Albania is a country in South Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Greece to the south-east, Montenegro to the north, Kosovo to the northeast, and the Republic of Macedonia to the east. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is less than 72 km (45 miles) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic ...Sea to the Ionian Sea. Albania is a parliamentary democracy and a transition economy. The Albanian capital, Tirana, is home to approximately 600,000 of the country's 3.6 million people, and it is also the financial capital of the country. Free-market reforms have opened the country to foreign investment, especially in the development of energy and transportation infrastructure. The country is a member of the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Council of Europe, World Trade Organisation, Organisation of the Islamic Conference, and Union for the Mediterranean.Show More
Both Canadian and American citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. This may be different for citizens of other countries. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Albania for the most up- to-date information.
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Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended. The standard of health care in Albania is quite poor and local hospitals and clinics are under-resourced. Insurance can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies as well as lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Albania has a high number of climatic regions and the coastal lowlands have typically Mediterranean weather while the highlands have a Mediterranean continental climate. Summer temperatures in low lying areas average 24°C, but sometimes surpass 30°C. In the lowlands, nearly 95 percent of the rain falls in the winter.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
Electricity: Electricity in Albania is provided at 220V/50Hz (European plug). If you are using a Canadian or American appliance, an adapter is needed.
Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your phone company if there are roaming agreements before your departure.
Internet: Internet access is widely available. Broadband internet is available and internet can be accessed with your mobile phone. Internet cafes are available in most cities and in some villages. Please note that wi-fi and internet service provided in properties is at the discretion of each establishment and Kensington Tours has no control over this. Please feel free to check with your Sales Consultant before travel if you’d like to know internet set up at each of your properties or contact the properties directly so you are aware of their internet policy if this is important to you. You may like to speak to your internet provider prior to travel to arrange a roaming package.
The official currency of Albania is the Albanian lek (ALL). Frequently used coins come in denominations of Lek1, Lek5, Lek10, Lek20, Lek50 and Lek100, and commonly used notes come in denominations of Lek200, Lek500, Lek1000, Lek2000 and Lek5000. It is impossible to buy or exchange Leks outside of Albania as it is a restricted currency. Euros and dollars are accepted in some places in Tirana, and there are plenty of banks. In Tirana and in Durres there are ATMs where you can draw money using a Cirrus or Maestro bank card.
For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
Language: Albanian (There are two dialects: Gheg and Tosk)
Currency: Lek (ALL)
Religion: Muslim or Catholic (Religious intermarriage is common)
Time Zone: UTC +1
Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)
Telephone: Country code for calling is +355
Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency numbers in Albania: Call 129 for Police, 128 for Fire, 127 for Ambulance and 126 for Traffic Police.