Visa policy of Albania

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Visa policy of Albania
Entry stamp of Albania

Visitors to Albania must obtain a visa from one of the Albanian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or are qualified for a visa-free entry.[1][2]

A passport is required. However, a subset of citizens eligible for visa-free travel can enter the country with only their ID cards in lieu of their passports.[3] Passports must be for at least 3 months from the date of arrival.[4]

Visa policy of Albania is based on the Law No. 108/13 "On foreigners" and the Decision of the Council of Ministers No. 513/13 "On the treatment of foreigners".

Visa-free access[edit]

Holders of passports of the following 78 jurisdictions can enter Albania without a visa:[5]

1 - may enter using the ID card. Except Liechtenstein for EFTA.
2 - citizens of these countries staying for more than 90 days within the period of six months, need to obtain visa type D.
3 - states, whose citizens enter without visas due to their visa liberalization with the Schengen area.

Citizens of the following 8 countries may enter Albania without a visa during the summer period and must depart by 2 November 2015:

Substitute visas[edit]

Additionally, all foreigners, regardless of nationality, who are holding a valid multiple entries Schengen visa, that such visa is previously used in one of the countries of Schengen Area, or have a valid stay permission in one of the countries of Schengen area or who are holding a valid multiple entries visa of the United States or the United Kingdom, that such visa is previously used in these respective countries, or have valid stay permission in those countries. Visa-free regime also applies to permanent residents of the United States.

Visitors of Albanian ethnicity do not require visa to enter Albania for a maximum stay of 90 days within 180 days.

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Additionally, only holders of diplomatic or service passports of Algeria, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Russia, South Africa and Vietnam do not require a visa to visit Albania.

Visa application[edit]

Citizens of the countries requiring visas should apply at the following diplomatic missions of Albania (citizens of countries without an assigned embassy should contact the geographically nearest diplomatic mission):[6]

  • Abu Dhabi: Oman, Yemen
  • Ankara: Afghanistan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
  • Beijing: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Brasilia: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Peru, Suriname
  • Bucharest: Liberia, Morocco, Palestine
  • Cairo: Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Doha: Bahrain, Qatar
  • Istanbul: Afghanistan, Congo, Georgia, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • London: Belize, Fiji, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Maldives, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Madrid: Gibraltar, Peru
  • Moscow: Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
  • New York City: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica
  • Paris: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Morocco, Senegal
  • Riyadh: Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen
  • Rome: Angola, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Mali, South Africa
  • Sofia: Cuba, North Korea
  • Tokyo: Fiji
  • Warsaw: Belarus

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