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 violence or of any direct threats to U.S. citizens, we encourage you to avoid areas of rallies and demonstrations and to exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of one.  Political rallies and demonstrations often occur without prior notice and can affect traffic patterns in the city in which they occur and can lead to additional large public gatherings in other locations around the city and country.

U.S. citizens should monitor local media throughout election season and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.  Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Always maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

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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