(17th Government Meeting)
Prishtina, 28 July 2020
In accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Government, a corresponding meeting (electronic meeting) was held, at the request of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti, where the Decision on taking measures was reviewed and approved, for the purpose of preventing the spread of, and controlling, the COVID-19 infection.
After analysing the epidemiological situation in the country, the Minister of Health, Armend Zemaj, has accepted the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health to take new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.
Since there is an increase in the number of citizens who have been tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has requested, and the Government of the Republic of Kosovo has approved, the following Decision:
Pursuant to Article 55 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo, pursuant to Article 89 of Law no. 04/L-125 on Health, pursuant to the provisions of Article 41 and Article 50 of Law no. 02/L-109 for Prevention and Fighting against Infectious Diseases, based on Article 4 of Regulation no. 06/2020 on Areas of Administrative Responsibility of the Office of the Prime Minister and Ministries, as amended and supplemented by Regulation no. 07/2020, as well as pursuant to the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo no. 01/11, dated 15.03.2020, on the Declaration of Public Health Emergency, after discussion with the relevant units pursuant to the recommendation of the NIPHK, in accordance with Article 17 and 19 of the Rules of Procedure of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo no. 09/2011, the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, in the meeting held on 28 July 2020, issued the following:
D E C I S I O N
1.1. Upon entry through the International Airport “Adem Jashari” there is no need to have a certificate for negative RT-PCR test, given that the foreign national will only pass through the territory of RKS, and provided that at the entrance they will sign a statement that within 3 hours they will leave the territory of RKS;
1.2. When entering the land border-crossing points, in order to exit through the air points from the International Airport “Adem Jashari”, there is no need to have a certificate for RT-PCR test, but foreign nationals are required to present the plane ticket and sign the statement that within 3 hours they will leave the territory of RKS;
1.3. Professional transporters (drivers) are not required to have a PCR test certificate, provided that the international transport protocol is followed;
1.4. For organized transport by bus or regular international transit line, the RT-PCR test is not required, provided that a statement is signed that they will leave the territory of the RKS within 5 hours;
1.5. Citizens of Albania, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have a temporary or permanent residence permit in the RKS, upon entering the RKS must present a certificate for a negative RT-PCR test, done 72 hours before entering the RKS;
1.6. Foreign diplomats from the countries mentioned in this decision, who are accredited in the RKS, like their family members, do not need to have a certificate for the RT-PCR test;
1.7. Citizens of Albania, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have scheduled appointments for treatment at RKS health institutions, may enter, provided that they present a certificate for a negative RT-PCR test, done 72 hours before entry into the RKS and a certificate for the scheduled appointment issued by the hospital;
1.8. Holders of personal documents issued by RKS, but with a residence address in one of the states mentioned in this decision, upon entering the RKS, must present a certificate for negative RT-PCR test, done 72 hours before entering the RKS.
2.1. In health emergencies;
2.2. In case of the need to take care of the sick, for people with special needs, only if the sick or people with special needs are not able to take care of themselves;
2.3. In case of seeking help from relevant institutions, as in cases with victims of domestic violence;
2.4. In case of death of a family member;
2.5. In case of the need to go out of the house/apartment for the physiological needs of animals, but not further than 500 meters from the house/apartment (but, it is not allowed to use these cases to perform any other work or for any purpose other than the one specified above).
7. All public gatherings, including private family gatherings, are prohibited.
9. Only fitness gyms, indoor swimming pools and individual sports are allowed, in accordance with the Manual for protection from the spread of COVID-19.
12. Public and private health institutions are recommended to reduce non-essential health services.
18.1. Are prohibited from operating from 22:30 to 05:00 in the entire territory of the Republic of Kosovo;
18.2. Outside this time, they can only operate in open spaces, respecting the distance of 2 meters between the tables, as well as with take-away services, always in accordance with the instructions set out in the Manual for protection against the spread of COVID-19.
19. Elderly citizens (over the age of 65) and citizens with chronic diseases (diabetes, arterial hypertension and heart diseases, chronic lung diseases, patients with kidney diseases, patients with suppressed immunity, oncology patients, etc.) can go out to public places only in the early morning hours (from 05: 00-10: 00) and evening hours (from 18: 00-21: 00).
28.1. Point 2. of Decision No. 01/04 dated 06.07.2020;
28.1. Point 5, point 6, point 7, point 8, point 9 and point 10 of Decision No. 01/10 dated 05.07.2020;
28.3. Decision No. 01/13 dated 13.07.2020;
28.4. Decision No. 02/13 dated 13.07.2020;
28.5. Decision No. 04/13 dated 13.07.2020.
29. The Ministry of Health is obliged to report every week on the implementation of these measures.