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Albania Visa, Passport & Money Advice

When travelling to Albania it is important to get to grips with the money, visa and passport requirements. We have compiled the most important information to help you plan your exciting adventure without the hassle.


If you are a British Passport holder, you do not need a visa to visit Albania, but there are some specifics you need to be aware of which we have outlined below. If you hold another passport please check with your Albanian embassy for the entry requirements.

Passport Validity

In order to travel to Albania, your passport must be:

  • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
Albanese Riviera

Duration of Stay

You can travel to Albania for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies to any kind of travel; holidays, visiting friends and family or work meetings. 

Passport Stamping

Check your passport is stamped by the border officer when you enter and exit Albania so it is clear you haven’t overstayed your stay. You will need to use the ‘other passport’ queues at Albanian immigration and not the one intended for EU passports.

Albanië Shkoder - rozafa kasteel met koppel

Money in Albania

Albania has its own currency called Albanian Lek (ALL), which is divided into a 100 Quindarkë. There are notes of 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 Lekë and coins of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Lekë.

Paying with cash is very common, but debit and credit cards are accepted in bigger hotels and restaurants. It is best to contact your bank to check on any restrictions and advice for using your cards abroad. ATMs can be found in most large cities.

Credit card for Car Rental

A credit card is essential for renting a car, the deposit is reserved when you collect the car with your credit card. The name of the main driver must match the name on the credit card.

Tips and Haggling

Tipping is not very common in Albania, but you can tip for a good service at an eatery (10% should be enough) or round up the bill if you’re travelling by taxi. Haggling isn’t customary either.