COVID-19 Information

Click here for the latest alerts and messages for U.S. citizens in Albania. Last updated on 9/11/2020. Country-Specific Information: Albania has confirmed more than 11,000 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020. U.S. citizens who are returning to the United States are currently only being allowed to transit one Schengen country on their journey home. We recommend that you contact …

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Absentee Voting Week is September 27-October 4

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In some states, voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2020 are as early as October 5.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in …

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Travel Advisory for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania Event:  On August 6, the Department of State updated the  Travel Advisory for Albania . Please see the Travel Advisory below: Reconsider travel to Albania due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution due to crime. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Albania Event: While the provision of routine American citizen services remains suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy Consular Section will now begin processing passport applications for urgent travel.  For information on obtaining a passport for such travel, please visit our web-page .  If you need other emergency assistance from the U.S. Embassy, please contact us at …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

(July 6, 2020) Location:  Albania  Event:  On July 1, the European Council (EC) extended restrictions on U.S. citizens entering the 27 European Union (EU)  countries , the United Kingdom, and the non-EU Schengen states of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.  Exceptions to these restrictions include passengers in transit.  However, U.S. citizen travelers transiting more than one city in the EU and non-EU Schengen …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Albania Event: Today, the Albanian Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs announced that, starting June 21, Montenegro will close its land borders with Albania due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Albania. Visit our website for the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Albania and updates to the Consular Section’s operational status.  Please be advised …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania  Event:  On June 15, 2020, commercial flight activity resumed in Albania with flights from Tirana to Vienna, Belgrade, and Athens.  Currently, there are no direct flights between those cities and the United States and, as such, the Government of Albania has declared that only European Union residents and citizens are eligible to board these …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania Event: Visit our  website  for the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Albania and updates to the Consular Section’s operational status.  Please be advised that all routine American citizen services remain suspended until further notice.  If you need emergency assistance from the U.S. Embassy, please contact us at ACSTirana@state.gov or +(355) (0) 4224-7285. Actions: Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates. …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania Event:  Since March 31, the U.S. Embassy has facilitated the repatriation of more than 200 American citizens and lawful permanent residents to the United States on 13 repatriation flights from Albania.  At this time, the U.S. Embassy does not have plans to organize additional repatriation flights. Commercial flight activity will resume in Albania on June 15, 2020, …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Event: The Albanian government continues to loosen COVID-19-related restrictions throughout the country. During the weekend of May 30-31: The curfew for citizens across the country is lifted. Restrictions on shops’ operating hours are lifted. The red-green zone divide still applies. No intercity travel between the zones is allowed. Beaches in coastal towns are open to …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Frankfurt departing Monday, June 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) for 259 euros per ticket.  If you are a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in receiving more information about this flight, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov . Please be advised that, due …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania:  Ministry of Interior area, downtown Event: A group is expected to demonstrate against the Albanian government and the recent demolition of the National Theater.  Demonstrations may occur on a regular basis for an unknown period of time.  Some past demonstrations have turned …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania   Event:  The Albanian Government continues to loosen COVID-19-related restrictions throughout the country.  New changes in effect on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, include: Museums and libraries are open Outdoor exercise is permitted Monitor Embassy Tirana’s website for more information on COVID-19 restrictions throughout the country.  Email  ACSTirana@state.gov  with questions.  Actions: Email  ACSTirana@state.gov  with the names, dates of birth, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The Albanian government continues to loosen COVID-19-related restrictions throughout the country.  Tirana, Durres, Kavaja, Kurbin and Shkodra remain designated as “red zones” and have additional restrictions relative to the rest of the country.  Travel between red and green zones is still prohibited. New changes that take effect on Monday, May 18, 2020, include: Pedestrians and vehicles …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Ministry of Interior area, downtown Event: A political protest is expected to take place on Monday, May 18, 2020, beginning around 4:30 p.m.  The duration of the expected demonstration is unknown.  Some past demonstrations have turned violent, including use of Molotov …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Zurich, Switzerland departing Sunday, May 17, at 12:00 p.m. (noon).  The flight is available to U.S citizens and Lawful Permanent Resident only. Please note that all passengers on this charter flight will be required to purchase a ticket on Swiss Air flight LX17 from …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The Embassy’s  COVID-19 webpage  includes information on all social distancing measures and movement restrictions implemented by the Government of Albania.  We recommend you check the webpage regularly for updates, and invite you to contact us at  ACSTirana@state.gov  if you have any questions. Actions: Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates. Visit our  Embassy webpage on COVID-19 . Visit the  COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov  for the latest …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to London on Thursday, May 7. The flight will depart Tirana International Airport at 12:00 p.m. and will arrive London Luton Airport at 2:00 p.m. Tickets cost 299 euros each.  Due to transit restrictions in London, this flight is only available to U.S. citizens, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location: Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Frankfurt departing Friday, May 1 at 12:00 p.m. for 199 euros per ticket.  If you are a U.S citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in receiving more information about this flight, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov Please be advised that, due to current airline …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Rome Fiumicino Airport departing Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m.  