State Department: Albania - Travel Warning, March 12, 1997
Albania - Travel Warning
March 12, 1997
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
The Department of State recommends that American citizens defer travel
to Albania at this time due to increasing violence after the collapse of
pyramid investment schemes and resulting political instability. The
Government of Albania has declared a state of emergency and imposed a
curfew from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. The Government has also mandated
that the workday for most businesses end at 3:00 p.m.
The Department of State has therefore ordered the departure of
dependents of American Embassy employees and non-essential U.S. Embassy
American citizens currently in Albania should depart the country as soon
as possible. In the meantime, U.S. citizens should follow the
Government-imposed curfew, continue to avoid crowds and exercise caution at
all times. Depending on the conditions prevailing in a particular locality,
American citizens should remain in their homes and avoid travel.
For updated information, Americans should contact the Consular Section of
the U.S. Embassy, located at Rruga E Elbasanit 103, Tirana; telephone
355-42-32875; fax 355-42-32222.
This Travel Warning supercedes the Travel Warning issued March 3, 1997.