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State Department: Albania - Consular Information Sheet, April 26, 1994

Albania - Consular Information Sheet
April 26, 1994

Country Description: Albania has undergone profound political change and continues to see significant economic change. The government has restored stability and public order. Facilities for tourism are not highly developed, and many of the goods and services taken for granted in other European countries are not yet available.

Entry Requirements: The Albanian government no longer requires visas of U.S. citizens. A passport is required. A 10 dollar airport fee must be paid to Albanian customs officials upon departure. Americans planning to travel to Albania can contact for specific entry/exit requirements the Embassy of the Republic of Albania at 1511 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005, Tel: (202) 223-4942, or an Albanian mission abroad.

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are limited and medicine is in short supply. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that in some cases, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage, including medical evacuation, has proved to be useful. Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559.

Crime Information: Albania has a low rate of crime. However, crime against tourists (robbery, mugging, and pickpocketing) do occur, especially on city streets after dark. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The Department of State's pamphlet, "A Safe Trip Abroad" is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. It provides useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad.

Currency Regulations: Credit cards, personal checks, and travelers checks are rarely accepted in Albania. In addition, hotel accommodations are very limited, and even confirmed reservations are sometimes not honored.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use and dealing of illegal drugs are severe, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.

Other Information: On March 19, 1992, the Albanian government suspended the adoption process until further notice. The Albanian government has passed new legislation governing the international adoption process. However, this legislation is not expected to be implemented until January 1995.

Registration: U.S. citizens who register at the U.S. Embassy can obtain updated information on travel and security within Albania.

Embassy Location: The U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania is located at Rruga E Elbasanit 103; telephone (355-42) 32875. Although the U.S. Embassy in Tirana is open, routine consular assistance to U.S. citizens in Albania is limited by the difficult environment and a small staff.

No. 94-060

This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated April 29, 1993 to change the name of the street where the U.S. Embassy is located.

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