Albania Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Diphtheria

Yes

Hepatitis A

Sometimes

Malaria

No

Rabies

No

Tetanus

Yes

Typhoid

Sometimes

Yellow Fever

No*

* A certificate of vaccination is required from travellers over one year of age coming from infected areas.

Medical facilities (including accident and emergency) are basic and there is a lack of both supplies and doctors. The private or faith-affiliated clinics in Tirana provide the best standard of care. There are also some western-trained dentists in Tirana. Travellers are strongly advised to take out full medical insurance before departure.

Food and drink

Mains water is chlorinated and is fine for brushing teeth. However, bottled water is advised for drinking, especially outside Tirana.

Brucellosis and tuberculosis are present in Albanian dairy cattle. Unpasteurised milk and homemade cheese should be avoided; however, in cafes and restaurants the milk is always UHT, and therefore safe.

Other risks

Rabies is rare in Albania, but medical treatment should always be sought following an animal or bat bite.

Tick-borne encephalitis is spread through the bites of infected ticks; the vaccine is usually given only to forestry workers. Hikers should check for ticks at the end of each day.

Immunisation against hepatitis B should be considered by those who will be working in healthcare or with children.

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