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Albania travel restrictions

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Published on 27.05.2020
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Crossing Rules
  • Passengers traveling to Albania are required to complete a Covid-19 health statement prior to departure.
Flight Restrictions

published 02.07.2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) entry regulations lifted on 1 July 2020.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site, if symptomatic.

There is no general requirement for travelers returning to Albania to self-quarantine. Quarantine will only apply in specific cases when ordered by health authorities. An official isolation and treatment site has been designated at the Infectious Disease Hospital at Mother Teresa University Hospital. The National Medical Emergency Center is responsible for the physical transfer of any patients suspected to be infected with the virus. No private hospitals are authorized to manage COVID-19 cases. There is no official information available about the length of time individuals will be held in these temporary quarantine spaces.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (prior to 2013)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Full Restrictions

  • Albania All regular international flights from and to Tirana International Airport (TIA) resumed on June 22. (FG, 21.06.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial airlines are operating. Public transport and taxis are operating as normal. Land borders are open with the exception of the border with Montenegro which remains closed until a further notice from the Montenegrin authorities.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On 1 June, the Government of Albania lifted the restrictions which had been put in place because of COVID-19. Land borders are open with the exception of the border with Montenegro which is closed until further notice from the Montenegrin authorities. There are currently no restrictions on movement within Albania. Public transport and taxis are operating as normal. Businesses, bars, hotels and restaurants are open with some restrictive measures. All schools remain closed until further notice. Businesses, bars, hotels and restaurants are open with some restrictive measures. Lounge bars, pubs and night clubs are closed until further notice. Music in bars can only be played until 8pm. All schools remain closed until further notice.

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    29.07.2020
  • Albania All regular international flights from and to Tirana International Airport (TIA) will resume on June 22. (FG, 21.06.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial airlines are operating. Public transport and taxis are operating as normal. Land borders are open with the exception of the border with Montenegro which remains closed until a further notice from the Montenegrin authorities.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 1 June, the Government of Albania lifted the restrictions which had been put in place because of COVID-19. Land borders are open with the exception of the border with Montenegro which is closed until further notice from the Montenegrin authorities. There are currently no restrictions on movement within Albania. Public transport and taxis are operating as normal. Businesses, bars, hotels and restaurants are open with some restrictive measures. All schools remain closed until further notice. Businesses, bars, hotels and restaurants are open with some restrictive measures. Lounge bars, pubs and night clubs are closed until further notice. Music in bars can only be played until 8pm. All schools remain closed until further notice.

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    21.07.2020
  • Albania All regular international flights from and to Tirana International Airport (TIA) will resume on June 22. (FG, 21.06.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All maritime and air borders have reopened. Commercial flights returned to Albania on 15 June 2020. The Government of Albania has declared that only European Union residents and nationals are eligible to board these outbound flights to the EU at this time. This restriction does not apply to passengers traveling to Serbia or Turkey.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Albanian government announced: Preschools and kindergartens reopened on 1 June 2020. All cultural events and other large public gatherings in Albania are cancelled indefinitely. Professional sporting events have resumed, with no spectators allowed to attend. Malls and shops are open with strict social distancing guidelines in place. Hairdressers and dentists are open with strict social distancing guidelines in place. Restaurants and cafes are open. All indoor activity centers for children, gyms, sports centers, swimming pools, internet cafes, cultural centers, and entertainment centers reopened on 1 June 2020.
    Beaches are open. Outdoor exercise is permitted. Libraries and museums are open. Public transportation has resumed with limited service and social distancing. All maritime and air borders have reopened.

