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 Albania - General Info

Time Zone

UTC + 1, UTC + 2 end March - end September.

Electrical Supply

Voltage: 220v (variations are common)

Frequency: 50Hz

Money

The official currency is the Lek. For visiting yachtsmen, small denomination US dollar bills will be very much more useful.

ATMs are plentiful in the major cities.

Communications

International dialing code for Albania is 355

Cell phone reception is available the length of the coast, but the cost of call using roaming services can be high.

Almost every sizable city has internet access, usually via internet cafés.

Low-cost Albania cell phone service - rangeRoamer provides short-term cell phone service for international travelers. Buy, Rent, or use your own cell phone.

Diplomatic Missions

German Embassy in Tirana, Albania
Rruga Skenderbeu Nr. 8
Tirana, Albania
Phone: (00355 4) 27 45 05
Fax: (00355 4) 23 34 97
Web Site: German Embassy in Tirana
Email: German.Embassy@icc.al.eu.org

Greek Embassy in Tirana, Albania
Rruga Frederik Shiroka
Tirana, Albania
Phone: (003554) 2274669, 2274668, 2274670
Fax: (003554) 2234290
Email: grembtir@mfa.gr

American Embassy in Tirana, Albania
103 Rruga Elbasanit
Tirana, Albania
Phone: (+355) 4-247-285
Fax: (+355) 4 232-222
Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

British Embassy in Tirana, Albania
Rruga Skenderbeg 12
Tirana, Albania
Phone: (355) 4 2 34973/(355) 4 223 4973/4/5
Fax: (355) 4 2 47697
Web Site: British Embassy in Tirana, Albania
Office Hours: Local Time: Mon-Thur: 08:30-17:00; Fri: 08:30-14:30 (GMT: +1hr in winter/+2hr in summer)

Italian Embassy in Tirana, Albania
Ruga Lek Dukagjini, n.2
Tirana, Albania
Phone: +355 4275 900
Fax: +355 4250 921
Web Site:Italian Embassy in Tirana, Albania
Email: segreteria@ambitalia-tirana.com

Spanish Embassy in Tirana, Albania
Pilar Gomez Manso, Embajada de Espaba
Rruga Skenderbej, 43
Tirana, Albania
Phone: 4 274 960 or 4 274 961
From Spain: 00355 4 274 960/ 00355 4 274 961
Fax: 00355 4 225 383
Email: emb.tirana@mae.es

French Embassy in Tirana, Albania
14 rue Skenderbeg
Tirana, Albania
Phone: [355] (4) 223 37 50
Fax: [355] (4) 234 442
Web Site: French Embassy in Tirana, Albania
Email: ambafrance.tr@adanet.com.al

FOR FURTHER EMBASSIES IN ALBANIA PLEASE SEE LINK
Foreign Embassies in Albania

Emergencies

In cases of an accident or a medical emergency, a taxi is your best transportation. When the taxi arrives, say "Tek Urgjenca" to the driver. This will get you to the emergency room where you will be given the best treatment possible.

There is also an ambulance service reached by dialing 127. However, a taxi is quicker, at least outside the big cities.

Emergency numbers Police 19, Ambulance 17 and Fire 18.

Publications

Imray and Adlard Coles Pilot Books are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Adriatic Pilot - Croatia,Slovenia, Montenegro, East Coast of Italy, Albania
By Trevor and Dinah Thompson
Publisher Imray, Laurie, Norie, Wilson Ltd (6th Edition 2011)
ISBN 978 1846233333
Adriatic Pilot is the standard guide to Croatia and the neighbouring countries of Slovenia, Montenegro and Albania and now celebrates 20 years of publication. It also provides coverage of the eastern coast of Italy, and is the only guide to the Venice Lagoon and harbours adjacent to Istria, and at present is the only book that covers the entire Adriatic region in a single volume.

