Quality of life

Hotels

Kosovo has many hotels spread throughout its territory. The hotels usually have a rating of two to four-stars and their prices range from between 30 and 150 Euro per night. The most popular hotels in Prishtina’s capital are the Swiss Diamond Hotel, Hotel Prishtina, Hotel Baci, Hotel Pejton, Hotel Emerald, Hotel Afa, Hotel Royal, Hotel Victory, Hotel Gorenje and Hotel Sirius. The more modern hotels usually operate at full capacity. Booking prior to traveling is advised.

Money

The Euro is the official currency of Kosovo and the majority of payments are usually made in cash. However, all major shops, restaurants and hotels are equipped with electronic payment devices, thus enabling payments to be made with credit cards and other means of electronic payment.

There is no restriction on the amount of cash that may be imported into Kosovo. However, amounts greater than 10,000 Euro or equivalent in other currencies must be declared at the border.

Communication

Kosovo has a well-developed telecommunications system. There are 600 pay phones located within the public areas as well 470 within post offices. Kosovo’s GSM providers are Vala, IPKO, D3 and Z-Mobile, and roaming is offered by the majority of international telephone service providers. For longer stays in Kosovo, purchasing a local pre-paid number is recommended. Prishtina and other cities have numerous Internet Cafés. Select parts of the city are covered by a wireless network. Most of the Restaurants and Coffee places provide free Wi-Fi internet services.

Traffic

Cars in Kosovo drive on the right, and an EU drivers’ license is sufficient document for driving a vehicle. Both major and minor roads are to a large extent rehabilitated and offer good connections to neighboring countries. Currently, Kosovo is building a highway that will serve as a connection between Northern Albania and Southern Serbia. There are numerous “rental car” companies and daily rental rates range from between 20 and 75 Euros depending on the type of vehicle. Europcar and Auto Shkodra (rental car companies) are located on the premises of Prishtina Airport.

A taxi is recommended for travel in the city (EUR 1.5 - for 1km ride). The international green insurance card is still not valid in Kosovo. Foreigners traveling by car must therefore obtain additional insurance at the Kosovo’s border crossing. No toll fees are levied for the use of the road network.

Health care

There are six regional hospitals situated in the Kosovo’s major towns. Furthermore, these are supported by health centers in each of the country’s 30 municipalities. Apart from the Public Health System, there are numerous private hospitals covering all ranges of services needed. Well-equipped pharmacies may be found in every town throughout Kosovo, some of which are open 24 hours.

Cuisine

A good variety of meals and beverages are offered in restaurants, bistros, cafés and hotels (tradition Balkan cuisine, Italian cuisine, etc.). Furthermore, there are numerous restaurants located in Prishtina and other towns offering international cuisine (Thai, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, etc.). Restaurants in Vërmicë and Istog are also major attractions for their unique trout specialties.

Cultural attractions

The cultural heritage of Kosovo is very rich. Locations with immense cultural tradition and historical influence can be found especially in the southern and western areas of Kosovo, including the Dukagjin region and towns of Peja, Gjakova, and Prizren. Small fortresses, such as the Albanian “Kullas”, mills and bridges, mosques, Catholic and Orthodox churches, Turkish baths, castles and archaeological settlements are all aspects of the region’s rich history. The country also contains a rich ethno-cultural, material and spiritual heritage with a variety of historical periods making themselves evident in its cultural, architectural, and geographical landscape.

Kosovo’s unique characteristics, features and qualities showcase the achievements of the Illyrian, Byzantine, Helen, Roman, Western, Eastern, and Ottoman inhabitants of its past.