Moving to Albania from the U.S.
If you are moving to Albania from the United States, there is plenty to consider before you head to Southeastern Europe. With so much to prepare for, the last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of your complicated move.
International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to Albania as seamless as possible by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods and much more!
How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Albania
First, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a personal consultation, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on specific criteria, such as:
- Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Albania?
- Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying?
- Your family/household size. Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?
- Cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?
What Will Moving to Albania Cost?
For an accurate estimate of your shipment size, you should schedule a home survey as early as possible for your move to Albania. Our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best potential estimate to expedite your relocation. The cost of moving to Albania will vary considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.
Don’t forget to ask about our overseas packing and custom crating services, too!
Located to the north of Greece, Albania shares borders with Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia. It also has coasts along the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. The nation’s capital and largest city is Tirana, which is located near the center point of the country. The country’s official name is the Republic of Albania.
Albania’s population is steadily rising, slowly approaching 3 million people. After all, it is a relatively small country in land area. Roughly 70-percent of the land is covered in mountains, which contributes to Albania’s low population. The country’s lowlands experience mild winters and summers, while inland temperatures depend more on the altitude and elevation more so than latitude. Albania gets a heavy amount of precipitation, due to the airflow from the Mediterranean Sea.
A large part of the country’s national income stems from the tourism industry. In fact, the New York Times named Albania number 4 on its list of global tourist destinations in 2014. The hot spots tend to be the beautiful beaches along the Adriatic and Ionian coastlines, as well as the Albanian Alps.
Customs Regulations for Albania:
Citizens of the United States do not need visas to enter Albania, but you must possess a valid passport. With a valid U.S. passport, you may stay in the country for up to one year without applying for a Residency Permit. For anyone looking to apply for a Residency Permit, you must contact the Regional Directorate of Border and Migration Police in Albania. More information can be found on the Embassy of Albania website.
Here are some other documents you may need:
- Detailed inventory list in Albanian, including value and date-signed by shipper
- Original Bill of Lading/Air Waybill
- Confirmation for accommodation
- Work permit
- Return ticket (depending on duration of stay)
In Albania, the customs rules are subject to change at any time and without prior notice. The shipper must be present at the time of your shipment’s arrival at customs, otherwise the shipment will not be cleared. You are free to import the following items, provided you are at least 18 years of age:
- 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars (250g of tobacco)
- 1L of spirits over 22% ABV
- 2L of distilled wines and beverages
- 2L of still wine
- 50g of perfume
Like any other country, Albania limits the import of certain items. Here is a list of restrictions:
- Local currency
- Police permit required for import of guns, ammunition and explosives
- Prescription medications require health certificate
- New items (less than 6 months old) require invoices/receipts
Though the import of firearms, ammunition and explosives is permitted with the proper documentation, it is prohibited otherwise. Here are some other items that will not be allowed into the country:
MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS
- Illegal drugs
- Radioactive items
- Meat products
- Knives and other deadly weapons
- Plants and plant material
- Counterfeit money/products
- Pornographic materials
- Subversive materials
The following documents are required for the import of a motor vehicle into Albania:
- Valid driver’s license
- Original vehicle documents
In addition, the vehicle you plan to import must meet the European Technical Standard Requirements.
PETS AND ANIMAL REGULATIONS
The import of pets into Albania requires specific permission from the national authorities. For more information, feel free to contact your destination agent. Here are the documents you would need if Albanian authorities permit you to bring a pet into the country:
DUTY AND TAX RATE PERCENTAGE
- Health certificate from licensed veterinarian in origin country
- Rabies Vaccination Certificate
In Albania, imported goods are subject to a duty of anywhere from 0-15%. Some items may be subject to a value-added tax (VAT) as well, reaching as high as 20%. This VAT also applies to domestically produced goods, and excise taxes apply to coffee, fruit juices and non-alcoholic beverages. As long as you are over the age of eighteen, you will be able to import the items listed in the Shipping Regulations section-alcohol and tobacco, perfume, etc.-free of duties.
NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers.Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.
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Motto : (The Faith of the Albanians is Albanism) and (You Albania give me honor, you give me the name Albanian)|
Capital : Tirana (Tirane)
National Anthem : "Himni i Flamurit" ("Hymn to the Flag")
Location : Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea, between Greece in the south and Montenegro and Kosovo to the north
Area : Total : 28,748 sq km
Land : 27,398 sq km
Climate : Mild temperate; cool, cloudy, wet winters; hot, clear, dry summers; interior is cooler and wetter
Water : 1,350 sq km
Nationality : Albanian(s)
Population : 2,994,667 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : TIRANA (capital) 433,000 (2009)
Languages : Albanian (official - derived from Tosk dialect), Greek, Vlach, Romani, Slavic dialects
GDP : $23.33 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Leke (ALL) per US dollar - 104.08 (2010), 94.979 (2009), 79.546 (2008), 92.668 (2007), 98.384 (2006)
Airports : 5 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 18,000 km
Waterways : 41 km
Ports & Terminals : Durres, Sarande, Shengjin, Vlore