Albania’s government has announced that it will abolish all the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in order to facilitate the travel process before the summer season.

According to the announcement of the Federal Foreign Office, the new changes will become effective starting from May 1,VisaGuide.World reports.

The lifting of the COVID-19 measures means that internationals planning to enter Albania will no longer be required to present a proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative result of the Coronavirus test upon their arrival. Besides, the mask requirement in public transport will also be lifted.

According to the figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 274,834 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in Albania since the beginning of the pandemic.

The same source shows that a total of 3,496 people in Albania have died due to the virus from January 3 2020. Based on the data provided by WHO, a total of 2,827,375 vaccine doses have been administered in Albania up to this point.

However, despite such figures, the country’s authorities  decided to ease some of the restrictions. Authorities in Albania have taken such a decision after estimating that the epidemiological situation permits such a decision to be taken.

According to the Institute of Public Health, the positive ratio in tests has decreased to 3.8 per cent.

However, despite the fact that the epidemiological situation has started to improve, authorities in this country strongly recommend vaccination as the main means of protection against the virus, especially for avoiding severe cases, as reported by Tirana news.

“We still have the circulation of BA1 strain, BA2 strain, and despite the very good epidemiological situation, Covid-19 strains are undergoing constant mutations. Therefore, the risk remains,” Department of Infectious Diseases Director Silva Bino pointed out in this regard.

In addition, the Technical Committee of Experts has stressed that the Vaccination Committee has recommended “carrying out the fourth dose for citizens over 60 years of age and those with compromised immune systems according to the family doctor’s recommendation.”

The spread of the Coronavirus and its new strains has caused significant damage to the travel and tourism industry, among others, due to the travel bans and other restrictions imposed to halt the spread of the virus and its new strains.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, authorities in Albania, following the example of other countries worldwide, imposed strict travel rules for internationals in order to contain the further spread of the virus and protect citizens’ lives.

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