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    15.07.2020
  • Albania All regular international flights from and to Tirana International Airport (TIA) will resume on June 22. (FG, 21.06.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All maritime and air borders have reopened. Commercial flights returned to Albania on 15 June 2020. The Government of Albania has declared that only European Union residents and nationals are eligible to board these outbound flights to the EU at this time. This restriction does not apply to passengers traveling to Serbia or Turkey.Land borders are open with the exception of the border with Greece which remains closed until a further notice from the Greek authorities.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Albanian government announced: Preschools and kindergartens reopened on 1 June 2020. All cultural events and other large public gatherings in Albania are cancelled indefinitely. Professional sporting events have resumed, with no spectators allowed to attend. Malls and shops are open with strict social distancing guidelines in place. Hairdressers and dentists are open with strict social distancing guidelines in place. Restaurants and cafes are open. All indoor activity centers for children, gyms, sports centers, swimming pools, internet cafes, cultural centers, and entertainment centers reopened on 1 June 2020.
    Beaches are open. Outdoor exercise is permitted. Libraries and museums are open. Public transportation has resumed with limited service and social distancing. All maritime and air borders have reopened.

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    14.07.2020
  • Albania All regular international flights from and to Tirana International Airport (TIA) will resume on June 22. (FG, 21.06.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All ferries from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended. Until further notice
    All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival have been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    In red zones (Tirana, Durres, Shkoder, Kruja and Kurbin), a curfew is in place between 21.00 and 05.00 Monday-Friday. In green zones citizens may move freely without permission and without a curfew Monday-Friday.
    All travellers from Italy are barred entry.
    There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports).

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    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 23 June. Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown. Mass transport, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, swimming pools, weddings, conferences and public hearings won’t reopen until June 23.
    It is compulsory countrywide to wear a facemask when in public places.

    *****Relaxation in restrictions:
    On 1 June, the Government of Albania lifted the restrictions which had been put in place because of COVID-19. Land borders are open with the exception of the border with Greece which is expected to open on 1 July.
    Shopping centres, hairdressers and dentists are open and people will be allowed to travel by car without a permit from 11 May. Bars and restaurants are open but serve only in their outdoor spaces, respecting social distancing until 17.30 (when the night curfew starts), from 19 May. More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom. No time restriction for movement in green areas.
    No more permit needed to go outside in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside from 5.00 until 21.00 during the week in red areas (Durres, Kruja and Kurbin, Shkoder and Tirana). Movement in and out of red zones is banned.
    Parks, internet centres and gyms also opened on Monday 1 June under new hygiene guidelines.

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    25.06.2020
  • Albania All regular international flights from and to Tirana International Airport (TIA) will resume on June 22. (FG, 21.06.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All ferries from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended. Until further notice
    All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival have been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    In red zones (Tirana, Durres, Shkoder, Kruja and Kurbin), a curfew is in place between 21.00 and 05.00 Monday-Friday. In green zones citizens may move freely without permission and without a curfew Monday-Friday.
    All travellers from Italy are barred entry.
    There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports).

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 23 June. Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown. Mass transport, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, swimming pools, weddings, conferences and public hearings won’t reopen until June 23.
    It is compulsory countrywide to wear a facemask when in public places.

    *****Relaxation in restrictions:
    On 1 June, the Government of Albania lifted the restrictions which had been put in place because of COVID-19. Land borders are open with the exception of the border with Greece which is expected to open on 1 July.
    Shopping centres, hairdressers and dentists are open and people will be allowed to travel by car without a permit from 11 May. Bars and restaurants are open but serve only in their outdoor spaces, respecting social distancing until 17.30 (when the night curfew starts), from 19 May. More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom. No time restriction for movement in green areas.
    No more permit needed to go outside in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside from 5.00 until 21.00 during the week in red areas (Durres, Kruja and Kurbin, Shkoder and Tirana). Movement in and out of red zones is banned.
    Parks, internet centres and gyms also opened on Monday 1 June under new hygiene guidelines.

