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I would like to know what happens if you travel to Spain and try to enter with a Kosovan passport and police catch you? Is there a fine, if so how much, or can anything more serious happen than not allowing me to cross the border?

I will be entering Spain from France via bus, and have a Schengen visa. I need to attend a conference and I have the invitation as well, but I am concerned about the border issue as I have been told there are controls now.

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    It's now even more unclear what are you asking. Your problem is not the spanish border, but entering France after you were in Kosovo. Once you are legally in France, you can travel to Spain.
    – Aganju
    Nov 8, 2019 at 14:23
  • When you applied for the visa for France, did you mention going to Spain?
    – Willeke
    Nov 8, 2019 at 14:27
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    @minus.273 It would seem that Spain does not recognize a Kosovo passport. So this is not a general situation that can be resolved by the general rules. Nov 8, 2019 at 14:38
  • @minus.273 Yes, what I would like to know is if anyone has experience this and what happened to them when entering Nov 8, 2019 at 14:42
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    @Aganju the problem is that Schengen visas issued in Kosovar passports are issued with "limited territorial validity" (LTV) so as to exclude Spain.
    – phoog
    Nov 8, 2019 at 23:24

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Not only do you need a passport accepted by Spain, you also need a visa issued by Spain in Skopje.

A Schengen Visa issued by the the other members is not valid for Spain.

Unfortunately, the given link to their Embassy in Skopje does not work at the moment and the Foreign Office page gives no details. The EU page is a bit outdated (2016).

The Spanish consulate site in Hamburg (2018-10-29), states clearly that Kosovo passports are not reconized as valid travel document and that only one exception exists for the issuing of a visa.

Assume that you will be refused entry if controlled at the border.

If caught inside Spain without valid papers

  • will face a heavy punishment

It would seem that Spain does not recognize Kosovo as a state, which would include their passports.


Travel to the EU from Kosovo - European External Action Service (2016-05-12)

Where can I travel to with a visa issued by Schengen States?
Short stay visas issued by the following Schengen States in Kosovo passports allow you to travel to all Schengen States except Spain, Slovakia and Greece: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

The short stay visas issued by Spain, Slovakia and Greece are territorially limited to Spain, Slovakia and Greece respectively.

Embassy of Spain in Skopje:
Ul, 27 Mart, nº 7, 1000 Skopje, fYROM.
Tel: +389 2 3231 002/+389 2 3215 411
Fax: +389 2 3220 612
Website: www.maec.es/subwebs/Embajadas/Skopje/

The Spanish Foreign Office Entry Requirements site gives no details of what of passport is required from Kosovo citizens.

Spezielle Einreisebestimmungen für kosovarische Staatsangehörige (2018-10-29, German only)

Special entry requirements for Kosovar nationals
As passports issued by the Kosovo authorities are not recognized by Spain, Kosovar nationals are not allowed to enter Spain with their Kosovar passport.

Exception: Family members of Union citizens.

Kosovo is not recognized by Spain as a state.
Therefore, Spain does not recognize Kosovan citizenship and also passports issued by the current Kosovar authorities, so they are not valid in Spain.
Kosovar nationals are not allowed to enter Spain with their Kosovar passport as they do not have a travel document recognized by Spain.

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    what kind of heavy punishment? Nov 8, 2019 at 14:36
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    I mean what exactly? Any fine or just banning you from the county? What did you mean by punishment? Nov 8, 2019 at 14:46
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    And I suspect that asking about the penalties for violating immigration law might be a bad thing to do. Nov 8, 2019 at 16:10
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    Yes my point was basically what @DJClayworyh said. I thought your comment was suggesting calling up the embassy and asking “what happens if I illegally enter your country”
    – MJeffryes
    Nov 8, 2019 at 16:27
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    Must the visa be issued in Skopje? We don't know that OP lives in Kosovo. A Kosovar who lives e.g. in Russia would normally have a visa issued by a Spanish consulate in Russia, no?
    – phoog
    Nov 8, 2019 at 23:28

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