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Albania is an amazing country to visit with its gorgeous beaches, charming cultural heritage, and remarkable historical landmarks all around. The country is situated in southern Europe, the most western part of the Balkans, bordering along the spectacular Adriatic Sea with a population of almost up to 3 million.
Through our Albania Visa Guide, you will learn everything you need to know about the visa policy of Albania regarding various nationalities across the globe, different types of visas, specific requirements, visa sponsorships, visa fees, and many more. Before your visa application to lovely Albania, it is vital to have a scheduled flight ticket at hand. You can visit our Albania Flight Ticket page to buy one and enjoy our amazing prices.
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Although Albania is on the membership negotiations with the European Union since 2009 and an official candidate since 2014, the country is not a member state and regulates its own visa policy.
Albania has many bilateral or multilateral visa agreements with different countries all over the world that eliminates lengthy visa processes. Citizens of these countries are allowed to stay in Albania for 90 days within a 180 days period starting from the date of first entry, given that they do not take up employment. These countries are listed below.
In addition to citizens of listed countries, it is possible for individuals who have a permit of stay in Schengen states or multiple-entry Schengen visas, permit of stay or multiple-entry USA or UK visas, and family members of the EU nationals whose status in residence permit quoted as “family member” can enter Albania without a visa.
Countries that are not listed above have to apply for a visa beforehand to visit Albania.
We covered Albania visa types that vary depending on the duration and purpose of the stay.
Depending on your purpose of visit that is limited to 90 days or less in a 180 days period to Albania; it is possible for you to obtain one of the following visa types.
An Albania touristic visa issued for individuals or groups who wish to visit Albania for sightseeing purposes. It is possible to enter the country without a visa for many nationalities around the world with a duration of up to 90 days. If your nationality is not eligible for a visa-free entry to Albania, it is expected from you to provide additional documents regarding sufficient financial means, proof of accommodation and travel insurance which are valid through the duration of the stay and a return flight ticket.
An Albania business or fair participation visa is granted for individuals who are planning to visit the country for business-related purposes such as meetings, events, business fairs, or unpaid trainings without labor or gainful employment. Invitation documents from professional chambers and organizations are must be included in the application.
An Albania family, relative, or friend visit visa is issued for individuals who wish to visit a family member or a friend residing in Albania. In order to get one, it is vital to include an invitation letter from the person whom you are visiting.
An Albania cultural, sports, or conference visit visa is granted for individuals or groups that are going to attend a cultural event or activity held in Albania. An invitation from the receiving association and confirmation documents from the sending association, proof of accommodation, and sufficient financial means must be included in the application.
An Albania short-term education or internship visa is issued for international students who wish to study in Albania for university projects or special occasions for less than three months. The applicant has to include documents of sufficient means of subsistence, proof of accommodation, and admission letter from the receiving institution.
Albania long-term type D visas are issued for foreign citizens who wish to stay in the country for more than 90 days in a 180 days period or planning to apply for a residence permit after entering the country. It is possible to obtain a type D visa if you are:
An Albania transit visa is asked from individuals whose nationality is not eligible to transit another destination from Albania. An Albania transit visa authorizes the individual to travel a third country from the territory of Albania for up to two days stay period.
In order to successfully obtain an Albania visa it is important to be prepared and gather all the necessary information regarding your nationality and purpose of visit beforehand. There are certain stages to obtain an Albania visa:
An Albania touristic visa is issued through an online application form that you should fill and sign with all required documents attached. You will be informed after a processing time if the application meets all required regulations or not.
The applicant should visit the responsible consulate the retrieve his/her visa. It is also expected from the applicant to bring the original passport, signed documents, and the visa receipt fee to the corresponding consulate.
You are required to present the following documents if your nationality is not eligible for a visa-free entry to Albania:
There are additionally required or supporting documents from certain applicants:
A visa sponsorship is required in Albania if the applicant cannot cover his/her expenses for educational or touristic purposes by own in duration of the stay. A sponsor could be a parent, sibling, other relatives, or a friend. However, it would increase chances to obtain a visa if the sponsor is a first-degree relative and has a permanent residence permit or citizenship in Albania or a Schengen state. The required documents from the sponsor are:
A visa sponsorship for Albania can also be granted for various long-term and short-term stays regarding business, legal, or cultural purposes in special circumstances by legal entities, businesses, or individuals.
You can check our website for more details.
There are many countries across the globe can enter Albania without a visa. If your country is not eligible for visa-free entry to Albania, you need to obtain an Albania visa and take consideration of the following visa rules:
Albania Visa Requirements for Schengen Countries
Albania is on the process of being an EU member state and the citizens of Schengen area countries, as well as Balkan countries, should not encounter any problems while entering Albania.
Albania does not mandate a visa for the citizens of the US, UK, and Canada and they can enter Albania with their passports that are valid for more than three months from the expected time of arrival to Albania.
Foreign citizens whose nationality is not eligible for a visa-free entry to Albania can visit the country freely if they have multiple entry visas to Schengen area countries, the US, or the UK.
Albania has a visa fee regulation based on reciprocity which means that the applicants of an Albanian visa will pay as much as an Albanian citizen would pay to in their country. For example, an adult Belgian citizen would pay 80 EUR for an Albania visa and an Albanian citizen would pay 80 EUR for a Belgium visa as well valid as of March 2020.
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
An Albania visa is issued in 15 days. In exceptional cases, it can take up to 30 days.
Although border control and consulate officers have a right to decline an entry permit to Albania, they do not exercise it often. Your previous nationality is not a prominent reason for them to deny a visa.
It is possible for you to obtain a multiple entry tourist visas to Albania with a maximum stay up to 90 days in a 180 days period.
Your application might be rejected without refunds for a number of reasons including invalid insurance, insufficient proof of financial subsistence, incorrect information, or lack of accommodation proof. You can appeal a denial or apply again if the application is rejected.
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