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Going to Kosovo
Posted October 19th, 2011 - 8:17 am by from Porto, Portugal (Permalink)
Hello everyone! I'm really sorry to be asking this again, as it seems everyone asks the same, but I really need to know something... So, Im arriving in Skopje and my initial plans were to go to Prishtina and from there to Belgrade (where I have my flight back). I dont really have loads of time as im only travelling for a week, but my question is: how is the border issue? if i enter Kosovo from Macedonia and then try to go to Serbia what will happen? Is there any other way? Is it better to go directly from Skopje to Belgrade and the all the way back to Kosovo or just doing the normal route?

Thank you a lot,

Posted October 19th, 2011 - 10:00 am by from Gdansk, Poland (Permalink)
Sorry to say that - if you don't have entrance Serbian stamp in your passport you cannot go to Belgrade from Pristina. And in Macedonian-Kosovo border you will get only Kosovo entry stamp (if you get any, I usually ask not to get).

Other way is possible. The only problem is going FROM Kosovo TO Serbia if you didn't enter Kosovo from Serbia.

Posted October 19th, 2011 - 10:16 am by from Brussels, Belgium (Permalink)
Hi there,

as said: no chance to enter Serbia from Kosovo if you were not in Serbia before. They usually don't make exceptions so don't cry. Having a Kosovo stamp is however no problem so you don't have to be concerned if you get one.

So the options are

1) Skopje-Pristina-Skopje-Belgrade
2) Skopje-Belgrade and Kosovo for a trip next year
3) Skopje-Presevo-Pristina-Belgrade

If you enter Serbia directly from Macedonia and then 'turn left' and go to Pristina via Gjilan you won't have any problem re-entering Serbia afterwards. This all depends on your time, it's definitely the more 'exotic' version. If you don't fancy that the first option might be worth considering. Skopje-Pristina is only two hours so you wouldn't lose that much time and still see Kosovo. Definitely do NOT travel to Belgrade first and then all the way down to Kosovo again...

Cheers and enjoy our travels!

Posted December 12th, 2012 - 5:27 pm by from Strasbourg, France (Permalink)
And what about now?

I urgently need information how does it work after the IMF was introduced.

My plan is (everything by train except Merdare/Podujevo)

Kosovo (via Merdare/Podujevo)

Should I rather make it the other way round?

Serbia (via Podujevo/Merdare)

On the other hand, I'm a Schengen citizen, so I may simply show my ID card instead of the passport ... Right?

Posted December 12th, 2012 - 7:34 pm by from Pristina, Kosovo (Permalink)
your first scenario is absolutely a better choice. nothing is ever a guarantee, but if you attempt to enter Serbia from Kosovo and the MOST RECENT entry stamp is NOT from Serbia -- they will almost certainly deny you entry. Schengen citizens should be allowed, but again - there are no guarantees.
the crossings throughout the kosovo/serbia border are operating EXACTLY the same as they were before the IBM (slowly and inconsistently).

if trains are what you like, you can take the train as far as Nis - that's the biggest stop for getting a bus into Kosovo (although buses are available to Kosovo from Novi Sad and Belgrade as well.)
hope that helped.

Posted December 12th, 2012 - 8:02 pm by from Uzice, Serbia (Permalink)
All Schengen citizens (in this case both Luis and Filu) should be able to enter Serbia from Kosovo by showing their national ID. The passport is needed for entering Kosovo, but once crossing to Serbia, show only your ID. You'll have to show your passport too if asked (most probably), but I haven't heard of a single problem nor a person being sent back to enter Serbia from a proper border.

Posted December 12th, 2012 - 8:03 pm by from Uzice, Serbia (Permalink)
Of course, forgot to mention, that it doesn't apply to other EU citizens, just those of the Schengen area..