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November 15, 2019

The documents needed to travel to Albania

I am an Italian citizen and I want to go to Albania. What documents are needed?

For entry into Albania, Italian citizens must be in possession of a passport or an identity card valid for expatriation, which has a term of at least three months longer than the date of return from Albania.

It should be noted that for all purposes there may be considerable inconvenience when entering the country both paper identity cards renewed with stamps affixed by the Municipality, and those in electronic format renewed with the extension sheet issued by the Municipality : in order to avoid problems, nationals in possession of these types of identity cards are advised to enter Albania with the Passport (or obtain another identity card).

Please note that starting from June 2012 all Italian minors to travel abroad must have an individual document: even if the minor is placed on the passport of one of the parents, it will therefore be necessary to present a valid passport or identity card , upon entry into Albania.

When a parent intends to enter Albania with their child (s) (but without the other parent), it is strongly advised that he bring with him a notarized declaration, with which the other parent gives his consent to trip abroad of the child (ren).

Italian citizens do not need a visa. However, it should be remembered that, according to the current Albanian legislation, foreign citizens can stay in the country without requesting permits up to a maximum of 90 days within 6 months. Should you stay longer, you will need to apply for a residence permit from the competent Albanian authorities. Those who do not comply with this obligation risk being refused the right to enter Albania (or expelled from the country, with consequent prohibition of re-entry, if they are already in Albania and exceed the 90 days allowed in the semester).

Considering the conditions of the Albanian health system (and the very high costs of the private structures operating here), all Italian citizens intending to go to Albania to stipulate a health insurance that includes, in addition to the coverage of medical expenses, also the medical expenses, is strongly recommended. possible air repatriation or transfer to another country.

Finally, we inform our compatriots who want to travel to Albania by car that most Italian insurance companies do not issue a green card valid also for Albania. Upon entering the country, directly at the land or sea border, it is therefore necessary to take out temporary insurance with an Albanian company (whose average cost for a car for 15 days is around 50 Euro). It is advisable to take out insurance against all risks (including coverage for theft).

Source: Italian Embassy in Tirana

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