Foreign travel advice

Albania

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.

Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Albania based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Coronavirus: stay up to date

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

The Minister of Health suspended all direct flights between the UK and Albania on 22 December. The Government of Albania keeps this decision under constant review. Direct fights between the UK and Albania are currently suspended. You should check with your airline before attempting to travel. If you arrive in Albania via a third country from the UK, you are expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. We are aware of situations where recent visitors to Albania have stayed less than 14 days and been fined when checking in at the airport to leave the country for breaking the self-isolation rules (fines can be in excess of £5,000). See Return to the UK

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

The British Embassy continue to carry out essential work including providing 24/7 consular assistance and support to British nationals in Albania. However, there is no access to the Embassy building for visitors at this time.

Over 120,000 British nationals visit Albania every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There were small protests in central Tirana and other cities during the evenings of 9 and 10 December. The protests in Tirana turned violent and water cannon and tear gas were deployed by the police in response. Further protests are possible. You should avoid all demonstrations and follow the advice of the local authorities.

There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the festive period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities.

From December to February severe weather may cause flooding, particularly in northern Albania. See Natural disasters

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

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Albania. See Terrorism

High levels of air pollution can occur in Albania. See Health

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.