Albania Covid Travel restrictions, PCR testing and Coronavirus

Over the past month, I have received so many questions about the Covid travel restrictions in Albania, where to book a PCR test before travelling home and how the situation is in Albania with regards to Coronavirus. Therefore, I decided to write a helpful blogpost about it, to help you plan your travel.

Are there entry restrictions in Albania during Covid-19?

Here is an overview of the travel restrictions and entry requirements in place in Albania, in order to prevent the spead of Coronavirus (Covid-19):

Are the commercial flights to Albania operating?

All the commercial flights to Albania are operating. After a brief lockdown in Spring 2020, the commercial flights started operating again on the 15th of June 2020.

Lufthansa and Austian Air operate flights to Tirana International Airport, however, the number of flights operating has been reduced.

As of the 12th of April 2021, direct flights from Great Britain to Albania are operating again. After a brief suspention between the 22nd of December 2020 and the 12th of April 2021, the Albanian government lifted the restriction on airlines from the UK on the 12th of April 2021.

All the Albanian land borders are open, no PCR testing or quarantine required.

All the Albanian land borders are open.

There are no entry requirement or travel restrictions on the borders with Albania. So you do not need a PCR test in order to enter Albania. Moreover, you are not required to self-isolate upon entry.

The Greek land border is open, but every day only a limited number of people is allowed to cross the land border between Albania and Greece. So I recommend you get to the border in the early morning. And always check the Greek Covid regulations.

UPDATE: A few weeks ago, travellers from Greece and North Macedonia where required to quarantine for 14-days. However, as of the 5th of May 2021, this is nolonger required! The self-isolation in Albania is not necessary anymore.

All the Albanian maritime borders are open, but the Corfu Ferry is not operating.

As of the 1st of June 2020 all the maritime borders of Albania are open with no Covid travel restrictions.

However, at the moment the Corfu Ferry is not operating. The ferry boat between the Greek Corfu island and the Albanian mainland cannot operate, due to a travel restriction by the Greek Government.

When will the Corfu Ferry operate again?

The Greek government has not published any re-opening date for the Corfu Ferry. So it is not possible to book the Corfu Ferry boat in advance right now. 

Corfu Ferry Update 24 June 2021:
On the 1st of July, the Greek Government will make a decision about whether or not the Corfu-Saranda ferries are allowed to re-open.

If you enter your email address below, I will send you a weekly Covid update and I will inform you when the Corfu ferry will be operating again.

Is a negative PCR test required for entry to Albania?

A negative Covid-19 PCR test is not required to enter Albania. I have received many questions about this topic, but to clarify: You do not need to show proof of taking a PCR test in order to enter Albania.

Of course, there are extra safety measures in place at Tirana International airport, for instance, there is an increased number of medical professionals present. And there is a bigger focus on sanitation and social distancing. However, as of right now, PCR testing is not required for entry to Albania.

Some travellers may need a negative PCR test to travel home after visiting Albania or to travel onwards. If your next destination requires you to take a PCR test in Albania before you travel home, scroll down for more information below.

Do I have to quarantine upon entry to Albania?

When you enter Albania, quarantine is not required. In other words, if you travel to Albania, you do not have to self-isolate at all.

UPDATE: In the end of April 2021, travellers from Greece and North Macedonia, where required to quarantine. However, as of the 5th of May 2021, this nolonger required. So you do not have to self-isolate or quarantine anymore.

Where can I do a PCR test in Albania?

A negative Covid-19 test is not required to enter Albania. However, you may need to do a PCR test in Albania before you travel back to your country (or onwards). Because your next destination requires you to present a negative PCR test at the border upon entry.

In order to get tested on COVID-19 by the Albanian public health authority, you must have symptoms and a recommendation from an Albanian family doctor. Therefore, as a foreigner the only option is paying for a PCR test at a private clinic.

You can do a PCR test in Albania at Tirana International Airport right before departure or at one of the below six private clinics. All these clinics, have been authorized by the Albanian government to perform PCR tests.

1. PCR test at Tirana International Airport before departure

NEW UPDATE 07 June 2021: You can now do a PCR test at Tirana International Airport just before your airplane departure.

There is a new PCR testing center outside the Arrivals hall at Tirana International Airport.

If you go for a PCR test at the airport, your test will be done at the airport and results will come from the laboratory at the airport as well.

Here is what you need to know about PCR testing at Tirana International Airport:

1. You must arrive at Tirana International Airport 3 hours before your flight departure.

2. The PCR test results at the airport will take 90 minutes to process.

3. You will receive the test results in English language.

4. The airport PCR tests will cost you 35 Euros.

5. The Tirana International Airport testing center is open 24 hours a day.

Just FYI, it is not possible to do an antibody test or an antigen test at the airport. Tirana International Airport only offers the PCR test.

