Travel Insurance for Albania

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Albania has a bit of a reputation for being a dodgy place but there is actually very little crime and the crime that does occur rarely affects foreigners. The biggest risk when travelling in Albania is on the roads. Albanian drivers tend to ignore road rules, if they are even aware of them, speeding at every opportunity and not hesitating to overtake on blind corners.

I have witnessed a few minor accidents and have heard of a number of hit and runs involving pedestrians. There have also been a couple of major accidents where buses have driven off mountain roads resulting in multiple deaths. I’m not saying this to scare you as I’m sure these kinds of accidents occur in other countries too but Albania lacks certain security measures on the roads like pedestrian footpaths and guard rails on mountain roads. It pays to be extra careful when crossing the street and driving in Albania.

There is also the consistent problem of potholes and unpaved/unfinished roads which can damage your car or cause an accident. Be careful!

You might also want to look out for insurance which covers you for repatriation to your home country in case of a medical emergency. I’ve spent time in an Albanian hospital and it was not a fun experience, trust me.

Where to Get Travel Insurance?

It’s prudent to take out travel insurance whenever you travel and Albania is no exception. Good insurance will cover you for accidents and emergency health care but also for cancelled flights and lost luggage.

For a long time I didn’t take out travel insurance when travelling in Europe and I was very lucky that nothing ever happened to me but I won’t be taking that risk again. Earlier this year I took out World Nomads insurance which now covers me for travel throughout Europe. What I love about World Nomads is that you can take out the insurance at any time, you don’t have to do it before you start travelling so you can get it now even if you are already on the road. You can also easily extend your coverage with them if your circumstances change.

I highly recommend taking out travel insurance before travelling to Albania. Click here to get a quote from World Nomads or fill in the form in the sidebar.