To enter Albania you must have a passport or ID card that is valid for three months after arrival.
Vaccinations are not compulsory, except for yellow fever for those who have been to a country where this occurs in the previous seven days. It is recommended to (re) vaccinate against DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio) and against hepatitis A.
Drink water and other liquids
Tap water in Albania is drinkable. In case you are higly sensitive, we advise you drink bottled water. Tap water in the mountains, northern area or Korça area are considered very safe. Always watch out with milk that comes fresh from the cow or goat, also in the form of yogurt and cheese.
Albania is a remarkably safe country, certainly in view of the less favorable name that Albanians have abroad. Except perhaps in popular tourist places like Tirana, Durrës and Sarandë, you will rarely catch someone interested in your money or your stuff. Even as a woman alone you can walk on the street undisturbed and without fear. Go by common sense. If anxiety attacks you, talk to someone. Everyone will help you.
In addition to GoogleMaps, OpenStreetMaps and other digital tools, it is useful to take a good overview card with you. A good and very strong example is that of the German Reise Know How. If you use a digital device, turn off your mobile data after you have a place in view, so as not to immediately lose your bundle. Your position remains visible via the GPS signal.
Telephone and internet
Calling and using the internet with a Dutch SIM card in Albania is a lot more expensive until July 2021 than elsewhere in Europe: up to a few euros per minute. If you stay in Albania for a longer period of time, the purchase of an Albanian SIM card is worth considering.
The currency of Albania is the Lek, 1 Lek is around 0.8 eurocents, 1000 Lek therefore 8 euros. Watch out when you hear the word meë (pronounce: mieje). Although this means a thousand, it almost always means a hundred. This has to do with the deletion of a 0 almost fifty years ago. For some it is still getting used to.
In Tirana and other major cities you can exchange money at one of the exchange offices in the center. You will also find ATMs (ATMs) at the airport and other major cities. Sometimes you have to try a few and often you pay an extra amount for a bank transfer, so take quite a bit of cash if you have the opportunity. In the smaller towns and in the mountains there are no ATMs, credit cards are only accepted in large companies.
• Albania.al and intoalbania.com are nice overview sites for places and activities to be visited.
• The Albania travel guide by Yvonne van Osch is a well-written and very complete source of information. Dominicus, ISBN 978 90 25764 79 1.
• More background about Tirana can be found in Tirana, among others, by Gerda Mulder, Odyssey Travel Guides, 2018, ISBN 978 94 61230 45 4.
• A good guide for the walk along the old Roman trade route from the Adriatic coast to Istanbul is Via Egnatia on foot from Marietta van Attekum and Holger de Bruin, Via Egnatia Foundation, 2014, ISBN 978 90 82197 30 3, can be ordered via Denoorderzon. NL
• The 192 km long hiking route through the borderland of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro is described in Rudolf Abraham’s Trekking the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, Cicerone Press, 2017, ISBN 978 18 52847 70 8.
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