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 form
  • self-declaration for the consent of the individual for the verification of his border entry-exit from the TIMS system, according to the defined format (according to the format attached to the notification)
  • ID photocopy (passport, identity card)
  • Personal bank account data in Albanian currency (bank name and IBAN)
  • personal contact info: phone number or email address

On the other hand, all overseas citizens stranded in Albania, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, who have overstayed their 90 days visa-free allowance or were ineligible to renew their documents are permitted to extend their stays without facing any penalties

In June, Albania resumed international flights from “Mother Teresa Airport”, in Tirana to other European Union and Schengen Area countries. However, the government had stressed that only persons who have residence permits in the EU Member States are permitted to enter.

The European Union Commission had previously published guidelines dedicated to passenger’s rights, amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to the EU Commission’s guidelines if the flight is cancelled, regardless of what the reason is, the airline must offer one of these options:

  • Reimbursement / refund
  • Re-routing at the earliest opportunity
  • Rerouting at a later date at your convenience

The EU Regulation 261/2004, emphasised that in case that an airline cancels a flight within the two weeks pre-date of departure, the passengers can claim compensation.

Anyway, the decision does not include cancellations that were a result of “extraordinary circumstances”, which can also include COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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