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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens
 

U.S. Embassy Tirana American Citizen Services (ACS) has improved its messaging system.  In addition to issuing emergency messages, security messages, and normal messages through the email, the U.S. Embassy will also utilize SMS technology to send messages.  Whenever the ACS section issues emergency, security, or normal messages, we will send an abbreviated version in a text message to U.S. citizens who have registered via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and provided a valid mobile number.  Please add the following number to your contacts – 19028003544 – the ACS section will utilize this number to send text messages.  We encourage all U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Albania to update their registration information and include a valid mobile number (Albanian, U.S., or international) in order to take full advantage of this service.

Information about routine demonstrations will not be sent to U.S. citizens via SMS or email, but will be posted under the security messages for U.S. citizens page.  Please monitor this page regularly for information about demonstration activities in Albania.

  • Worldwide Travel Alert

    12/19/2014: The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia on December 15, 2014, resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that U.S. citizens should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security. 

  • Protests on Saturday, November 22

    11/21/2014: Two protests are planned for Saturday, November 22nd. The first will be held by the Independent Union in Skenderbeg Square from 12:00-14:00. The second will be held by the Democratic Party and is a “Marching Protest” from 11:00-16:00 beginning at Skenderbeg Square and proceeding down Blvd Deshmoret e Kombit to the Prime Minister’s office.  

  • Papal Visit to Tirana

    9/18/2014: On Sunday, September 21, Pope Francis will visit Tirana. According to information from the Vatican, the visit will begin with a welcoming ceremony at Mother Teresa International Airport and include events at the Presidential Palace, the Catholic University, the Cathedral of Saint Paul, the Centro Betania charitable institution, and a public mass in Mother Teresa Square 

  • Ongoing Police Operations in and around Lazarat

    6/18/2014: American citizens visiting the Gjirokaster region of southern Albania should be aware of ongoing police operations against marijuana cultivators in the town of Lazarat. 

  • Democratic Party Protest

    5/15/2014: Democratic Party supporters plan to hold a protest this morning beginning at 9:00 a.m., in front of the Albanian Parliament building. 

  • Travel to the Town of Lazarat

    4/3/2014: The U.S. Embassy in Tirana informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Embassy has now prohibited U.S. government employees from traveling to the town of Lazarat, in the Gjirokaster district of southern Albania. 

  • Protest by the Independent United Union

    3/6/2014: The U.S. Embassy has learned that the Independent United Union has received a permit to hold a protest on Thursday, March 6, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. 

  • Recent Car Explosions

    3/3/2014: Recent Albanian media reports have highlighted the increased use of small explosive devices in targeted attacks against individuals involved in contentious business or personal disputes. 

  • Democratic Party Protest

    2/19/2014: The Albanian Democratic Party (DP) is calling for protests against the government on Thursday, February 20, at 1:00 pm in Skenderbeg Square. 

  • Holiday Season Safety

    12/16/2013: As we enter the holiday season, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that crime tends to spike during this time of the year in many parts of the world. Crimes such as robberies, thefts, and burglaries often increase dramatically as many people carry cash or gifts while shopping. 

  • Demonstrations by Local Environmental Groups

    11/15/2013: Local environmental groups continue to hold demonstrations throughout central Tirana. The main demonstration areas have been the Pyramid, the Prime Minister’s office, and Mother Teresa Square, all within one kilometer of the Embassy. 

  • Environmental Groups Rally

    11/12/2013: Local environmental groups plan to hold a rally today beginning at 1300 hours. The rally will begin near the Prime Minister’s Office and end across the street from the U.S. Embassy (on Dervish Hirma). 

  • National Soccer Match

    10/11/2013: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the streets around the Qemal Stafa Stadium will be closed to traffic from approximately 4:00 pm to midnight on Friday, October 11, due to a World Cup qualifying soccer match. Police are expected to close Rruga Dervish Hima and restrict traffic on Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard. 

  • Recent Car Explosions

    9/26/2013: U.S. Embassy Tirana alerts U.S. citizens to recent media reports highlighting the increased use of small explosive devices designed to cause property damage in targeted attacks against individuals in Albania. The victims have generally been involved in contentious business or personal disputes. In most cases, the devices have been used to target victims’ unoccupied vehicles and have resulted in limited injuries with no reported deaths.  

