ALBANIA

VISA REQUIRED

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DESTINATION: ALBANIA
PURPOSE OF TRIP: BUSINESS

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IMPORTANT / IN-PERSON APPLICATION

PLEASE READ THE RED FLAGS SECTION BELOW CAREFULLY

  • VISA VALIDITY

3 months, single entry 6 months, multiple entry / 1 year, multiple entry. All visa issuance is subject to consular discretion. 

  • IN-PERSON APPLICATION / BIOMETRIC ENROLEMENT

All Schengen visa applicants (apart from Minors under 12 years old) are required to enrol their biometric data when submitting a Schengen visa application.  These biometric data will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital fingerprint scanner.

THEREFORE YOU MUST ATTEND THE EMBASSY OF ALBANIA IN-PERSON YOURSELF TO FILE THE APPLICATION.

Please see below for Embassy address / opening times for visa submissions. No appointment is required. 

  • CONSULAR FEES PAYMENT

You must also make payment of the consular fees yourself (see processing times section below for full pricing structure)

Payment may only be made at the Embassy of Albania via bank transfer, payed to the Embassy’s bank account in Metro Bank: Name of Account: Embassy of Albania Sort Code: 23-05-80 Account Number: 13010749

  • EMBASSY INFORMATION

Consular section
Embassy of Albania
33 St. George’s Drive
London
SW1V 4DG

Tel: +44(0) 20 7828 8897 / Fax:+44 (0) 77 8562 8137 / Emergency call: +44 (0) 75 18662630
Email: embassy.london@mfa.gov.al / consular.london@mfa.gov.al
Website: www.ambasadat.gov.al/united-kingdom/en/visa-applications

Opening times / Visa submission hours: The Consular Section is open for Visa applications Monday – Friday, 09.00 – 12.00 hrs (except for Embassy public holidays). NO APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. Please note that the Embassy does not accept visa applications submitted by e-mail, fax, post or courier services.

NEXT STEPS

(REVIEW PROCESS) / RECEIPT OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS:

Global Visaz can assist with review of your documents and provide guidance on what to expect, before submission. This will ensure upon presentation of your documents to the visa officer at the Embassy of Albania in London, there are no errors (which can lead to additional complications / further requests and ultimately, delays in processing). UNFORTUNATELY, GIVEN THE APPLICANT IS REQUESTED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON, SUCH APPLICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO HIGHER SCRUTINY THEREFORE WE HIGHLY ADVISE TO USE THE GLOBAL VISAZ REVIEW ONLY SERVICE.

  • Review document list below and complete request form (see ‘START REQUEST‘ button below) / make secure online payment, if you wish to use our review only service.
  • Prepare documentation. Please do be mindful of originals and again, if you wish to use our review only service, provide our team sufficient time for step 3 below.
  • Access the DRAG N’ DROP function in the menu bar above, where you can securely upload scans of all documentation for our review. Again this is optional. 
  • Attend the Embassy in-person yourself with all original documentation and payment method / amount, during the visa opening hours outlined above. 
  • Review document list below and complete request form (see ‘START REQUEST‘ button below) / make secure online payment, if you wish to use review only service.
  • Prepare documentation. Please do be mindful of originals and again, if you wish to use our review only service, provide our team sufficient time for step 3 below.
  • Access the DRAG N’ DROP function in the menu bar above, where you can securely upload all documentation for review. Again this is optional.
  • Attend the Embassy in-person yourself with all original documentation and payment method / amount specified below, during the visa opening hours outlined above. 

ALBANIA BUSINESS VISA REQUIREMENTS

Original passport. This must:

  • be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the requested / required visa length
  • have at least one blank visa page
Please also ensure you take a clear colour photocopy of the biometric page (photo page) of your passport, and any other pages with valid visas / entry stamps. 

Two original recent 45mm x 35mm colour photographs. These must:

  • be taken within the last month
  • be taken against a plain light background and printed on photographic paper
  • show full frontal face, have a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • have eyes open and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • not have hair in front of face or have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

DO NOT ATTACH THE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE APPLICATION FORM

Signed and fully completed original application form. Please see attached: Albania Visa Application form

Signed and completed original letter of support from your home employer. This must be signed by a member of your HR, or a member of your management team. If the latter, this person must be at least a manager grade and/or at least the same grade as yourself, and must be aware of your trip.

Please see template attached: Albania – Business support letter. Alternatively, the letter must include the following information:

  • Addressed to the ”The Embassy of Albania, London”.
  • Letter needs to be on home employer headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory of the home employer
  • Purpose of visit
  • People / places and organisation to be visited, with contact numbers
  • Applicant’s name and nationality
  • Start date of employment, job title and annual salary 
  • Passport number and DOB
  • Start & Expiry date of the passport
  • Dates of travel to Afghanistan
  • Validity of visa applied for
  • A guarantee to meet maintenance expenses 
  • Medical insurance undertaking (if applicable) 

Clear colour copy of signed and completed invite letter from your inviting company. 

