Going to Russia after getting Kosovo stamp?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2012 8:48 AM Last Post By: aparillo
Mar 13, 2012 8:21 AM
I'm from Mexico, I'm going to visit Montenegro for about a month, and I was planning on going to Serbia for some days. While I'm in Serbia I was thinking about visiting Kosovo for a day or two, but I've been reading a lot of things related to the Kosovo entry/exit stamp and I have some questions.
If I go to Serbia, then Kosovo, then back to Serbia and then Montenegro, if I want to enter Serbia again, will I have a problem because of having been to Kosovo while in Serbia?
That doesn't worry me too much, since I'm planning on visiting Serbia first, but I just read in wikitravel that I can get in trouble in Russia if I try going in with a Kosovo stamp on my passport. Now, THAT worries me, because my final destination after my one month in Montenegro is Russia.
Is it true that I may have problems getting back in Russia? Is it possible to ask at the Kosovar border for the passport not to be stamped? (both entry and exit) If so, what happens if they don't stamp it? Wouldn't I get in trouble when trying to exit Kosovo for not having an entry stamp?
My last resort for the entry would be to ask that if they need to stamp it, then I'll just not go inside... But then the problem would be if I get in and then that doesn't work when exiting!
Mar 13, 2012 1:14 PM
1If you have entrance stamp of Serbia and go to Kosovo and then get back to Serbia you will not have any problems ( and as I understand,this is exactly your plan). Serbian borders control will, maybe, only ask you a few formal questions and probably will cancel Kosovo stamp in your passport.I dont think that is possible to ask Kosovo authorities to not give you passport stamp, only there is possibility that you will not get it if you enter through North Kosovo. I dont know about Russia, but I dont see reason why should they make you problems, they just dont recognize Kosovo state and documents, I doubt it can cause you trouble.
Mar 13, 2012 2:26 PM
Mar 13, 2012 7:32 PM
3Thanks for the replies!
Well, I do have a Russian visa already, and the other thing is that later I will be applying for a long term Russian visa, which means the Russian embassy will keep my passport for like 2 weeks... Do you think my visa could be denied because I visited Kosovo? (I mean, I would have Serbian stamps as well anyway, right? So it's not like I entered Kosovo "ilegally" in the eyes of Russia/Serbia)
About North Kosovo, how is it possible to enter there via Belgrade? Are there buses or trains? Cause if they don't stamp passports there, my safest bet would be to go through there and then arrive in Pristina.
Mar 14, 2012 4:02 AM
Mar 16, 2012 1:49 PM
5You have a plenty of buses Beograd - Kosovska Mitrovica. Check www.bas.rs But there is no guarantee that you will or not get Kosovo stamp at border, for example I never got it when I use North Kosovo for entrance. Also, follow situation as it is possible that North Kosovo border will be closed if problems occurred but I really don't expect that in near future.
Mar 18, 2012 11:31 AM
Mar 19, 2012 8:48 AM
7I went to Russia with a Kosovan stamp in my passport.
Visa application and passport control upon entry+exit went smooth as usual.
Enjoy your trip!
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