Foreign travel advice

Albania

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The main opposition party has called for mass protests against the government in Tirana on 18 February 2017. The political atmosphere is likely to become changeable as the country approaches national elections on 18 June 2017. Monitor local and international media, take extra care and avoid political rallies and demonstrations. Don’t attempt to cross any roadblocks set up by protesters as this might provoke a violent reaction.

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.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.