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    21.06.2020
  • Albania Tirana International Airport reopens for flights to, from Vienna, Belgrade, Frankfurt and Athens (SEE News, 16.06.2020)

    Flights to Albania are suspended.
    – This does not apply to flights arriving from Austria, Greece and Serbia.
    – This does not apply to flights operated by Air Albania (ZB) from/to Istanbul (IST).
    – This does not apply to repatriation and emergency flights.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to and from Tirana airport are suspended, with the exception of Air Albania’s humanitarian flights to and from Istanbul until further notice.
    All ferries from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended. Until further notice
    All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival have been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    In red zones (Tirana, Durres, Shkoder, Kruja and Kurbin), a curfew is in place between 21.00 and 05.00 Monday-Friday. In green zones citizens may move freely without permission and without a curfew Monday-Friday.
    All travellers from Italy are barred entry.
    There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports).

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 23 June. Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown. Mass transport, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, swimming pools, weddings, conferences and public hearings won’t reopen until June 23.
    It is compulsory countrywide to wear a facemask when in public places.

    Relaxation in restrictions:
    On 1 June, the Government of Albania lifted the restrictions which had been put in place because of COVID-19. Land borders are open with the exception of the border with Greece which is expected to open on 1 July.
    Shopping centres, hairdressers and dentists are open and people will be allowed to travel by car without a permit from 11 May. Bars and restaurants are open but serve only in their outdoor spaces, respecting social distancing until 17.30 (when the night curfew starts), from 19 May. More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom. No time restriction for movement in green areas.
    No more permit needed to go outside in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside from 5.00 until 21.00 during the week in red areas (Durres, Kruja and Kurbin, Shkoder and Tirana). Movement in and out of red zones is banned.
    Parks, internet centres and gyms also opened on Monday 1 June under new hygiene guidelines.

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    19.06.2020
  • Albania Tirana International Airport reopens for flights to, from Vienna, Belgrade, Frankfurt and Athens (SEE News, 16.06.2020)

    Flights to Albania are suspended.
    – This does not apply to flights arriving from Austria, Greece and Serbia.
    – This does not apply to flights operated by Air Albania (ZB) from/to Istanbul (IST).
    – This does not apply to repatriation and emergency flights.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to and from Tirana airport are suspended, with the exception of Air Albania’s humanitarian flights to and from Istanbul until further notice.
    All ferries from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended. Until further notice
    All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival have been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    In red zones (Tirana, Durres, Shkoder, Kruja and Kurbin), a curfew is in place between 21.00 and 05.00 Monday-Friday. In green zones citizens may move freely without permission and without a curfew Monday-Friday.
    All travellers from Italy are barred entry.
    There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports).

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 23 June. Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown. Mass transport, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, swimming pools, weddings, conferences and public hearings won’t reopen until June 23.
    It is compulsory countrywide to wear a facemask when in public places.

    Relaxation in restrictions:
    Albania reopened its land borders and and let people move around freely from Monday 1 June. (Reuters, 01.06.2020)
    Shopping centres, hairdressers and dentists are open and people will be allowed to travel by car without a permit from 11 May. Bars and restaurants are open but serve only in their outdoor spaces, respecting social distancing until 17.30 (when the night curfew starts), from 19 May. More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom. No time restriction for movement in green areas.
    No more permit needed to go outside in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside from 5.00 until 21.00 during the week in red areas (Durres, Kruja and Kurbin, Shkoder and Tirana). Movement in and out of red zones is banned.
    Parks, internet centres and gyms also opened on Monday 1 June under new hygiene guidelines.

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    16.06.2020
  • Albania Commercial flight activity will resume in Albania on June 15, when Austrian Airlines will re-open flights between Tirana and Vienna, Austria. (OSAC, 03.06.2020)

    Flights to Albania are suspended.
    – This does not apply to flights operated by Air Albania (ZB) from/to Istanbul (IST).
    – This does not apply to repatriation and emergency flights.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to and from Tirana airport are suspended, with the exception of Air Albania’s humanitarian flights to and from Istanbul until further notice.
    All ferries from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended. Until further notice
    All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival have been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    In red zones (Tirana, Durres, Shkoder, Kruja and Kurbin), a curfew is in place between 21.00 and 05.00 Monday-Friday. In green zones citizens may move freely without permission and without a curfew Monday-Friday.
    All travellers from Italy are barred entry.
    There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports).

