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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, 2,000, 1,000, 500 and 200.

Coins are in denominations of Lek100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1.

Credit cards

ATMs are widespread; most towns have at least one. Most banks, large supermarkets and hotels accept major credit and debit cards. In other settings like small shops and taxis, cash is used.

ATM

ATMs are widespread; most towns have at least one.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0800-1600, generally.

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 up to $5000, but higher amounts should be declared.

Currency exchange

Currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and banks in Pounds, US dollars and Euros. Currency can also be changed on the street, but those exchanges are considered illegal.

Albania duty free

Overview

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

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits and 2L of wine.
• 250ml of eau de cologne or 50g of perfume.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include firearms and ammunition, narcotics, certain endangered plant species, certain animals and their products, and goods which threaten public order.

Banned Exports

Prohibited exports include firearms and ammunition and narcotics. You need to obtain a permit to export precious metals, ancient coins and scrolls, national costumes, antiques, books or works of art which form part of Albania's cultural and historical heritage.