Albania officially reopened its borders for tourism on July 1, 2020 allowing tourists from all countries and nations to enter without restrictions.
Throughout all of 2020 and the first half of 2021, Albania had been one of the only countries in the world to stay fully open during the pandemic with very little rules and restrictions. However, starting on September 1, 2021, Albania is implementing restrictions for the first time since reopening in 2020.
Below we have more detailed information about what’s open in Albania, the health and safety protocols tourists should know about, and any testing/quarantine rules or entry requirements that might be put into effect.
Countries Allowed To Travel To Albania
All foreign citizens are now permitted to travel to Albania.
All normal ‘pre-covid’ entry requirements apply, like having a valid passport or Visa if necessary based on your nationality.
Entry Requirements For Albania
Pre Sept 1, 2021: No tests, no quarantines.
Post Sept 1, 2021: Testing or proof of vaccination
In order to enter Albania, passengers will have to show proof of ONE of the following:
- 72-hour PCR test
- 48-hour antigen test
- Proof of recovery within 6 months
- Proof of vaccination
Masks in Albania:
Starting September 1, 2021 masks are now required once again while indoors or on public transit.
Quarantine Protocols for Albania
If a passenger does not fulfill one of the above testing/vaccination requirements (providing they are still able to board the flight) they will have to complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival.
There is no quarantine for those who provide proof of vaccination or negative test.
What’s Open in Albania
Throughout the summer mostly everything reopened in Albania.
- Curfew is in effect from 11:00pm to 6:00am for non-essential movement
- Restaurants can only operate past the 11pm curfew for delivery services
- Hotels, beaches, museums, and mostly every other tourism based service is open
Have Flights Resumed To Albania?
Yes, commercial fights resumed June 15 from select countries, and reopened to most other destinations by June 22.
There are direct flights to many European cities into Tirana daily.
Some examples of cities Tirana currently flies direct to include: London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Zurich, Prague, Vienna, Rome, Athens, Istanbul, Kyiv, Belgrade, and Budapest.
Airlines offering the most availability include: Wizz Air, Air Albania and Albawings.
If you need to transit through the EU to get to Albania, read our EU transit airport guide.
Albania is situated between Greece and Montenegro on stunning Adriatic and Ionian coastlines. Visitors will love the variety of beautiful beaches, cities with historical ruins, and towns perched in the mountains.
The official currency is the Albanian Lek, but Euros are widely accepted as well.
All visitors should have valid travel insurance when visiting Albania.
Land Borders in Albania
It has been reported that all land borders have reopened in Albania, with the exception of the Montenegro land border.
Disclaimer: Albania’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
Article originally published July 11, 2020 with frequent updates.