Albania is not an obvious holiday destination. Nevertheless, the beautiful beaches of Albania can be a real surprise for visitors, as can the excellent regional cuisine and numerous monuments from centuries ago. There are many places to relax – from beautiful resorts at the crossroads of the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea, through the seaside town of Durres, to the picturesque Saranda, from which you can quickly get to the Greek island of Corfu. However, desire alone is not enough. When leaving for Albania, you need to have the appropriate documents with you.
Required documents for EU citizens for a travel to Albania
Albania is for now only a candidate for accession to the European Union, but this fact does not prevent European Union citizens from entering the country only with an ID card. The document must be up-to-date and its validity must be at least 3 months longer than the planned date of return.
The identity card must be in good technical condition. During a routine check at the airport or in Albania, the personal data contained in the document must be legible (especially the nationality, the expiry date of the document and the photograph). The photograph for the ID card should show the person in a front position, with a natural facial expression and a clear outline, without headwear or dark glasses.
If you don’t have a European ID, you can travel to Albania with your passport. The document must be valid for at least 90 days counting from the planned date of return. The personal data in the document should be legible and the photo ought to be taken according to the official requirements (the criteria are identical to those for the photo for the European ID cards).
Stay in Albania
Your stay in Albania can be up to 90-days long, and it may take place within a period of 180 days counting from the first entry. Residence in Albania may be extended, but it is subject to the condition that the person is legally employed, established in Albania or married to a citizen of that country. If you are in any of these situations, you should go to the Immigration Office with a valid passport and complete all the formalities there.
It is not compulsory to have health insurance for your stay in Albania, but it would be wise to purchase it in case of a need for treatment, as well as transport back to your home country. The use of health insurance in Albania is only possible with a valid passport.
Travel to Albania by car
In Albania, the foreign driving license is respected. The driver should also have a vehicle registration certificate and valid civil liability insurance called the Green Card. The document can be obtained from your vehicle insurer. If the journey takes place in a vehicle of which the driver is not the owner, then a notarial certificate of vehicle use, translated into Albanian or English, will be required. It is mandatory to comply with the highway code in Albania. Even for a minor offense, you may be fined and your driving license and registration certificate may be revoked for up to six months.