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 Albania - Formalities

Clearance

According to reports, you may be approached by an Italian coastguard vessel when nearing the coast, as they patrol this area of the sea. While approaching Albanian territorial waters, Channel 11 should be monitored as it is the working channel used by the Albanian Coast Guard.

The port authority should be contacted on VHF radio (if possible) before entering any of the official ports. English (and Italian) are spoken by Port Control radio operators used to commercial shipping. The best facilities are at Durres which is Albania's main port and has regular ferry connections with Italy (Port Control VHF Channel 15). Officials will board the boat on arrival.

At the majority of ports the Port Authorities (Captain and Police) may insist that an agent is used for entry/exit. This now also applies at Vlore, where you will not be given permission to enter at Orikum Marina and will have to first clear at the commercial port.

When you leave the port you must get another Clearance paper to hand to the subsequent Port Captain on arrival.

Each port will require several copies of the crew list; copies of the Ship’s Registration Papers are also useful.

For a list of agents at Durres and Saranda, see Clearance Agents

Last updated July 2017.

Immigration

A list of countries whose citizen may enter the country without a visa can be found at www.punetejashtme.gov.al/en/services

The visa issued at the first port of call is valid for the whole of Albania.

Last updated July 2017.

Customs

Yachts can stay up to 6 months in Albania. After this time, Customs duty is payable at 22% of the value of the boat.

No special restrictions other than for firearms.

Special export permits are required for precious metals, ancient coins, antiques and works of art, which are considered to be part of national culture and heritage.

Last updated July 2017.

Health

If you are hiking in a forest you should cover your arms and legs with clothing, tucking trousers into socks and boots. You should also wear a hat, use tick repellent sprays and check for ticks at the end of your day.

Visitors are advised against having any unnessesary medical treatment.

It is advisable to use bottled water and treated milk.

Fees

All vessels up to 500 tons pay a $50 clearance fee. Visa fees, plus some port fees.

If an agent is used, this can prove to be quite expensive.

Restrictions

When sailing along the coast, foreign vessels are required to stay at least three miles offshore.

Boats sailing south to Saranda through the Bay of Porto Palermo will pass through a military zone for which permission must be obtained.

It has been reported August 2009 that there seem to be few, if any, restrictions on travel now. Cruising yachts leaving Saranda were told they could anchor anywhere except Sazanit Island.

Clearance Agents

ARBA-SR
Porti Detar , Sarande , Albania
Tel:+355692220440 ,VHF Channel 11
Opening hours: 24/7
Shipping and Forwarding Agency established in 2015. Offer port clearance, fresh water supply and bunkering (min. order 20,000 litres - 48 hr notice).
Agent Frok
Tel:+355 68 203 5531
Agent for Shengjin. Agree fee before engaging.
Agim Zholi
Saranda
Tel:+355 692 566 576
Shipping Agent for help with clearance, provisioning, laundry, tours, fuel and local information. Very helpful. Hightly recommended by several cruisers.
Agjencia Detare Himara SH.A.K.M
Himare
Tel:Mob. +355 69 91 96 770 or +355 69 91 99 443
For Himare port.
Arquile Sotiri
Eneasped (Agjensi Detare Spedicionere) , Porti Detar , Sarande, Albania
Tel:+ 355 692397512/692375078/85221271 Fax:+ 355 85226653
Shipping agencies.
Aurel
Durres
Tel:0035 569 7203 9301
Agent recommended by cruisers.
Beni
Durres
Tel:00355 672082061
Cost for clearance 2013: 50 Euros
Sail Albania
Tel:Mob. +355 69 732 41 38
Official agent for Orikum Marina and Vlore Port. Capt. Irene L. COP (ex nautical Officer of cruiseships and Hurtig Routen vessel, Norway). Provide all clearance paperwork, yacht charter and tourist services.
Saranda Summer Tours & Sailing
Lagja Nr 4, Rruga "Mitat Hoxha", Porti, Sarande, Albania
Tel: +355 69 485 9383 / +355 69 485 9383
Shipping agent for inward/outward yacht clearances in Saranda. Cruising & customs procedures, provisions, can provide duty free fuel supply, car rental and tours, arrangement for pilot, tugs (if necessary), garbage removal and laundry. Contact Jelja Serani.
Sunny Holidays
Porti Sarande , Albania
Tel:Mob: 00355 693210200
Shipping agent for inward/outward yacht clearance in Saranda; can arrange fuel, pilot service, tugs (if necessary), provisions, garbage removal, laundry, car rental, tours. Contact Bledar Lapa (24/7). Speaks English ,Italian, Greek ,Spanish.
Terini Travel & Shipping Agency
Sea Saranda port
Tel:+ 355 85224985 / + 355 6920 94030 (mob) Fax:+ 355 85224985
For help with clearance, provisioning, laundry, fuel and other services.
Vital Shipping Agency
L.3 Rruga "Skenderbeg" Nr.124 , Durres , Albania
Tel:+355 52 372 44,
Phone or email in advance to arrange a berth and prepare for clearance. Can also provide an Albanian flag. Fees very reasonable. Contacts - Speak excellent English - Capt.Llambi Papa - Mob +355 69 20 63 544 and Capt.Piro Traja - Mob +355 69 20 78 417
Vladimir
Vlore
Tel:+355 6923 75078
This clearance agent has been recommended.
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