Albania is relatively easy to access. To enter the country a valid passport is required. Before travelling to Albania, foreigners should contact the diplomatic and consular representations of the Republic of Albania abroad to check if rules have changed.
Foreign citizens can enter the Republic of Albania after presenting valid passports and entry visas issued by diplomatic or consular representations of the Republic of Albania abroad. The passport should be valid for at least six months after the validity of the visa.
A visa shall be issued if the relevant person presents to the Albanian diplomatic or consular representation an invitation from an institution or private person resident in the Republic of Albania.
Holders of ordinary passports
a. Foreign citizen holders of ordinary passports can enter Albania without an entry visa if they are citizens of these states: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland,
Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino,
South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA
They have to present their valid passports at the border crossing point, where they pay an entry fee and are granted a stay permit of 90 days. The entry fee is established on the basis of reciprocity. Foreign citizens must have the necessary currency to sustain themselves during their stay in the Republic of Albania.
b. Citizens of these countries are issued a visa at the Albanian border: Andorra, Monaco, Macedonia, Montenegro, Israel, South Korea, Singapore.
c. Individuals citizens of countries not mentioned above should contact a representative of the Albanian missions for being issued an entry visa to Albania.
Holders of diplomatic and service passports
a. Foreign citizens, holders of diplomatic or service passport and residents of the countries noted in Chart 1, as well as citizens who are resident in the countries with which there is a bilateral agreement as given in Chart 2, can enter the Republic of Albania without a visa. The aforementioned citizens are allowed to stay in Albania for up to 90 days.Source: http://www.albaniantourism.com/Find out more information about Visa application form at:
b. Pursuant to bilateral agreements, Albanian citizens who hold diplomatic or service passports can travel to the countries below without an entry visa with a stay permit up to 90 days:
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy (diplomatic passport only), Japan, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, USA
A valid passport is required to enter in Albania. Identity cards are
not accepted. During the summer tourist season, between 1 of June until
30 of September, the Albanian Government provides the following
All foreign citizens of Albanian nationality can enter
in Albania without visa. In such a case identity cards are accepted as
valid. Do not need visa for this period of time the citizens from
Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia- Herzegovina.
Marriage in Albania
Foreign nationals in Albania
may be married in a civil ceremony, religious ceremony, or both. However, the
marriage is considered legal only when performed as a civil ceremony. There are no residency requirements for foreign nationals to get married in Albania. Civil Marriage in Albania
is a fully recognized legal marriage. Marriages performed in Albania
that are not registered with the Albanian Bureau of Vital Statistics have no validity.
Residency in Albania
Entry To Albania
At the port of entry (Rinas, Durres,
etc.) the passport is stamped with the date of arrival. It is important to
check that the immigration police have stamped the passport and entered the
date correctly. This allows you to stay in Albania for 90 calendar days.
If One Wishes To Stay Over 90 Days
For stays over 90 days one must apply for an Albanian Residency Permit at
the police station nearest your place of residence. The validity for a
residency permit varies from three months to 5 years and then there is a
permanent residency permit issued in special cases. The following documents are
submitted in support of the application for a residency permit to the local
- A letter requesting a
Residency Permit in which the purpose of your stay and your Albanian
address is accurately stated;
- Passport used to enter Albania
and notarized copies of pages bearing important information as well as a
notarized copy of the page stamped by the police at the port of entry.
(The passport will be returned to the applicant immediately while the copy
will be retained together with the other papers);
- A Court certificate from your home
country stating that currently you are not under any criminal proceedings;
- A Police certificate from
your home country stating your conduct for the last six months,(the
Note: Point 3 and 4 are adequately satisfied by
one Affidavit of Eligibility for a Residency Permit.
- A copy of your lease;
- Family Certificate translated
and notarized if accompanied by family members;
- Two photos 3.5 x 4.5 cm for
person and each family member (if they are applying);
Financial evidence and notarized copy of the legal permit to perform
economical or humanitarian activities, a bank statement and a bankbook;
- Certification from host or
employer stating purpose of stay, how does he/she relate to the declared
activity, involvement in the activity and its necessity.
All the above mentioned documents must have been issued no later than three
months from the date of application.
To Renew the Residency Permit
The following documents must be submitted for renewal of the residency
- Written request for renewal
where the purpose of such renewal is clearly stated;
- Financial evidence and
notarized copy of the legal permit to perform economical or humanitarian
activities, a bank statement and a bankbook;
- A copy of the previous
- One picture 3.5 x 4.5 cm for
person and each family member (if they are applying) for the renewal of
the residency permit.
Fee Schedule for a Residency Permit
Price in Lek
One should always carry the Residency Permit along to be able to show it to
the police at any time. The authorities will cancel the residency permit if one
has been out of the country for more than:
- three months if the residency
permit had a 1 year validity;
- six months if the residency
permit had a 5 year validity; and
- two years if the residency
permit had a permanent validity.
What If I have Resided In Albania For More Than the Initial 90-day period But
Have Not Gone Through the Regular Procedure?
In such cases, one must go to the Police Station to regularize the
stay. Depending on the circumstances, a fine may be assessed.
Adapted from: http://www.tirana.usembassy.gov/
The Main Embassies in Albania
The main embassies in Albania are:
US Embassy in Albania
Find out more about the US Embassy in Albania at:
British Embassy in Albania
Find out more about the British Embassy in Albania at:
Embassy of France in Albania
Find out more about the Embassy of France in Albania at:
Embassy of Denmark in Tirana
Find out more about the Embassy of Denmark in Tirana at:
Embassy of Italy in Albania
Find out more about the Embassy of Italy in Albania at:
Embassy of Netherlands in Albania
Find out more about the Embassy of Netherlands in Albania at:
Embassy of Germany in Albania
Find out more about the Embassy of Germany in Albania at: