PRISTINA – In a bid to strengthen ties, Qatar and Kosovo are considering to waive visa requirements for each other’s citizens.
The announcement comes after a cordial phone conversation between Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani and the Amir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hammad Al Thani, under which President Osmani expressed her gratitude for Qatar’s continuous support, referring to Amir Tamim bin Hammad Al Thani as a great friend and ally of Kosovo.
Despite existing visa restrictions, the two nations have a history of successful cooperation, evident in various agreements across multiple sectors.
During their conversation, President Osmani and Amir Al Thani discussed initiatives aimed at bolstering Kosovo’s global recognition and expanding investment opportunities. The mutual decision to remove visa requirement is anticipated to further facilitate people-to-people exchanges and deepen cultural and economic ties.
This move follows Kosovo’s recent achievement of visa-free travel to the European Union’s Schengen Zone, effective since January 1 this year, marking the end of an 11-year-long process. The positive momentum continues as non-EU countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, have also reciprocated by lifting visa restrictions for the citizens of Kosovo on January 11 this year, following a proposal from President Vjosa Osmani. I
t is to be noted that the passport of Kosovo is not that strong but is ranked 68th spot as per the Henley Passport Index 2024. The visa-free destinations available to its citizens are 74. These statistics underscores the evolving strength of Kosovo’s international relations, fueled by diplomatic victories and strategic partnerships.
Kosovo, with a rich cultural heritage, boasts landmarks like the medieval Gračanica Monastery and the Ottoman-style Kosovo Museum. Its diverse terrain includes the scenic Shar Mountains and vibrant cities like Pristina.