Packed into a relatively small place, Kosovo has breathtakingly beautiful mountain peaks, waterfalls and wildflower meadows, fascinating cultural treasures, Ottoman-era buildings, stone houses, churches, mosques and medieval fresco paintings. There are rivers for fishing, lakes for swimming and fabulous walking and mountain-biking trails. - Bradt Travel Guides
Safety, Security & Health
Sites regarding safety, security, and/or health:
U.S. Embassy in Kosovo
U.S. State Department of Kosovo
CIA World Factbook Kosovo Page
History of U.S. Relations With Kosovo
Center for Disease Control
The two official languages of Kosovo are Albanian and Serbian. Albanians from Kosovo speak a Gegë dialect and Albanians from Albania speak a Tosk dialect.
While most Kosovars speak Albanian you may also wish to learn Serbian phrases. You will also find that many Kosovars are very good with English and German.
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Prishtina International Airport serves flights from numerous Western European countries and Turkey. Whether you are flying an American or European airline, you will most likely have a stopover en route in a major European city. Flights from the U.S. generally are on United or Delta and their partner airlines, such as with Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich; Austria Airlines via Vienna, or Swiss Air via Zurich. Adria Airlines, the Slovenian airline, connects passengers from these hubs into Pristina. Turkish Airlines from the U.S. connects to Pristina via Istanbul.
It is recommended that you choose a flight with the short and most comfortable layover and which will give you enough time to connect to your flight to Pristina. The presence of budget carriers like Wiz Air, Pegasus, Easy Jet and Air Berlin makes it easy to find inexpensive alternative flights in and out of Pristina. Currently, there are low-cost fares from Pristina to Budapest, London, Paris, and Berlin.
Alternatively, you can fly into Skopje’s International Airport in Macedonia (which has a wider and sometimes cheaper range of flights) and reach Pristina by bus, car or taxi from there (1-2 hours, traffic dependent).
You may wish to book your flight through a travel agent, directly with the airline, or through one of the many internet travel organizations, such as:
Links for more information on Kosovo
For more specific information on Kosovo please visit the following:
Wikipedia - Kosovo
Urban Travel Blog
All visitors to Kosovo, including U.S. citizens, need a valid passport to enter Kosovo and may be asked to provide documentation stating the purpose of their visit.
The U.S. State Department's STEP Program
The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Kosovo enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment sends security email updates and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.
Kosovo Flag centered on a dark blue field is a gold-colored silhouette of Kosovo surmounted by six white, five-pointed stars arrayed in a slight arc; each star represents one of the major ethnic groups of Kosovo: Albanians, Serbs, Turks, Gorani, Roma, and Bosniaks