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New Zealand Government advice for Albania

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When travelling to Albania, you should always get travel insurance in case the worst happens. To help you ensure you travel safely, we have included the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Albania.

There is some risk to your security in Albania due to crime and civil unrest and we advise caution.

Petty crime such as pickpocketing, mugging and bag snatching occurs, particularly on public transportation.  We advise New Zealanders in Albania to maintain a high level of personal security awareness and take steps to safeguard and secure personal belongings at all times.

Public demonstrations can occur throughout Albania and these demonstrations can turn violent with little warning. In January 2011, a demonstration in Tirana resulted in four deaths and injuries too many others. We recommend you avoid any protests and demonstrations.

In December 2009, Albania officially declared it had reached mine-free status.  However, there still may be danger from unexploded landmines in the north eastern border area between Albania and Kosovo.  We recommend you remain on well- used roads and paths.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Albania should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Albania are strongly encouraged to register/update their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

 

See our regional advice for Europe

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