In the early 20th century, Kosovo was incorporated into Serbia (later part of Yugoslavia). Following years of conflict and war, Kosovo declared its independence and become a separate country in February 2008. However, Serbia along with its ally Russia did not recognise Kosovo’s independence. To this day, Serbia considers Kosovo to be part of their country. The authorities in Serbia don’t consider the designated crossing points from Kosovo to be official ‘international’ border crossing points. This causes a lot of implications for travellers. To top it up, there is a lot of conflicting information about crossing those two borders. If you want to visit both, Serbia and Kosovo, you need to consider certain factors and plan your journey in advance.
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Unsurprisingly, there are no direct flights from Serbia to Kosovo and vice versa. The only way to travel from one country to another is by car or bus.
Travelling From Serbia To Kosovo
When you get to Serbia you are given a stamp on your passport. There have been some instances where foreigners didn’t get one. Check at the border if you got one, and if not - request one. It’s possible to travel from Serbia to Kosovo and then return back to Serbia. If you try to leave Serbia without an entry stamp or exit-entry visa you may face charges of illegal immigration, a heavy fine and possible imprisonment.
When you arrive in Serbia and stay in a hostel, they will ask and register through which border you’ve crossed. They will also provide you with a card confirming where you are staying in case a police would stop you. Hold onto to it.
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