Please see template attached: Albania – Invite letter. Alternatively, the letter must include the following information:

  • Addressed to the ”The Embassy of Albania, London”.
  • Letter needs to be on inviting company headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory of the inviting company
  • Purpose of visit
  • People / places and organisation to be visited, with contact numbers
  • Applicant’s name and nationality
  • Passport number and DOB
  • Start & Expiry date of the passport
  • Dates of travel to Afghanistan
  • Validity of visa applied for
  • A guarantee to meet maintenance expenses 
  • Medical insurance undertaking (if applicable) 

Signed and completed original letter of support from your media organisation confirming the purpose and duration of the trip.

Please see attached a template you may use however do amend it as required / provide as much detail as possible: Afghanistan – Business support letter (MEDIA).

Proof of valid health insurance for international travel. It must cover for the entire length of visa requested / required

A clear colour copy is acceptable.

Clear colour copy of confirmed round trip tickets / itinerary.

Clear colour copy of confirmed hotel booking or documents relating to your accommodation during stay.

Clear colour copies of your last 3 months bank statements as a proof of sufficient fundsThese must:

  • show an approximate minimum balance of £35 per day of stay in Albania
  • clearly state your name

RED FLAGS

After the media visa is issued, all journalists MUST attend the Office of the Spokesman & Director General of Communications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan to obtain a journalist card. Without this card, journalists will not be allowed to carry out their duties.

Please find below some useful information related to this on the official Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence websites:

www.mfa.gov.af/foreign-media-and-journalist-registration.html
www.mod.gov.af/en/page/media-embed-request-form

Journalists / Individuals wishing to work for Afghan media organisations must apply for an employment visa.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases.

Furthermore, the below quoted Global visaz service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.

7-15 business days service:

3 months, single entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£70.00 excl. VAT
£200.00 incl. VAT

6 months, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£70.00 excl. VAT
£600.00 incl. VAT

1 year, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£70.00 excl. VAT
£950.00 incl. VAT

MINARET OF JAM

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MINARET OF JAM

The Minaret of Jam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan. It is located in a remote and nearly inaccessible region of the Shahrak District, Ghor Province, next to the Hari River. The 65-metre or 62-metre high minaret was built around 1190 entirely of baked bricks and is famous for its intricate brick, stucco and glazed tile decoration, which consists of alternating bands of kufic and naskhi calligraphy, geometric patterns, and verses from the Qur'an. Since 2002, the minaret has remained on the list of World Heritage in Danger, under serious threat of erosion, and has not been actively being preserved. In 2014, the BBC reported that the tower was in imminent danger of collapse. The circular minaret rests on an octagonal base; it had 2 wooden balconies and was topped by a lantern. Its formal presentation has a striking similarity to the minaret built by Masud III in Ghazni. It is thought to have been a direct inspiration for the Qutub Minar in Delhi, India. The Minaret of Jam belongs to a group of around 60 minarets and towers built between the 11th and the 13th centuries in Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan, including the Kutlug Timur Minaret in Old Urgench (long considered the tallest of these still in existence). The minarets are thought to have been built as symbols of Islam's victory, while other towers were simply landmarks or watchtowers. The archaeological landscape around Jam includes the ruins of a 'palace', fortifications, a pottery kiln and a Jewish cemetery, and has been suggested to be the remains of the lost city of Turquoise Mountain. The archaeological site of Jam was successfully nominated as Afghanistan's first World Heritage site in 2002. It was also inscribed in UNESCO's list of World Heritage in Danger, due to the precarious state of preservation of the minaret, and results of looting at the site.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases.

Furthermore, the below quoted Global visaz service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.

7 business days service:

3 months, single entry

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£200.00 incl. VAT

6 months, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£600.00 incl. VAT

1 year, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£950.00 incl. VAT

MINARET OF JAM

HOVER / CLICK HERE

MINARET OF JAM

The Minaret of Jam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan. It is located in a remote and nearly inaccessible region of the Shahrak District, Ghor Province, next to the Hari River. The 65-metre or 62-metre high minaret was built around 1190 entirely of baked bricks and is famous for its intricate brick, stucco and glazed tile decoration, which consists of alternating bands of kufic and naskhi calligraphy, geometric patterns, and verses from the Qur'an. Since 2002, the minaret has remained on the list of World Heritage in Danger, under serious threat of erosion, and has not been actively being preserved. In 2014, the BBC reported that the tower was in imminent danger of collapse. The circular minaret rests on an octagonal base; it had 2 wooden balconies and was topped by a lantern. Its formal presentation has a striking similarity to the minaret built by Masud III in Ghazni. It is thought to have been a direct inspiration for the Qutub Minar in Delhi, India. The Minaret of Jam belongs to a group of around 60 minarets and towers built between the 11th and the 13th centuries in Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan, including the Kutlug Timur Minaret in Old Urgench (long considered the tallest of these still in existence). The minarets are thought to have been built as symbols of Islam's victory, while other towers were simply landmarks or watchtowers. The archaeological landscape around Jam includes the ruins of a 'palace', fortifications, a pottery kiln and a Jewish cemetery, and has been suggested to be the remains of the lost city of Turquoise Mountain. The archaeological site of Jam was successfully nominated as Afghanistan's first World Heritage site in 2002. It was also inscribed in UNESCO's list of World Heritage in Danger, due to the precarious state of preservation of the minaret, and results of looting at the site.