Before you go: Kosovo.

Hello Pals,
Before you go to any country you should learn some basics but also double check those important things such as Visa and Vaccines.

  🛂 VISA 
Depending on where you’re from, you may need a visa. Check here.
Majority of countries do not need a tourist visa and will automatically receive 90 days in any 180-day period.
 💉 VACCINES
Click here to make sure you’ve got the necessary jabs!
💬   LANGUAGE
The recognised languages are Albanian, Serbian, Bosnian. Try and learn common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please and thank you here.
💰  CURRENCY
Euro. Code: EUR.
Check your exchange here.

Here’s a list of things you should know before you travel to Kosovo.

In this article you’ll find:
Important:
Cultural | Dress Code  | Driving | English
Insurance | Toilets | Transport | Water | Weather
Money: + Tipping + ATMS
Fun Facts: five fun facts!

IMPORTANT

Cultural

  • The struggle for independence and the war are still very recent; people are still dealing with the impacts so don’t just start having political debates.
  • Speaking of Political debates, don’t comment on the relationship between Albanians and Serbs.
  • No matter your view of Bill Clinton, too many he is regarded as a hero who saved a lot of people. Don’t bad mouth both Clinton, nor America.
  • Kosovo is a largely secular society, majority dressing in western styles.
  • Although predominantly Muslim, there is no shortage of alcohol, and you’ll find locals drinking beers and wine at many of the pubs.

Dress Code?

  • In places of worship; mosques, churches and monasteries you should dress more conservatively.
  • You will see older males wearing traditional white caps called ‘plis’

Driving?

  • You’ll be driving on the right-hand side and people will pass you on the left.
  • Using your mobile while driving is strictly banned (and I’m going to mention while crossing the street as well – you’ll get a 20 euro fine if caught doing this)
  • You need to be a minimum age of 21.
  • I’m putting this in driving, but pedestrian crossings don’t always go at the same time, meaning you will be on the island until it changes. Keep an eye out!
  • Have an International License if renting a car.
    Australia, it depends on which state you’re from. Click your state provider for more info:  VIC: RACV NSW: NRMA QLD: RACQ  SA: RAA NT: AANT WA: RAC TAS: RACT

English?

  • Major cities and tourist destinations, you’ll have no issues speaking English.
  • Everyone I met in Kosovo spoke English incredibly, I was able to have conversations with people from all walks of life.

Insurance?

  • You should always have travel insurance when going overseas. At least just to cover you for medical.
  • For short trips I tend to use Tick Insurance (affiliate and for AUS)– it’s 4/5 stars with FeeFo and although I’ve never had to claim – it’s super within budget.
  • Register your trip details with Smart Traveller (Australia.)

Toilets?

  • Majority speaking, you cannot flush your toilet paper. Use the bins provided.

Transport?

  • Walk: Tourist areas are often clumped pretty close to each other so if you don’t mind a 15-20 minute walk, this is your cheapest option.
  • Car: depending on the season, you may wish to rent a car to get around Kosovo to see those off the beaten path destinations.
  • Buses: All major cities have bus lines – your hostels and hotels will be able to help you with times and costs.
  • Taxis: one country that you’re not going to get ripped off in. A taxi from the Bus Station to the main area is around 5 euros.

Water?

  • You are able to drink the tap water in Kosovo.
  • There are old drinking fountains located within rural towns.

Weather

Based on the Tourism Score, the best time to go to Kosovo is from mid June to early September where the weather is between 23°C (75°F) and 35°C (95°f).

SUMMERAUTUMNWINTERSPRING
Jun – AugSept – NovDec – FebMar – May

MONEY

*Remember to contact your bank and let
them know you’re going overseas!*

  • Kosovo has been using the Euro since 2002. It’s not the legal tender but the population have adapted it to be their de-facto currency.
  • You should always have some cash and other cards securely saved somewhere in case of any issues.
  • Australia: I personally use my ING Visa while overseas and withdraw from that as it gives me rebates on all international ATM fees* (including the ones charged.)

Tipping?

  • If you get exceptionally good service, you can round up. It’s a personal choice, and it will not go unappreciated. It’s not required.

Working ATMS.

  • BKT; Banka Kombetare Tregtare has no withdrawal fee.
  • Other ATMs will have a 5 euro withdrawal fee.
  • Majority of large tourist areas will accept a card, but keep smart and remember that cash is key!

OTHER

📡FREE WIFI
– Cafes & Restaurants
– Hostels, Hotels & Airbnb.
– City Centres, Train Stations, Bus Stations.
🔌 POWER
Two-wire plug that has two round pins.
Voltage: 230 Volts. Plug C and F. – used in Europe.
🥫 FOOD
– Flija: multiple crepe-like layers which takes more than 5 hours. Watch a video here.
Suxhuk: a local sausage with different variations with neighbouring countries.
Burek: pastry dough filled with meat, cheese or spinach
Ajvar – a red pepper spread that’s their version of Jam.
Sarma: meat and rice wrapped in cabbage leaves.

🥃 DRINK
Espresso Macchiato: rich, bold coffee taste.
Boza: thick and sweet drink from corn and flour.
Ajron: mixture of yoghurt, water and salt.
Vranac Wine: (alc.) grown in Prishtina, one of the oldest varieties.
Rakija: (alc.) strong, strong spirit made from grapes.
Peja: (alc.) The most popular beer in Kosovo.

FUN FACTS

  • Their national anthem, titled “Europe” has no lyrics
  • The name derives from a place within Serbia meaning, “field of blackbirds”
  • It is Europes youngest country, both in attaining independence and the average age of someone in Kosovo is 28.
  • The stars on Kosovo’s flag symbolise the six major ethnic groups.
  • It is one of the 18 landlocked countries in Europe.
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Written by CerealSarah

A 28-year-old whose only direction in life seems to be going around the world. Find me on Instagram @ CerealSarah Find me on Facebook @ CerealSarah

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