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Money and duty free for Albania

Currency and Money

Currency information

Lek (ALL; symbol Lek). Notes are in denominations of Lek5,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100. Coins are in denominations of Lek100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.

Credit cards

ATMs are widespread; every town of any size has at least one. Credit cards are accepted only by top-of-the-range hotels and restaurants.


ATMs are widespread; every town of any size has at least one.

Travellers cheques

American Express traveller's cheques can be cashed in Tirana, with a 2% commission charge. Traveller's cheques are not accepted by hotels or restaurants anywhere in the country.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0800-1400.

Currency restrictions

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import of foreign currency is unlimited. The export of foreign currency is permitted, sums equaling 1,000,000 Lek or higher need to be declared. 

Currency exchange

Currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and banks; US dollars and Euros can also be changed on the street.

Albania duty free


The following items may be imported into Albania without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits with an alcoholic content of 22% or 2L of spirits containing less than 22% alcohol and 2L of wine.
• 250ml of eau de toilette or 50ml of perfume.
• Personal goods, gifts and souvenirs up to a value of €430 per air or sea traveller and up to €430 per other traveller. Generally up to €150 for children under 15.

Tobacco allowances apply to travellers aged 15 or over. Alcohol allowances apply to travellers aged 18 or over.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include firearms and ammunition, narcotics, and goods which threaten public order.

Banned Exports

You need to obtain a permit to export precious metals, ancient coins and scroll, antiques, books or works of art which form part of Albania's cultural and historical heritage.