ALBANIAN CITIZENS VISITING SWITZERLAND
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Albanian citizen for short-stay period in Switzerland starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Switzerland. All tourists entering Swiss territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Swiss authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Albania who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Albanian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Swiss custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Swiss territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), loose tobacco (250g).
- Alcohol: 1L of spirits with more than 22% alcohol by volume (1L), light liquor (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
- Perfume: Perfume (50g) and of eau de toilette (0.25L)
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (10L), fortified wine or spirits up to 22% (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).
The government of Switzerland does not impose any restrictions on the import of foreign and local currencies.
Children aged up to 15 (included) years of age will be exempted from requiring a passport if traveling with companions (parents or grandparents) or guardian if:
- Children have the same nationality as the companion
- Children’s names are included in the passport of the companion.
List of Albanian diplomatic offices in Switzerland
Permanent Mission of Albania to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva
Albanian Consulate in Zurich, Switzerland
Address: Wehntalerstrasse 381, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: (+41) 55 292 20 00
Fax: (+41) 55 282 25 52
Details: Mr Edwin Leo Ruegg, Consul
Embassy of Albania in Bern, Switzerland
Address: Pourtalesstrasse 45A, CH-3074 Muri b. Berne, Switzerland
Phone: (+41) 31 952 6010
Fax: (+41) 31 952 6012
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Details: Ambassador: Mr. Mehmet Elezaj
List of Swiss diplomatic offices in Albania
Embassy of Switzerland in Albania
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