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Last updated on 1/16/2021.  Recent updates in bold below.

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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.

Country-Specific Information:
  • Albania has confirmed more than 67,000 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020. As of December 22, the Albanian government suspended all flights to and from Great Britain until January 6, 2021.  Lufthansa and Austrian Air continue with reduced weekly flights to/from Tirana until further notice.  We recommend that you contact your airline regarding any boarding restrictions 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.
  • The Albanian government announced (newest on top):
    • The Ministry of Health announced updated movement restrictions that will go into effect starting January 5, 2021. There will be a daily curfew from 10:00pm to 6:00am. Bars, restaurants, fast food, and other similar activities are prohibited from operating between 10:00pm and 6:00am, except for delivery services. Public movement is restricted during these hours except for work reasons, health care emergencies, or urgent needs. The e-Albania portal must be used for special permission to move during this time.
    • The Ministry of Health suspended all direct civilian air traffic to and from Great Britain until January 6, 2021. There will be a mandatory 14-day quarantine (self-isolate) for all travelers who enter Albania by air, land, or sea who initiated their travel from Great Britain.
    • Starting November 17, 2020:
      The Ministry of Health announced restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people until further notice. The measure includes a wide range of activities, such as: conferences/meetings, political gatherings, holiday parties, wedding ceremonies, or funerals.
    • Starting November 12, 2020:
      — Public administration will telework; except for those providing essential services under strict security protocols.
    • Starting October 15, 2020:
      — Wearing a mask in public areas, indoors and outdoors, for any individual 11 years old and above is mandatory.
      — Non-compliance with this rule may result in a fine up to 3,000 ALL.
    • Starting June 1, 2020:
      — Preschools and kindergartens reopened.
      — All cultural events and other large public gatherings in Albania are cancelled indefinitely.
      — Professional sporting events have resumed, with no spectators allowed to attend.
      — 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 are open.
      — All indoor activity centers reopened.
      — Beaches are open.
      — Outdoor exercise is permitted.
      — Libraries and museums are open.
      — Public transportation has resumed.
      — All maritime and air borders have reopened.
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 72 hours? Yes
  • Public Health Labs:
    • Currently, in order 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 IPH green 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 six private labs authorized to perform SARS-CoV-2 testing for administrative issues:
      American Hospital Laboratory (Tel: +355 4 222 5640)
      Genius Lab (Cell: +355 69 303 3026)
      German Hospital International (Cell: +355 67 200 4282)
      Intermedica (Tel: +355 4 220 0600)
      Noval Diagnostic (Cell: +355 68 804 2045)
      SALUS Lab (Cell: +355 68 205 3180)
    • The average cost for testing is: (PCR = 8,500 ALL or ~85 USD) – (Antigen = 4,000 ALL or ~40 USD).  It is best to check with each lab about the cost of testing.
  • 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
  • Has the government of Albania approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • 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.
  • Albania received its first 975 doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.  According to Minister of Health and Social Protection, Ms. Ogerta Manastirliu, about fifty medical personnel working in COVID-19 hospitals in Tirana received the first doses of vaccines on Monday, January 11, 2021.  The vaccine is free of charge and medical personnel in all four COVID-19 hospitals in Tirana and other regional hospitals will be the first to get the vaccines.
  • According to Albanian health authorities, the government has contracted to get 500,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, of which the first 10,000 are to arrive soon.
  • Visit the website of the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the Institute of Public Health for additional information.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
    • Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020.  As of December 22, the Albanian government suspended all flights to and from Great Britain until January 6, 2021. Lufthansa and Austrian Air continue with a reduced number of weekly flights to/from Tirana until further notice.  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.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
    • 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.”
  • 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.
Movement Restrictions:
  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.
    • Starting January 5, 2021, public movement is restricted during the hours between 10:00pm and 6:00am.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
Quarantine Information:
  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
    • The Ministry of Health announced that starting December 22, 2020, until January 6, 2021, there will be a mandatory 14-day quarantine (self-isolate) for all travelers who enter Albania by air, land, or sea who initiated their travel from Great Britain.
    • 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.
    • 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.
Transportation Options:
  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
    • Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020.
    • As of December 22, the Albanian government suspended all flights to and from Great Britain until January 6, 2021. Lufthansa and Austrian Air continue with a reduced number of weekly flights to/from Tirana until further notice.
    • U.S. citizens who are returning to the United States are currently only being allowed to transit one Schengen country on their journey home.
    • 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.
    • Masks are mandatory for any individual 11 years old and above in all indoor and outdoor spaces to include, public transportation.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
  • Starting January 5, public movement is restricted during the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am, except for work reasons, health care emergencies, or urgent needs. The e-Albania portal must be used for special permission to move during this time. Non-compliance with this rule may result in a fine up to 10,000 ALL.
  • Starting October 15, wearing a mask in public areas, indoors and outdoors, for any individual 11 years old and above is mandatory. Non-compliance with this rule may result in a fine up to 3,000 ALL.
  • Guidelines (in Albanian language) are found at the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection website here.
  • More information can be obtained by calling the national green line at 0-800-4040.
Consular Operations:
  • The U.S. Embassy in Tirana resumed limited routine U.S. citizen service appointments on December 2, 2020, to include regular passport applications and renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notarial services. Appointment availability is limited as we take precautions to ensure the health and welfare of all Embassy employees, as well as those we serve. 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.
  • For information on obtaining a passport for emergency travel, please visit our webpage.
  • If you require an emergency service, please write to ACSTirana@state.gov.
  • Currently, post is only processing the following visa requests:
    • Medical emergency and humanitarian non-immigrant visa requests.
    • Medical emergency and humanitarian immigrant visa requests only for spouses and minor children of American citizens.
Local Resources:

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