- Reviewed: 26 April 2018, 16:55 NZST
- Still current at: 20 February 2019
Exercise increased caution
Exercise increased caution in Albania due to the threat of terrorism.View Larger Map Close/Open map
There is a heightened threat of terrorism across Europe. Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to make threats to conduct attacks throughout Europe. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could target areas frequented by foreigners.
New Zealanders in Albania are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising a high degree of vigilance in public places, including at tourist sites, restaurants, bars, shopping areas, sporting events and transport hubs. Be alert and take official warnings seriously.
Public demonstrations occur often, and can happen with little warning causing serious traffic disruptions. On 27 January 2018, two major political parties held a major demonstration in central Tirana. You should avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings in Albania, as some previous protests have turned violent. Follow local media sources and be aware of your surroundings.
General travel advice
Landmines are still present in the north-eastern border area with Kosovo, but are often marked clearly as danger zones. New Zealanders are advised not to stray off well-used roads and paths in rural areas.
Penalties for the possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Albania should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.
New Zealanders in Albania are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy is accredited to Albania
See our regional advice for Europe