Explore Albania as Remote Workers

Explore Albania as Remote Workers

After being dismissed as Europe’s underdog for decades, Albania is surging in popularity as the digital nomad hub in the continent. 

Albania has become an increasingly popular destination for holidaymakers in recent years. It is located in southeastern Europe, bordering Greece to the south, northern Macedonia and Kosovo to the east, and Montenegro to the north. 

With the rising cost of literally everything in many Western countries, this hidden gem of Europe has quietly emerged as a prime location for remote workers, offering a combination of affordability, natural beauty, rich history, and a welcoming atmosphere.

Albania's Visa Requirements

If you are from the following countries, you do not need a visa to enter Albania and stay for up to 90 days in 180 days.

AndorraChina (Hong Kong)Macedonia
ArgentinaIsraelRepublic of Korea
BarbadosJapanThe Czech Republic
Bosnia and HerzegovinaKazakhstanSan Marino
BrazilKosovoVatican- the Holy See
The United KingdomChileSerbia
BulgariaCroatiaUnited States of America
GreeceMaltaTaiwan (China)
SwitzerlandNew Zealand

You are also exempt from applying for a visa to Albania in the following instances:

  • If you are a foreign citizen who has a valid Schengen visa with multiple entries
  • If you are a foreign citizen with a valid multiple-entry UK or US visa who still has a valid visa
  • If you are a foreign citizen who has a 10-year validity of the United Arab Emirates residence permit and is still valid for not less than one year after the date of entry in Albania.
  • If you are a foreign citizen from the EU and have a valid residence permit in one of the EU countries.

To attract more digital nomads, the government has introduced a legislative framework that will allow foreign remote workers to live in the country for a long time and introduced the Albania digital nomad visa, also known as the Unique Permit. 

As of September 2022, the Unique Permit implementation was delayed. It is still a draft law, and it’s not yet clear when it will finally be launched.  As the digital nomad visa has been delayed, there are no clear steps on how to apply for the visa.

Long Stay Visa – Digital Mobile Worker

Albania has a generous visa scheme for remote workers under the Type D Long Stay visa. Under the D Visa for digital mobile workers, successful applicants can live in the country for up to a year.

Applicants for D Visa need to prepare the following documents:

  • Visa application form
  • Photo with dimensions 47 mm x 36 mm
  • Photocopy of the valid travel document
  • Valid employment contract with the overseas employer or service contract with the overseas contractor or client that will work without a specific headquarter for specific jobs, which allows work with information technology equipment.
  • Proof of accommodation
  • The bank statement for the last 12 months

With its affordable cost of living, awe-inspiring natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and growing infrastructure for remote work, this enchanting nation ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable digital nomad experience.

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