Entry stamp of Albania

The visa policy of Albania allows citizens of certain countries to enter the Albania without a visa. Citizens of certain other countries must obtain a visa from one of the Albanian diplomatic missions. Alternatively, they may obtain an e-Visa.

All visitors must hold a passport valid for 3 months. Citizens from certain countries or territories, however, are eligible for visa-free travel with only their ID cards in lieu of their passports.[1] Passports must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of arrival.[2]

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 nine additional countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Turkey.

Visa policy map

Visa policy of Albania

Visa exemption

Ordinary passports

Holders of ordinary passports (or national ID cards, where allowed) of the following countries and territories may enter Albania without a visa for the following period:[3][4]

1 year
90 days within any 180 days
30 days per trip, 90 days within any 1 year

ID — May enter Albania using a national ID card or an Irish passport card in lieu of a passport.
ID1 — May enter Albania using a biometric national ID card in lieu of a passport.
ID2 — May enter Albania using a permanent identity card in lieu of a passport.
3 — Citizens of these countries or territories staying for more than 90 days within any 180-day period 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".

Substitute visa

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. (And there are some more visa exemptions.)[4][5][6][7][8]

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

Non-ordinary passports

In addition to countries whose citizens are visa-exempt, 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

Main article: Visa requirements for Albanian citizens

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, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Mauritius (grants visa on arrival), Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.

Electronic Visa (e-Visa)

Citizens of other countries may obtain an e-Visa.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Visa regime for foreign citizens" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Albania). Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Who can enter Albania without a visa" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b "Visa and passport". Timatic. International Air Transport Association through Emirates. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Visa regime for foreign citizens". punetejashtme.gov.al. Retrieved 2022-10-23. CAN ENTER ALBANIA WITHOUT A VISA: — Foreign citizens who have a valid, multiple-entry Schengen visa, which has been previously used in one of the Schengen states, or foreign citizens who have a valid permit of stay in one of the Schengen states; — Foreign citizens who have a valid, multiple-entry US or UK visa, which has been previously used in the respective country of issuance, or have valid permit of stay in the US or UK.
  6. ^ "Regjimi i vizave për të huajt". punetejashtme.gov.al (in Albanian). Retrieved 2022-10-23.
  7. ^ "VISA REGIME FOR FOREIGN CITIZENS" (PDF). punetejashtme.gov.al. 2022-10-11. p. 4. Retrieved 2022-10-23.
  8. ^ "REGJIMI I VIZAVE PËR SHTETASIT E HUAJ" (PDF). punetejashtme.gov.al (in Albanian). 2022-10-11. p. 5. Retrieved 2022-10-23.
  9. ^ "Albania eVisa".