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Updated January 2023

Albania is a country renowned for its numerous ancient ruins, which have endured since the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Many also visit Albania for its variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, skiing, and swimming in the Albanian Alps and along the Adriatic and Ionian coastlines. Additionally, Albania is known for its hospitable people, delicious traditional cuisine, and relatively low cost of living compared to other European countries.

It’s no surprise that travelers frequent Albania as one of their travel destinations, including those from the UAE. Here, we take a look at the requirements for an Albanian visa for UAE residents.

Albania visa for UAE residents

UAE residents will generally require an e-visa to enter Albania. However, as per the Republic of Albania’s official e-visa portal, there are exemptions as detailed below:

  • foreign nationals (including UAE residents) who hold a valid multiple entry Schengen visa, under the condition that the visa must have been used previously in one of the countries of the Schengen area
  • foreign nationals with a 10-year residence permit issued by the authorities of the United Arab Emirates. The validity of the residency visa must not be less than one year from the moment of entry

UAE residents meeting the requirements above may enter Albania without a visa for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

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Albania visa for UAE residents requirements

UAE residents ineligible for the above exemptions may apply for an Albania e-visa online. The requirements for a short-stay visa (Type C) are as follows:

  • a completed visa application form available online
  • photograph of the applicant, with dimensions of 47 mm x 36 mm
  • proof of employment inside the UAE or sufficient evidence to prove that the applicant will return after a short stay
  • the applicant’s passport and residence permit with a validity of at least 12 months
  • photocopies of valid travel documents, including passport and ID card
  • booking documents for accommodation in Albania
  • round-trip ticket reservation document or to certify the possibility of personal transport
  • proof of sufficient funds to support the stay in Albania. The amount of 50 euros per day of stay for adults and 25 euros for minors
  • a statement that expresses consent of parents or legal guardians in case of minors traveling to Albania

Albania visa for UAE residents online application

To apply for an Albanian tourist visa from UAE, travelers will need to fill up an application for an e-visa issued online. The validity is 180 days within a 180-day period. Below is the a step-by-step guide on how travelers may apply for the e-visa:

  • visit the official Albanian e-visa portal.
  • register a new account or log in if you have an account already
  • select the visa type – a short visit visa is type C. After selecting visa type, scroll down to “Browse type C visas” and click the purpose of your visit. In there, click the apply button
  • provide the requested details
  • upload all necessary and optional documents and click “Finalize”

After you have finalized the steps, the Albanian consulate will check your e-visa application. Once your application has been duly verified, you will receive a message stating the fees you need to pay.

Albania visa for UAE residents cost

The Albania e-visa fee per person reportedly ranges from USD 90 to 190 (approximately AED 330 to 700).

Albania visa for UAE residents processing time

An Albanian visa is issued up to 15 days from the acceptance of the application and, in exceptional cases, may take up to 30 days.


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