Message to U.S. Citizens

Location: Albania Subject:  July 4th Voting Message Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2022 U.S. elections!  In order to vote in the November 2022 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2022.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and …

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Message to U.S. Citizens

Location: Albania Subject:  End of Travel on Expired U.S. Passports   U.S. citizens who are overseas after June 30, 2022, will no longer be able to use an expired U.S. passport to return to the United States. For more information about this change, please visit:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html If your U.S. passport is expired, please see our website for information on …

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Message to U.S. Citizens

Location:  Tirana, Albania Subject: Travel Advisory for Albania updated from Level 4 (Do Not Travel) to Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) on March 21, 2022. Albania – Level 3:  Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to Albania due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Albania 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 …

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Message to U.S. Citizens

Location:  Tirana, Albania Subject: New Albanian Immigration Law 79/2021 The U.S. Embassy is aware that the passage and publication of “Law 79” in Albania last year has caused confusion for U.S. citizens, especially concerning its implications for U.S. citizen visitors to Albania and the amount of time that they may be allowed to remain in Albania …

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Message to U.S. Citizens

February 8, 2022 Location:  Tirana, Albania Subject: New Albanian Immigration Law 79/2021 The U.S. Embassy has been in discussions with relevant Albanian immigration and border authorities to clarify Albania’s new Law 79/2021 that relates to the length of time foreigners can stay in Albania. It is currently our understanding that Americans who entered Albania before January …

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Message to U.S. Citizens

Location:  Tirana, Albania Subject:  Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. Passports If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until March 31, 2022. You qualify to travel on your expired passport if all the following are …

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Political Protest [Updated]

Location: In front of the Prime Minister’s office at “Deshmoret e Kombit” Boulevard in Tirana (announced gathering point) Date/Time: Wednesday October 6, 2021, 5:00 pm Event: A protest has been announced for this afternoon at the Prime Minister’s office. This protest may migrate to alternate locations in Tirana, or similar gatherings may emerge in other …

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Expect Large Crowds on March 25, 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021, is the official start date of the electoral campaigns in Albania. Both the Democratic and the Socialist Parties will organize events today that may draw large crowds. The Democratic Party will have their electoral campaign opening at 4:30 p.m. at Mother Theresa Square and party supporters are expected to gather. The …

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Updated International Travel Requirements

In light of recent changes in requirements for travel by air that may impact your plans and preparation for travel, the U.S. Embassy would like to make you aware of the below changes.  As country-specific requirements may change rapidly, all air passengers should remain in close contact with their respective air carrier for the latest information. …

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Resumption of Routine U.S. Citizen Services

On March 17, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Tirana suspended all routine consular services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the provision of routine U.S. citizen services.  As of October 22, 2020, we will begin to re-open routine U.S. citizen services on the following timeline: Beginning Thursday October 22, 2020, we will resume processing applications for …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Get Your Ballot Counted

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots.  For instructions on how to vote from Albania please see our website  here .  For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s web site  Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad  or  FVAP.gov . RETURNING YOUR BALLOT: Note that the  U.S. Postal Service  recommends voters mail their completed ballots before Election …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot.  Many states require …

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Consular Visit to Sarandë

Greetings, We are excited to announce that we will be visiting Sarande on Friday, May 25, to meet with you and assist with any U.S. citizen services you might need. Our Consular staff will gladly accept passport applications, perform notarial services, and provide information regarding Social Security, voter registration, and more.  Please visit our webpage for a …

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Consular Visit to Shkodër

Greetings from the U.S. Embassy in Tirana. We are excited to announce that we will be visiting Shkoder on Monday, May 14th to meet with you and assist with any U.S. citizen services you might need. Our Consular staff will gladly accept passport applications, perform notarial services, and provide information regarding Social Security, voter registration, and more.  Please …

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U.S. Passport Execution Fee Will Increase to $35

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase only applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, such as first-time applicants over 16, children under 16, and applicants who re-apply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. For more information please visit the U.S. …

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