The Council of Ministers approved yesterday the decision on “Determining the term of entry and stay of citizens of the United States of America in the Republic of Albania”, according which American citizens have the right to enter and stay without a residence permit in the Republic of Albania for a term up to one year. This decision was taken in support of the law “On Foreigners”, on the proposal of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Interior.

American citizens can re-enter and stay in the Republic of Albania without a residence permit for a new period of up to one year, if they have stayed outside the territory of the Republic of Albania for more than 90 days.

From 7 January 2022, changes in immigration law in a bid to align Albanian law with the EU acquis saw US citizens unable to enjoy the one-year visa-free stay in the country.

Citizens of other countries will have to apply for a residence permit and pay fees for the right to stay and work in Albania for more than 30 days. As for the citizens of the European Union, the Schengen Agreement applies.