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About Kosovo

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Name: Republic of Kosova
Capital: Prishtina
Location: In the center of south-eastern Europe, In the center of Balkan Peninsula
Area: 10,877km2
Population: 1.815.606 (date: 31/12/2012)
Languages: Albanian(Official), Serbian, English, Turkish.
Cilme: Continental, average high temperatures +25’C and +38°C. Average low temperatures -2°C
Independence Day: 17 Feb 2008
Constitution Day: 9 Aprill 2008
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Currency: Euro (€)
Religion: Muslim 92%, Orthodox 6%, Catholic 1%
Electricity: 230V/530Hz (European plug)
Calling code: +383
Time Zone: UTC +1
Border line in km: 700.7 km
Bordered with: Serbia 351.6, Macedonia 158.7km, Albania 111.8km and Montenegro 78.6km.
Administrative regions: 38 municipalities
Plains: Kosova Plain(altitude 500-700m), Dukagjni plain(altitude 350-450m)

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Mobile phones

Most dual and tri band mobile phones that have GSM 900 or 1800, will work via roaming in Kosova. Check with your mobile phone provider before you leave that the ‘roaming’ function is activated on your phone. You can buy prepay SIM card for €2 in many shops.

Sending letters abroad

Post of the Republic of Kosovo provides all its customers with the following services:

Local and International Express Mail Service (EMS)

Delivery service

Special service

Philately

For further information on products and services provided by Post of Kosovo you can contact the Call Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week at phone number +383 38 557 288, or you can visit web site http://www.postakosoves.com/

Useful numbers & codes

Kosova prefix: + 383

City codes:

Prishtina  038

Mitrovica  028

Peja  039

Gjakova  0390

Gjilan  0280

Ferizaj  0290

Prizreni  029

Please note: When you call from outside Kosova you do not use the first 0. For example, to call Prishtina from England you should dial +383 38 followed by the local number.

EMERGENCY:

Police: 92 or 192

Fire brigade : 93

Hospital, Emergency: 94

COMMUNICATION:

IPKO – 038 700 700

Airport: 038 548 900, 038 548 430

Bus Station : 038 550 011

Western Union : 038 244 311

D H L : 038 245 545, 044 178 042

FEDEX : 038 549 655, 044 173 219

UPS : 038 242 222

TNT : 038 247 247, 044 247 247

TV / MEDIA:

R T K : 038 244 535

K T V : 038 226 438

R T V 21 : 038 241 524

Koha Ditore : 038 243 875

Express : 038 111 111

CULTURE:

National Theatre: 038 224 406

Dodona Theatre: 038 230 6237

Oda Theatre: 038 246 555

National Bibliotheque: 038 249 650

KINO ABC: 038 244 236

British Council: 038 243 292

Customs Station of Pristina airport

Customs officers may control baggage of every passenger no matter which channel they use.

Before control of your baggage, you will be asked few initial questions by the side of customs officer, which you have to answer in the best honest way possible.

Commercial goods

If you have with you commercial goods, goods for sell to Kosovo or goods you may use in your business, they may be subject of payment of Customs Duty and Value Added Tax. You have to declare these goods when you reach to customs officer.

If goods you are carrying with you are intended for temporary import to Kosovo you have to do a bank guaranty to cover taxes payable for the value of goods you carry until their re-export.

Customs clearance of commercial goods is necessary no matter they are brought through your baggage, you have send them without your presence or as cargo.

All commercial goods for export should complete customs formalities before departure.

Commercial goods carried by passengers should be subject to customs clearance. If this could not be completed in that day, goods will remain under customs supervision and a certificate for temporary retention until completion of clearance is to be issued to you by the customs officer.

Limits per traveler:

tobacco products:

  • 200 cigarettes, or
  • 100 cigarillos (cigars of a maximum weight of three grams each), or
  • 50 cigars, or
  • 250 grams of smoking tobacco, or
  • a proportional assortment of these different products;

alcohols and alcoholic beverages:

– distilled beverages and spirits of an alcoholic strength by volume exceeding 22 % volume; non-denatured ethyl alcohol of 80% volume and over: one liter, or

– distilled beverages and spirits, and aperitifs with a wine or alcoholic base, tafia, saké or similar beverages, of an alcoholic strength by volume not exceeding 22 % volume; sparkling wines, liqueur wines: two liters, or a proportional assortment of these different products and

– still wines: two liters;

perfumes: 50 grams and toilet waters: 0,25 liter;

medicinal products: the quantity required to meet travelers’ personal needs.

Source: http://www.dogana-ks.org/

Currency

Kosova unit of currency is the EURO – EUR. The symbol for Eruo is €.

Coins have the values of 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and€2.

Notes have the values of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.

Movement of monetary instruments into and out of Kosovo

Every person entering or leaving Kosovo and carrying monetary instruments of a value in excess of €10,000 shall declare the amount of the monetary instruments and the source of such monetary instruments in writing, in a format to be prescribed by the Director General of Kosova Customs, to an authorized customs officer, and, if so requested by the officer, shall present the monetary instruments.

Every person sending from Kosovo to a place outside Kosovo, or receiving in Kosovo from a place outside Kosovo, via post or commercial courier, monetary instruments of a value in excess of €10,000, shall declare the amount of the monetary instruments and the source of such monetary instruments in writing, in a format to be prescribed by the Director General of the Kosova Customs, to an authorized customs officer, and, if so requested by the officer, shall present the monetary instruments..