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The visa liberalization proposal for Kosovo enters into force in January 2024

The visa liberalization proposal for Kosovo enters into force in January 2024

Representatives of the EU member states agreed with the proposal that visa liberalization for Kosovo will come into effect on January 1, 2024.

This date was requested by Spain - one of the five EU countries that does not yet recognize Kosovo's independence, writes REL.

Previously, the Czech Republic - which currently leads the EU's six-month presidency - requested that visa liberalization for Kosovo take effect on December 1, 2023.

But this proposal did not make it to a meeting of the EU working group on visas held last week, after Spain and then Slovakia and Sweden raised objections and asked for further clarification.

According to the proposal approved today, "the entry into force of visa liberalization for citizens of Kosovo will start when the ETIAS travel system is operational, but no later than January 1, 2024".

The approval of this proposal will be on the agenda at the meeting of the ambassadors of the EU member states, which will be held on Wednesday.

Visa liberalization will enable Kosovo citizens to travel freely in what is known as the Schengen area, which consists of 26 European countries.

Source: REL