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Temporary protection for Ukrainians in Albania: the procedure for obtaining and extending it

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Temporary protection for Ukrainians in Albania: the procedure for obtaining and extending it

Citizens of Ukraine have the right to apply for temporary protection in Albania. Learn more about the rules of entry, asylum procedure and benefits

An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
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Ukrainians in Albania, as in other European countries, have the right to receive temporary protection - this is a humanitarian residence permit, which gives the right to live and receive social support in the country.

Recently, the government of Albania extended the period of stay of Ukrainians on the basis of temporary protection until September 17, 2023.

The procedure for issuing a document and the benefits of protection follows.


Rules of entry in Albania


Albania is not a member state of the EU, but at the same time it has also simplified the requirements for entering its territory for Ukrainians. You can enter the territory of Albania on the basis of a valid foreign passport, including a non-biometric passport.

A visa is not required to enter the country.

If you are crossing the border with a child, in addition to a foreign passport, you must have with you documents confirming family or other ties with the child (birth certificate, parental consent to accompany and leave the child).

Medical insurance is not required, but it is worth having it for the first time for your own safety.

As of May 1, 2022, entry restrictions have been lifted in Albania due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

To enter with pets, you must have a pet's veterinary passport.

From June 1, 2022, Green Card insurance is mandatory for everyone traveling abroad by car, including refugees. You can buy an insurance policy online here




Are you planning a trip? Apply for an insurance policy here for a safe trip abroad without unnecessary expenses




How to issue protection?

Temporary protection status can be obtained at the Migration Police of Albania. They work in major cities of the country: Tirana, Durres, Vlora, Shkoder, Korča, Kukes, Jirokastra.


Where to look for help?


Ukrainians can get help at the National Center for Asylum Seekers at the address: Rr. "Myslym Keta", Babrru, Tirane.

Registration of temporary protection status is a mandatory condition for receiving assistance.

The center provides Ukrainians with: free accommodation, three meals a day, medical assistance, psychological support, conducts Albanian language courses and promotes employment.

The Center has a medical office, a dining room, a room for people with special needs, a laundry room, a children's playroom, an Internet room with stationary computers, and the possibility of using the Internet via Wi-Fi throughout the Center.


Dwelling


You can get free housing at the National Center for Asylum Seekers or on one of the portals:

• Takecarebnb;

• Icanhelp;

• Host4ukraine;

• Prykhystok.


Where to look for work?


Ukrainians who have received temporary protection status in Albania have the right to work. To find a job and receive more detailed information, we recommend contacting the National Employment Agency.


Education


Ukrainian children who arrived in Albania have the right to attend schools and kindergartens in the country. To register a child in an educational institution, it is necessary to apply to the local educational authorities in accordance with the place of your temporary residence. Read more about education in Albania here.

 

Medical services

State medical institutions provide free medical care to Ukrainians who have obtained temporary protection status in Albania.

The list and contacts of state medical institutions can be found at the link.


Useful contacts


• Community to help Ukrainians in Albania on Facebook.


• Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Albania

Address: 1001, Tirana, Rruga Ukraina e Lire (former Donika Kastrioti), 5

+355 445 055 35 / Hotline: +355 69 489 8865

[email protected] (alternative e-mail: [email protected])

https://www.facebook.com/UkrEmbAlbania



Relevant tips and advice:


• Universities in Albania: how to get a student visa, required documents and tuition fees;

• Places to visit in Albania: the best beaches and attractions for tourists;

• Health care system of Albania: medical centers, spa treatment for tourists;

• How to move for permanent residence in Albania: ways of immigration and buying property;

• Recommendations for finding a job in Albania: prospects and earnings in the country.




Our recommendation for a safe and comfortable trip: 


Visit Ukraine Insurance - insurance for a safe stay abroad without unnecessary expenses;

Green Card - compulsory car insurance for traveling abroad;

Visit Ukraine Tickets - book tickets for buses, trains, and airplanes to/from Ukraine and between cities around the world;

Private Lawyer service - professional legal support on visa and migration issues;

Visit Ukraine Merch - buy patriotic clothing and accessories with worldwide delivery.




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