VISA APPLICATION

 

VISA APPLICATION

Description

Type “D” visas are issued to foreign nationals who wish to stay in Albania for more than 90 days within a 180-day period and is also issued to foreign nationals that might want to obtain a residence permit valid for one year after entering the Republic of Albania with one, two or multiple entries.

Visa Type “D” – Long stay visa, with the option that after entering the Republic of Albania the applicant can apply for a residence permit

Type "C" Visas are issued to foreign nationals who are entitled to enter Albania for a maximum period of 90 days out of a 180-day period, from their date of first entry. Issued with one, two or multiple entries.

Visa Type “C” –  Short stay visa  in the Republic of Albania

 

 

Required documentation necessary for all categories for visas type “D” and “C”

 

1) The application form for a visa must be completed online (after completion the applicant must print and sign the completed form);

2) One passport sized photo no older than six months from the date of application;

3) Photocopy of a valid travel document, (valid for at least three months more than the period of validity of the requested visa);

4) Travel health insurance documents for the duration of the visa;

5) For children under 18 years: A statement expressing the consent of a parent or legal guardian of the child for the trip, or the person responsible.

 

VISA TYPE D

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS REQUIRED                                                               DEPENDING ON THE VISA TYPE AND PURPOSE

Visas for economic activities (D / AE)

 

Visas for professional activities (D / AP)

 

Visa commercial activity (D / AT)

 

Visa for employment activities (D / APU)

A) Invitation signed by the host, along with a copy of their identity document (when the host is a foreign national it is a requirement that they also submit a photocopy of their residence permit issued by the competent Albanian Authority);

B) Documents that prove a trading professional competence, in the respective country to which they specify the purpose of the visa;

C) In cases of an invitation from an commercial entity, documents proving legal status of the entity inviting are required;

D) Photocopy of the work permit issued by the Albanian authorities.

 

 

Visa for study purposes (D / ST)

A) Document certifying the registration / admission to an educational institution in Albania;

B) Documents that prove and certify the coverage of all living costs and tuition fees;

C) Travel health insurance document for the duration of the visa;

D) Document that provide proof of accommodation while in the Republic of Albania;

E) Document that prove your knowledge of the Albanian language for carrying out your studies.

 

Family Reunion Visa (D / BF)

A) Letter of invitation signed by the host, along with a copy of their identity document (when the host is a foreign national it is a requirement that they also submit a photocopy of their residence permit issued by the competent Albanian Authority);

B) Family certificate issued within the last month that attests the relationship with the person that requests a family reunion;

 

C) Additional documents that prove the stable relationship with the person that has requested a family reunion;

D) Documents that prove that the foreign host (residing in Albania) has appropriate conditions for housing;

E) Certified copy of the document that proves that the foreign host (residing in Albania) is employed or self-employed and has sufficient income to ensure they meet the needs of the inviting persons under their responsibility.

 

 

Visa for humanitarian or religious activities(D/VHF)

 

A) Certified copy of the license that allows for carrying out humanitarian or religious activities;

B) Photocopy of their work permit or certificate of registration from their employer;

C) Letter of Motivation by the religious community institution.

 

 

Diplomatic visa or visa service (D / DS)

A) Verbal Note from the Institution;

B) Invitation from the host institution, if necessary.

 

Visa for seasonal employment purposes (D / SP)

A) Invitation from the host;

B) Certified photocopy of the employment contract with the host in Albania;

C) Photocopy of the work permit issued by the Albanian authorities;

D) Document that prove the registration of foreigners in the country of origin institutions.

Visa for humanitarian reasons (D / H)

A) Letter of invitation signed by the host, along with a copy of their identity document (when the host is a foreign national it is a requirement that they also submit a photocopy of their residence permit issued by the competent Albanian Authority);

B) Documents that proves their humanitarian motives.

VISA TYPE C

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS REQUIRED DEPENDING ON THE TYPE AND PURPOSE OF THE VISA

 

Visa for tourism (C)

A) Document of round-trip ticket booking;

B) Hotel booking or documents for accommodation during their stay;

C) Documents that prove that they have sufficient funds during their stay and to return to their country of origin;

 

Visa for tourism, organized in tourist groups - invited by an Albanian tourism agency (C)

A) Photocopy of passport;

C) Certified photocopy of the Albanian Tourism Agency, which invites foreign tourist groups.

