Entry and Visa Requirements

Navigating Albania’s visa rules made simple: The complete guide for every nationality.

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Albania Visa Requirements

This guide outlines the requirements by nationality and explains if you need a visa for Albania and how to quickly obtain one.

Europe

European Union (EU)

  • 90 days visa-free entry within any 180-day period
  • You can use a National ID card instead of a passport (for many EU citizens)
  • Valid multi-entry Schengen visa allows 90-day stays
  • The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the stay

United Kingdom

  • 90 days visa-free entry
  • No visa requirement changes post-Brexit currently

Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein

  • 90 days visa-free entry
  • Can use national ID card instead of passport

Russia

  • Visa required for most citizens
  • Diplomatic passport holders are exempt

North America

United States

  • 365 days visa-free entry
  • Stays over one year require a residency permit
  • The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the stay

Canada

  • 90 days visa-free entry within any 180-day period
  • Longer stays/work require a visa

Mexico

  • 90 days visa-free entry within any 180-day period
  • Longer stays/work require a visa

South America

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru

  • 90 days visa-free entry within any 180-day period

Other South American Countries

  • Seek a visa in advance.

Asia

China, Hong Kong

  • 90 days visa-free entry within any 180-day period
  • Applies to Hong Kong/Macau passports

Japan

  • 90 days visa-free entry within any 180-day period

South Korea

  • 90 days visa-free entry
  • Can use national ID card

Taiwan

  • 90 days visa-free entry

India

  • Visa required
  • Diplomatic/service passport exempted

Vietnam

Other Asian Countries

Seek a visa in advance


Middle East

Israel, UAE

  • 90 days visa-free

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

  • Require visa, diplomatic/service passport exempted.
  • Apply online for a tourist visa: iVisa Application

Africa

South Africa

  • Visa required
  • Diplomatic passport exempted

Other African Countries

  • Visa required
  • eVisa is available for some nationalities

Oceania

Australia, New Zealand

  • 90 days visa-free entry within any 180-day period

Pacific Islands

  • Check individual country’s requirements

Upcoming Changes: 2025 ETIAS Requirements

Starting in 2025, citizens from over 60 countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia, and others, will require an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) to visit any country in the Schengen Area visa-free.

ETIAS is a quick online application that provides passport, contact, and European travel details. It costs a fee of €7 and is generally approved within minutes, allowing multiple visa-free Schengen entries for up to 90 days in 3 years.

So, while most nationalities currently enjoy visa-free access to Albania and other European nations, an ETIAS will be an added requirement for Schengen visits starting in 2025. Check www.etiasvisa.com for updates as the launch date approaches.

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