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 23 June. Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown. Mass transport, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, swimming pools, weddings, conferences and public hearings won’t reopen until June 23.
    It is compulsory countrywide to wear a facemask when in public places.

    Relaxation in restrictions:
    Albania reopened its land borders and and let people move around freely from Monday 1 June. (Reuters, 01.06.2020)
    Shopping centres, hairdressers and dentists are open and people will be allowed to travel by car without a permit from 11 May. Bars and restaurants are open but serve only in their outdoor spaces, respecting social distancing until 17.30 (when the night curfew starts), from 19 May. More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom. No time restriction for movement in green areas.
    No more permit needed to go outside in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside from 5.00 until 21.00 during the week in red areas (Durres, Kruja and Kurbin, Shkoder and Tirana). Movement in and out of red zones is banned.
    Parks, internet centres and gyms also opened on Monday 1 June under new hygiene guidelines.

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    03.06.2020
  • Albania Albania reopened its land borders and and let people move around freely from Monday 1 June. (Reuters, 01.06.2020)

    Flights to Albania are suspended.
    – This does not apply to flights operated by Air Albania (ZB) from/to Istanbul (IST).
    – This does not apply to repatriation and emergency flights.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to and from Tirana airport are suspended, with the exception of Air Albania’s humanitarian flights to and from Istanbul until further notice.
    All ferries from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended. Until further notice
    All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival have been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    In red zones (Tirana, Durres, Shkoder, Kruja and Kurbin), a curfew is in place between 21.00 and 05.00 Monday-Friday. In green zones citizens may move freely without permission and without a curfew Monday-Friday.
    All travellers from Italy are barred entry.
    There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports).

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 23 June. Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown. Mass transport, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, swimming pools, weddings, conferences and public hearings won’t reopen until June 23.
    It is compulsory countrywide to wear a facemask when in public places.

    Relaxation in restrictions:
    Shopping centres, hairdressers and dentists are open and people will be allowed to travel by car without a permit from 11 May. Bars and restaurants are open but serve only in their outdoor spaces, respecting social distancing until 17.30 (when the night curfew starts), from 19 May. More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom. No time restriction for movement in green areas.
    No more permit needed to go outside in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside from 5.00 until 21.00 during the week in red areas (Durres, Kruja and Kurbin, Shkoder and Tirana). Movement in and out of red zones is banned.
    Parks, internet centres and gyms also opened on Monday 1 June under new hygiene guidelines.

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    01.06.2020
  • Albania Albanian tourism will resume from 1 June, government will reopen some land borders for its nationals (Reuters, 26.05.2020) Flights to Albania are suspended. – This does not apply to flights operated by Air Albania (ZB) from/to Istanbul (IST). – This does not apply to repatriation and emergency flights.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to and from Tirana airport are suspended, with the exception of Air Albania’s humanitarian flights to and from Istanbul until further notice. A state of emergency is in place. Until 23/06/2020. All ferries from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended. Until further notice All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival have been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. In red zones (Tirana, Durres, Shkoder, Kruja and Kurbin), a curfew is in place between 21.00 and 05.00 Monday-Friday. In green zones citizens may move freely without permission and without a curfew Monday-Friday. All travellers from Italy are barred entry. There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports). All land borders are closed except for goods transport with neighbouring countries. Until 01/06/2020.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 23 June. Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown. On weekends, curfew is extended from Friday 17.30 until Monday 05.00. (LINK) Exceptions are made for healthcare workers and for the transport of food items, supplies and medicine. Only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy food or medicine at a time, for a maximum of 90 minutes; the ‘exit permit’ can be obtained by sending an SMS to 55155. The elderly and retirees are no longer permitted to go out. Roads connecting Tirana and Durres to other parts of the country are closed and public transportation is closed between/within the two cities. Vehicles will only be permitted if individuals obtain an authorisation from traffic police; only essential workers will be allowed to do so and drive only from 05.00 until 08.00 and from 16.00 until 17.30. Public and private activities (sport, cultural activities, conferences etc) and mass gatherings in closed or open places are cancelled until further notice. Likewise, schools remain closed. It is compulsory countrywide to wear a facemask when in public places. Relaxation in restrictions Shopping centres, hairdressers and dentists are open and people will be allowed to travel by car without a permit from 11 May. Bars and restaurants are open but serve only in their outdoor spaces, respecting social distancing until 17.30 (when the night curfew starts), from 19 May. More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom. No time restriction for movement in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside from 5.00 until 21.00 during the week in red areas (Durres, Kruja and Kurbin, Shkoder and Tirana). Movement in and out of red zones is banned.

