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Driving in Albania
Visitors riding or driving in Albania must have reached the minimum age required to drive/ride a vehicle of equivalent category even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence. You must be 18 or over to drive a private vehicle in Albania.
Driving licences issued in EU and EEA countries are accepted.You will need an International Driving Permit, IDP 1949 to drive in Albania.
Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Albania for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Albania the following documents should be carried:
- Full, valid driving licence*
- Proof of Insurance (third party or above)
- Proof of ID (Passport)
- Proof of ownership (V5C Certificate)
- International Driving Permit, IDP 1949
While driving in Albania you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:
- Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
- First aid kits are compulsory when travelling in Albania
- Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles)
Rules of the road & regulations
Rules of the road
Overtaking & passing
Overtake on the left. The rules are in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic 1968.
The rules are in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic 1968. Vehicles approaching from the right have priority at intersections, unless a traffic light, traffic sign or police directing the traffic says otherwise.
Emergency vehicles (police, ambulance, army vehicles, etc.) have priority over other road users when using flashing lights and a siren.
Warning of approach
The use of the horn is only allowed in case of emergency, in order to avoid an accident. Outside built-up areas, it may be used before overtaking another road user.
Caravans, camper vans, luggage and boat trailers may be temporarily imported into Albania without formality.
It is recommended that an inventory of the contents of caravans, camper vans or luggage trailers is shown to the customs on arrival, in order to avoid any problems when leaving the country.
In winter, mountain roads are snowy and icy and driving can be very hazardous. It is recommended that cars be adequately equipped.
The use of seat belts in the front seats is compulsory on all vehicles manufactured after January 1978. They are also compulsory in the rear seats of all vehicles manufactured after May 1990.
Travelling with children
Children under the age of 12 travelling in the front passenger seat must use an appropriate child restraint. Children under the age of 4 travelling in the rear seat must also use a child restraint.
There are strict speed limits applying to the various categories of roads and the type of vehicle driven.
|Motorways||Main Intercity Roads||Secondary Intercity Roads & Local Roads||Built-up Areas|
|110 km/h||90 km/h||80 km/h||40 km/h|
Mopeds must not exceed a speed of 30km/h in or outside built-up areas.
The police are empowered to impose fines of up to 5,000 ALL.
Traffic police pay particular attention to drivers of vehicles bearing foreign registration plates. Visitors should therefore adhere to road traffic law at all times since the most minor of offences may result in a fine.
Parking regulations conform with those in the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna, 1968).
Prohibited parking zones are marked with signs. Parking meters and discs are not in use.
Enforcement of parking regulations
In Tirana, vehicles parked in prohibited areas are towed away. Wheel clamps are not used in Albania.
Parking fines are 500 ALL minimum (+ 4,000 ALL if towed away).
Disabled parking access
In public parking areas, spaces reserved for disabled drivers are marked.
The international three-colour system of traffic lights is used.
The maximum level of alcohol in the blood is 0.01%.
If a person who drives or takes charge of a vehicle is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol he must undergo a breath test.
A driver refusing to undergo an alcohol test may incur a fine of 5,000 to 20,000 ALL and his driving licence may be suspended.
Roads & fuel
Only major roads (or sections of roads) have lighting and driving by night should be avoided. Street lighting in urban areas is subject to power cuts.
Availability of fuel
Petrol stations are generally located in urban areas. They are normally open 24 hours a day.
Means of payment
Payment of petrol is generally made in cash and in Albanian leks. Credit cards are accepted at some petrol stations.
Automatic petrol pumps
There are no automatic petrol pumps.
In case of breakdown or accident, drivers must use a warning triangle or hazard warning lights.
Useful guides and maps
Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe
- Still current at:
- 28th Apr 2017
- Updated at:
- 14th Feb 2017
- Latest update:
- Latest update: Summary – the main opposition party has called for mass protests against the government in Tirana on 18 February 2017; the political atmosphere is likely to become changeable as the country approaches national elections on 18 June 2017; monitor local and international media, take extra care and avoid political rallies and demonstrations; don’t attempt to cross any roadblocks set up by protesters as this might provoke a violent reaction
The main opposition party has called for mass protests against the government in Tirana on 18 February 2017. The political atmosphere is likely to become changeable as the country approaches national elections on 18 June 2017. Monitor local and international media, take extra care and avoid political rallies and demonstrations. Don’t attempt to cross any roadblocks set up by protesters as this might provoke a violent reaction.
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.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
British Embassy Tirana
Office: British Embassy Tirana
Street Address: Rruga Skenderbeg 12
Telephone: (+355-4) 24973, 24974, 24975
Fax: (+355-4) 247697