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See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Albania for information on U.S. – Albania relations.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Albania.
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. In 2016, the Albanian State Police arrested ISIS-linked suspects for plotting a terrorist attack on a World Cup qualifier soccer match between Albania and Israel.
Recent crime statistics indicate a decrease in numerous violent crime categories to include attempted murder, robberies by force and armed robberies. Street crime is common in urban areas, predominantly at night. The most notable are burglaries, theft, and domestic violence claims.
Attacks using small improvised explosive devices and targeting individuals in contentious disputes have occurred in the past year. Remain vigilant when parking in unattended parking areas, avoid parking overnight in non-secure areas, and inspect vehicles for suspicious items. If you find something strange, do not tamper with it and contact the Albanian Police immediately.
U.S. government employees are prohibited from travelling to the southern town of Lazarat due to potential violence associated with marijuana cultivation. The security situation there remains volatile, and police ability to protect and assist travelers in and near Lazarat is still limited.
Demonstrations and political protests are common in Albania. The protests are generally peaceful but have resulted in violence in the past. The demonstrations vary in size from several hundred to more than ten thousand participants and frequently disrupt traffic.
Avoid demonstrations whenever possible. Alerts and Messages can be found on the U.S. Embassy Tirana Website.
Victims of Crime:
U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy. Report crimes to the local police by dialing 112, and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(355) 4 2247 285.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated, but rules may be unevenly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage. Professional and certified staff may not be available to support some organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment may be sporadic due to limited hours and physical distances. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Albania. Albanian law does not permit same-sex marriage and does not legally recognize other countries’ same-sex marriage certificates. The government does not prosecute or discriminate against same-sex relationships. Same-sex married couples cannot apply for family residency permits, but they may register individually. Despite the law and the government’s formal support for LGBTI rights, homophobic attitudes remain.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: The Albanian Parliament ratified the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in December 2012. However, very few of the convention’s terms have been implemented. Limited measures exist to support disabled persons. Most public buildings remain inaccessible. Public transportation for persons with disabilities is very limited.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Medical Care: Medical care at most hospitals and clinics in Albania is below western standards. Furthermore, facilities outside Tirana have very limited capabilities and are rarely staffed to handle serious trauma or major medical care cases. Albania has few ambulances. Injured or seriously ill U.S. citizens may be required to take taxis or other vehicles to the nearest major hospital. For more information regarding medical assistance in Albania please visit the Embassy’s website.
Sporadic blackouts throughout the country can affect food storage capabilities. Tap water is not safe to drink. Air pollution is also a problem throughout Albania, particularly in Tirana.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Consult your personal health care provider before travel if you have a medical condition. If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Albania to ensure the medication is legal in Albania. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: Exercise strong caution while driving and drive defensively.
Traffic Laws: You may be asked to show your passport in addition to your driver’s license if stopped. Police should provide you with a written ticket and receipt for any fine issued.
Public Transportation: Public transportation options are limited and not generally recommended for visitors. However, marked taxis are considered safe and recommended for use.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Albania, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Albania’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Albania should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings website select “broadcast warnings.”