Tourism in Albania is on the rise and the country is quickly becoming one of the Balkans’ most popular tourist destinations. A country that was once an afterthought for travellers welcomed more than 4.2 million visitors in 2012. Its natural beauty, mountain backdrops, archaeological sites, villages where time seems to have stood still, beautiful beaches and the booming capital city of Tirana, Albania now rivals other top destinations in the Mediterranean. In fact, the country has recently received a number of distinctions: it was recommended as a top travel destination by Lonely Planet in 2011 and nominated as the number 4 global tourist destination by the New York Times in 2014.
Whether you plan on spending most of your time on the beach or exploring coves, covered bays, lagoons and sea caves, having a reliable travel insurance policy allows you to enjoy your vacation worry-free.
Travel advice for Albania
If you are planning to visit Albania, ensure your Canadian passport is valid for at least three months past your anticipated departure date. Travellers do not require a tourist, business or student visa for trips less than 90 days in a six-month period.
Security and crime can be an issue depending on where you are in the country. It’s recommended you avoid travelling to Tropojë district, Bajram Curri, Lazarat and the northeastern border with Kosovo. Always exercise safety precautions, and ensure your passport and personal belongings are secure at all times, as petty crime is common.
Travel with personal identification at all times; a photocopy of your passport is recommended. Avoid taking photographs of military personnel without permission. If you plan to drive, you will need an international driving permit.
Albania is predominantly a cash-based economy, and it’s recommended that you travel with cash on hand. However, many hotels in Tirana do accept credit cards. The official currency is the Albanian lek (ALL), but the US dollar and the Swiss franc are also accepted.
Top tourist attractions in Albania
Albania is located across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. With a typical Mediterranean climate and less expensive vacation options than many other popular destinations in this part of Europe, Albania is definitely worth considering. If you make the trip, consider visiting the ancient city of Berat, the Albanian Riviera, the ruins of the ancient town of Apollonia, the city of Durrës, Skanderbeg Museum in Kruja, the ruins of Rozafa Castle in Shkodra and the capital city of Tirana, featuring museums, local culture, Skanderbeg Square and the Et’hem Bey Mosque with the clock tower of Tirana.
Get travel insurance for trips to Albania
Even though Albania is an up-and-coming tourist destination, you still need to travel with caution. Protecting yourself with comprehensive travel insurance gives you the confidence in knowing you can get travel assistance or emergency medical care should you need it while you’re abroad. Make travel insurance part of your trip planning to Albania and get a free quote for travel insurance with Blue Cross.
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