Albania Travel Information
Responsible embassy for the country is
Norway's embassy in Kosovo.
A number of cases of coronavirus have been identified
in Albania, and the situation is developing rapidly. The
Albanian authorities have introduced measures to stop
the spread of the virus. The measures include, for
example, banning port in large parts of the day and
prohibiting entry into the country for foreign citizens.
Norwegians in Albania are encouraged to exercise
caution and listen to directions from local authorities.
Security in the public space is normally good,
especially in Tirana. Albanians are very hospitable to
visitors. Crime and violence occur in some areas, but
reports of crime specifically targeting foreigners are
rare. There are occasional shooting episodes, but these
seem to be related to internal conflicts over criminal
and/or business or political interests. The risk of
terrorist incidents in Albania is considered low.
- Countryaah: Tirana is the capital
of Albania. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Foreign tourists are not particularly vulnerable to
criminal acts, but it is important, as elsewhere, to
look after valuables such as mobile phones, money,
passports, jewelry and photo equipment. Pay attention
and beware of pickpockets, especially at airports and
other places with lots of people.
There have been cases of stolen luggage from hotel
rooms, especially in the coastal towns of Vlora and
Saranda. Keep your valuables in a safe place.
The penalties for drug-related crimes are high.
Be careful when driving a car in Albania as the
driving style in Albania is perceived as reckless
compared to Norwegian conditions.
The road standard varies from area to area. The roads
are particularly bad in rural areas and in bad weather.
If you plan to drive in mountainous areas, four-wheel
drive is recommended. The car park does not have a
satisfactory standard either. The speed is high and
dangerous bypasses are common. The roads are often
filled with pedestrians and farm animals. Motorists
usually do not stop for pedestrians, even at traffic
lights. Travel on unlit roads after dark should be
avoided or done with great care. If you get into an
accident, even a minor accident, wait for the police to
arrive. Parking in desolate places is not recommended
due to the risk of break-in. If you rent a car, check if
the car insurance covers Albania as well.
Tensions between religious groups and expressions of
extremist views are very rare, and attitudes towards
Western countries are overwhelmingly positive. However,
be aware and avoid demonstrations, political meetings
and any public gatherings.
Albania is located in an area with high seismic
activity and is therefore subject to earthquakes.
Albania was hit by two major earthquakes in the fall of
2019, with the strongest measuring 6.4 on Richter's
scale. It is believed that more earthquakes could hit
Albania in the future. The embassy encourages Norwegians
to become aware of the precautions that should be taken
before, during and after any earthquakes.
Albania has been severely hit by flooding after heavy
rainfall in recent years. This occurred both in January
and December 2010, in February 2015 and in December
2017. Thousands of people were affected and the
government defined the events as a natural disaster.
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hour
operating center on Phone: +47 23 95 00 00 or by E-mail:
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa to Albania for
a total of 90 days. Although Norwegian citizens are
visa-free to a country, only passports are approved for
The passport must be valid for at least three months
after the end of the stay.
For information on residence permits for studies,
work, etc., contact the Albanian Embassy in Stockholm
which is accredited to Norway: http://www.ambasadat.gov.al/sweden/en
Coronavirus (covid-19): A number of
cases of the virus have been detected in Albania, and
the situation is developing rapidly. Follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to
deal with the situation.
The Albanian authorities have introduced measures to
stop the spread of the virus. The measures include, for
example, curfews in large parts of the day. Only
necessary trips to the store and pharmacy are allowed
and one must apply in advance for permission to go out
with the authorities.
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering the
country and Albania's land borders are mainly closed to
buses and private traffic. There are restrictions on
transport inland. Private vehicles can only be used for
travel to Tirana airport, and police permission must be
obtained in advance. Air traffic out of the country is
very limited, but there are still some flights leaving
Tirana International Airport.
See information on the Albanian Health Authorities
website (in Albanian only).
If you are in Albania and suspect you have been
infected by the virus, call 127.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Medical facilities (including emergency rooms) are
very poor, especially outside Tirana. Make sure you have
full travel and health insurance. Albania is not a
member of either the EU or the EEA. European health
insurance card is therefore not valid in Albania.
The Albanian health care system is not recommended.
Some foreign hospitals have been established in Tirana
in recent years, which are of a higher standard than the
state hospitals. If you need emergency medical
assistance during the trip, call 127 or 042 222 235 and
call for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance
company immediately if you are referred to a hospital
for treatment. It is not recommended to perform surgical
procedures in Albania as this is not absolutely
necessary for urgent medical purposes
Hospitals/clinics with English speaking staff:
American Hospital: http://al.spitaliamerikan.com/en/
Hygeia Hospital: http://www.hygeia.al/
ABC Clinic: http://abchealth.org/home
There are poor water and sanitation conditions in
Albania, especially outside the major cities. Tap water
should not be drunk. Mineral water is easy to buy. The
hygiene conditions at most international restaurants are
Seek medical advice well in advance of departure for
vaccines. All pets must have a vaccination
certificate/health certificate. The Institute of Public
Health recommends that anyone considering traveling to
Albania should be vaccinated against hepatitis A,
diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and poliomyelitis.
Although the journey in question will not increase the
risk of these diseases, it is advisable to update these
vaccines together with travel vaccination and
There are many pharmacies, but you have to be aware
that there are pirated products and medicines that have
expired. Those who are addicted to certain medicines
(for example, diabetics, allergy sufferers, etc.) should
bring this from Norway.
There is no time difference compared to Norway. The
electrical voltage in Albania is 220 volts, but the
voltage is often too low during the day and too high at
night due to overload. This can lead to many and often
prolonged power outages.
There is poor GSM coverage outside the big cities and
few roaming deals with other countries' companies.
However, Netcom and Telenor's subscribers can use their
mobile phone in Albania.
National telephone code: +355
The national currency is weak. It cannot be used
outside the country. In some places, especially where
there are many tourists, euros are also used.
Visa is common in most cities, but there are still
not many payment terminals. One cannot count on
restaurants and hotels outside Tirana accepting credit
cards. Some hotels and restaurants accept payment by
card. Cash purchases are mostly used for cash, and there
are many ATMs in the cities.
Public offices are open between 08:00 - 16:30
(Mon.-Fri.) Banks are open from 09.00 - 16.00
(Mon.-Fri.). Most stores are open from 8am to 8pm
Mon-Sat. Many shops are also open Sundays.
National holidays are January 1, March 22, May 1,
November 28 and 29, and December 25. In addition come
four moving religious holidays in connection with Greek
Orthodox and Roman Catholic Easter and Muslim Id al-adha
and Id al-fitr.
The country's official language is Albanian. In
addition, there is widespread knowledge of Italian,
English and French.
Before World War II was approx. 70 percent of Muslims
and 30 percent of Christians. Today, society is very
secular and European manners and fashion/ clothing
Albanians are very hospitable despite widespread
poverty. It is not uncommon to be asked for coffee and
raki (grape liquor) by random acquaintances. A rejection
of such an invitation should be done tactfully so as not
to offend the person. Equally insulting is when the
guest tries to pay for or leave money. Tip: Bring small
gifts for the hosts and their children (such as a bag of
There is a Mediterranean climate in most of the
country but a somewhat cooler continental climate in the
mountain areas north-east. It irks some from October to
December, but otherwise Albania is characterized by a
very sunny climate. July-August are the hottest months
with temperatures of between 30 and 40ºC.