Getting to Albania

There is no longer a visa charge for any foreigners upon entering Albania

A multiple-entry Schengen, UK, or US visa or residence permit that has already been once used and is still valid can be used to enter Albania without a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days in a 6-month period. Additionally, citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau SAR, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, St. Kitts and Nevis, Salvador, San Marino, Serbia, the Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (ROC), Turkey, Ukraine, the UAE, the UK, Uruguay, the USA, the Vatican, and Venezuela are permitted to stay for 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa.

There is a €1 road tax for the first 60 days of your stay. For every additional day it is €1 per day. Be sure to receive a receipt and keep it with you, as guards may request it as proof of payment upon your exiting the country. The former €10 entrance fee per person has been abolished. The Albanian guards are very nice and do their best to help out and will, on occasion, allow fees to be paid in dollars or will forget to charge you. It's worth making sure you've got euros on you, as the customs officers at Mother Teresa Airport don't give change.

Be careful not to be charged the €1 road tax again when leaving the country. If you do, the border guard will assume that you didn't pay the road tax when entering the country.

"Mother Teresa" International Airport in Tirana

The airport is located just 15 minutes away from the city. It is served by numerous European flag carriers such as British Airways, Alitalia, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian, and the low cost carriers Germanwings and Blue Panorama. A new, larger and modern terminal was opened in 2007. A tourist information centre was opened in 2012. At the airport exit, there are numerous taxis 24/7 that can take you to the city. The taxi fee to the city center is about €20 (3000 lek). Taxi fees to other locations are posted on a placard just outside the exit doors. Another cheap and convenient way to reach the Albanian Riviera in Southern Albania is by landing in Corfu and taking the hydrofoil to Saranda.