With its vast mountain landscapes, lakes, and architecture, Albania is quickly gaining a reputation as a popular travel destination. Visitors can explore the seaside beaches of Vlora, take a hike near the Blue Eye water spring in the country’s southern region, or take a cable car up Dajti Mountain.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Albania may differ from your home country. Albania has a publicly funded healthcare system and a small private sector. Healthcare typically does not meet international standards and the quality and accessibility of services can vary by region. The majority of Albanians live in rural areas where healthcare services are limited. There are few specialists and healthcare providers lack access to new techniques and medical equipment.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Albania typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Due to limited healthcare services, evacuation to Western Europe will be required for serious medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Albania.
Pharmacies are generally widely available in major cities, but may be difficult to find in rural regions. Medications are only available in pharmacies.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Albania’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Roads in urban areas of Albania are generally well maintained, but may vary in rural regions. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers in vehicles at all times. Helmets are mandatory for all motorcycle drivers and passengers.
Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Albania. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:
Population: 2.87 million
Official language: Albanian
Time zone: Central European Time (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Emergency #: 127, 112
Vaccinations required: No
Risk of malaria: No