of the city of Mitrovica and Kosovo's three northern municipalities of Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan because of the high threat of politically-motivated violence.

  • There is a high degree of tension at the northern Kosovo border crossings of Jarinje and Brnjak (also known as Gates 1 and 31). If you intend to travel between Serbia and Kosovo, you should consider alternative routes.

  • Serbia does not recognise entry points direct from Kosovo. You should not attempt to enter Serbia from Kosovo unless you initially travelled into Kosovo from Serbia.

  • There is an ongoing risk of terrorism in Europe. In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities. See ourTerrorist Threat Overseasbulletin.

  • Australia does not have a resident Embassy or Consulate in Kosovo. TheAustralian Embassy in Vienna, Austriaprovides consular assistance to Australians in Kosovo.

  • SeeTravel Smartfor general advice for all travellers.

  • Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:

  • Entry and exit

    Kosovo Foreign Ministry'sEmbassy or Consulate of KosovoSafety and securitySerbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Safety and security

    www.aco.nato.int/KFORwww.unmik.unmissions.orgwww.radiokfor.comreconsider your need to travelTerrorist Threat Overseasreport a lost or stolen passportAustralian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate

    Local travel

    road travelAviation Safety Networkair travel

    Laws

    Consular Services CharterLGBTI travellers

    Health

    travel insuranceWorld Health Organization (WHO)healthWHO

    Where to get help

    Consular Services CharterAustralian Embassy in Vienna, Austriaaustemb@aon.atwww.austria.embassy.gov.au/Embassybritishembassy.pristina@fco.gov.ukregisterAustralian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate

    Additional information

    Humanitarian Early Warning Service
  • DFAT country information

  • the Australian Government'sStay Smart Onlinesafety and security website

  • the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC)SCAM Watchwebsite