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LeeAnn asked


How long do we wait at the border

Prishtina (Serbia) Paris (France)

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answered first by
Mary from Leicester
I assume you're flying from Prishtina to Paris? If so you'll land at either CDG or Orly. Both are very busy airports.
If you're not an EU citizen you'll have to join the 'third-country' border control queues. 
There is absolutely no way of knowing how long the wait will be at any airport border control. It varies according to time of day, number of flight arrivals and staffing levels as well as non-standard issues such as e.g. IT glitches, Covid-related staff absences as suchlike.
If you're travelling between now and October you'll be travelling at the busiest time of year...and there's also been a massive surge in European air travel since Covid restrictions have been removed or reduced.
If you're not an EU citizen I'd plan for 1.5 hours and just be pleased if you get through more quickly.
I'm an experienced traveller and always hope deplaning > border control > baggage reclaim will take less than an hour in any country. It very often does but, equally, I'm not surprised when it takes longer (maximum so far is 2+ hours at JFK).
If you're travelling by land there are no internal borders once you have entered the Schengen Area, which you'll enter when you get to Hungary or to Slovenia (Croatia has not yet acceded to the Schengen Zone). It's impossible to say how long it will take: it depends on your documents & the vehicle's documents as well as how much cross-border traffic there is and whether all the vehicles in front of you have the correct documentation. Hope for an hour, expect it to take longer and be pleased if it's quicker!

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Mary we want to drive, make it a road trip. We will be driving from Kosovo to Serbia to Croatia to Venice to Paris but we weren’t sure how the wait at the borders will be.

Right. It's a great pity that you didn't say you were driving in your original post. Will you be using your own vehicle (you *must* check your insurance will be valid for all the countries you travel through) or thinking of hiring one (it's highly unlikely that will be possible)? You do know that in order to cross the border into Serbia from Kosovo you need a valid, recent Serbian entry passport stamp? If you haven't got that stamp you'll need to travel via a third country e.g. Albania. There's no possible way of knowing in advance how long you'll wait at land border could be 30 minutes, it could be 3+ hours. Making absolutely sure you have *all* the required documentation for both yourselves and the vehicle will help. Make sure you also check Covid test & vaccination requirements for each country you'll pass through. EU countries each set their own Covid requirements, even if they are in the Schengen Area. For example, Germany still requires proof of vaccination for non-citizens whereas Slovenia has no such requirement.

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