Visa policy of Albania
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Entering with a passport is required. Citizens from certain countries or territories, however, are eligible for visa-free travel with only their ID cards in lieu of their passports. Passports must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of arrival.
The visa policy of Albania is based on the by Law Nr. 108/2013 “On foreign citizens”, amended and the Decision of the Council of Ministers Nr. 513/2013 “On criteria and procedures for entry, stay and treatment of foreign citizens”, amended.
The visa policy of Albania is similar to the visa policy of the Schengen Area. It grants 90-day visa-free entry to all Schengen Annex II nationalities, except for Dominica, East Timor, Grenada, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. It also grants visa-free entry to several additional countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait and Turkey.
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1 - may enter using a national ID card or Irish passport card.
2 - may enter using a Kazakh national ID card or Hong Kong permanent ID card for a maximum stay of 90 days within 180 days
3 - citizens of these countries or territories staying for more than 90 days within 180 days are required to obtain a type "D" visa.
4 - countries whose citizens can enter without visas due to the "visa liberalization with the Schengen area".
5 - allowed to stay for 1 year without a visa.
Any visitor who holds a valid, multiple entry and previously used visa issued by a Schengen area country, United States, or the United Kingdom can enter Albania without a visa for 90 days. Visa must have been used at least once before arrival to Albania. The visa exemption also applies to valid Green Card holders, holders of resident permits issued by a Schengen country, or holders of refugee and stateless travel documents issued by an EU or EFTA member state.
Visitors of Albanian ethnicity do not require visa to enter Albania for a maximum stay of 90 days within 180 days.
Recent and future changes
In May 2019 a visa exemption agreement was signed for all passports with Saint Kitts and Nevis. In December 2019, Albania unilaterally abolished visas requirements for ordinary passport holders of China. Visa-free agreement for ordinary passport holders was signed with Belarus in December 2019. Visa free agreement for all passports was signed with Guyana in January 2020 but is yet to be ratified.
Additionally, only holders of diplomatic or service passports of Algeria, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mongolia, Morocco, Russia, South Africa and Vietnam and holders of only diplomatic passports of Tunisia do not require a visa to visit Albania.
Albanian citizens can enter without a visa some of the countries whose citizens are granted visa-free access to Albania but require a visa for Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mauritius (grants visa on arrival), Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.
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):
- 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, São Tomé and Príncipe, 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
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Albania.|
- "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- US Department of State - Country Information for Albania - Entry Requirements
- "Visa regime for foreign citizens" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Albania). Retrieved 3 November 2018.
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