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Albania

I pretty much went to Albania because it was there. I’m all the way down here, so, why not? To my delight it ended up being on of the highlights of the Balkans. Albania was never part of Yugoslavia but, like everyone else,  it has its own extremely interesting history.  Learn and see first hand the journey this country has taken since the fall of communism in 1997.  Visit Ottoman relics, admire breathtaking mountain views and soak in Europe’s most overlooked riviera. The language is pretty tricky for an English speaker’s ear but the food is delicious and the people friendly and curious. Albania is, to me, an unassuming jewel waiting to be discovered.   

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Basic Info

Drinking water: Generally safe to drink but most people drink bottled water

Plugs: Type C and F (See photo below)

Covid Updates

Open for international travel. Must either be fully vaccinated or have a negative Covid test. PCR must be within 72 hours of departure or rapid antigen within 48 hours prior to departure. 

Money

Official currency: L Albanian lek

Credit cards: You can use them at grocery stores, hotels and large restaurants but you will definitely need cash for anything  else.

Tipping: Not customary

Visas

86 nations can enter visa free 

US Citizens can stay up to 1 year visa free  

**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**

Vaccinations

None, unless arriving from a country with yellow fever risk

**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**

Safety

Exercise Normal Precautions

**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**

Language

Official Languages: Albanian

Hello: Përshëndetje! (Per-shun-dayt-yay)

Thank-you: Falemenderit (fah-leh-men-der-et)

Yes: Po      No: Jo (yo)

When to go

As always, the best time to travel Albania will depend on what you want to do. 

As with many European countries, the best time to visit is the shoulder seasons in spring (April – June) and fall (September – October). July and August are high season with high temps and larger crowds. 

The winter season is the least crowded and the cheapest making it a nice time to visit cities if you don’t mind the cold. The Alps are closed for visitors (mostly because roads are snowed in) and the Riviera will be too cold to enjoy. 

Responsible Travel

Litter: There is a large problem with litter in Albania. Bring reusable water bottles (always ask butt Tirana and other cities have safe tap water). It should go without saying to throw away all your garbage, but consider keeping batteries to dispose of safely later as Albania does not safely do so. 

Avoid day trips in the riviera: Stay for a night or two, if not more. Day cruises are bad for both the environment and many local businesses. They do not allow visitors to go far enough into the area to benefit local businesses.  

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