777 Harbours and Anchorages - Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Albania
By Anna and Rod Bailey
Publisher Edizioni Magnamare
ISBN 978 8862000123
777 contains detailed, up-to-date information on more than 1000 ports and anchorages, as well as the technical details which are of most interest to pleasure yachters: the phone numbers of the Marinas and Harbourmaster's offices, the facilities available, mooring facilities, where to buy provisions. Besides the main harbours, there are charts showing solitary, nearly unknown coves; this result was achieved thanks to the patience and precision of the author. Slso contains a few hints and coves which were added to the original book, thanks to the contributions by editors, Piero and Silvia Magnabosco

Mediterranean Almanac 2015/16
By Lucinda Heikell with Rod Heikell
Published by Imray (December 2014)
2016 supplement available from Imray
ISBN – 9781846235986
Price - £29.50
See this  Noonsite review.

A useful site for sailing information for Albania & Montenegro www.jimbsail.info/drupal/mediterranean/adriatic/montenegro-albania

Albania Online

Update History

June 2015: Ports of Entry and Customs updates from Captain Irene Cop.
April 2015: Publications reviewed and updated.
January 2014: Immigration and Customs checked/updated.
September 2013: New situation for clearing in at Vlore passed on by Ali Brown.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 30, 2015 02:53 PM

Sarande to Vlore: Port of Refuge
Posted on behalf of Tony Olin

Port of Palermo: We came in here in a thunder storm on passage to Vlore. It's an old military disused port. We dropped anchor off the old submarine penn to the north of the port, but were chased off by armed soldiers to the other side of the port where we took up a mooring bouy in 5 meters that held us overnight in up to 35 kts of wind. This is an ideal port of refuge along this coast, no need of an agent if you don't go ashore, although I did the next morning and was invited for Albanian coffee by a couple of local fishermen who were glad of the visit.

Irene Cop
Irene Cop says:
Jun 15, 2015 04:39 PM

Albania has custom rule regarding foreign flagged boats. Stay less than 6 months inside the country or you will have to pay custom duty, abt 22% of value of boat.

Irene Cop
Irene Cop says:
Jun 15, 2015 04:37 PM

Himare is for time of writing no port of entry.

jwallace
jwallace says:
Jun 14, 2015 10:03 AM

We visited Vlore June, 2015. I contacted Sail Albania (www.sail-albania.com) and rec dived an immediate response from Orion, one of the two sailors listed on the website. He met me the next day at the dock in Vlore and handled all paperwork for our US flagged yacht. He was very kind and courteous. We then spent the night at Marina Orikum. Again, we were met with kind service. The facilities are very nice. We had a fine dinner at a nearby seaside restaurant. We will return on any trips North in the Adriatic. Note that we were also contacted by Captain Irene Cop, from the same website to make sure we had been contacted and were being taken care of. Orion's mobile is 355 69 7710739, and Captain Cop's mobile is 355 69 7324138, and, again, the website is sail-albania.com.

S.thompson
S.thompson says:
May 09, 2015 07:02 PM

A very professional and helpful port agent in Saranda is Jelja Serani, from Saranda Summer Tours. She will give you all the necessary information and advice on sailing to Albania. She can also organize sightseeing tours. Find important nautical information on her website
www.sarandasummertours.com

Ali BROWN
Ali BROWN says:
Sep 14, 2013 07:27 PM

Visited Vlores Sept 2013 direct from Greece and wasn't allowed to go direct to Orikum. Agent Nino cost Euro55. Only stayed couple of hours at Vlores moored alongside tug boat-boat continually beset by youths begging so didn't feel secure to leave boat for any length of time.
Anchored north of Cape Porto Nuovo. Very sheltered from Southerly winds for shallow draught- 1 metre ish.
Durres much better. Agent Beni. 00355 672082061 very helpful- cost Euro50 plus Euro 10 per night. Quay very secure but can be covered in coal dust/ grain.Harbourmaster and dock staff very helpful. Needed new rudder made EXCELLENT SERVICE from Henkel +355 665680386. (was difficult to track down any repair facility in Durres) Made new rudder wood and GRP within 48 hours for less than Euro 200. Was very professional from small repairs to whole boat moulding- workshop 10 minute drive from Durres on Tirana dual carriageway- difficult to find.

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