When entering roundabouts in Albania we have witnessed both vehicles on the roundabout giving way to entering vehicles, and vehicles entering the roundabout giving way to vehicles on the roundabout.

In 90% of the European countries vehicles entering the roundabout give way.

Which way around is it, and what is the safest option when using them?

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    Why is this down voted? Will benefit people renting a car there.
    – BritishSam
    Jun 13 '19 at 7:25
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    What makes you believe there would be rules they are following?
    – Tomas By
    Jun 13 '19 at 9:29
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    @TomasBy I'd expect that a traffic code for Albania exists, and might address this issue. Do you think (or know) that it doesn't? Jun 13 '19 at 15:39
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    @NateEldredge It's all the fault of the French, who for many years prioritized intersection entry to traffic coming from the right at all times, even in what we'd call edge cases: for example, when the entering vehicle (on the right) was emerging from a small rural road intersecting a larger, higher-speed through road (on the left). This "Priority to the RIght" has declined, but the rule is still observed in some big road intersections, such as the multilane circle around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Jun 13 '19 at 19:15
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    @MarkMayo I'm not sure what needs to be clarified – let me know and I'll update. The question is who yields to who, and what is the safest way to approach them assuming neither option are universally used.
    – Djave
    Aug 7 '19 at 8:17

Albania is a signatory party of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic and therefore should follow road rules similar to other European Countries. This includes yielding to vehicles coming from the right side they have priority (or left if driving in UK and other left-hand driving counties). Unless otherwise specified, this rule also applies in roundabouts: the vehicle coming into the roundabout has the right of way, except if clearly marked by the appropriate sign:

give way sign

Having said this, the is no guarantee that drivers respect this anywhere not just in Albania, and this is why accidents happen. The consensus on the internet seems to be that Albanian drivers have a tendency to dive in roundabouts regardless of priority. My advice is that your drive carefully and defensively and don't assume that having the right of way means that other drivers will yield. Do this everywhere, not just in Albania.

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