Short answer: Nothing out of the usual.
The days of bandits roaming the mountains seem to be long gone. According the US State Department, the main risks are pickpocketing and theft from cars, the same as in Romania and the Ukraine (and pretty much anywhere in Europe).
Landmines were laid on the Kosovo-Albania border in the 1990s, but according to the ...
The ferries to Albania, be it to Durazzo or Vlorë, depart Italy from either Ancona, Bari or Brindisi (ordered by distance from longest to shortest):
Mappa traghetti, Cemar, Fair Use
It is safe to assume that the duration of the journey will depend on the distance between the two cities. Searching on Direct Ferries for a return journey in September 2015 ...
As per the Albanian law on border control (article 16.2.a):
Nuk vendoset vulë në hyrje ose dalje në: dokumentet e udhëtimit të shtetasve të Republikës së Shqipërisë, të Bashkimit Europian, të Zonës Ekonomike Europiane, të Zvicrës, të Andorrës, të Monakos dhe të San Marinos
There are no stamps on entry or exit for: travel documents of ...
While it's clearly not your fault, it's important to realise it's also clearly not the airline's fault. As such, they've completed a business transaction with you, with terms and conditions.
So check the terms and conditions - on what you're entitled to a refund for. Odds are it probably doesn't mention embassy closure, and if you then want a refund for a ...
Usually, when an embassy closes down they delegate visa related affairs to another embassy of another country, it is a common practice. If this is not the case in your situation then you can contact the embassy in the nearest country that has one, I suggest using the phone at first for faster response.
If you couldn't manage to get a visa from another ...
You should have no problems in the mountains and rural areas. Actually, people are usually very friendly and they will be curious about you (specially if you look like a foreigner).
In Tirana, Durrës and other cities you might find someone trying to scam you, like pretending they just found a ring you dropped or distracting you with a game while someone ...
My limited experience of Albania is also very dated (15 years) but may be better than nothing. Then, south of Tirana might as well have been the moon, as far as facilities and terrain were concerned. Private ownership of cars had only been allowed since 1991, at which time there were a mere 6,000 or so in the country. While roads in Tirana were quite ...
Yes, you can use your ID card instead of your passport. The November 2018 list (pdf) shows that all European Union countries are among those whose citizens are permitted to enter Albania with a national ID card.
It should be noted that "national ID card" generally means an identification card issued by a national government that identifies the holder as a ...
Yes, it is possible to enter Albania with only a Greek ID, however you need to be sure that it is the new Greek ID which is with Latin letter.
Still a few older ones ID's are existing with only greek letters. With these you won't be allowed to enter in case of a border control.
Yes, not only customs, but also immigration checks.
Entering Italy from a non Schengen country, you are subject to immigration checks (passport control). Entering Italy from a non-EU country, you are subject to customs checks.
It is for your question irrelevant that you are a US citizen or that you are staying 5 days.
Some of the things you may be asked are:
Why are you traveling to Albania today?
Where are you staying?
How much money do you have available to you?
How long are you staying?
You may also be asked other questions, based on your responses. When you say that you are visiting friends, for instance, you might be asked:
Are they meeting you in the airport ...
Yes Albania is a safe country
The roads are generally not in excellent condition, but if you stick to the main roads that should be more than OK
I generally use http://www.directferries.com/ to find ferry trips, but there are other similar websites that you can find using your favourite search engine
The duty free shop at the Greek side of the border is open 7am - 9pm, so these hours should be a safe bet for the border control to be open as well.
Contact details (page in Greek) of the border control offices here.
Lastly, I found a photo of the border.
Is it easier and/or cheaper to replace my lost tent in Albania or Greece?
Southern Albania is even more primitive than the rest of the country. My personal experience is somewhat dated and the roads at least have improved greatly since but when I was there it was almost impossible to find anything to buy, let alone a tent and I cannot envisage ...
This website provides several transportation options for your outbound trip and a shuttle for the return journey:
33 minutes, £2. This takes 30 minutes and it takes you Tirana which is a 3 minutes walk from the square. The last bus is at 23:00 and the first one at 08:00, which works for your inbound flight but not your outbound one:
There is ...
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: ...
Albania seems to require a used multi-entry Schengen Visa C for entry, North Macedonia also (multi is not stated explicitly)
could find no working official Albanien / North Macedonia sites to confirm this
so this would be a valid reason to apply for one.
When entering through Greece, the Visa will be considered used.
Based on the available information, ...
EU citizens have been allowed into Albania with their national IDs since summer 2006
As stated by the Albanian MFA (page 1):
GRQIA: PASAPORTË & LETËRNJOFTIM
GREECE: PASSPORT OR ID CARD
However, in countries outside the EU/EFTA, such as Albania, only the new, bilingual card is a valid travel document.
BusTicket4.me will cover what you need for the routes that involve at least one city in Montenegro.
I'm not aware of any online search options for Pristina - Shkoder, but you'll find several forums with info of varying recency if you google the route.
As stated in Timatic, the database used by airlines:
Visa required, except for passengers with a valid multiple entry visa issued by the United Kingdom, if having used the visa to enter the United Kingdom at least once, for a maximum stay of 90 days.
According to this source, if your student visa (the sticker in the passport) is valid and allows for ...
The answer depends on where exactly you want to go. If you're going for Shkodra, the fastest route would be to fly to Montenegro and take a cab:
If you want to go to Vlore, where some of the best beaches are, you could instead fly to Tirana and take a bus:
Considering how fast things tend to get built in Southern Europe, I wouldn't hope to fly into a new ...
According to the information provided in the comments, your plan is to visit Greece, Albania, and Macedonia on a single trip.
While a multi-entree type C Schengen visa seems to be sufficient for entry into Albania and Macedonia, note that this is a special case. Macedonia and Albania are independent from the Schengen area, and it is thus their choice whom ...
Bus from Dubrovnik to Budva (3 hours)
Bus from Budva to Ulcinj (1.5
Bus from Ulchinj to Tirana (3.5 hours)
From Dubrovnik to Bari
From Bari to Durres
Bus from Durres to Tirana
Just rent a car
In Tirana, as @hippitrail says, you can safely drink tap water during a specific time of the day. However, this does not apply to every city.
It also depends on what neighborhood you are staying. In some cities, different neighborhoods have different water storage and distribution systems.
My advice is to ask the locals living in your ...