 

Visa for scientific reasons, cultural, sports and humanitarian (C)

 

A) Invitation from the host;

B) Hotel reservation or declaration of host where they will reside;

C) Documents that prove that they have sufficient funds during their stay and return to their country of origin.

Visa for Official visit (C)

A) Invitation from the host institution;

B) Verbal Note from the institution where the foreigner is employed;

 

 

Visa for medical reasons (C)

 

A) The invitation from the host institution;

B) Medical diagnosis (original or copy) issued by the local doctor in Albanian;

C) Declaration from the Albanian hospital for medical treatment details of who will cover these costs;

D) Sufficient financial means to cover the costs;

E) Health insurance for the patient accompanying

 

Professional, commercial and business purposes Visa (C)

A) Letter of invitation signed by the host, along with a copy of their identity document (when the host is a foreign national it is a requirement that they also submit a photocopy of their residence permit issued by the competent Albanian Authority);

B) Document  that prove their professional, commercial and business activity

C) Documents that prove the legal status of their commercial entity;

D) Photocopy of certificate of registration in accordance with the purpose of the visa issued (visas for 60-90 days) according to article 73 of Law 108/2013 "For foreigners".

Deadlines for a response and the application processing times

A visa is issued up to 15 days from the acceptance of the application and in exceptional cases may take up to 30 days.

Visa application for children under 18

For children under 18 years: A statement expressing the consent of a parent or legal guardian of the child for the trip, or the person responsible is required.

 

Cases where children under 18 do not have a passport

For the children under 18 years old, that do not have a passport, the visa can be issued on the passport of the parent or legal guardian, where the child is noted. 

 

The following are excluded to personally present themselves at the Albanian Embassy or Consulate:

 

  • Holders of diplomatic passports;
  • Humanitarian cases;
  • High-Level Officials (personalities), their accompanying spouses and accompanying delegations on official visits;
  • A foreigner with a royal title and other members of the royal family on official visits;
  • Foreigners organized in tourist groups;
  • Foreigners which have previously applied for a visa within a 59 months (4 years and 11 months) period.

Exemption of visa to enter and stay in the Republic of Albania for up to 90 days to 180 days

a) Foreign nationals that have a valid multiple entry Schengen visa, with the condition that the visa issued must have been used previously in one of the countries of the Schengen area or persons have a valid residence permit in one of the countries of the Schengen area;

b) Foreign nationals that have a valid multiple entry visa or a valid residence permit issued by the United States of America, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with the condition that visa issued must have been used previously in the country issued;

c) Foreign nationals that can enter and stay in the Schengen states without a visa.

 

 

 

Procedures followed

 

1st Phase

1) The application process is online

2) The verification process is carried out by the Consul, which checks the form and all documentds attached, then follows the following steps:

  • If the application meets all the requirements, a message is sent to the applicant informing that their “application has been accepted”, and informs them of the fee to be paid and other procedures that must be followed.
  • If there are “irregularities” in the application, the relevant notification is sent to the applicant and they are required to upload the relevant additional document requested.
  • If the application does not meet all the requirements than the applicant is informed that their application for a visa “has been refused”, with the relevant explanation.

2st Phase

When the Consul accepts the application and the relevant fees have been paid, the following procedures are followed:

3)The Consul informs the applicant with an assessment of their application

  • If the Visa application is approved

The Consul requests the presence of the applicant at the Albanian Embassy or General Consulate, to retrieve their visa (Please Note: You must make sure that you bring your passport, all original documents uploaded for the application, The printed and signed application form and the original invoice of payment)

  • If the Visa is refused

The Consul submits to the applicant the standard refusal message with the relevant explanation.

Additional notes

1) After refusal of a visa, the foreigner has the right to reapply only after the appeals procedures have ended or after three months from the date of receiving the decision;

2) Obtaining a visa is not a guarantee that a foreigner is allowed to enter the Republic of Albania;

3) Foreigners coming from countries affected by the epidemic or disease, at the Border Crossing Point can be requested to provide the original vaccination international cards.