If you are a U.S citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in receiving more information about this flight, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov . Please be advised that all passengers wishing to be included …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Frankfurt departing Saturday, April 25 at 12:00 p.m.  If you are a U.S citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in receiving more information about this flight, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov . Please note that, due to current airline and Frankfurt Airport …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event: The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Frankfurt departing Tuesday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m.  If you are a U.S citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in receiving more information about this flight, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov Please note that due to current airline and Frankfurt Airport …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania (April 14, 2020) Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of possible upcoming flights from Tirana to European cities that may be available to U.S. citizens who want to depart Albania.  If you are a U.S citizen and are interested in receiving more information about these potential opportunities, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov  with …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  If you are a U.S. citizen sheltering in place in Albania, we encourage you to visit our website for updated information on the rules the Albanian government has implemented to combat the spread of COVID-19.  If you need assistance from the U.S. Embassy, please contact us at  ACSTirana@state.gov  or +(355) (0)4224-7285. Actions: Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  If you are a U.S. citizen sheltering in place in Albania and need assistance from the U.S. Embassy, please contact us at  ACSTirana@state.gov  or +(355) (0)4224-7285. Actions: Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates. Visit our  Embassy webpage on COVID-19. Visit the  COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov  for the latest information. Visit the  Department of Homeland Security’s website  on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S. For the most recent information on …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  On April 1, the Albanian government extended indefinitely several measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including school, restaurant, and cultural center closures.  You can find information about these measures on the U.S. Embassy’s  COVID-19 webpage.   Information on the site is in English and updated daily. U.S. citizens can contact us at  ACSTirana@state.gov  for …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The Albanian government has implemented numerous measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  You can find information about these measures on the U.S. Embassy’s  COVID-19 webpage.   Information on the site is in English and updated daily. U.S. citizens can contact us at  ACSTirana@state.gov  for assistance.   Actions: Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates. Visit our  Embassy webpage on COVID-19. Visit …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  Attention U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents! Contact  ACSTirana@state.gov  NOW if you want to depart Albania immediately.  Include only your name and passport or green card number in the message. We will respond as soon as we have information about alternate travel options. We expect the final opportunity to depart Albania will be this week. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location: Albania   Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of two possible charter flights that may travel this week to cities in Europe where passengers could connect to commercial flights to the United States.  Details are still emerging.      If you are a U.S. citizen and you want to depart Albania, please send the below information before 10:00 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy is working hard to identify alternate travel options for U.S. citizens who wish to leave Albania.  Please be advised that travel options are highly unpredictable at this time and can become available, change, or cancel with little or no notice. If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to depart …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  *IMPORTANT TRAVEL UPDATE* All commercial flights from Albania are now suspended until further notice. The U.S. Embassy is working to identify alternative travel options for U.S. citizens who want to depart Albania.  If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to depart Albania, immediately send the below information to  ACSTirana@state.gov . For every …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The Department of State’s highest priority during the COVID-19 global pandemic is assisting U.S. citizens overseas.  If you are a U.S. citizen in Albania and want to return to the United States, we urge you to immediately contact Air Albania and depart the country on the next available flight.  Seat availability is limited …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy urges you to arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless you are prepared to remain in Albania for an indefinite period.  All land borders are closed and there is currently only one daily flight departing Albania, operated by Air Albania.  There is no available information about how long the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location: Albania Event: On March 19, 2020 the Department of State issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19 .  In this alert, the Department of State advised all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Furthermore, it instructed all U.S. citizens in countries where commercial travel options still exist to arrange travel home immediately …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania (March 16, 2020) Location:  Albania Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide. On March 9, 2020 the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced the …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Albania Event: There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide. On March 9, 2020 the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albania. …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard Event: A political rally is expected to take place on March 2, 2020 beginning around 5:00 p.m.  The duration of the expected rally is unknown.  Past demonstrations have included violence.  Security forces have used water …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Albania Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Tirana, Albania along the Tirana Ring Road (Unaza e Madhe). Event: Demonstrations continue along the Ring Road (Unaza e Madhe) and other areas of the city related to the planned Ring Road expansion.  The demonstration times have changed and are scheduled to take place daily from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. U.S. Embassy personnel …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Office Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Tirana) Event:  A large demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday, July 8, 2019, beginning around 8:00 p.m.  The group intends to demonstrate against …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizen