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    27.05.2020
  • Albania Government continues to loosen COVID-19 related restrictions (OSAC, 18.05.2020) Flights to Albania are suspended. – This does not apply to flights operated by Air Albania (ZB) from/to Istanbul (IST). – This does not apply to repatriation and emergency flights.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to and from Tirana airport are suspended, with the exception of Air Albania’s humanitarian flights to and from Istanbul. All ferries to/from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended. All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival have been ordered to selfquarantine for 14 days. All travellers from Italy are barred entry until further notice. There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports). All land borders are closed except for goods transport with neighbouring countries.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 23 June. Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown. On weekends, curfew is extended from Friday 17.30 until Monday 05.00. (LINK) Exceptions are made for healthcare workers and for the transport of food items, supplies and medicine. Only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy food or medicine at a time, for a maximum of 90 minutes; the ‘exit permit’ can be obtained by sending an SMS to 55155. The elderly and retirees are no longer permitted to go out. Roads connecting Tirana and Durres to other parts of the country are closed and public transportation is closed between/within the two cities. Vehicles will only be permitted if individuals obtain an authorisation from traffic police; only essential workers will be allowed to do so and drive only from 05.00 until 08.00 and from 16.00 until 17.30. Public and private activities (sport, cultural activities, conferences etc) and mass gatherings in closed or open places are cancelled until further notice. Likewise, schools remain closed. Relaxation in restrictions Shopping centres, hairdressers and dentists are open and people will be allowed to travel by car without a permit from 11 May. Bars and restaurants are open but serve only in their outdoor spaces, respecting social distancing until 17.30 (when the night curfew starts), from 19 May. More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom. No time restriction for movement in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside from 5.00 until 21.00 during the week in red areas (Durres, Kruja and Kurbin, Shkoder and Tirana). Movement in and out of red zones is banned.

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    25.05.2020
  • Albania Government continues to loosen COVID-19 related restrictions (OSAC, 18.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All flights to and from Tirana airport are suspended, with the exception of Air Albania’s humanitarian flights to and from Istanbul. All ferries to/from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended. All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival have been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. All travellers from Italy are barred entry until further notice. There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports). All land borders are closed except for goods transport with neighbouring countries.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 23 June. Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown. On weekends, curfew is extended from Friday 17.30 until Monday 05.00. (LINK) Exceptions are made for healthcare workers and for the transport of food items, supplies and medicine. Only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy food or medicine at a time, for a maximum of 90 minutes; the ‘exit permit’ can be obtained by sending an SMS to 55155. The elderly and retirees are no longer permitted to go out. Roads connecting Tirana and Durres to other parts of the country are closed and public transportation is closed between/within the two cities. Vehicles will only be permitted if individuals obtain an authorisation from traffic police; only essential workers will be allowed to do so and drive only from 05.00 until 08.00 and from 16.00 until 17.30. Public and private activities (sport, cultural activities, conferences etc) and mass gatherings in closed or open places are cancelled until further notice. Likewise, schools remain closed. Relaxation in restrictions Shopping centres, hairdressers and dentists are open and people will be allowed to travel by car without a permit from 11 May. Bars and restaurants are open but serve only in their outdoor spaces, respecting social distancing until 17.30 (when the night curfew starts), from 19 May. More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom. No time restriction for movement in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside in green areas. No more permit needed to go outside from 5.00 until 21.00 during the week in red areas (Durres, Kruja and Kurbin, Shkoder and Tirana). Movement in and out of red zones is banned.

