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 | 2019-11-14T13:42:34+00:00 November 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 February 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 [...]

By | 2019-08-19T15:14:19+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Albania Visa/Passport News, Armenia Visa/Passport News|

Albania Lifts Visa Requirements For GCC Citizens in Bid to Attract Foreign Tourists

The citizens of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar can visit Albania visa-free starting April 1 until October 31, 2017. The lifting of visa requirements takes place in a bid of the Albanian Republic to attract foreign tourists to visit the country. The Albanian ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Sami Shiba, announced lately that Albania had offered visa-free travel for the citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council which is the political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries [...]

By | 2019-08-26T08:52:32+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Albania Visa/Passport News|

Kosovo PM to receive Albanian passport after US denied his visa request

Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj had to cancel a visit to the United States since the authorities of the latter did not issue him a visa. PM’s Office, who had been invited to attend events in Iowa organized by the National Guard commanding officer Major General Tim Orr, on January 11, at first dismissed claims that Haradinaj’s visa application had been turned down. But later the local media of Kosovo's capital, Pristina, reported that the U.S. Embassy [...]

By | 2018-01-12T13:58:08+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Albania Visa/Passport News, US Visa/Passport News|

Albania president rejects Kosovo passport request

Albania's president has turned down a request from his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci to issue Albanian passports for citizens in neighboring Kosovo, the only nation in Europe excluded from a visa-free European travel zone. Ilir Meta, who is visiting Kosovo Wednesday, said the solution was "through dialogue." The European Union insists Kosovo must approve a border demarcation deal with Montenegro before its citizens can enjoy visa-free travel within the so-called Schengen zone. Opposition lawmakers in Kosovo have refused to ratify that deal, saying [...]

By | 2019-08-26T09:05:38+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Albania Visa/Passport News, Kosovo Visa/Passport News|