Foreign travel advice

Albania

Summary

From 7 November 2016, violent thunderstorms and torrential rains has led to loss of life and severely disrupted road travel and other transport links, including the main Durres-Tirana highway. Lezha, Shkodra, Gjirokastra and Fushe-Kruja have been particularly badly impacted by flooding.

Over 80,000 British nationals visit Albania every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

From December to February severe weather may cause flooding, particularly in northern Albania. Heavy snowfall in mountainous areas can lead to disruption to transport and services.

Public security is generally good, particularly in Tirana. Crime and violence does occur in some areas, but is not typically targeted at foreigners. Gun ownership is widespread. See Crime.

When visiting hill towns on the northern border with Kosovo, you should exercise caution and heed warning signs about unexploded landmines and other unexploded ordnance. See Landmines.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.