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In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please visit the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website for notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Reconsider travel to Albania due to the Global Level 4 Travel Advisory (March 20, 2020)
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite time-frame.
NOTE: Red colored text updated on 5/19/2019.
- Albania has confirmed several hundred cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- All passenger flights and ferries are suspended between Albania and Italy indefinitely. Land borders are closed to individuals. Circulation of goods continues.
- The Albanian government announced:
- In red zones (Tirana, Durres, Shkoder, Kruja and Kurbin) citizens may move freely without permits between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday – Friday.
- In green zones citizens may move freely without permission and without a curfew Monday – Friday.
- Vehicle movements are not permitted over the weekend.
- Circulation in and out of red zones is not permitted.
- All schools are closed and will finish the 2019-2020 academic year via online education.
- Online classes at government schools will continue until May 29, 2020.
- Exams for 5th year and 9th year students are cancelled including graduation exams for 9th year students.
- High school graduation exams (State Matura exams) will take place June 8 – June 18, 2020.
- High schools will open from May 18 – June 5, 2020, for graduating students. Lessons will take place under strict social distancing protocols with no more than 15 students allowed in a classroom.
- Preschools and kindergartens may reopen on June 1, 2020.
- All sporting events, cultural events and other large public gatherings in Albania are cancelled indefinitely.
- Malls and shops are open with strict social distancing guidelines in place.
- Hairdressers and dentists are open with strict social distancing guidelines in place.
- Restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating are open.
- All indoor activity centers for children, gyms, sports centers, swimming pools, internet cafes, cultural centers, and entertainment centers are closed indefinitely.
- Outdoor exercise is permitted.
- Libraries and museums are open.
- All public transportation is restricted indefinitely.
- All interviews for prospective job applicants are suspended indefinitely.
- Directed government offices to provide services for the public via online platforms including the e-Albania platform.
- All land, maritime, and air borders remain closed.
- No gatherings of more than two citizens are permitted.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- There are limited options for traveling in and out of Albania at this time. Land borders with neighboring countries are closed and all flights in and out of Albania are currently suspended.
- Albania has increased the number of medical personnel at all ports of entries.
- Enhanced screening and quarantine measures are being implemented. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the Institute of Public Health for additional information on these new measures.
- For information on entry/exit requirements, please visit our web page “Entering and Residing in Albania”
- All land borders between Albania and Montenegro are closed.
- All border crossings between Albania and Kosovo are closed. No one will be permitted to cross at the land borders except for citizens of Albania or Kosovo who are returning to their home country, government vehicles, ambulances and commercial goods.
- All land borders between Albania and North Macedonia are closed.
- All borders (land, sea and air) between Albania and Greece are closed to vehicles moving in both directions except for commercial transit.
Travel to the United States:
At this time, there are no commercial flights available from Albania. If you are a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and you would like to leave Albania please email ACSTirana@state.gov immediately with the names, dates of birth and passport numbers of all family members who wish to travel to the United States. Also include a mobile phone number where we can reach you. We will contact you immediately should options become available.
- The Government of Albania mandates a 14-day self-quarantine for all travelers who enter Albania. Additionally, those who are concerned they may have contracted COVID-19 through exposure to other vectors are also asked to self-quarantine at home and contact the Albanian government at the medical emergency phone number 127, should symptoms consistent with the virus appear. English speaking staff are available to assist non-Albanian speakers.
- An official isolation and treatment site has been designated at the Infectious Disease Hospital at Mother Teresa University Hospital. The National Medical Emergency Center is responsible for the physical transfer of any patients suspected to be infected with the virus. No private hospitals are authorized to manage COVID-19 cases. There is no official information available about the length of time individuals will be held in these temporary quarantine spaces.
Actions to Take:
- 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.
- Visit the Albanian government COVID-19 website for updated information.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy web page on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Albania.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
Local Resources: (Note: The below links to local resources are in Albanian language only.)
- Medical Emergency Line: 127 (For suspected Coronavirus cases)
- National Emergency Line: 112 (Equivalent of U.S. 911)
- Public Health Institute (Albanian language only) (Official Facebook page)
- National Medical Emergency (Official Facebook page)
- Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Official Facebook page)
- State Police (for updated news on entry/exit requirements)
- Tirana International Airport (Flight Information)
- Civil Aviation Authority (Flight Information) (Official Facebook page)
- Maritime General Directorate (Ferry Information) (Official Facebook page)
- Albanian government information on COVID-19