Albania Visa/Passport News

Albanian Govt to Reimburse Its Citizens Fined Abroad for Overstaying Visa During COVID-19 Lockdown

Albania has decided to reimburse the fines imposed by international countries' authorities for Albanian citizens that overstayed their visas amid the Coronavirus outbreak. The fines, which have occurred between March 10 and June 1, will be reimbursed by the General Directorate of Taxation (GDT) in Albania, VisaGuide.World reports. The GDT's announcement clarified the documents that citizens must send via email so that they could be refunded. Proof of the payment of the fine, translated and notarised fine [...]

By |2020-09-03T09:38:39+02:00September 3rd, 2020|Albania Visa/Passport News, Coronavirus News and Updates|

Albania and North Macedonia to Sign First Mini-Schengen Agreement

Albania and North Macedonia will sign the Agreement of the Phytosanitary Certificates, in order to facilitate trade exchanges of agricultural products between the two countries, as part of the “mini-Schengen” agreement. The Minister of Agriculture of Albania, Bledi Çuçi and the Minister of Agriculture of North Macedonia Trajan Dimkovski will sign the final version of the agreement, on which they have worked for about six months since their last meeting in Albania’s capital, VisaGuide.World reports. “Almost everything [...]

By |2020-04-24T13:31:53+02:00April 24th, 2020|Albania Visa/Passport News|

Dutch Politician Wants to Scrap Visa Liberalization for Albania If It Starts Selling Citizenship

A Dutch politician wants the Prime Minister of Netherlands to take Albania’s plans to start selling citizenship seriously, and to be prepared for taking measures in case the latter starts running the scheme it announced recently. Pieter Omtzigt, a Dutch politician, a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal and a Member of the Parliament, has tabled ten questions related to Albania's recently announced plans to start running a scheme that sells passports to foreigners, in exchange of [...]

By |2019-12-27T17:14:00+02:00December 27th, 2019|Albania Visa/Passport News|

EU Does Not Support Albania’s Citizenship-Selling Plans

Officials of the European Union have implied that the block does not support plans of Albania’s Primer Edi Rama to start selling Albanian passports to foreign rich investors, through a few statements in response to the local media. According to the EU Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourova investor citizenship schemes in EU candidate countries raise concerns about certain inherent risks, in particular as regards security, money laundering, tax evasion, and corruption. “Due to the prospect of future [...]

By |2019-12-11T15:41:40+02:00December 11th, 2019|Albania Visa/Passport News|

Albania May Soon Start Selling Citizenship to Foreign Investors

Shortly after several EU countries refused to start membership talks with Albania and following an initiative of the Western Balkan countries to create their own Schengen Area, now the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama wants to establish a scheme that would enable the country to sell Albanian citizenship to wealthy foreigners willing to invest. PM Rama, who was invited to speak at the Global Citizenship Conference in London held by citizenship advisory Henley and Partners, announced that [...]

By |2020-09-04T15:04:07+02:00November 19th, 2019|Albania Visa/Passport News|

Two of WB6 Countries Reject Proposal for a Mini-Schengen Zone in Balkan

Only about a month after the idea for the establishment of a Schengen-alike borderless zone in the Western Balkan was presented by Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia, two out of six WB countries have opted out of it. Upon the meeting held in Ohrid on November 9, between the President of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia Herzegovina, the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and the [...]

By |2020-10-15T13:03:24+02:00November 14th, 2019|Albania Visa/Passport News|

Balkan’s Mini-Schengen Zone May Be Operational by 2021

Three Western Balkan countries, Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia have agreed on the establishment of a free movement zone of people, goods, services, and capital, which they have called “Balkan’s mini-Schengen”. On October 11, the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic hosted the Prime Ministers of Albania and North Macedonia, Edi Rama and Zoran Zaev, in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad. During the meeting, the highest officials of the three countries signed an agreement which would among [...]

By |2019-10-21T14:33:20+02:00October 21st, 2019|Albania Visa/Passport News|

Schengen Area May Reintroduce Visas for Albanians Traveling to the Member States

The Netherlands may soon propose to the European Commission to suspend visa-free traveling to the Schengen Area for Albanian nationals. Last week the Dutch Parliament supported a motion initiated by four MPs from different parties, asking the government to suggest the suspension of Schengen visa liberalization for Albania. According to this motion, filed by MP Madeleine van Toorenburg of the Christian Democrats, there is a substantial increase in criminal activities by the Albanian Mafia in the Netherlands. [...]

By |2019-08-03T15:18:27+02:00April 15th, 2019|Albania Visa/Passport News, Schengen Visa News|

Police Arrests 32 Travel Visa Forgers in Albania

The Albanian police have hit a criminal group of 36 suspected members in a police operation called "the Wrong Path". According to a Joint Statement of the State Police and the Prosecution for Serious Crimes, 32 Albanian citizens have been arrested, a police officer among them. Four other citizens have been declared wanted. Around 250 police forces were involved in the operation, during which four workshops with equipment for forging travel visas have been discovered and seized. [...]

By |2019-08-03T15:18:42+02:00February 7th, 2019|Albania Visa/Passport News|

Albanian citizens no longer need a visa to visit Armenia

Albanian passport holders will soon be able to visit Armenia without the need to obtain a visa first. The 3 million nationals of the Southeastern European country will have the chance to enter Armenia visa-free, and remain there for a maximum of 180 days per year. Such decision was taken today on August 30, during a session of the Armenian government, in which the respective draft decision was adopted. The move is part of an attempt to [...]