Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Europe

Europe Topics specific to Western and Eastern Europe, from UK to the Russian border, and south-east to Turkey.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Like Tree2Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 26 Jan 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Annan
Posts: 31
Kosovo.

Going to the Balkans in June with the intention of going to Montenegro. Wondering what the position is regarding going via Kosovo. Is there any probs with passport stamps and getting back into Serbia. Any info and advice welcomed

Ali
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 26 Jan 2013
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Buckinghamshire for now!
Posts: 638
I crossed in 2009 with no problems (UK passport holder).

Cheers
Pete
__________________
Buenos Aires to NYC 2012-2013: www.facebook.com/curryhunt

India and back 2009-2010:
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 28 Jan 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ljubljana Slovenija
Posts: 28
If you are EU citizen use ID card in Kosovo(don't show them passport) . If they stamp it you may have problems on Serbian side (depend on "who" is on duty) .
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 28 Jan 2013
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Buckinghamshire for now!
Posts: 638
Can' t remember now but I think it was Serbia or Montenegro, but make sure you have Green Card insurance. I don't mean the translation on the back of your UK certificate I mean an actual green piece of paper from your insurance company because that's the only thing they will except, if you don't have it it's 50 Euro's for their home grown insurance!
__________________
Buenos Aires to NYC 2012-2013: www.facebook.com/curryhunt

India and back 2009-2010:
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 28 Jan 2013
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Schwabach
Posts: 8
Hi Ali,
if you just show ID-card like I did, they will refuse to enter.
Very unkindly/stubborn border officers.
I would go to Montenegro (nice place!) via albania or croatia if you can avoid kosovo.

Don't forget the green insurance card.

have a nice trip
Heiner
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 28 Jan 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Annan
Posts: 31
Heiner and all.

Thanks for the guidance and advice. Been to Balkans last year but did not make it to Kosovo. After all the reading etc feel it needs to be done. Will take the advice and either enter via Serbia or Montenegro first. Carried a Green Card last year through Bosnia croatia etc and had no probs. Will do the same this year

ali
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 29 Jan 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ljubljana Slovenija
Posts: 28
Green card is not valid in Kosovo (you had to pay insurance).
I did entered Kosovo with ID (2009).
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 29 Jan 2013
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Seville (E) / Geneva (CH)
Posts: 530
Last october we went to Kosovo from Macedonia. Insurance at the border I recall was like 15€. Yes, bring green card for the rest of countries.

We visited some very nice Serbian Orthodox monasteries, always guarded by UN blue berets. I guess they were awarded UNESCO heritage status in order to protect them better too.

Going from Kosovo to Montenegro was not problem at all, even if our Spanish passports were stamped.

Happy travels,

Esteban
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 30 Jan 2013
Super Moderator
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: bellingham, WA, USA
Posts: 1,973
When I was there a few years back, the only real problem was that you could not enter Kosovo from, say, Macedonia and then exit into Serbia: the Serbs would claim you entered Serbia (i.e., Kosovo) illegally because you didn't get a Serbian stamp at the time....which you couldn't do, because no one but Serbia believed Kosovo still a part of Serbia.

The solution was to enter Kosovo via Serbia, then exit wherever you pleased. Or you could enter Kosovo as you pleased, but exit to anyplace but Serbia. There were some bumps in the road, of course--the Serbians gave me a hard time for even heading in that direction, the UN troops guarding the border had no entry stamps (which caused initial difficulties when I exited elsewhere), etc. But people were friendly enough, the roads fairly good, the mountain scenery spectacular, and in other respects the country was entirely worth a visit.

Oh, and I didn't buy insurance--none was offered where I entered--and this caused some consternation upon my exit. Nothing serious.

Hope that's helpful.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 30 Jan 2013
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 3,370
You've got to love politics

Quote:
Originally Posted by markharf View Post
....which you couldn't do, because no one but Serbia believed Kosovo still a part of Serbia.
Markh,
That's not strictly the case; it is more of a perception because some of the bigger countries have supported the separation of Kosovo from Serbia.
Many other countries have not supported Kosovo independance, and I guess they won't, because of the precedence that could be drawn for other minorities in Europe.
e.g. Spain doesn't want a separate country of Kosovo in order not to encourage their own separatists, the Basques and Catalonians.

ps. Here's an update:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Co...zingKosovo.svg
Seems that the teeming billions of population in this world do not recognise the independance of Kosovo, so far.
I guess for the same reasons as Spain.
__________________
Dave

Last edited by Walkabout; 30 Jan 2013 at 17:32. Reason: ps added
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 30 Jan 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Slovenia (EU)
Posts: 55
Hello.

My last informations are the same as @markharf said. It is difficult to cross the border of Kosovo and Serbia, cause Serbia does not recognize Kosovo as independent county. They also may refuse your wish. The easiest option is to go in or out through Macedonia and Montenegro. Because you are a foreigner, I advise to you, to avoid the northern part of the country. Some people claimed, that they were on watch from the local people all the time.

The best and "safest" part for crossing Kosovo, also the most beautiful is from general Jankovic bordercross via Šar planina national park to Prizren and forward to Peć and than you cross the border to Montenegro (Rozaje).

I hope it helps.

Best wishes!
Nejc
__________________
BlogOverland travel tours
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10 Feb 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Italy
Posts: 26
Use your ID, if you make use of your passport ask not to stamp it (like in Israel).
Green insurance is not valid, since Kosovo is not part of Serbia any more. Insurance at the border is very cheap and mandatory.
Avoid the north of Kosovo (north Ibar river in Mitrovica) and for any reason don't cross the border with Serbia at Jarinje and Brnjak, road block are not unusual in that area.

Best way to get into Kosovo from Montenegro is across Kulina pass coming from Rozaje.

From there, you will have access to Pec Patriarchate and Decane Monastery.

Have a nice trip!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 4 Jun 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dorset, UK
Posts: 326
Smile

Quote:
Originally Posted by NejcT View Post
The best and "safest" part for crossing Kosovo, also the most beautiful is from general Jankovic bordercross via Šar planina national park to Prizren and forward to Peć and than you cross the border to Montenegro (Rozaje).
All

Any current information please, I have a plan to cross Bulgaria into Serbia, then into Kosovo and cross into Montenegro at Pec to Rozaje, I will not be returning to Serbia (on this trip anyway), I will avoid the North of Kosovo, I was planning to enter Kosovo near Podujevo.

Any advice gratefully received.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 4 Jun 2014
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Finland
Posts: 14
I Will cross to Kosovo on Friday??? I stay in Ferizaj for some days?


Sent from my RM-892_eu_finland_202 using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 4 Jun 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dorset, UK
Posts: 326
I won't be there for a few weeks yet
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OOPS! Can't go to Serbia from Kosovo lhendrick Route Planning 7 3 Oct 2012 11:49
Current Balkan Insurance details? Particularly Kosovo? Nadsicles Europe 26 6 Aug 2012 08:20
Passing Kosovo - Any suggestions? dakaralex Europe 6 11 Jul 2012 10:29

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:36.