This package provides full information to foreigners intending to stay, transit, engage in employment, study, and exit from the Republic of Albania, whether being EU citizens or not. The alien, except for the asylum cases and where otherwise determined by the bilateral or multilateral agreements, must appear in person at the border crossing point following the fulfillment of the conditions, regarding the travel document and entry visa (when needed). Here below, find the detailed procedure on the application for visas, work permit and residency permit, including the responsible authorities, documents, terms and fees.
U.S. citizens do not need visas to enter the Republic of Albania and can stay up to one year in this country without a residence permit.
You must have a passport valid for at least three months (we recommend to have your passport at least six months valid from your planned departure from this country. You can apply to renew your passport with our consular section.) In addition to a valid passport, the Border and Migration officer may ask you to show, but not limited to, one or more of the following:
– Letter of invitation by the host in Albania;
– Return ticket;
– Confirmation of accommodation;
– Work permit;
– Sufficient financial means for stay in Albania (Current sum is 30 Euros per day for an adult and 15 Euros for a minor satisfied by showing either cash or credit cards in case you’re being asked for);
– Original international certificate of vaccination when the person arrives from countries affected by an epidemic disease or illness.
(U.S. citizens do not have to register with the regional office of the border and migration authority for stays less than one year. If you plan to remain more than a year, you must apply for a residence permit as explained further in this page.)
U.S. citizens may stay in the Republic of Albania for up to one year without a residence permit. When you enter the country, border and migration officer stamps your passport with the entry date. (Lately, it has come to our attention that they do not stamp passports anymore because the record is entered electronically in their systems. If that’s the case, we suggest you save your boarding pass or ticket as evidence of your entry to Albania for later use.)
To “restart the clock” on the one year time limit, you have to depart Albania and remain out of the country for at least 90 days. In other words, if you stay in Albania for 1 year you would have to depart and remain outside the country for at least 90 days in order to re-enter without a residency permit. Shorter trips outside of Albania during your stay do not lengthen or re-set the one year limit.
U.S. citizens planning to stay in the Republic of Albania for more than one year or choosing to work or study, must apply for a residence permit. Residency permits for U.S. citizens may be valid for up to five years, depending on the purpose of your stay. U.S. citizens may be eligible to apply for a permanent residency after five years of temporary residency status.
To renew the residence permit, U.S. citizens must apply with the Regional DBM Police at least 60 days prior to the permit’s expiration date. The application to renew the previous permit may be denied the citizen has stayed more than 6 months (accumulative) outside of Albania within one calendar-year (unless the citizen has prior permission from the Regional BDM Police).