Kosovo, located in Southeastern Europe, may not be the first destination that comes to mind for high-net-worth individuals seeking investment or lifestyle opportunities, but it offers unique possibilities and potential. Kosovo’s real estate sector is experiencing growth, and there’s demand for residential, commercial, and industrial properties. High-net-worth individuals can invest in property development projects, contributing to the country’s urbanization and modernization. There are also opportunities to explore in in sectors like real estate, renewable energy, technology, and more. The relatively low cost of entry and the potential for high returns make it an attractive destination for investment. However its residency options could restrict potential investors.

Kosovo Golden Visa

Kosovo does not currently offer a golden visa or citizenship by investment programme similar to those offered by some other countries in Europe. Such golden visa programmes such as the Greek Golden Visa often allow individuals to obtain residency rights and potential citizenship through substantial investment, typically in real estate, national development funds, or local businesses.

Kosovo Residency and Citizenship

Kosovo has no formal residency by investment programme, either. Obtaining permanent residence in Kosovo is also a restrictive process. To receive permanent residence in Kosovo requires a person to have resided in the country for five years on a temporary residence permit. In order to achieve that permit, it must be for the purposes of work, study, or family reunification. Potential investors may wish to look at nearby alternatives such as the Turkish citizenship investment programme.

Kosovo Passport Strength and Ranking

Even if Kosovo were to introduce a golden visa or citizenship by investment scheme, its very poor passport would be of concern for potential applicants. The Kosovan passport only grants visa free access to 56 countries worldwide. This accounts for just 8.7% of world travel, and allows access to a staggeringly low 3.7% of world wealth (measured in GDP). It ranks 184th in La Vida’s comprehensive Global Passport Ranking.


Citizenship and Residency by Investment Programmes

See below a selection of countries offering residency and citizenship investment programmes.