  • DP Election Rally

    6/21/2013: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Democratic Party (DP) has scheduled a political rally for today, Friday, June 21, at 8:00 pm, in Sheshi Mother Teresa in Tirana. U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid this event and limit unnecessary travel during large public gatherings. 

  • SP Election Rally

    6/20/2013: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Socialist Party (SP) has scheduled a political rally for today, Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 pm, in Sheshi Mother Teresa in Tirana. U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid this event and limit unnecessary travel during large public gatherings. 

  • Albanian Parliamentary Elections

    6/20/2013: Albania’s Parliamentary elections will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013. U.S. citizens should be mindful of the possibility that crowds may gather near polling stations and counting centers, while voting and counting are ongoing. 

  • Soccer Match

    6/6/2013: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the streets around the Qemal Stafa Stadium will be closed to traffic from 2:00pm to midnight on Friday, June 7 due to the World Cup qualifying soccer match between Albania and Norway. 

  • Campaign-Period Activities

    5/31/2013: U.S. citizens traveling and residing in Albania are reminded that the campaign period for the Sunday, June 23rd parliamentary elections has begun. Public gatherings will increase during the election season, as a normal part of any democratic process. 

  • Democratic Party Rally

    5/13/2013: The U.S. Embassy informed U.S. citizens that the Democratic Party (DP) has scheduled a political rally today, Monday, May 13, at 7:30 pm, in Sheshi Mother Teresa. 

  • Protest by the Union of the Journalists

    5/3/2013: Media reports indicate that a protest will be held by the Union of the Journalists, today on Friday, May 3, at 12:00 noon, until 1:00 pm, in front of the Albanian parliament on Rruga George Bush. 

  • Possible Demonstrations on May 1

    4/29/2013: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling and residing in Albania of the possibility of demonstrations occurring throughout the country on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. 

  • Protest at the Albanian Parliament

    4/10/2013: Media reports indicate that a protest will be held by the Party for Justice, Integration, and Unity and the group called Chameria on Thursday, April 11, from 11:00 am, until 1:00 pm, in front of the Albanian parliament on Rruga George Bush. 

  • Protest at the Prime Minister’s office

    4/10/2013: Media reports indicate that a protest will be held today, April 10, 2013, at 12:00 noon, in front of the Prime Minister’s office on Blvd. Deshmoret e Kombit. 

  • RBA Political Party Protests

    4/4/2013: U.S. Embassy Tirana informs U.S. citizens that the Red and Black Alliance (RBA) will hold a rally on Sunday, April 7, 2013, from 11:00 to 12:00. 

  • “Mjaft” Demonstration

    3/20/2013: The U.S. Embassy has become aware that the organization “Mjaft” has scheduled a protest today, Wednesday, March 20, at 5:30 pm. The rally will start at the Palace of Culture at Sheshi Skenderbej in Tirana and the participants will march from there to the High Council of Justice, which is located in the same building as the Ministry of Justice on Boulevard Zogu i Pare. 

  • Protest in Murat Toptani

    3/8/2013: The U.S. Embassy has been notified that the Albanian State Police issued a permit for a demonstration to a group called the “Black and Red Fans,” to be held on Saturday, March 9, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Murat Toptani Street near Sheshi Skenderbej, Tirana. 

  • Protest in Sheshi Skenderbej

    3/1/2013: The U.S. Embassy has been notified that the Albanian State Police issued a permit for a demonstration, to be held on Saturday, March 2, from 10:00 am, until 12:00 pm, in Sheshi Skenderbej, Tirana. 

Security message

Protests on Saturday, November 22

November 21, 2014

Two protests are planned for Saturday, November 22nd.  The first will be held by the Independent Union in Skenderbeg Square from 12:00-14:00.  The second will be held by the Democratic Party and is a “Marching Protest” from 11:00-16:00 beginning at Skenderbeg Square and proceeding down Blvd Deshmoret e Kombit to the Prime Minister’s office. 

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Large public gatherings can affect all major incoming arteries to the city in which they occur.   Demonstrations in one city have the potential to lead to additional public rallies or demonstrations in other locations around the city and country.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Albania enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Albania.  For additional information, refer to “Traveler's Checklist.” 

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana is located at Rruga Elbasanit, Nr. 103 in Tirana, Albania, and is open to the public by appointment on Monday through Thursday from 13:00 to 15:45.  You can schedule a non-emergency appointment by visiting our American Citizens Services website.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy in Tirana is +355-(0)-4224-7285.