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Travel documents

The Republic of Kosovo has issued into circulation four passports: travel passports, travel documents, official passports and diplomatic passports.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic and consular missions outside the state are the only institutions which issue diplomatic and official passports.

Diplomatic passports and their holders

According to the Law on Travel Documents, diplomatic passports can be held by:

- The President of the Republic of Kosovo;
- The Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo;
- Deputies of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo;
- Prime Minister;
- Deputy Prime Minister;
- Ministers;
- Deputy Ministers;
- Chief of Staff of the Office of the Prime Minister;
- Head of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo;
- Head of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kosovo;
- Ombudsperson;
- Officials of diplomatic and consular missions, and missions of the Republic of Kosovo outside the state, which are diplomatically appointed;
- Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who do diplomatic and consular work and are diplomatically appointed;
- Persons who, by decision of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, attend international organizations for work as diplomatic officials;
- Leaders of state delegations of the Republic of Kosovo.

According to the same Law, diplomatic passports are issued also to the spouse and children up to the age of 18, of:

- The President of the Republic of Kosovo;
- The Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo;
- The Prime Minister;
- The Deputy Prime Ministers;
- Ministers.

Diplomatic passports are issued to spouses and children, who live together with officials of diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Kosovo outside the state, and the spouse and children of a person, who at the decision of the Government goes to work in an international organization, if they live with them together as a family outside the state.

Official passports and their holders

According to the Law on Travel Documents, official passports are given only for the travel requirements of persons in the following categories:

- Secretary of the Presidency;
- Secretary of the Assembly;
- Permanent Secretary of the Government;
- Chief of Cabinet and Political Advisor of the Presidency, Assembly and Government;
- Head of the Municipality of Prishtina;
- Head of the Association of Kosovo Municipalities;
- High officials, in leading posts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
- Persons employed as diplomatic or consular representatives of the Republic of Kosovo outside the state, and who do not have diplomatic passports;
- Members of state delegations of the Republic of Kosovo.

- Official passports can be issued to the spouses and children of persons employed in diplomatic or consular missions, who do not have diplomatic passports.

Official passports are not the permanent property of their holders: After the conclusion of their official travel, they must be surrendered to the Office for Consular Issues of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Diplomatic and official passports, are issued for the period of fulfillment of duties, but their validity cannot be longer than 5 (five) years. In the case of the holder of a diplomatic or official passport being discharged from duty, from work, or being appointed to another duty, he or she is obliged to surrender the diplomatic or official passport.
 
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Currently, diplomatic missions cannot accept requests for applications for passports of the Republic of Kosovo. At the moment, this service is available only at Civil Registration Centers in respective municipalities in Kosovo.

By decision of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, No. 22/2009, diplomatic representatives are authorized to issue a return travel pass for Kosovo citizens, who later can travel direct to Kosovo in order to present a request for a passport of the Republic of Kosovo.

Issuing travel passes in this phase is done according to Administrative Order of the MI 14/2008. Applicants for a one-way travel pass, after completing the forms to submit the request, must present:

- Identification document (copy of Kosovo/UNMIK identification card or birth certificate)
- Copy of out of date/damaged passport/police evidence of lost or stole passport
- 2 photographs for documents
- Payment of 10 euro

Only after confirmation of citizenship can the return travel pass be issued in exchange for the payment of 10 euro.

For cases of persons who are not registered at all in Kosovo’s birth registers (children born outside) travel passes cannot be issued without prior registration in these registers.

In such cases, those interested are advised to register their children in Kosovo according to the procedures below, and only after registration can travel passes be issued for this category.

Registration of children in Kosovo requires:

- Presence of at least one parent
- Birth certificate (from hospital)
- Marriage certificate of parents
- Identification documents of parents (copy)
- Legal authorization of missing parent

When registering, the municipality issues birth certificates for children which will serve as a means of identification for the issuing of a travel pass.

Return travel passes can be issued within 5 (five) working days and are valid for 30 (thirty) days from the date of issuance.

After consular missions become operational, Kosovo citizens can present requests for passports to the consular/diplomatic missions according to the regulations defined in the Law on Travel Documents and other legal acts.