Albania visa

Albania is an incredible country with magnificent nature and interesting places to visit.. However, if you come from abroad and want to visit Albania, you must apply for an Albanian visa..
Depending on the length of your stay in Albania, you can apply for a short-term or long-term visa.. A short-term visa allows you to stay in Albania for 90 days or a long-term visa allows you to stay in Albania for a year.. If you intend to stay for more than three months on a long-term visa, you must apply for a residence permit..


Do I Need a Visa for Albania?

You do not need a visa for Albania if you are from one of the following countries:

  1. All EU countries
  2. China
  3. North Macedonia
  4. Andorra
  5. Hungary
  6. Norway
  7. Armenia
  8. Ireland
  9. Poland
  10. Australia
  11. Iceland
  12. Portugal
  13. Austria
  14. Italy
  15. Cyprus
  16. Azerbaijan
  17. Israel
  18. South Korea
  19. Argentina
  20. Japan
  21. Czechia
  1. Barbados
  2. Canada
  3. Romania
  4. Belgium
  5. Kazakhstan
  6. San Marino
  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  8. Kosovo
  9. Vatican City
  10. Brazil
  11. Chile
  12. Serbia
  13. United Kingdom
  14. Croatia
  15. United States
  16. Bulgaria
  17. Latvia
  18. Singapore
  19. Estonia
  20. Liechtenstein
  21. Slovakia
  1. Denmark
  2. Lithuania
  3. Slovenia
  4. Finland
  5. Luxembourg
  6. Spain
  7. France
  8. Malaysia
  9. Sweden
  10. Germany
  11. Malta
  12. Taiwan
  13. Greece
  14. Montenegro
  15. Turkey
  16. Netherlands
  17. Monaco
  18. Ukraine
  19. Bahamas
  20. Switzerland
  21. New Zealand

Other Visa Exemptions

You are also exempted from applying for a visa to Albania in the following cases:

  1. If you are a foreign citizen with a valid Schengen multiple-entry visa
  2. If you are a foreign citizen with a valid visa for multiple entries into the UK or USA.. visa is still valid..
  3. If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, you will travel to Albania without a visa between 20 April 2022 and 31 December 2022:
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bahrain
  • India
  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • Thailand
  1. If you are a foreign citizen who has a 10-year validity of the United Arab Emirates residence permit and is still valid for not less than one year after the date of entry in Albania.
  2. If you are a foreign citizen from the EU and have a valid residence permit in one of the EU countries.

Types of Albanian Visas

Here are all the Albanian visa types:

Short-term visa type (C)

The short-term visa will allow you to stay in Albania for 90 days within a 180-day period.. This visa is additionally issued for the purposes listed below:

  1. Tourist visa
  2. Visa for medical purposes
  3. Visa for scientific, cultural, sports and humanitarian reasons
  4. Visa official visit

Long-term visa category (D)

Long-term visa will allow you to stay in Albania for one year.. It is also issued if you plan to apply for a residence permit after entering Albania.. Depending on the purpose of your stay, this type of visa is issued for the purposes listed below:

  1. Student visa
  2. Family reunification visa
  3. Work visa
  4. Diplomatic visa or official visa
  5. Visa for humanitarian or religious activities
  6. Seasonal work visa
  7. Retirement visa

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Albania Visa Requirements

Below are all the necessary documents you need to present when applying for an Albanian visa:

  1. Valid passport.. Passport must be valid for at least three months from the date of return and in good condition.. Attach a copy of your previous visa (if applicable)..
  2. A passport-style photo.. Photos must be passport size, in color and with a blank background..
  3. Application form.. Make sure you fill out the application form and all requested information correctly.. Don’t leave any gaps..
  4. Bank statement.. The bank statement document is issued by your bank and shows your bank statements for the last six months.. This document must prove that you are financially stable and can cover your own expenses while staying in Albania..
  5. Travel medical insurance.. Document proving that you have valid health insurance with cover of €30,000 in case you experience any medical problems during your stay in Albania..
  6. Invitation letter.. This is a letter sent by a family member or friend in Albania if you are visiting them.. If you are staying with friends/family members, they must state in the letter that they will accommodate your needs..
  7. Proof of accommodation in Albania.. Document confirming that you have accommodation in Albania.. This could be a rental agreement, an invitation from a friend or family member, a hotel reservation, etc..
  8. Flight path has been set.. A flight itinerary document is a document explaining the route of your flight.. This document includes the date and your flight time, the name of the airplane company, etc..

Children under 18 must submit a document signed by both parents or legal guardians, proving that they can legally travel in Albania..

How to Apply for an Albania Visa?

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Login” button, which can be found in the menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you haven’t registered yet, please register yourself first. After registering, proceed to log in to the panel.
  3. Once you are logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the panel.
  4. Select the “Visa Application Form” option from the menu.
  5. Fill out this form with the required information.
  6. Finally, submit the completed form.

Is Albania in Schengen?

The Republic of Albania is not part of the Schengen Agreement.. Albanian citizens can apply for ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System), starting from May 2025, and visit Schengen countries for 90 days for tourism, business, etc..
However, Schengen visa holders are eligible to visit Albania for 90 days..

How Long Does It Take to Process an Albania Visa?

An Albanian visa takes 15 working days to be processed. However, depending on when you plan to apply, the embassy can extend the processing time to 30 days. 

What Is the Validity of an Albanian Visa?

The validity of the Albania tourist visa is 90 days out of a total of 180 days.. This type of visa is issued for one, two or more entries.. If you want to stay for more than 90 days, you can apply for a long-term stay visa or (D).. Long-term stay visas are issued for one year..
If you stay for more than 90 days on a tourist visa in the Republic of Albania, you will be banned from entering Albania and will not be allowed to enter Albania for 5 years..

Albania Visa Fees

As of March 2020, Albania has established a new regulation regarding visa fees.. Citizens from different countries must pay a visa fee equivalent to the fee they charge Albanian citizens in their home country.. For example, if an Albanian citizen has to pay €80 to enter Argentina, then an Argentinian citizen must pay the same fee when applying for an Albanian visa..

Can My Albanian Visa Be Rejected?

The embassy can still refuse to issue a visa if all the required conditions are not met, which means that even an Albanian visa can be refused

Below are some of the most common reasons why your Albania visa may be rejected:

  1. Incomplete documents
  2. Misinformation
  3. Failure to appear at your visa appointment on time
  4. When your information on the requested documents does not match the answers to the interview questions

However, if your Albania visa is refused, you can reapply or appeal the refusal

How Can I Request a Residence Permit for Albania?

The residence permit will allow you to stay in Albania for more than 90 days. Depending on the reason for your stay, you may request a residence permit for work, study, family reunification, etc. You must apply for a residence permit 30 days after entering Albania. Online registration procedures; You must register online at E-Albania

Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Residence Permit” button and complete the application with all requested information.
  2. Update all other requested documents to PDF format.
  3. An electronic notification is sent to the state police office and they begin processing the request.

The application must demonstrate that:

  1. You meet all required criteria.
  2. You have all required documents.
  3. Your documents are original, legalized and translated into Albanian.

After completing all the necessary procedures online, you must go in person to the Regional Migration Office and apply for a residence permit. The local immigration office will process your visa application. It takes 30 days to receive a response.
After receiving a response, you will be able to pick up your residence permit at the same office where you submitted your visa application.

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