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Spain refuses to recognize Kosovo despite allowing visa free entry

06:26 PM | 8 Jan, 2024
Spain refuses to recognize Kosovo despite allowing visa free entry

MADRID - Spain has recognized the passport issued by Kosovo, allowing citizens from the country to travel visa-free to the country.

Interestingly, the development comes even though Spain does not recognize Kosovo as an independent state.

A document published on Friday on the website of the European Commission's Department for Migration and Home Affairs confirmed that from January 1, Spain recognizes ordinary passports issued by Kosovo.

"This does not imply in any form formal recognition of Kosovo as an independent state," the document read.

Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister Besnik Bislimi confirmed on Saturday that the 'good news continues for our citizens and our country'.

Bislimi continued that while visa-free movement started on January 1, Spain has now been added to the countries of the Schengen area where people from Kosovo can travel through liberalisation, where previously the main obstacle was the non-recognition of the passport.

As far as the recognition of Kosovo is concerned, the country's Foreign Minister Donika Gervalla-Schwarz confirmed that the recognition of the passport 'does not constitute, by any means, an official recognition of Kosovo as an independent state' by Madrid.

Madrid's relaxation comes days after the visa liberalization program of the European Union for Kosovo nationals was implemented, allowing them to travel to the borderless Schengen zone without the need for a visa.

The initiation of this system permits Kosovars to enter the passport-free Schengen zone for periods of up to 90 days within any 180 days, a country last among the six nations in the Western Balkans to receive this waiver.

This visa relaxation is also being seen as a pivotal move towards gaining complete recognition and joining the European Union in the future.

The European Commission, the EU's administrative body, confirmed that Kosovo met all the necessary criteria for the visa-free regime back in 2018; the delay was due to the opposition by France and the Netherlands, citing concerns about potential increased migration flows.

Moreover, five other EU members — Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain — declined recognition of Kosovo's independence from Serbia, prompting a delay in the visa waiver.

Presently, the citizens of Kosovo can merely enter a little more than a dozen countries without the need for a visa but the EU's relaxation offers more travel choices to the citizens.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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