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State Department: Albania - Consular Information Sheet, October 7, 1992

Albania - Consular Information Sheet
October 7, 1992

Embassy Location: The U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, is located at Rruga Labinoti 103; telephone (355) (42) 32875. Although the U.S. Embassy in Tirana is open, routine consular assistance to U.S. citizens in Albania is not yet available. Services are limited to emergency assistance only. A limited appointment system for U.S. citizenship and passport services began in January 1992.

Country Description: Albania is undergoing profound political and economic change. Recent economic and political tensions in Albania have led to several large demonstrations and some violence. Persons who participate in or photograph demonstrations risk arrest. Facilities for tourism are not highly developed, and many of the goods and services taken for granted in other European countries are not yet available.

Entry Requirements: The Albanian government no longer requires visas of American citizens. A 10 dollar airport fee must be paid to customs upon departure. Americans planning to travel to Albania can contact for specific entry/exit requirements the Embassy of the Republic of Albania at 1150 18th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036, tel. (202) 223-4942, or an Albanian mission abroad (for example, the Albanian mission to France in Paris or the Albanian Embassy in Rome, Italy).

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are limited. Medicine is in short supply. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that in some cases, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage has proved to be useful. Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control's international traveler's hotline on (404) 332-4559.

Crime Information: Crime against tourists (robbery, mugging, and pickpocketing) is a growing problem, especially on city streets after dark. The Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. It provides useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad.

Other Information: Credit cards and traveler's checks are rarely accepted in Albania. In addition, hotel accommodations are very limited, and even confirmed reservations are sometimes not honored.

Drug Penalties: Penalties for possession, use, and dealing of illegal drugs are severe, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.

Adoption Information: On March 19, 1992, the Albanian government suspended the adoption process until further notice. The Albanian government intends to draft new legislation governing the international adoption process.

Registration: Americans who register at the U.S. Embassy may obtain updated information on travel and security within the country.

No. 92-001

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