Moving to Albania

Country Guide: Albania

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Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Detailed inventory list in Albanian, valued, dated and signed by the shipper
  • Work certificate from shipper`s employer
  • Copy of shipper`s employer identification number of taxable person (NIPT)
  • Work Permit
  • Residence Permit
  • Authorization provided by shipper from the General Directory of Customs (Non-Diplomats)
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Copy of Diplomatic Passport (Diplomats)
  • Copy of Diplomatic ID (Diplomats)

Specific Information

  • Items on the detailed inventory should be listed per categories such furniture, clothes, books, etc.; for electrical appliances, include make, model and serial number.
  • Authorization from the General Directory of Customs applies to non-Diplomats who apply for duty free customs of personal effects.
  • Documents must be received by agent prior to import.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original vehicle documents (Title, invoices, registration, etc.)
  • Copy of Driver’s License

Specific Information

  • Vehicle must meet the European Technical Standard Requirements.


Documents Required

  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate
  • Veterinary Health Certificate (from origin country)

Specific Information

  • The import of animals into Albania requires permission from the Albanian authorities; contact agent for additional information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Guns ammunition and explosives (police permit is required)
  • The following household goods may be imported duty free by persons 18 years or older within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigarillos (100), cigars (50), tobacco (250 g)
    • Spirits over 22% (1 L)
    • Distilled wines and beverages (2 L)
    • Still wine (2 L) o Perfume (50 g)

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Radioactive items
  • Weapons, explosives and ammunition
  • Meat products
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Plant and plant material
  • Animals (permission from Albanian authorities required)
  • Counterfeit money and products
  • Pornographic material
  • Subversive materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

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