The Albanian government has taken the decision to lift visa regime for citizens of Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. The new visa rules, which will enter into force in a few days, will allow Kuwaiti citizens to travel to Albania with just the identification document of a passport for a stay in Albania of up to 90 days within a period of six months. Also, foreign citizens who have Schengen, USA or UK visa and have traveled at least once to these countries, do not need visa to Albania.
The decision came following the official visit of the Albanian Prime Minister H. E. Edi Rama, to Kuwait, at the end of last year, to help increase free movement of citizens, trade exchanges and visits from the citizens of both countries. The visit also benchmarked priorities for investment in Albania in the fields of renewable energy, mining industry, tourism, manufacturing and agriculture.
While New York Times, last year, ranked Albania fourth among 52 countries to be visited and Lonely Planet 2011 listed Albania among the 10 top touristic destinations in the world, the country is eyeing further development of tourism with its convenient geographic position, a 400km coastline and many UNESCO heritage sites. Since recent times, many Kuwaiti business companies having expressed interest and have visited the country for assessing the requirements to business in Albania, the country is keen on encouraging Kuwaiti investors to operate in the favorable business environment of Albania.