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Foreign Residents In Albania to Be Equipped with Biometric Cards
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Foreign Residents In Albania to Be Equipped with Biometric Cards

TIRANA, September 10 Over 20,000 foreign citizens holding a valid residence permit in Albania can now apply for a biometric card, the Interior Ministry announced on Thursday. The card will have the same features as the ID cards issued to Albanian citizens. The new document will allow foreign residents to register to e-Albania, and thus...

Albania to Launch e-Visa Service Starting February 1st
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Albania to Launch e-Visa Service Starting February 1st

TIRANA, January 29 Starting next Monday, February 1st, foreign citizens who need a visa to enter Albania can start an online application through the e-visa system. The announcement was made on Friday by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. The e-visa system will phase out any manual processes in the visa system. So far...

COVID-19 Crushed Albania’s International Tourism in 2020
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COVID-19 Crushed Albania’s International Tourism in 2020

TIRANA, January 26 Any official or private campaign for tourism in 2020 in Albania was crushed by the coronavirus pandemic. The recent data published by the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSAT) show how big the impact of the virus on international arrivals was. Even though travel restrictions were eased during summer and Albania never applied...

Albania to Start COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing on Monday
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Albania to Start COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing on Monday

TIRANA, December 4 Starting Monday, December 7th Albania will implement the COVID-19 antigen rapid test in an attempt to contain another wave of infections, Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said on Friday. She added that 100,000 antigen tests recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) were secured. The rapid antigen test will first be implemented in...

Where and How to Celebrate the Independence and Liberation Days
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Where and How to Celebrate the Independence and Liberation Days

TIRANA, November 27 If there would be a list of the best places to celebrate the 108th Anniversary of Independence Day and the 76th anniversary of Liberation Day, the most logical answer would be at home. Yet with a long weekend ahead, many might be planning at least one day doing something different.   How...

Is Albania Empowering a Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs?
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Is Albania Empowering a Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs?

TIRANA, November 5 So far, only six non-profits got the social enterprise (SE) status in Albania, a recent study conducted by the Regional Incubator for social Entrepreneurs (RISE) confirms. However, the study found that interest in social enterprise seems to be increasing, as seen by interested parties. The Regional Study and Guidelines on Social Entrepreneurship...

New School Year Starts in Albania Unlike Any Before
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New School Year Starts in Albania Unlike Any Before

TIRANA, September 14 The new school year 2020-2021 started across Albania for over 480,000 students enrolled in primary and secondary schools. Starting Monday, children will return to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic with tough prevention and control measures in place. Therefore, a new safety protocol will be implemented in all education facilities. Some schools with...

First COVID-19 Death Reported in Albania
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First COVID-19 Death Reported in Albania

TIRANA, March 11 Albania recorded its first death from the COVID-19 virus, health officials said on Wednesday. Deputy Health Minister Mira Rakacolli said the victim was a 73 years old woman from the city of Durres, who had a history of traveling between Bologna in Italy and Albania. The Deputy Minister said that the 73-year-old...

WHO Advice for International Travel
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WHO Advice for International Travel

TIRANA, March 10 Albania is among the countries that are now reporting cases of COVID-19. Like many other countries, authorities introduced new travel restrictions. Thus all flight and ferry services between Albania and Italy are suspended. Travel restrictions have changed often and quickly during the last 24 hours, hence those who consider traveling from or...