Tourism

The new law “On tourism” – Lexology

On May 19, 2022, the Assembly of Kosovo adopted Law No. 08/L-074. “About tourism” (“New law”), which is fully aligned with Directive (EU) 2015/2302 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on package travel and the organization of linked travel, amending Regulation (EU) No 2006/2004 and Directive 2011/83/EC. European Parliament and Council and repealing Council Directive 90/314/EEC.

Accommodation structures

Taking into account the new provisions, residential buildings are divided into categories and classified as follows:

By-laws may provide for other residential buildings.

Tourism Register

The Tourism Register (the “Register”) is a public registry accessible to applicants in the tourism industry and administered by the Department of Tourism of the Ministry. Tourism businesses registered with the Kosovo Business Registration Agency, as well as tour guides, are required to apply for registration with the latter. The register also contains data on tourism resources and the classification of accommodation structures.

The new law aims to define the basic principles, standards and rules for the development and promotion of sustainable tourism in Kosovo. These rules establish the duties and responsibilities of state institutions, travel agencies, tour operators and other entities operating in the tourism sector.

In order to better identify and promote Kosovo as a tourist destination, the Ministry of Industry, Enterprise and Trade (the “Ministry”) defines the brand and state symbol of tourism.

Accommodation fee

The payment for the overnight stay in the accommodation structure includes the payment of the accommodation fee, which is determined by the municipality and does not exceed 2% of the total cost of accommodation.

This applies to both Kosovo citizens and foreigners. However, the following categories are excluded from this provision:

  • children under the age of 7;
  • persons with a medical direction, staying in nature for the purpose of recovery;
  • insured persons in respect of whom, upon submission of a photocopy of the decision of the competent authority, it turns out that they have a disability or physical disabilities, or on the basis of a membership card of an organization of the disabled;
  • pupils, students, their supervisors or mentors, participants in educational programs organized by societies and other educational institutions on a non-profit basis or by religious and other communities as part of their normal activities;
  • students in school dormitories and student dormitories;
  • persons temporarily working and living at a food industry enterprise for more than 30 days;
  • foreign citizens exempted from accommodation fees in accordance with international rules and agreements;
  • members of sports associations on the basis of a valid membership card.

In the context of the proper use of natural resources, increasing investment in tourism and the rapid development of tourism, the New…

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