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    21.05.2020
  • Albania Flights to Albania are suspended. – This does not apply to flights operated by Air Albania (ZB) from/to Istanbul (IST). – This does not apply to repatriation and emergency flights.

    International restrictions:

    All ferries to/from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended. All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 14 days prior to arrival are ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. All travellers from Italy are barred entry until further notice. There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports). All land borders are closed except for goods transport with neighbouring countries.

    Internal restrictions:

    Albania has extended its state of emergency until 23 June. Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown. Individuals are only allowed to leave their homes from 05.00 to 17.30 during the week to visit grocery stores, pharmacies and banks. All movement is prohibited outside of those periods, including both vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement. On weekends, curfew is extended from Friday 17.30 until Monday 05.00. Exceptions are made for healthcare workers and for the transport of food items, supplies and medicine. Only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy food or medicine at a time, for a maximum of 90 minutes; the ‘exit permit’ can be obtained by sending an SMS to 55155. The elderly and retirees are no longer permitted to go out. Private car traffic and interurban transport will be banned across eight cities: Durres, Elbasan, Fier, Lezha, Lushnje, Shkodra, Tirana and Vlor. Roads connecting Tirana and Durres to other parts of the country are closed and public transportation is closed between/within the two cities. Vehicles will only be permitted if individuals obtain an authorisation from traffic police; only essential workers will be allowed to do so and drive only from 05.00 until 08.00 and from 16.00 until 17.30. Taxis are allowed to move between cities. Textile manufacturers and call centres, as well as all activities within shopping malls not related to bakeries, groceries and pharmaceutical services are closed until further notice. Public and private activities (sport, cultural activities, conferences etc) and mass gatherings in closed or open places are cancelled until further notice. Likewise, schools remain closed. Relaxation in restrictions: Taxis will be allowed to travel between cities from 4 May. More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom.

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    18.05.2020
  • Albania

    International restrictions:

    All ferries to/from Northern Italy and all red areas remain suspended.
    All travellers entering the country who have travelled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 14 days prior to arrival are ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. All travellers from Italy are barred entry until further notice. There are sanitary checks at all border controls (land, airports, ports).
    All land borders are closed except for goods transport with neighbouring countries.

    Internal restrictions:

    Banks, construction firms, call centres, grocery shops and supermarkets, transport companies, bakeries, pharmaceutical services and textiles manufacturers remain open during the lockdown.
    Individuals are only allowed to leave their homes from 05.00 to 17.30 during the week to visit grocery stores, pharmacies and banks. All movement is prohibited outside of those periods, including both vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement. On weekends, curfew is extended from Friday 17.30 until Monday 05.00. Exceptions are made for healthcare workers and for the transport of food items, supplies and medicine. Only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy food or medicine at a time, for a maximum of 90 minutes; the ‘exit permit’ can be obtained by sending an SMS to 55155. The elderly and retirees are no longer permitted to go out.
    Private car traffic and interurban transport will be banned across eight cities: Durres, Elbasan, Fier, Lezha, Lushnje, Shkodra, Tirana and Vlor. Roads connecting Tirana and Durres to other parts of the country are closed and public transportation is closed between/within the two cities. Vehicles will only be permitted if individuals obtain an authorisation from traffic police; only essential workers will be allowed to do so and drive only from 05.00 until 08.00 and from 16.00 until 17.30.
    Textile manufacturers and call centres, as well as all activities within shopping malls not related to bakeries, groceries and pharmaceutical services are closed until further notice.
    Public and private activities (sport, cultural activities, conferences etc) and mass gatherings in closed or open places are cancelled until further notice. Likewise, schools remain closed.

    Relaxation in restrictions:
    Taxis will be allowed to travel between cities from 4 May.
    More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers. High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom.

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    07.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information
    OSAC Travel Advisories
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