Albania Travel Information
Local time in Albania is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Electrical current in Albania is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round pin attachment plugs and Shuko plugs and receptacles with side grounding contacts are in use. Voltage fluctuations are common.
The official language of Albania is Albanian but Greek is also spoken in many areas. English is not widely understood but is spoken in some of the hotels and restaurants.
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers older than one year of age arriving from a yellow-fever infected area in Africa or the Americas. Vaccinations are also recommended for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Travellers spending time in rural areas and eating outside of hotels and restaurants may want to consider a vaccination for typhoid, and those at risk of animal bites should consider a rabies vaccination.
Tap water is not safe to drink unless it has first been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected.
Medical facilities are limited in Albania, particularly outside Tirana. Comprehensive medical insurance, including evacuation by air ambulance is essential before travelling to Albania. All essential medications should be imported into Albania. Although it is not required, it is generally advisable to take along a signed letter from a doctor detailing what the medications are and why they are needed.
The Albanian attitude towards women is still conservative, especially in rural areas where modest clothing and behaviour is the norm. Homosexuality is not illegal but outside of urban areas it is still controversial and public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention. Penalties for drug related crimes are severe.
The international access code for Albania is +355. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom) and city codes are in use (e.g. 04 for Tirana and 052 for Durres). Internet cafes are widely available. Most hotels have free wifi access. In the larger towns, restaurants may also offer free wifi. Vodafone and AMC are the two mobile phone companies, which have agreements with most other European companies. Travellers with roaming enabled European cell phones should be able to use their cell phones in Albania.
The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Travellers to Albania may bring with them: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 250ml of eau de toilette or 50ml of perfume; one litre of spirits and two litres of wine.
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