COVID-19 Information

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Last updated on 05/06/2022

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. 

EU Travel Restrictions

On August 30, 2021, the European Council put the United States on its COVID “red list,” thereby recommending that EU member states restrict entry for travelers from the United States who cannot show proof of vaccination by an EU-approved vaccine, or who do not fall into specific excepted categories. Please see the European Council website for more information.

There is no specific guidance regarding whether individual EU member states will accept CDC cards as proof of vaccination.

While U.S. Embassies endeavor to provide the latest information for travelers, guidelines evolve quickly. U.S. citizens must thoroughly research the current entry restrictions and requirements directly from any EU member state they plan to enter, prior to travel. Also consult in detail with air carriers or other transportation providers prior to travel for their latest updates on boarding and entry requirements.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Albania has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the  country.
  •  Regular flight schedules have resumed in Albania.  Please contact your airline regarding any boarding restrictions or requirements that may be in place, especially for any travelers transiting the Schengen area, as circumstances can change rapidly and air carriers have the final decision as to who they will and will not board.
  • Effective May 1, 2022, the Government of Albania repealed COVID-19-related entry requirements.  Travelers to Albania are not required to present proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in order to enter Albania.  The Government of Albania also lifted many COVID-19-related public health measures within the country. There are no restrictions on public movement, and bars and restaurants may operate any time of day.  Nevertheless, we recommend that all U.S. citizens travel with the latest official documentation of their COVID vaccination (or proof of recovery), as individual businesses may ask for it, or it may be required at other transit points on the way to/from Albania.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Albania? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • Airport Covid-19 PCR test:
    • Tirana International Airport offers a Covid-19 PCR test for travelers. For more information, visit their website.
  • Public Health Labs:
    • Currently, to be tested for COVID-19 by the Albanian public health authority one must have symptoms and a recommendation from the public health authority’s family doctor.  However, private testing labs will perform a test for a fee, and no symptoms or a doctor’s recommendation is required (see details below).
    • If you have an Albanian social security number, you also have an assigned public health family doctor.
    • To learn who your public health family doctor is, call the help line at 0-800-4040 to find out.
    • Tests are free of charge if done by the Albanian Institute of Public Health (IPH).
  • Private Labs:
    • Individuals can also arrange private testing by going to a private testing lab. No symptoms or doctor’s order is required to arrange a private test, and no advance appointment is necessary.
    • According to the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection, there are several private labs authorized to perform SARS-CoV-2 testing for administrative issues. For a full list, please see the Ministry of Health list here.
  • Hard copy letters of test results are provided within 24 to 72 hrs. You can arrange another method of delivery (e.g.: email or text) with the individual labs.
  • Stay home and contact the Albanian National Medical Emergency line at 127 if you believe that you have contracted the COVID-19 virus.
  • Wait for guidance before going to a medical facility.
  • More information can be obtained by calling the national green line at 0-800-4040 to find out.
  • Visit the website of the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the Institute of Public Health for additional information.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the CDC’s website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Albania approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Albania for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Albania?
    • According to Albanian health authorities, the government is currently administering Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford, Gamaleya and Sinovac vaccines.
    • So far Albania has administered more than 1,500,000 doses of vaccines.
    • At this time U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals are not eligible to receive a vaccine locally unless they have an Albanian residency permit, an Albanian social security number, and are registered with the national health system. If you have a residency permit and an Albanian social security number, you can register for details about the vaccination process at e-albania.al. Once you register you will be contacted with more information about receiving the vaccine.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
    • We recommend that you contact your airline regarding any boarding restrictions that may be in place, as air carriers have the final decision as to who they will and will not board.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No.
    • Effective May 1, 2021, the Government of Albania repealed COVID-19-related entry requirements.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No.
  • For information on entry/exit requirements, please visit our web page “Entering and Residing in Albania.”
  • Albania’s land borders are now open for travel, but some neighboring countries have travel restrictions in place impacting U.S. citizens. If you want to travel to a neighboring country, please visit the website of the U.S. embassy located in that country for more information on specific restrictions on U.S. citizens:
    — COVID-19 update webpage of U.S. Embassy in Kosovo.
    — COVID-19 update webpage of U.S. Embassy in Montenegro.
    — COVID-19 update webpage of U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia.
    — COVID-19 update webpage of U.S. Embassy in Greece.
    — COVID-19 update webpage of U.S. Embassy in Italy.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
    • There is no general requirement for travelers returning to Albania to self-quarantine.
    • Quarantine will only apply in specific cases when ordered by health authorities, as noted above.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
    • Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020.
    • We recommend that you contact your airline regarding any boarding restrictions that may be in place, as air carriers have the final decision as to who they will and will not board.
    • Visa holders wishing to travel to the United States should review travel restrictions here for the latest information.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Consular Operations:

  • U.S. Citizen Services:
    • As of December 2, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Tirana is offering limited routine U.S. citizen service appointments to include:
      — Regular passport applications and renewals,
      — Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and
      — Notarial services.
    • Wait times for appointments may be longer than normal.
    • For more information on how to schedule an appointment for the above services, please visit our webpage.
    • If you require an emergency service, please write to ACSTirana@state.gov.
  • Immigrant Visas:
    • As of February 24, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Tirana resumed limited immigrant visa services for all categories of immigrant visas.
    • Appointment availability will continue to be very limited due to resource constraints and the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • Immigrant visa applicants will be contacted directly once their case has been scheduled for an interview.
  • Nonimmigrant Visas:
  • As of November 8, 2021, the U.S. Embassy resumed limited services for all categories of nonimmigrant visas.
  • Appointment availability will continue to be very limited due to resource constraints and the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Wait times remain longer than normal.
  • Please continue to monitor our website for updates.

Local Resources:

(Note: The below links to local resources are in Albanian language only.)