Improvements to Consular Messaging

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel Advisory will give ...
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Information on Changes to Department of State Communications with U.S. citizen travelers

The Department of State is improving our communications with U.S. citizen travelers to provide clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide.  Upcoming revisions to consular safety and security messaging, which will launch in January of 2018, will improve our ability to inform the public in an efficient and comprehensive manner. Information will be ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protest in front of Parliament, Violence Reported

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations in front of the Parliament Building in Tirana continue.  Violence has been reported.  Traffic patterns may be affected.  Please monitor media reports for time and location changes and adjust plans as needed. The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any specific threats against U.S. citizens or interests. The Embassy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Expected Demonstrations for December 18, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of expected demonstrations in front of the Parliament Building in Tirana on Monday, December 18, 2017, from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Traffic patterns may be affected.  Please monitor media reports for time and location changes and adjust plans as needed. The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any specific threats ...
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Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March 6, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Demonstrations on September 9

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of the potential for demonstrations located around the Parliament Building in the city of Tirana on September 9, 2017, around 16:00.  Traffic patterns may be affected.  Please monitor media reports and adjust plans as needed. The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any specific threats against U.S. citizens or ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Maintain Vigilance During Lead-Up to June 25, 2017 National Elections

The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant as you travel throughout Albania in advance of the June 25, 2017 national elections.  Large gatherings such as political rallies and demonstrations, even those intended to be peaceful, can turn confrontational without prior indication.  While the U.S. Embassy is not aware of any direct calls for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large political protest planned in Tirana, Albania on May 13, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a large political protest is planned for May 13, 2017, beginning at the Democratic Party of Albania (DP) headquarters building and ending at the Prime Minister’s office building in Tirana, Albania. Traffic patterns may be affected.  Please monitor media reports and adjust plans as needed.  The U.S. Embassy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Protests in Kavaja, Albania, May 6 – May 7

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of the potential for political demonstrations in and around the city of Kavaja, May 6 – May 7.  Traffic patterns may be affected on routes entering and exiting the city.  Please monitor media reports and adjust plans as needed. The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any specific threats ...
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Security Message: Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ...
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Security Message: Protests and Road Closures Planned for April 24, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens to expect political demonstrations throughout Albania planned for April 24, 2017, including expected road closures in the below locations from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on that day: Shqiponja Square, Tirana The crossroad between Kavaja Street and Teodor Keko Street, Tirana The traffic circle in Bradashesh, Elbasan The traffic ...
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Security Message: Heightened Caution during Religious Holidays

The U.S. Embassy in Albania urges U.S. citizens to exercise particular caution during upcoming religious holidays and at large festivals or events. Terrorists in the region have previously sought to attack soft targets, to include churches and other places of worship, pedestrian malls, sports arenas, concert halls, and public gatherings. Review your personal security plans; ...
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Department of State’s Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, the Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  Visit Travel.State.Gov to read more.
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Security Message: Protests Planned for February 18th

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens to expect a demonstration against the Albanian Government planned for February 18, 2017. Demonstrators are scheduled to convene beginning at 11:00 a.m., at a location adjacent to Rinia Park along Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard. Beginning at 12:00 p.m., demonstrators are expected proceed down Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard toward the ...
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Security Message: Man Exposing Himself to Women

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana informs U.S. citizens that on two separate occasions over the past week, three women were approached by a male subject who exposed himself and performed a lewd act in their presence.  The incidents occurred along a secluded path east of the artificial lake in Tirana‎.  The subject was described as a male between 18-25 years old.  The U.S. Embassy has ...
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Routine Message: Voting Message

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal ...
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Security Message: Protests Planned for December 8th

U.S. Embassy Tirana informs U.S. citizens to expect a series of protests against the Albanian Government, planned for December 8, 2016, beginning at 11:00am throughout the city of Tirana at various locations, including: the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Municipality of Tirana, Ministry of Interior, Azem Hajdari Memorial, Prime Minister’s Building, and at Demokracia ...
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Security Message: Soccer Match in Elbasan

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana informs U.S. citizens of heightened security based upon possible security concerns surrounding the World Cup qualifying match between Albania and Israel on November 12, in Elbasan.  The Embassy is not aware of any specific threats against U.S. citizens or interests.  However, U.S. citizens should remain vigilant and exercise caution if ...
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Security Message: Flooding in Albania

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana informs U.S. citizens that heavy rains have caused flooding in large portions of Albania. Media reports indicate that areas of Tirana are flooded and many neighborhoods around Tirana are without power. Many roads are currently impassable due to the flooding, including the Tirana- Durres highway and the Tirana – Fushe-Kruje ...
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