Long, long ago, I visited Yugoslavia (as it was at the time). I would like to see it again and an attractive idea is to visit all of the successor states. Is a night or two in each capital with travel between them by bus or train feasible? At a guess, it would not be currently advisable to travel directly between Serbia and Kosovo but could I easily visit both if I entered via a third country.

A couple of successor states are now EU so I expect that I will have no problems visiting them. Can I make a visa free short visit to all of the others?

I am a dual British / Irish (hence EU) citizen. I expect that my Irish passport would be preferable for this trip. Or would it be a good idea to carry both so I could use a different one for Serbia and Kosovo?

  • I always carry both passports, but then I can't use one of them to enter the other country (which is the US), so your motivation to do so may be less. But I always advise people to consider the possibility of an emergency arising requiring them to change their travel plans.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 12:28
  • @phoog I fluctuate on whether to carry both passports. Often in areas where it might be desirable, it might also be suspicious. E.g. crossing land borders far from home, it might look odd to try to enter one country with no exit stamp from the other, how did you get here? Hence when would I change. However, this is not so far from home and some of the countries are EU and so would not even stamp my Irish passport. I could even use my passport card rather than the book for these countries.
    – badjohn
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 12:31
  • My point is that I carry them both even if I don't plan to use them both, because an emergency might arise where I need to change my plans. You can also use your passport card in the non-EU parts of former Yugoslavia.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 12:43
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    Using any EU ID card (including the Irish Passport card) would avoid any trace of your travel route. This is important for any travel to Serbia. Any trace of entering Kosovo (i.e. Kosovo entry/exit stamp) from outside of Serbia can cause problems. Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 13:45
  • @MarkJohnson Yes, I would use the passport card whenever possible for that reason. I would also carry both books to provide more options.
    – badjohn
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 14:28

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Certainly it's preferable to use your Irish passport in Slovenia and Croatia, but if you're not coming up against the 90/180 limit on your UK passport then there's no particular reason to avoid using it, either. In addition to those countries, I've been in Bosnia a lot, and I doubt that you would find much difference using your Irish or UK passport. I suppose the same is true of the other parts of the former Yugoslavia, but I have no experience in those places. Certainly, none of them requires a visa of short-term visitors who are traveling with either passport:

  • My main current concern is situation in Serbia and Kosovo. I am not super nervous but I thought it worth inquiring before going.
    – badjohn
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 12:42
  • @badjohn i believe there are some other questions on the site about travel between Serbia and Kosovo.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 12:44
  • I see other questions but they are old.
    – badjohn
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 14:58

This is a good site (for Croatia anyway) to find buses, trains and ferries: https://www.putovnica.net Generally Croatia and Slovenia are easily traveled by public traffic, I just don't know about the other countries.

As for crossing between Kosovo and Serbia, you could cross from Montenegro. I did not find any buses on the site above, but maybe there is a better place to look for local buses or maybe there are no buses and you'll have to get a cab.

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