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Driving in Kosovo

Kosovo
Population: 1.8m
Area: 10,887 square kilometres
Currency: Euro (EUR) € = 100 cents

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Emerging from a troubled past, Kosovo is a warm and welcoming nation, with quirky cities, captivating mountain landscapes and under-discovered culture to explore.  

If you’re planning a road trip to Kosovo, it’s essential you’re fully prepared ahead of time as driving there has many differences to the UK. 

To make your trip to the Balkans as safe and effortless as possible, we’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know before you go, from required documents to rules of the road.  

Driving a rented vehicle? Jump to the advice for driving a hire car in Kosovo section.

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To supplement this, RAC also offers travel insurance. Cover will include medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings, among many other benefits.

Things to take when driving in Kosovo

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Documents for driving in Kosovo

  • A valid, full UK driving licence (you must also be 18 or over)
  • A GB sticker (all temporarily imported vehicles must bear the distinguishing sign of their country of registration)
  • Your motor insurance certificate
  • The V5 registration document for your own car or the hire car paperwork for a rental
  • Car insurance (Kosovo is not a member of the Green Card System, so you’ll need to purchase car insurance at the border)

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Aside from the documents above, there are some legally-required items you must bring with you to drive in Kosovo.

Unless your headlights can be adjusted, it's a legal requirement to carry headlamp converters (stickers for your headlights when driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way).

A warning triangle is also compulsory to carry in vehicles in case of a breakdown.

You must also:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seat belt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle

It's also recommended to have:

  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
  • A fire extinguisher 
  • A first-aid kit
  • A reflective jacket
  • An International Driving Permit (not compulsory but it could provide extra peace of mind if you have one)

You can pick up all the car kit you need from RAC Shop.

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Rules of the road in Kosovo

  • In Kosovo, you drive on the right and overtake on the left. Vehicles from the right, buses and emergency vehicles have priority
  • If you're caught committing a motoring offence while driving through Kosovo, you will be given a ticket with details of the offence, fine imposed and how to pay it
  • Seat belts should be worn in all seats where a belt is available 
  • Children under the age of 12 must not travel in the front seat and should use an appropriate restraint in the back of the car
  • Kosovo has a zero-tolerance policy on drink-driving, although the limit is set at 0.01% to allow for alcohol in medicines

Kosovan speed limits

Speed limits vary across Kosovo, so always check the signs for maximum speeds. In urban areas, the limit is usually 50km/h unless otherwise signposted and 80km/h outside these areas. On the motorway, the limit is 130km/h

Other things you should know when driving in Kosovo

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  • Occasionally, there are delays at border crossings from Kosovo into Macedonia, Albania and Serbia, particularly around festive periods and during the summer months 
  • Green Card insurance isn’t valid in Kosovo, but you can buy temporary cover at the border
  • The standard of roads in Kosovo varies. Main roads are in good condition, but those in rural areas can be poor and there is a risk of landslides and flooding
  • Some Serbian hire car companies won't let you take the car to Kosovo because of safety concerns – there have been a few incidents of Serbian-registered cars being targeted in Kosovo
  • In 2018, the first toll road was introduced on the motorway between Kosovo and Albania
  • Unleaded petrol and diesel are readily available, as is LPG
  • You will usually have to pay to park your car in the capital Pristina. Vehicles parked illegally or causing an obstruction may be towed away
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to the north of the country near the border with Serbia due to potential for unrest. Check Government advice for travelling in Kosovo for the latest information

In an emergency

112 - Here's a really important bit of knowledge; you can dial 112 from anywhere in Europe and an operator will connect you to an emergency service in the country you're visiting.

Operators can answer your call in their native language, English or French.

Breaking down in Kosovo

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Driving a hire car in Kosovo

Not all of the information in the guide above will be relevant to those looking to rent a hire car in Kosovo.

Though it might be a good idea to read through everything anyway, here are the most important things to know for drivers of rental vehicles:

Rental information

  • The minimum age to hire a car can vary depending on your provider and vehicle type - it's best to check beforehand
  • You need a full, valid UK driving licence and usually a second proof of ID (passport)
  • Some car rental companies ask that you have held your licence for a minimum term - check with your hire company first
  • Most companies require you to use a credit card for deposit
  • You may not be able to drive outside of Kosovo unless planned in advance - check with your hire company first
  • Make sure you get car hire excess insurance before your trip to protect yourself from unexpected costs. It's almost always cheaper to do this with a separate insurer and in advance

Hire car driving tips

  • Kosovans drive on the right and overtake on the left - the opposite to the UK
  • The national speed limit on Kosovan motorways is 130km/h (80 mph). On a main road outside a built-up area it's 80 km/h. For built-up areas it’s 50km/h
  • Dial 112 in an emergency
  • It’s compulsory to wear seat belts in the front and rear seats
  • There is a zero-tolerance approach to drink-driving in Kosovo. The blood alcohol content limit for drivers of private vehicles is 0.01% (to allow for alcohol present in medicines)

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Driving in Kosovo FAQs

  • Is it safe to drive in Kosovo?

    Because of its war-torn history, visitors have tended to stay away from Kosovo. But these days it’s generally safe, especially in tourist areas. While unrest is unlikely, you’re advised to avoid northern parts of the country that border Serbia.

    A major programme of investment in the road network has improved the condition of the roads significantly and reduced travel times between cities. You do have to take care in rural areas, though, and should avoid travelling at night if possible. There is also a risk of landslides and flooding following bad weather.

  • Can you drive in Kosovo with a UK licence?

    Yes. You can legally drive in Kosovo with a full and valid UK driving licence. In addition to this, International Driving Permits are recognised but not required.

  • Do I need a green card to drive in Kosovo?

    Kosovo is not a member of the Green Card System, a Europe-wide scheme that allows countries to recognise foreign vehicle insurance policies of visiting motorists.

    You can purchase insurance at the border. It costs around €15 for a 15-day third-party policy.

  • What side of the road do they drive on in Kosovo?

    Like the vast majority of European countries, motorists drive on the right-hand side of the road in Kosovo.

  • Do I need a GB sticker for Kosovo?

    Yes. Any car temporarily brought into Kosovo requires identification of the country in which it is registered.

  • Can I drive my car in Kosovo?

    Yes, so long as you have all your essential documents, including a valid UK licence, V5 document and at least third-party insurance for your trip.

    You should also familiarise yourself with the laws around driving in Kosovo and ensure you have all the required items needed for your journey (such as a warning triangle and headlamp converters). That applies to any other country you’re planning to drive through too.

  • How do I drive to Kosovo?

    Getting to Kosovo by car from the UK is an epic Balkan adventure, so you’ll need to allow plenty of time. The journey begins by taking your car across the Channel to Calais on either the Eurotunnel from Folkestone or a ferry from Dover.

    Once you’re in Calais, drive down through France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia and North Macedonia before crossing the border into Kosovo. The drive from Calais to Kosovan capital Pristina takes around 24 hours non-stop.

  • What age can you start driving in Kosovo?

    To legally drive in Kosovo, you must be 18 years or older and in possession of a full valid driving licence.

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Information in this guide is subject to change

British Embassy Pristina

Lidhja e Pejes 177
Pristina
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Kosovo

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