Kosovo amends a number of coronavirus disease-related restrictions as of Sept. 25. Significant business and travel disruptions remain.
Alert Begins 01 Oct 2020 05:40 PM UTC
Alert Expires 03 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
As of Sept. 25, authorities in Kosovo eased domestic restrictions introduced to combat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Simoultaneously, health officials will tighten international entry restrictions. Nationwide, the nightly curfew has been lifted, and many religious, cultural, sporting, and recreational activities are permitted to resume with strict sanitization measures. Restaurants, cafes, and bars are prohibited from operating from 2230-0500. Indoor and outdoor public gatherings are limited to five people. Protective face coverings are mandatory in all enclosed and outdoor public spaces and social distancing of 2 meters (6 feet) must be observed where possible.
All travelers arriving from countries where the overall risk of COVID-19 is considered "high" according to European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) must provide a negative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test no older than 72 hours prior to arrival. Travelers transiting through Kosovo, as long as they leave Kosovo within three hours of entry, as well as travelers arriving at the Pristina International Airport (PRN) who are willing to sign a statement promising to leave Kosovo within three hours, are exempt. All of Kosovo's land border crossings have been reopened since early June.
Authorities could extend, reimpose, or otherwise amend any restrictions at any time based on disease activity over the coming days and weeks.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.