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All About the e-Visa For Albania
Albania is in the process of joining the European Union, and has been on the official list of candidates since 2014. However, since this nation has not yet officially joined the EU, it has its own visa policies for visitors. That being said, they are very much in line with the Schengen policies and share very similar international agreements.
Just like any other destination, the travel requirements vary depending on what passport you have. Some nationalities can visit without a visa, including most Schengen-annexed countries, as well as the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Meanwhile, other nationalities like India can get a 90-day tourist Albania e-Visa.
This country is packed with history, traditions and stunning scenery, from ancient castles and pretty cobbled-street towns to sandy beaches lapped by the Adriatic Sea. With a population of just under 3 million, you will be blown away by how much there is to see and do in this little gem of a country.
On this page you will find everything you need to know about Albania’s visitor e-Visa before travelling here, including about the entry terms, required documents, processes involved and any special exemptions.
- 1 What Is the Difference Between an Albanian eVisa and Visa-Free Entry?
- 2 Albania Visa Requirements and Eligibility
- 3 Albania Visa Application Process
- 4 Albania Visa Application Form and Documents
- 5 How to Check the Status of Your Albanian Visa
- 6 How Much Does it Cost?
- 7 More Questions and Information About Visiting Albania
What Is the Difference Between an Albanian eVisa and Visa-Free Entry?
Fortunately, most nationalities don’t need to obtain any prior travel authorisation to dive into the country’s rich history and heritage or explore the Albanian Riviera. However, some nationalities will need to go through the process of obtaining a travel document before you leave, so it is important to check which category you fall under.
Make sure you carefully read the following sections about the requirements and eligibility to visit Albania before you book your flights. It’s fairly straightforward to get a visa. However, it does require a visit to the nearest embassy, which may be quite some distance depending on your country of residence.
Albania Visa Requirements and Eligibility
The great news is that a large number of countries can visit this little treasure without needing a visa.
Here is the full list of visa-free nationalities:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Trinidad & Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Just like for the Schengen zone, nationalities under the visa waiver program can stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. You just need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 3 months.
In addition to the countries listed above, other nationalities who fall into one of the following categories may also visit without getting a visa for Albania:
- Green Card holders.
- Schengen country residents.
- Those in possession of a Refugee or Stateless travel document.
- People of Albanian ethnicity.
- Anyone with a visa for the United Kingdom, the United States or the Schengen zone that has been used previously.
Moreover, the following nationalities can also enter Albania without a passport, by presenting an ID card instead:
Albania Visa Application Process
The authorisation document to visit this European country is processed both online and at the embassy. To make things easier, we have divided the process into 2 phases: the online part and the in-person part.
Fortunately, you can complete the online phase of your application here on Byevisa’s website, so all you will need to do is collect the document from the embassy.
The first phase
- Choose the type of visa you would like (Type C for tourist visa).
- Complete the application form and upload all the supporting documents.
- Submit the application and check to see the confirmation.
- Receive a notification by email when it has been accepted.
Once the first phase is complete and your submission has been checked, you should receive an acceptance email. However, if there is anything missing or incorrect, you will be notified that there are irregularities, and you will have the opportunity to make amendments or add any missing documents.
The second phase:
With the application acceptance, you will receive confirmation of your embassy appointment. Here are the steps to follow:
- Pay the corresponding fee at a bank (see below for details).
- Attend the embassy appointment with all the supporting documents.
- Receive your travel document directly in your passport during your appointment.
- You are ready to go!
Although you upload all the documents online during the first phase of the process, it’s important that you bring all the original versions with you for your embassy appointment, as well as a receipt confirming you have paid the fee.
In most cases, the visas are issued within 15 days from the time you submit your application online. However, it can take up to 30 days, so it’s a good idea to allow for some extra time.
Albania Visa Application Form and Documents
The Albania visa policy foresees a number of mandatory documents that need to be uploaded and checked before the travel document can be approved.
Here are the documents you will need to upload online and later present at your appointment:
- Printed and signed application form.
- A passport-size photo (maximum 6 months old).
- A photocopy of your passport.
- Confirmation of round-trip flights or onward travel.
- Accommodation bookings for your stay.
- Proof of travel health insurance to cover your trip.
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover your trip.
- Proof of employment in your country of residence.
In the application form you will need to fill out the following information:
- Personal details
- Date of birth
- Parents’ names
- Marital status
- Passports details
- Passport number
- Date of issue
- Expiry date
- Trip information
- Purpose of visit
- Arrival date
- Departure date
- Details of host or hotel
- Details of family members travelling with you (spouse and children)
For the final step of the process, you will need to visit an Albanian diplomatic mission to get your travel authorisation. Here is the list of countries you can do this at, as well as which countries are included under each centre:
- Brazil: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Peru, Suriname
- Bulgaria: Cuba, North Korea
- China: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
- Egypt: Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- France: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Morocco, Senegal
- Italy: Angola, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Mali, South Africa
- Japan: Fiji
- Poland: Belarus
- Qatar: Bahrain, Qatar
- Romania: Liberia, Morocco, Palestine
- Russia: Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
- Saudi Arabia: Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen
- Spain: Gibraltar, Peru
- Turkey, Ankara: Afghanistan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
- Turkey, Istanbul: Afghanistan, Congo, Georgia, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- United Arab Emirates: Oman, Yemen
- United Kingdom: Belize, Fiji, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Maldives, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago
- United States of America: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica
Get more details with our embassy finder tool.
How to Check the Status of Your Albanian Visa
Once you have started or submitted an application online, you will be able to check its progress by following these simple steps:
- Click Log In in the top right corner of our menu.
- Enter your email address and the ID code sent to you when you completed the application.
- Write your inquiry and submit it.
We will be in touch as soon as possible with any updates. In any case, you will be notified by email when your visa is approved in the timeframe established. Please only submit an inquiry if the deadline has passed and you haven’t heard from us.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost for an Albanian travel document can vary significantly since it is based on a reciprocity agreement. This means that you pay the same amount that an Albanian citizen would pay to enter your country.
In addition, depending on which processing speed you choose, Byevisa charges a service fee for taking care of all the paperwork for you.
Here are Byevisa’s service options:
- Highly Rapid: processed in X business days for X USD
- Rapid: processed in X business days for X USD
- Standard: processed in X business days for X USD
When you apply through our website, you can select the option that best suits your needs.
More Questions and Information About Visiting Albania
Are you ready to travel to Albania? In case you still have some doubts, we have collected below the more frequent questions we get from our clients.