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Driving in Albania

If you're driving in Albania your checklist requirements are:

  • A valid, full UK driving licence - both the photo and paper parts
  • An International Driving Permit - find out more here
  • A GB sticker on the back of your car - even if your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background)
  • Your motor insurance certificate
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)

If you're driving into the country, make sure you contact the Albanian Embassy in London before you go and ask them to give you the latest information on any documents you'll need.

You must also:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle

It's a good idea to have:

  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A first aid kit
  • A warning triangle in case you break down
  • A basic emergency repair kit, including jack, spare wheel, fan belts, wiper blades, local phrase book, water and overnight food - there are no recovery services in Albania so if you break down, it's best to be prepared

Other things you should know:

  • Driving in Albania is not for the faint-hearted. Roads are generally in poor condition, flash flooding is a possibility throughout the year, there are no street lights outside of built-up areas and major roads - and there are frequent power cuts. So it's a good idea to use a four-wheel drive vehicle
  • Some Albanian drivers can be aggressive and erratic, and minor traffic disputes can get out of hand - so tread carefully and don't react to other drivers' provocative behaviour. Remember, they may be armed
  • If you're involved in an accident whilst driving through Albania, you must wait until the police arrive
  • At weekends and during the summer, border crossings can get busy, so be prepared to queue

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

What RAC can do for you

RAC offers great-value, flexible European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.

Sources Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of August 2009 to the best of our knowledge and should be referred to for information purposes only - it should not be relied upon as formal advice. Please always check the current requirements of the country you are visiting before you leave.


Over 80,000 British nationals visit Albania every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

From December to February severe weather may cause flooding, particularly in northern Albania. Heavy snowfall in mountainous areas can lead to disruption to transport and services.

Public security is generally good, particularly in Tirana. Crime and violence does occur in some areas, but is not typically targeted at foreigners. Gun ownership is widespread. See Crime.

When visiting hill towns on the northern border with Kosovo, you should exercise caution and heed warning signs about unexploded landmines and other unexploded ordnance. See Landmines.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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