Visa policy of Albania

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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 visa-free entry.[1][2]

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.[3] Passports must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of arrival.[4]

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.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Albania

Visa-free access[edit]

Holders of passports (or in certain cases ID cards) of the following 88 jurisdictions can enter Albania without a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days (unless otherwise noted):[5][1]

1 - may enter using a national ID card or Irish passport card.
2 - allowed to stay for 30 days without a visa. [6]
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.

Nationals of the following countries can enter without a visa for short-term stay, only with the passport document from 20 April 2022 to 31 December 2022, for tourist reasons:

Nationals of the following countries can enter without a visa for short-term stay, only with the passport document from 01 May 2022 to 30 September 2022, for tourist reasons:

Substitute visas[edit]

Any visitor who holds a valid, multiple-entry and previously used visa or a residence permit 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.[1]

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

Recent and future changes[edit]

A visa waiver agreement was signed with  Kazakhstan, September 2022 and it is yet to enter into force. [7]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Additionally, holders of diplomatic or service passports from Algeria, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mongolia, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam and holders of diplomatic passports of Tunisia do not require a visa to visit Albania.

Reciprocity[edit]

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, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.

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):[8]

  • 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

See also[edit]

Annotations[edit]

  1. ^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 100 UN member states (with another 13 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 93 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ "US Department of State - Country Information for Albania - Entry Requirements". Archived from the original on 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  3. ^ "Visa regime for foreign citizens" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Albania). Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Who can enter Albania without a Visa".
  6. ^ "TimaticWeb". Archived from the original on 2019-01-29. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  7. ^ Albania signed the Visa Waiver Agreement with Kazakhstan
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-06-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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