Location: In and around polling stations, counting centers, election administration offices throughout Albania.  Albania will hold elections in every municipality on June 30, 2019. Event:  Municipal elections in Albania are scheduled to take place on June 30, 2019.  Voting is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Elections will be held in every Albanian municipality.  …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Tirana) Event:  A large demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday, June 21, 2019, beginning around 8:00 p.m.  The group intends to demonstrate against the …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Tirana) Event:  A large demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on June 8, 2019, beginning around 7:00 p.m.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Tirana) Event:  A large demonstrations expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on June 2, 2019, beginning around 7:00 p.m.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian government …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Tirana) Event: A large demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on May 25, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Nationwide) Main highway junctions with roadblocks (Nationwide) Event: Recurring demonstrations are expected to take place throughout Albania for an undetermined period of time, with the possibility they may become violent. The exact dates and …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Prime Minister’s Office Parliament Building Other government buildings Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on May 13, 2019, beginning around 18:30.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian government.  The duration of the expected demonstration is …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Prime Minister’s Office Parliament Building Other government buildings Event: A demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on May 11, 2019, beginning around 18:30.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian government.  The duration of the …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Prime Minister’s Office Parliament Building Other government buildings Event: A demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on April 13, 2019, beginning at 18:00.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian government.  The duration of the …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard, in the vicinity of the Prime Minister’s Office Zogu i Zi area Qyteti Studenti Selman Stermasi Stadium Event: A demonstration is expected to take place today. Demonstrators will reportedly gather at the Zogu i Zi …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Parliament Building Prime Minister’s Office Other government buildings Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place when the Albanian Parliament is in session. Exact dates are unknown, but demonstrations may occur on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The group intends …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Karl Topia Square, also called “Zogu i Zi” Qyteti Studenti (Student City) Selman Stermasi Stadium Rruga George W. Bush, in front of the Albanian Parliament Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on February 21, 2019.  Demonstrators will …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard, in the vicinity of the Prime Minister’s Office Zogu i Zi area Qyteti Studenti Selman Stermasi Stadium Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on February 16, 2019.  Demonstrators will reportedly gather at the …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Throughout Europe, including Albania. Event: During the holiday season, security measures in Europe, including Albania, remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists may continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Tirana, Albania – Mother Teresa Square, Student City, and the surrounding areas; Other cities around Albania. Event: A large student demonstration is expected to take place in the Mother Teresa Square as well as Student City and surrounding areas in Tirana beginning early on December 8, 2018. Additional demonstrations are expected to take place in …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:Tirana, Albania along the Tirana Ring Road (Unaza e Madhe). Event: Possible demonstrations along the Ring Road (Unaza e Madhe) and other areas of the city related to the planned Ring Road expansion.  A related demonstration occurred on November 22, 2018 in front of the Parliament and resulted in multiple injuries. U.S. Embassy personnel and family …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tirana, Albania: Tirana downtown area, in vicinity of the Parliament Tirana Ring Road. Event: A demonstration took place earlier today at the Parliament resulting in numerous injuries. A second demonstration is expected to take place today, November 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Although …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: The Elbasan soccer stadium and surrounding vicinity, Elbasan, Albania. Event: A soccer match between the Albanian and Israeli national soccer teams scheduled for September 7, 2018, at 8:45 p.m.  The Embassy is not aware of any specific threats against U.S. citizens or interests at this time. However, U.S. citizens should exercise caution in the …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tirana, Albania: Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard, in vicinity of Prime Minister’s Office Murat Toptani Street, in the vicinity of the Interior Ministry. Event:  A demonstration is expected to take place on May 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., with people expected to …

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Demonstration Alert for U. S. Citizens

Location: Tirana, Albania Event: U.S. citizens are informed that demonstrations are planned for Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, starting near the Taiwan Center and proceeding to the Prime Minister’s office building. Rruga Deshmorit e Kombit will be blocked. Additional demonstrations could develop without notice throughout Albania in the coming days. U.S. citizens …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Multiple highways throughout Albania Event:  U.S. citizens are informed that several Albanian media outlets have reported that demonstrations may block portions of several national highways throughout Albania, beginning mid-morning on Thursday, April 5, 2018.  Potentially affected highways include Tirana-Vora, Lushnje-Fier, Elbasan-Tirana, Korca-Elbasan and Fushe Kruje-Lezha. Actions to Take: Avoid the demonstration area. Be aware …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Tirana, Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there are ongoing demonstrations near the Tirana District Police Directorate on Rruga Sami Frasheri.  U.S. government personnel  have been advised to avoid the demonstration area. Actions to Take: Avoid the demonstration area. Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor local media for updates. Assistance: U.S. Embassy …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tirana, Albania: Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard, in vicinity of Prime Minister’s Office Mother Theresa Square Skanderbeg Square Event:  A demonstration is expected to take place on January 27, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The group intends to protest against the Albanian …

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