Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Albania on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Flights between the UK and Albania have resumed. The requirement for those arriving from the UK to self-isolate for 14 days has also been lifted. You should continue to liaise closely with your airline before travelling as the situation can change at very short notice. See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Albania

On returning to the UK, you will be expected to follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad.

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Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Albania.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Moving around in Albania

For information on entering Albania, see Entry requirements

If you’re in Albania, you should adhere to instructions and follow the advice of the local authorities.

The wearing of face masks is mandatory only indoors and whilst using public transport. Since 1 September, a night time curfew from 11pm to 6am is in place. Other than the night-time curfew, there are currently no restrictions on movement within Albania. Public transport and taxis are operating as normal.

Public places and businesses

Bars and restaurants must close by 11pm as per the curfew. However, delivery services remain available.

Night clubs remain closed. Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, provided the Institute of Public Health Albania rules are followed.

Sports championships, theatre, artistic and cultural performances, and conferences, are allowed with audiences but with a reduced capacity of up to 30% according to IPH protocols.

As of 4 January 2022 if you work for an Albanian state institution or a supermarket/market you should provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test in order to be allowed entry to your work premises.

Albania will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November 2021 to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Health

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Albania.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Albania

We will update this page when the Government of Albania announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Albanian national vaccination programme started in January 2021 and is using the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. The Government of Albania has stated that British nationals resident in Albania are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. Further information on the vaccination programme is available on the Government of Albania Ministry of Health website or by visiting your public medical clinic (known locally as “Qendra Shendetesore no.x”) in the area where you reside.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Albania, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities. For Albania residents, all teachers, students and medical staff must be vaccinated. Only children under the age of six will be exempt.

Help and support

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

Further information

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.