The U.S. Embassy in Tirana informs U.S. citizens that sustained heavy rains have increased the potential for flooding for large portions of Albania. Media reports that the Ministry of Education has ordered the closure of all schools and universities in Tirana for December 1, 2017, due to rising water levels around the city. Media reports that the Tirana-Durres highway is presently closed. Power outages and other localized flooding have been reported in areas of Shkoder, Durres, Vlora and Saranda.
With continued rain expected for the next several days throughout Albania, many roads throughout the country may become impassable due to the flooding.
The U.S. Embassy in Tirana urges U.S. citizens to evaluate whether nonessential may be postponed until the flooding threat has passed. The U.S. Embassy also encourages all U.S. citizens in Albania to monitor news channels for announcements of road closures, evacuations and possible landslides, and to exercise extreme caution. Follow any guidance from the National Civil Emergency Protection Service.
U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents at all times (e.g., U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture IDs, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location. We also suggest that U.S. citizens contact friends and family with updates about their whereabouts. If U.S. citizens find themselves in an emergency situation, they may contact the Albanian Civil Emergency Services by dialing 112 (the Albanian 911 equivalent.)
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Albania’s Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Albania, located at Rruga Elbasanit Nr. 103, at +355-(0)-4224-7285, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +355-(0)-4224-7285.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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