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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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jjvanro
jjvanro says:
Jul 01, 2016 04:22 PM

We spent few days in Saranda, well sheltered...as long as the Wind is not South. We rented a car and visited the country, beautifull !
Saranda Tour (Jelja and husband Gasmend wre very helpfull and nice, they even brought cake to the boat !)
As you need an agent when getting in a port in Albania, I recomend them !

sstapleton
sstapleton says:
May 23, 2016 02:57 PM

We just left Saranda, and have only the highest praise for Jelja of Saranda Summer Tours. Formalities were handled quickly and flawlessly. We rented a car from them, and valued Jelja's and her husband's advice on travel and restaurants. People in Saranda were friendly, the town is clean, pleasant and seemed very safe.
The only negative thing was the surge in the harbour, mainly a problem because we were alongside a sharp-cornered concrete dock. I would advise checking in while docked and then anchoring in the harbour. The surge wouldn't be an issue at anchor, but it was unpleasant next to a rough concrete dock.
All in all though, a very pleasant and economical experience.

sailingmaria
sailingmaria says:
May 12, 2016 08:45 AM

I am a sailor from Italy. I have heard about Albania very often from my friends who had been there and I was really curious to visit it.
So, we left Bari on 10 April 2016 and sailed to Corfu where we stayed for 2 nights. We had been there a couple of times before that's why our visit was short.
After that we decided to stop in Saranda, which is the closest port to Corfu. We got contact with an agent there. Her name is Jelja Serani and she promised she would arrange everything for us. Jelja and her staff were waiting for us on the dock. They helped us to moor and prepared paperwork. They also gave us a map of the town marked with all the interesting sites and good traditional restaurants of the town. We were surprised when they offered us a delicious local dish on the boat.
The next day we visited the Roman ruins and the Blue Eye.
In the evening Jelja took us to a very nice restaurant outside the town named "Karahaxh" where we ate paidaqe. After two days we left Saranda with the best impressions and a promise to come back again.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 30, 2015 01:53 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 03:39 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 03:37 PM

Himare is for time of writing no port of entry.

jwallace
jwallace says:
Jun 14, 2015 09:03 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 06:02 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 06:27 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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