For more information click here: https://www.tirana-airport.com/d/297/pcr-testing-center-for-departing-passengers-at-tirana-international-airport

2. The American Hospital Laboratory (ALNET)

UPDATE: The American Laboratory Network (https://alnet.al/) now offers a PCR test result in 6 hours. If you take a PCR test with the American Laboratory Network in Tirana, you will get the result of your test in 6 hours. The test costs 6500 Leke (53 euros). And you will get the test result in both English and Albanian. You can walk-in, no need for a reservation.

In all other locations outside Tirana, the PCR tests results take 24 hours.

Here is a list of the locations, where you can go for a PCR test in Albania:

Tirana city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory Lab Center at Pazari i Ri
Rr.Kostandin Kristoforidhi, në krah të Poliklinikës Qendrore, Tiranë

Tirana city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Lab Spitali Amerikan 2
Rruga e Dibrës, Tiranë 1000

Tirana city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Lab Center 21 dhjetori
Lagjja 21 Dhjetori, pallati Gora ,prapa Poliklinikës nr. 9, Tiranë

Tirana city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, AMC Kamez
Rr.Venecia, në krah të Poliklinikës dhe stadiumit, Kamëz, Tiranë

Fier city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Lab Center Fier
Përball Kishës, në krah të Poliklinikës, Fier

Fier city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, AMC Fier
Rr Çamëria, Fier

Vlore city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Lab Center Vlore
Lagjja 15 tetori, përballë Spitalit Rajonal, Vlorë

Shkoder city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Lab Center Shkoder
Rruga “Kole Heqimi, nr 1301, Skanderbeg,Shkodër

Durres city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Lab Center Durres
Lagjja nr.3, rruga Fetah Bllaca, Durrës

Lushnje city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Lab Center Lushnje
Lagjja Xhevdet Nepravishta, shëtitorja Kongresi i Lushnjes, p.22, Lushnje

Elbasan city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Lab Center Elbasan
Lagjja Kongresi i Elbasanit, rruga Bedri Xhomo, Elbasan

Gjirokaster city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, AMC Gjirokaster
Në krah të Spitalit Rajonal-Gjirokastër

Berat city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Lab Center Berat, perballe Spitalit rajonal
Lagjja Kushtrim, rruga Rilindja, përballë Spitalit rajonal, Berat

Korce city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Klinika Kristi
Rruga Kajo Karafili 56, Korçë, Albania

Saranda city PCR test
American Hospital Laboratory, Klinika Stea Jaho Ballaci

The PCR test results take 24 hours. You will receive the PCR test results by email in English language.

For more information, you can check this website: https://alnet.al/ or call +355 4 222 5640.

3. Biocheck Diagnostic

Biocheck Diagnostic is located in Tirana. They offer a COVID testing package for 9500 Albanian Lek (77 euros). You can contact them on info@biocheck-al.com or call them on +355 4 2 427 025. More information can be found on their website: www.biocheck-al.com.

4. Genius Lab

Genius Lab has laboratories in Tirana, Kavaje, Shkoder, Lezhe and Pogradec. They offer a PCR test in all locations and the results will be ready in 4 hours. You will receive the results in both Albanian as well as English language.

You can find more information on their website http://geniuslab.al/index.php or call +355 69 303 3026.

5. German Hospital International

The German Hospital in Tirana also performs the PCR test. The price for the PCR test is 12000 Albanian LEK (97 euros). For more information or a reservation, you must call +355 67 200 4282. And you can check the website of the German Hospital for more information: https://spitaligjerman.com/

6. Intermedica

Intermedica is a laboratory and clinic in Tirana. They perform PCR tests for 6500 Albanian Leke (53 euros) and the results are ready in 6 hours. There is no need to reserve for a PCR test,  you can simply walk-in on their two locations:

Intermedica Qendrore
Rruga: Panorama (Pranë Institutit Harry Fultz), Tiranë, Albania

Intermedica 15
Kompleksi Dinamo, Rruga e Kosovarëve pranë ish, Tirana 1001, Albania

You will receive the PCR test results in 6 hours by email in English language with a QR code to scan.

You can contact them by email on info@intermedica.al or ankesat@intermedica.al. And you can check the website of Intermedica for more information: https://www.intermedica.al/

7. Salus Hospital

The Salus Hospital has been authorized to perform the PCR test. The hospital is located in the center of Tirana. The test costs 8000 Leke (65 euros). And you will receive the test result within 24 hours. You can get in touch with Salus Hospital by emailing info@salus.al or calling 355 68 205 3180. More information on their website: https://salus.al/

Where can I take an antibody covid test in Albania?

There are four laboratories in Albania that offer antibody testing for Covid-19, in order to determine whether you have had the Coronavirus infection before.

The American Laboratory Network (ALNET)

American Laboratory Network (ALNET) offers an antibody test for 3200 Leke (26 euros). The American Laboratory Network has locations in Tirana, Durres, Elbasan, Shkoder, Lushnje, Fier, Berat, Vlore and Gjirokaster. You can find the list of addresses here: https://alnet.al/kontakt/

Although the American Laboratory Network offers PCR testing at Tirana International Airport. They do not offer Antibody testing or Antigen testing at the airport.

