Kosovo Entry Refusal
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2012 2:07 PM Last Post By: Larzh
Oct 13, 2012 1:21 AM
Kosovo Entry RefusalHey all,
I planned a trip to Kosovo last April. I had my Lebanese passport on me. I researched before going online and it was said that we do not need a Visa to enter Kosovo. In the airport they asked for hotel reservations which I did not have as I was staying with friends and asked how much cash I have on me. I had 200 Euro. I was refused entery to Kosovo and was sent on the same flight back to turkey.
Does anyone know why this happen.. did anyone have a similar experience... how could have avoid it?
I will attempt to go again in March using my Irish passport. but this tme by land. .. any advice? do's dont's?
Oct 13, 2012 1:40 AM
1While Lebanese are technically allowed 90 days without a visa, this is never a guarantee. Even, for countries that require a visa, entry is still not guaranteed even if you have the visa in your passport. There is often the requirement of onward tickets, hotel bookings or minimum funds. Frequently, for Western passports, none of these requirements are ever asked for. But for an Lebanese passport, i'm not surprised they asked for them. Without fulfilling these requirements, i'm not surprised you were denied entry.
That said, i'm quite sure you won't be asked anything if you try to enter on the Irish passport. Whether entering by land or air. To be on the safe side, find the name of a hotel to satisfy immigration. You don't need to actually book, just have the name.
Oct 13, 2012 2:00 AM
Oct 13, 2012 2:06 AM
Oct 13, 2012 2:17 AM
Oct 14, 2012 2:07 PM
5I can't imagine that this would have happened if you had used your Irish passport. Unfortunately, a Lebanese probably attracts more attention. Not fair at all, of course, but that's how border crossings work sometimes.
The Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims on its webpage that "the Republic of Kosovo does not yet apply a visa regime for foreign citizens. Any foreign citizen can enter the territory of the Republic of Kosovo presenting valid travel documents, proof of ability to cover expenses of existence during the period of stay, return ticket (for short stay), reason for visit to Kosovo. Depending on the reason for visit to Kosovo other documents may be requested" (http://www.mfa-ks.net/?page=2,20).
Perhaps you failed on the "proof of ability to cover expenses" criterion. 200 euros isn't an awful lot of money if you (God forbid) have an accident or other emergency.
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