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Message to U.S. Citizens (February 8, 2022)
February 8, 2022

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 7, 2022, will be subject to the previous law and that the 90-day limit will not be applied to them. Those who entered Albania on January 7, 2022, or later are subject to the new 90-day limit. U.S. citizens who arrived on or after January 7, 2022, and plan to stay longer than 90 days should apply for an extension with the immigration authorities, preferably within 30 days of entry. Please note that this is general guidance only and that individual circumstances may warrant a different application of Albanian immigration law. U.S. citizens should consult with the Albanian immigration and border officials for definitive answers in regards to a specific case. The U.S. Embassy continues to seek further clarification and will provide updates as we receive more information.


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