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Travel to Albania during Covid

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Last updated January 27, 2022

Albania has been open to tourists from the whole world, including the US, since June 15th 2020. While we had guests visiting the country in 2020, 2021 was a huge year for Albania thanks to it being open to travelers from much of the world. We have high hopes for 2022 as well.

Entry Requirements

Can American tourists enter Albania? Yes

Can Canadian tourists enter Albania? Yes

Unvaccinated travelers from the USA and Canada may enter Albania. A negative PCR test certificate* is required.

Fully vaccinated (2 doses of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra-Zeneca, 1 dose of J&J) travelers from the USA and Canada may enter Albania. There is no test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers.

Travelers from the USA and Canada who have received a Covid-19 booster may enter Albania. There is no test requirement for travelers who have had a booster shot. Post-arrival requirements for boosted travelers: No

* Testing rules

Negative PCR test results are valid for 72 Hours from the time the test was taken. Negative Antigen test results are valid for 48 Hours from the time the test was taken

Passenger Locator Form

None required

Visiting Neighboring Countries

Albania’s land borders are now open for travel, but some neighboring countries have travel restrictions in place impacting U.S. citizens. If you want to travel to a neighboring country, please visit the website of the U.S. embassy located in that country for more information on specific restrictions on U.S. citizens

PCR Testing for Returning Home

If you need to get tested for your journey home, whether it is required by the airline or for re-entry into the U.S. we will help you schedule that at the most convenient location possible, at the appropriate time. For re-entry to the US you need to have a negative result from a Covid-19 viral test taken no more than one day before your arrival. Since May 12 2021, the CDC have approved Antigen tests for travel. Antigen tests are quicker (results in 30 minutes, not 24 hours) and cheaper (around 1/3 the price or less) than PCR tests and often more readily available. If you are flying direct back to the US, the only test you’ll need is an Antigen test. If you are transferring in another country on the way back to the US other requirements may apply. We advise to check with the airline in this case.

General COVID-19 measures to be aware of

  • maintain physical distance
  • maintain hand hygiene and disinfection (we will provide a personal bottle of hand sanitiser to you upon arrival)
  • for as long as masks are required we will provide one disposable mask per day of your vacation

Masks

Indoor Public Spaces & Crowded Outdoor Public Spaces & Public Transport

Note: Non-compliance with rules may result in a fine up to 3,000 ALL ($ 30).

Restaurants & Dining

Proof of covid status required to enter restaurants: Nothing

Note: Bars, restaurants, fast food are prohibited from operating between 11:00pm and 6:00am, except for delivery services.

Sightseeing

Proof of covid status required to enter sights: Nothing

Note: Cultural sites and museums are working normally, some with limited number of visitors. If you are interested in any specific sites, please let your local JayWay contact know and they will confirm the current situation a few days in advance, and help with making reservations if advised.

Useful links

U.S. Embassy in Albania Covid-19 Page (note, not always up-to-date)

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