- Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 13:45 NZDT
- Still current at: 29 March 2020
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There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Albania.
Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.
Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.
For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel. IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.
As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.
There is an ongoing risk of terrorism across Europe. Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to make threats to conduct attacks throughout Europe. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could target areas frequented by foreigners.
New Zealanders in Albania are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising a high degree of vigilance in public places, including at tourist sites, restaurants, bars, shopping areas, sporting events and transport hubs. Be alert and take official warnings seriously.
Petty crime such as bag snatching and pickpocketing occurs in Albania and is common in tourist areas, in larger cities and on public transport. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings.
Public demonstrations occur often, and can happen with little warning causing serious traffic disruptions. Political protests regularly take place in central Tirana. You should avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings in Albania, as some previous protests have turned violent. Follow local media sources and be aware of your surroundings.
General travel advice
Landmines are still present in the north-eastern border area with Kosovo, but are often marked clearly as danger zones. New Zealanders are advised not to stray off well-used roads and paths in rural areas.
Penalties for the possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Albania should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.
New Zealanders in Albania are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy is accredited to Albania
See our regional advice for Europe
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