Translated by: John Agrafiotis
p style=”text-align: justify;”>Currency: Albanian Lek (ALL), 1€=120.73 ALL. Euro (€) is widely accepted.
Driving license: The official website of the Albanian Government states that an international driving license is required.
Visa – Passport: For Eu citizens Visa is not required. For some EU countries only a valid ID is necessary. For further details (and for non EU citizens) check this page.
Border Crossings: Border crossings of Kakavia/Kakavijë, between Ioannina (GR) and Gjirokastra (AL) and Kristallopigi (Kristallopigi (GR) – Bilisht (AL)) are open 24/7. Border station of Mavromati (Sagiada – Qafe Bote) operates from 6:00 to 22:00 and Melissopetra (Melissopetra – Tre Urat) up to 20:00. Border crossing of Qafa e Thanës, between Struga (FYROM) and Elbasan (Albania) is open 24 hours per day. Border crossing of Murriqan, Shkorda (Albania) and Sukobin (Montenegro) is open until 22:00.
Insurance: EU citizens just need a Green Card. For non EU citizens, make sure that your International Motor Insurance Card is valid for Albania.
Time zone: GMT+1
Banks: Most banks accept cash cards. Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 15:00.
Fuel: Unleaded (Benzine pa plumb or EuroSuper 95): ~1,37€ (12/2020). There are some fuel stations on the main roads that stay open overnight. Credit cards are being accepted only in central fuel stations.
Lights: Mandatory 24h a day
Equipment: Wearing a helmet is mandatory but there is not much police control for this, inside cities.
Maximum Allowed Blood Alcohol Level: 0.02%
Speed limits: Motorways:110 km/h, Main roads: 90 km/h, Outside cities: 80 km/h, Inside cities: 40/h km.
Fines: Fines are hefty and tourists attract attention from the Police…
Tolls: A1 (Durres-Kukes) is the longest and only toll motorway in Albania.
Specificities: Follow speed limits as there are several radars on the roads. Attention should be paid to local drivers. They are extremely dangerous. Avoid driving at night because there are no lights on the road and most provincial roads are in poor condition.
Useful Phone Numbers:
Paneuropean emergency number: 112
Fire Department: 128
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* If you are from Albania or have been recently in Albania and you would like to add some information or correct some of the above listed, do not hesitate to contact us.