Albania

Travel warning
29.01.2022 - 12.02.2022

Prior to travel

Attention! The Federal Foreign Office has reinstated its warning against non-essential tourist travel to Albania since 16 January. However, this is not a travel ban, as has been judicially determined (Leipzig District Court).

Since 24 November, the 3G rule (mandatory proof of vaccination, recovery or negative testing) applies to all flights to, from and via Germany. This means that travellers aged 6 and over departing from Germany must present proof of vaccination, recovery or negative testing before starting their journey, regardless of the destination country's entry requirements.

Entry requirements

Entry is possible at all official border crossings. However, short-term changes (also by neighboring countries) must still be expected.

The Federal Foreign Office also points out that when entering the country while hiking through the Albanian Alps, it is necessary to report immediately to a police station. Otherwise, the suspicion of illegal entry arises.

There are no known restrictions.
There are no known restrictions.

All borders with neighbouring countries are open from the Albanian side, with the Mertziani border crossing restricted to opening hours from 7 am to 7 pm.

Test to be presented upon entry: PCR-test or Rapid test. PCR-/LAMP-/TMA-Tests to be conducted within hours prior to entry: 72 hours. Rapid-Tests to be conducted within hours prior to entry: 48 hours.
Persons up to and including the age of 5 years are exempt from mandatory testing.

According to tourists' reports from January 2022, the obligation to provide proof of vaccination, testing or recovery is handled very carelessly at Tirana Airport. During the entry process, documents in connection with COVID-19 are checked very laxly, sometimes not at all. Several test stations are available in the area of the airport, but are mainly used by people leaving the country.

Persons entering without a PCR/antigen test, proof of vaccination or certificate of recovery must officially go into quarantine for 10 days, at the end of which a test must be carried out.

There are no known restrictions.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for fully vaccinated persons.

No reliable information is currently available.

There are no eased entry regulations for those who have been partially vaccinated.

Partially vaccinated individuals are exempt from quarantine with a negative test result (see Testing requirements).

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for those who have recovered.

The certificate of recovery must not be older than 6 months.

Local regulations

There is no ease of restrictions.

Due to the widespread disregard of the few officially imposed restrictions, there is no further relief for those vaccinated, recovered, or tested.

Current value: 385. Previous week: 519

Data source: Our World in Data / European Center for Disease Control. The data is only available at country level and is updated daily.

A night-time curfew is officially in place from 11 pm to 6 am. During curfew hours, the accommodation may only be left in exceptional circumstances (for professional and health reasons and for the purchase of food). In practice, the curfew is applied very liberally.

Apart from the night curfew, there are currently no other restrictions on freedom of movement in Albania.

There are no known restrictions.

Masks are compulsory on public transport and indoors in public places, however, in practice this is maintained only very laxly. Other restrictions have been lifted.

Outdoor gatherings are permitted up to 50 people.

Shops and shopping centres are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed and masks are compulsory.

Restaurants and bars close at 11 pm and further subject to restrictions (e.g. hygiene requirements, reduced overall capacity). Delivery services may continue to be offered during curfew.

Hotels and accommodation facilities are open.

Cultural events and other mass events are forbidden until further notice, but sports events without spectators are possible.

Sports centres and swimming pools are reopened, as are beaches and gyms, and outdoor sports are allowed, subject to hygiene and distance rules. Museums and leisure facilities are also open again. Night clubs remain closed.

Public transport has resumed operations. Officially, masks are compulsory when using public transport.

Tirana airport is open for international air traffic.

Departure

There are several test stations in the area of Tirana airport.

Entry to Germany

Travellers who enter Germany by land-, air- or sea and who within the preceding 10 days have been to a region designated as an high risk area or an area of variants of concern by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) at the time of entry, are generally required to register online. The confirmation (PDF) must be shown to the carrier/the authorities. The information provided is automatically forwarded to the local health authorities at the final point of destination. For travellers entering from a risk-free area, there is no obligation to register on return to Germany. The exact regulations as well as exemptions (e.g. for transit travellers) are available on the Ministry of Health‘s information sheet.

Overall classification as a high risk area according to the Robert Koch Institute.

There is a test obligation for entry into Germany by air, land and sea. The test must have been carried out 48 hours before entry.

Since 1 August, all persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany must provide proof of complete vaccination, recovery or a negative test, regardless of the means of transport. This applies regardless of whether the country of departure is classified as a risk or risk-free area. The proof can be requested by the Federal Police or by the competent authority during the control of cross-border traffic to Germany and must already be presented to airlines prior to carriage.

Since 22 December, the test (PCR, LAMP, TMA, antigen rapid test) must have been carried out at most 48 hours before arrival. Antibody tests are not permitted.

For air travel, the proof of testing should always include the passport/ID number of the traveller(s) as this is required by some airlines for carriage.

There may be exceptions for delivery traffic, commuters and other groups of people. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from testing requirements as well.

Different regulation for virus variant areas: Only PCR are allowed; antigen rapid tests are no longer permitted.

Further information on the new entry regulation can be found at the Federal Government's website and at the Federal Ministry of Health.  

Returnees from virus-variant areas are generally required to present all test certificates on entry. In the case of virus variant areas, only a PCR test (maximum 48 hours old) is permitted. A proof of vaccination or recovery can not replace the negative test result. Children under the age of 6 are exempt.

Exceptions for delivery traffic, commuters and other groups of people do not apply to returnees for virus variant areas.

There is no obligation to test after entering Germany.

Since 13 May, entry quarantine has been regulated nationwide by the new Coronavirus Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV). Since 1 August, self-isolation ends automatically as soon as the affected area is no longer listed on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (delisting).

Entry from a high risk area: Proof of testing must always be presented before entry, regardless of the means of transport. A new test after 5 days enables an early termination of the 10-day home quarantine. For children under 12 years of age, quarantine ends automatically after the fifth day of entry following a previous stay in a high risk area. Proof of completed vaccination or recovery also exempts from testing and quarantine requirements. (Upload required on entry portal of the Federal Republic).

Entry from a virus variant area: In any case quarantine period of 14 days. In case of non-compliance, severe fines must be expected. If the virus variant area is downgraded during the isolation period in Germany, the regulations for high risk or risk-free areas apply for the termination of isolation.

Notes for vaccinated and recovered persons: Vaccinated persons must present proof of complete vaccination. At least 14 days must have passed since receiving the final dose. Those who have recovered need proof of a positive PCR test (or other nucleic acid detection) at least 28 days and no more than six months old. Travellers must not have symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated persons on entry/return. The vaccination must have been completed 14 days before entry.

Vaccinated persons are exempt from national quarantine and testing obligations. However, this does not apply to travellers entering from virus variant areas. Vaccinated persons must present proof of complete vaccination protection. At least 14 days must have passed since the last required vaccination. (Caution: In Germany, only four vaccines - BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson - have been approved so far. Only persons who have been vaccinated with one of those will be considered fully vaccinated.) Vaccinated persons must not have any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. Further information is available from the Federal Government.

There are no eased entry/return travel requirements for partially vaccinated persons.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry/return for those who have recovered.

Recovered persons are exempt from quarantine and testing obligations nationwide, area of active circulation of highly contagious virus variants. Those who have recovered need proof of a positive PCR test (or other nucleic acid detection) at least 28 days and no more than 3 months ago. Recovered persons must not have any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. Further information is available from the Federal Government.

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