Intermedica

Intermedica is a laboratory in Tirana, which offers the antibody test as well. The price for the antibody test is 3000 Leke (25 euros). If you have any questions you can reach out to them, because they usually respond to emails within 24 hours. You can find their contact details here: https://www.intermedica.al/kontakt-2/

Biocheck diagnostic

Biocheck diagnostic offers the antibody test for 4000 leke (32.50 euros). Biocheck diagnostic is located in Tirana in the Boulevard Gjergi Fishta. You can call them on: +355 4 2 427 025.

Salus Hospital

Salus Hospital offers an antibody test for 4000 leke (32.50 euros). The hospital is located in Tirana. Their address is: Rruga “Vidhe Gjata” 16, Mëzez-Kashar, Autostrada TR-DR, Tirana, Albania. And you can contact them by phone on +355 68 20 53 180 or +355 4 23 90 500​. Or reach out to them by email on: info@salus.al.

Where can I take an antigen test in Albania?

American Laboratory Network (ALNET)

You can take an antigen test at the American Laboratory Network (ALNET). The American Laboratory Network has locations in Tirana, Durres, Elbasan, Shkoder, Lushnje, Fier, Berat, Vlore and Gjirokaster. You can find the list of addresses here: https://alnet.al/kontakt/

Although the American Laboratory Network offers PCR testing at Tirana International Airport. They do not offer Antibody testing or Antigen testing at the airport.

Intermedica

Intermedica is a laboratory in Tirana, which offers the antigen test as well. The price for the antibody test is 3000 Leke (25 euros). If you have any questions you can reach out to them, because they usually respond to emails within 24 hours. You can find their contact details here: https://www.intermedica.al/kontakt-2/

What measures are in place in Albania to limit the spead of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Here is an overview of the safety measures put in place by the Albanian government to limit the spread of Coronavirus in Albania:

Night time curfew in Albania

On the 1st of June 2021, the Albanian Government announced that the nighttime curfew remains in place from 23:00 PM until 6:00 AM.

UPDATE: This means the night time curfew in Albania was actually shortened twice now. Because initially the curfew would start at 8PM and then at 10PM, so now it only starts at 11PM.

The only exceptions to the curfew are going to work, health care emergencies or urgent needs. However, even if you have a valid reason to break the curfew, you must request special permission to move via the e-Albania portal.

The night time curfew in Albania is applicable until further notice and no end date has been reported. If you break the curfew, you may be finded up to 10000 Albanian Lek.

Bars and restaurants must close by 11pm, except for delivery, in Albania

In line with the night time curfew, bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. However, delivery service is still available after 11pm.

No further restrictions on movement

Apart from the night time curfew, there are no futher restrictions on movement. Which means that travel between cities or areas in Albania is allowed. Moreover, public transportation and taxis are operating as normal.

Public transportation is operating normally in Albania

All public transportation and taxis are operating as normal. After a brief lockdown in Spring 2020, all public transportation is operating normally since the 1st of June 2020. Of course, wearing a face mask is mandatory for everyone, except for children under the age of 11.

Wearing a face mask is mandatory

As of the 1st of June 2021, wearing a face mask outdoors is no longer mandatory.

However, it is still mandatory to wear a face mask indoors

Children under the age of 11 are exempt, however, any person 11 years old or above must wear the mask. If you do not wear the face mask, you may be fined up to 3000 Albanian Leke.

All facilities are open normally in Albania

The facilities are operating as normal, with social distancing guidelines in place.

  • The beaches in Albania are open.
  • Museums and libraries are open with social distancing measures in place.
  • Malls and shops are open in Albania with social distancing measures in place.
  • Hairdressers and dentists are open with social disancing measures in place.
  • Indoor activity centers are open and outdoor excersize is permitted.

Events or gatherings outdoors are allowed for up to 50 individuals

As of the 15th of June 2021, it is allowed in Albania to have an event or gathering outdoors with up to 50 participants.

Can you travel to Albania from UK?

As of the 12th of April 2021, direct flights from Great Britain to Albania are operating again.

After a brief suspention between the 22nd of December 2020 and the 12th of April 2021, the Albanian government lifted the restriction on airlines from the UK on the 12th of April 2021.

Has the Albanian Government approved a COVID-19 vaccine and started a vaccination program?

The Albanian government has approved a COVID-19 vaccine. And on the 10th of February, the Albanian prime minister Edi Rama announced that the country will receive 1.6 million Pfizer vaccines.

Where can I find more information about Travel restrictions in Albania?

You can find the most up-to-date information about the Albanian travel restrictions on the government websites:

However, the Albanian government websites are in Albanian language only. And therefore, I recommend the below English language website for foreign travellers.

 

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