Etiquette

Kosovo is a generally conservative country, with complex rules of etiquette. These, however, will rarely affect travellers, whose main obligation is simply to accept local hospitality.

  • Eating and drinking Eat and drink plentifully of whatever is given to you whenever it is given.
  • Greeting In rural areas, men should be particularly careful about addressing or touching local women, who don’t normally, for example, shake hands with strangers.
  • Visiting religious sites If visiting any mosques or one of the Serbian monasteries in Kosovo, dress ‘modestly’ – meaning trousers rather than shorts and shirts or T-shirts rather than sleeveless shirts for men, and for women, long skirts or trousers, conservative tops and something to cover the head.