Entry and Exit
Singaporeans can visit Albania for up to 90 days within 180 days of the date of initial entry without a visa, provided that no employment is sought.
As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to contact their travel agent or the nearest Embassy of Albania (http://ambasadat.gov.al/china/) for the latest information.
Safety and Security
Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and theft, does occur, especially in public areas, tourist areas and on public transport. Be aware of your surroundings and take care of your belongings. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing jewellery. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, though unlikely, can occur.
Demonstrations and protests are common. While most are peaceful, they can quickly escalate and become violent. Large-scale protests can disrupt transport systems. Exercise caution, avoid affected areas, monitor developments through the local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities.
Landmines continue to pose a risk in Albania’s northern region along its border with neighbouring Kosovo. Obey all warning signs and keep to paved roads.
Travellers should carry identification at all times.
Drug offences carry heavy penalties. Pack your own luggage and do not accept ‘gifts’ from strangers or new acquaintances.
Driving: Exercise extra caution while driving as road conditions are often poor with dim street lighting.
Health: Tap water and unpasteurised milk can cause illness. Travellers are advised to drink only bottled water and pasteurised (UHT) milk. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.
Albania is in a seismically-active zone. Earthquakes are not common but can occur. From December to February, flooding may occur due to severe weather conditions. Heavy snowfall can disrupt local transportation and services. Monitor local media and weather forecasts and adhere to the instructions of local authorities. If in doubt, seek the advice of the local authorities.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
- In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.