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U.S. Citizen emergency services only. All routine U.S. Citizen services and visa operations are temporarily suspended.

U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents: In support of the Government of Albania’s efforts to prevent further spread of COVID-19 by limiting public gatherings and increasing social spacing, the U.S. Embassy has cancelled all routine American citizen services and is providing emergency services only. If you require an emergency service, please write to ACSTirana@state.gov.

Visas: 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 non-immigrant 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.

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Global Level 4 Travel Advisory – Do Not Travel (March 31, 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 7/16/2020.

Country-Specific Information:
  • Albania has confirmed more than three thousand five hundred cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020. The Government of Albania has declared that only European Union residents and nationals are eligible to board these outbound flights to the EU at this time. This restriction does not apply to passengers traveling to Serbia or Turkey.
  • The Albanian government announced:
    • Preschools and kindergartens reopened on June 1, 2020.
    • 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 for children, gyms, sports centers, swimming pools, internet cafes, cultural centers, and entertainment centers reopened on June 1, 2020.
    • Beaches are open.
    • Outdoor exercise is permitted.
    • Libraries and museums are open.
    • Public transportation has resumed.
    • All maritime and air borders have reopened.
    • On July 15 Minister of Health and Social Protection Ogerta Manastirliu announced that wearing a mask is mandatory in Albania for any individual in closed spaces to include: Public administration offices, Non-public administration, Public transport, offices, Staircases of apartment buildings, Elevators, Shopping malls, Shops, Supermarkets, Markets and other services. Non-compliance with this rule will result in a fine of 2,000 ALL.
Entry and Exit Requirements
  • Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020. The Government of Albania has declared that only European Union residents and nationals are eligible to board these outbound flights to the EU at this time. This restriction does not apply to passengers traveling to Serbia or Turkey.
  • 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
Regional Travel:
  • 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 web-page of U.S. Embassy in Kosovo.
    COVID-19 update web-page of U.S. Embassy in Montenegro.
    COVID-19 update web-page of U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia.
    COVID-19 update web-page of U.S. Embassy in Greece.
Travel to the United States:

Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020. The Government of Albania has declared that only European Union residents and nationals are eligible to board these outbound flights to the EU at this time. This restriction does not apply to passengers traveling to Serbia or Turkey. U.S. citizens may be eligible to board certain flights in early July once direct flights to the United States from select European cities are available. If you wish to travel to the United States, we encourage you to contact a travel agent or the airlines for information about available travel options. Please be advised that international travel is highly unpredictable at this time and flights and countries’ entry requirements are subject to change without notice. We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance in the event your travel plans change.

Quarantine Information:
  • 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.
  • 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:
Local Resources:
(Note: The below links to local resources are in Albanian language only.)
Other links: