State Department: Albania - Travel Warning, June 18, 1998
Albania - Travel Warning
June 18, 1998
The Department of State recommends that American citizens continue to
avoid unnecessary travel to Albania. Because of the influx of refugees
from Kosovo into the northeastern part of the country and the resulting
potential for increased security problems, Americans are particularly
cautioned against travel to that area.
The security situation in Albania generally remains a cause for concern,
due to the continuation of bombings and sporadic gunfire, mainly during the
evening hours, as well as an increase in criminal activity. There has been
an increase in the theft of vehicles at gunpoint, particularly four-wheel
drive vehicles. The security situation outside Tirana remains even less
stable than in the capital, and American citizens should avoid travel
outside the capital unless absolutely necessary. The U.S. Embassy strongly
recommends that American citizens avoid crowds and exercise caution at all
All American citizens in Albania are strongly urged to register at the
U.S. Embassy located at Rruga e Elbasanit 103, Tirana. For updated
security information, Americans should contact the U.S. Embassy's Consular
Section at tel: (355) (42) 32875, fax: (355) (42) 32222.
This supersedes the Travel Warning issued
August 14, 1997.