Apr. 14, 2015

Orikum not a port of entry

Boats coming from or sailing to abroad have to pass Vlore main port. Please contact us for help with clearance.

WHAT YOU HAVE TO KNOW TO SAIL THE ALBANIAN COAST

Last updated June 15th 2015

Tourism and particularly yachting are still pretty recent in Albania and much less developed than in the neighbouring countries. Even if the population is generally very friendly and helpful, laws and how they are enforced can be a headache, even for locals. Read the following carefully to avoid some of the most common problems encountered by yachtsmen...

 

Passport

Each crew member should hold a valid passport, even if some European ID cards are accepted. Passports are usually stamped on entry and exit of the country.

Europeans are allowed to stay 3 months out of 6 in Albania, other nationalities may have different rules, check with your Embassy.

A heavy fine is imposed if you overstay!

 

Ship's papers

You need the usual flag certificate and proof of insurance.

 

Pets

As per other European Countries.

 

Port of Entry/Exit, from/to abroad

Albania offers the following possibilities: Shëngjin, Dürres, Vlorë  & Sarandë (from north)

 

Clearance

This is the most important and for foreigners unusual procedure.

Pleasure boats in Albania are regarded as ship, so bring a super-tanker or a 6m boat in and you will have to follow the same rituals....

  • Clear in and out at every port (see list above) even if you stay in Albania.
  • You will have to hire a local agent in each port !
  • You should receive an A5 white or rosa paper at the first entry and on each new port. This state your next port of call. Once there give it to your new agent. He has to give you another one prior departure (this is the clearance paper!)
  • For transit/foreign flag boat, one clearance is valid for 7 days once inside Albania. Name it to your agent to avoid paying for a new one! He may want money for his service although...
  • If you plan to stop underway (Porto Palermo or other anchorage), declare the next real port (see list above).
  • Heavy fines can be imposed if not following the above!
  • Many places (among the best known are Vlore, Himare and even Orikum)  host pirate agents without proper license. Be sure to pay after recipe of clearance document (no copy)  and return of original  papers. Contact us for assistance.... 

 

Custom rules for boats

This is newly a very hot topic in Albania. Read this and inform yourself accordingly in order to avoid costly Surprises. This concern all boats without local custom duty paid, non-obstent of the flag. 

A boat can only stay 6 months out of 12 in Albania. Are you planning to stay longer,  or to leave the boat here over the winter, you need to contact the local custom office and follow their procedure. 

 

Vignette or other tax

No,  but custom's rules and clearance (see above) 

 

Weather forecast

They are no local weather forecast dedicated for the sea. Find the best information out of internet (Windfinder, GRIB, etc). Things to look are strong southerlies (Sirocco), local fall winds (mostly on the south coast between Karaburun & Sarande) and short lived thunderstorm system during the summer.

Best weather charts are usually found under http://www.lamma.rete.toscana.it/mare/modelli/vento-e-mare , but you will need some Italian notion to get around!

 

Charts

They are no Albanian charts. BA are the best to my knowledge. Electronic charts use to work well with the general caution.

The still marked  ”Former mined areas” are long safe for crossing!

 

Cruising guide

777 in its Italian version is one of the few known to offer some advice. See this side!

Find us under http://www.goodanchorage.com/ma/albania