Ever dreamed of traveling to Albania? Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, Albania is a traveler’s paradise if you are looking for a laid back, outdoors summer vacation. Enjoy the pristine coastline with its clear waters, hike the Dajti mountains for a captivating view of the capital city, learn ancient culture in the Butrint ruins, and explore castles that are scattered throughout the nation.
You may be asking yourself, why travel to Albania now? The summer season has encouraged the nation to ease its visa restrictions by making Albania even more accessible. Since May 13, 2011, the Albanian government is allowing citizens from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, China, and Taiwan to travel to Albania for up to 90 days visa-free. Visitors have until October 31, 2011, to enter without a visa as long as visitors have valid travel documents.
Ambassador Sokol Gjoka explained that this new temporary visa policy is “not only for tourists but also for all other categories of citizens, including businessmen and participants in international and cultural events.”
This comes after last year’s statistics were published finding that the number of tourists grew 32% last year to 3.5 million visitors. Albania has no intention of stopping there – it is hoped that this temporary visa-free period will continue to attract visitors from around the world making Albania a top summer destination.