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State Department: Albania - Consular Information Sheet, August 18, 1995


Albania - Consular Information Sheet
August 18, 1995

Country Description: Albania has undergone profound political change and continues to see significant economic change. Facilities for tourism are not well developed, and many of the goods and services taken for granted in other European countries are not yet available. Hotel accommodations are limited outside of Tirana.

Entry Requirements: A passport is required but a visa is not necessary for a tourist stay of up to 30 days. An extension may be granted by applying at the local police station. A tax is levied upon departure. Americans planning to travel to Albania may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Albania at 1150 18th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005, tel: (202) 223-4942, for additional visa information.

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are limited and medicine is in short supply. Doctors and hospitals generally expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage is useful. Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559.

Crime Information: Albania has a relatively low rate of violent crime. However, street crime is common and occurs against tourists both day and night. Crime is generally directed at targets of opportunity, not at Americans in particular.

The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. It provides useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad.

Currency Regulations: Credit cards and traveler's checks are not accepted in Albania except at the major new hotels in Tirana. Personal checks are not accepted anywhere.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use and dealing of illegal drugs are severe, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.

Registration: U.S. citizens may register at the U.S. Embassy and obtain updated information on travel and security within Albania.

Embassy Location: The U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania is located at Rruga E Elbasanit 103; Telephone (355-42) 32875.

No. 95-095

This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated April 26, 1994, to delete information on adoptions, add currency information and update information on crime.

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