Skanderbeg square in Tirana, Albania

Travel restrictions bring less visitors to Albania

Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 still have an impact on the number of travelers entering and leaving Albania.

According to INSTAT, entry of Albanian and foreign citizens to the territory of Albania in June 2020 is at 364,574. Compared to the same month last year, this indicator decreased by 66.3 %. In June 2020, there were 179,594 foreign citizens coming in Albania. From last year we see a decrease by 71.5 %.

The number of foreign citizen entering the territory of Albania during the first six months of 2020, is 781,894 . It marks a decrease by 63.4 % from the same period of 2019.

During the first six months of 2020, Kosovo had the lowest decrease of arrivals by 51.0 %. Meanwhile Poland marks the highest decrease of arrivals by 95,3 %, compared with the same period of 2019.

EU borders remain shut for Albania

Albanian and foreign citizens’ departures from the country during June 2020 are 385,199 marking a decrease by 65.1%. Departures of Albanian citizens from the territory of Albania during June 2020 are 240,949, with a 47.6 % decrease. Departures of foreign citizens from the territory of Albania during June 2020 are 144,250. In comparison to June 2019, there is a 77.6 % decrease.

The number of Albanian citizens leaving the territory of the country during the first six months of 2020 is 1,380,308 down 48.0 %.

The health situation in Albania hasn’t convinced the European Union to open the doors for the Albanians. The country still isn’t included in the list of states whose nationals can freely enter in the EU. 

Only citizens who have an EU passport and a residence permit in an EU country can travel from Albania.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) calls for more consistent travel rules and COVID-19 advice by European countries to counter confusion by travelers and holiday makers.

Those journeying to Europe for the first time since travel restrictions began to ease face a baffling array of different types of travel rules and advice. And this is delaying the recovery of the travel industry.

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