The Albanian government has announced new tighter restrictions in the lights of a steady rise in number of reported covid cases since July. The new restrictions will go into effect on September 1st.
Albania has long been among a small number of countries without any entry restrictions or covid certificate requirements but this will now change. Starting September 1st, anyone entering Albania will be required to show a proof of vaccination that is at least 2 weeks old, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry, a rapid (antigen) test not older than 48 hours, or a certificate that proves you have recovered from covid in the last 6 months.
If you are unable to provide any of the required certificates upon arrival in Albania, you will be asked to quarantine for 10 days.
The current curfew hours will be extended and will now be from at 11pm to 6am. Delivery services will remain exempt from the curfew.
Face masks have already been mandatory in public indoor spaces but compliance has been extremely low. The government has therefore emphasized the requirement of wearing face masks in all indoor spaces.
Additionally the government has made vaccination mandatory for health care workers, teachers and students above the age of 18 from September 30th.