Filter for Albania Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-27 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Kosovo re-imposes curfew from 22.30-5h in response to case surges
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2020-07-27 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
kosovo residents will not be allowed outside during curfew hours
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2020-07-15 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
On July 15 Minister of Health and Social Protection Ogerta Manastirliu announced that wearing a mask is mandatory in Albania for any individual in closed spaces to include: Public administration offices, Non-public administration, Public transport, offices, Staircases of apartment buildings, Elevators, Shopping malls, Shops, Supermarkets, Markets and other services. Non-compliance with this rule will result in a fine of 2,000 ALL.
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020, with flights from Tirana to Vienna, Belgrade, and Athens.
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
All maritime and air borders have reopened.
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Professional sporting events have resumed, with no spectators allowed to attend.
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
only EU residents and nationals are eligible to board these flights at this time.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All indoor activity centers for children, gyms, sports centers, swimming pools, internet cafes, cultural centers, and entertainment centers reopen on June 1, 2020. Beaches connected to hotels reopened on June 1, 2020. Beaches may reopen to the general public on June 10, 2020.
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
land borders now open.
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2020-05-22 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
In red zones (Tirana, Durres, Shkoder, Kruja and Kurbin) citizens may move freely without permits between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday – Friday.
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2020-05-19 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Bars and restaurants will open but serve only in their outdoor spaces, respecting social distancing until 17.30 (when the night curfew starts), from 19 May.
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2020-05-18 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
High schools will open from 18 May until 5 June for graduating students. No more than 15 students per classroom.
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2020-05-11 Out Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
No more permit needed to go outside from 5.00 until 21.00 during the week in red areas (Durres, Kruja and Kurbin, Shkoder and Tirana).
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2020-05-11 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
people will be allowed to travel by car without a permit from 11 May
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Shopping centres, hairdressers and dentists will reopen on 11 May.
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2020-05-11 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Vehicle driving school activities (excluding online teaching) now permitted
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Taxis will be allowed to travel between cities from 4 May.v
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2020-04-30 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
The state of emergency extended until 23 June
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2020-04-18 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
More than 600 business activities have restarted including farming, repair shops, mining, fishing, food and fish processing as well as other retailers.
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2020-04-15 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Order of the Minister responsible for health no. 158: For the suspension of the functioning of the evaluation commissions of persons with disabilities and work invalids.
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2020-04-13 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Modified (from original 16 hour curfew on 23/3/2020). Individuals are now only allowed to leave their homes on weekdays from 05.00 to 17.30 to visit grocery stores, pharmacies and banks. All movement is prohibited outside of those windows, including both vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement. *Exceptions are made for healthcare workers and for the transport of food items, supplies and medicine
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2020-04-13 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Modified (from original 16hour curfew on 23/3/2020) A full curfew is enforced on the weekends from 17.30 on Fridays to 05.00 on Mondays. *Exceptions are made for healthcare workers and for the transport of food items, supplies and medicine
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2020-04-13 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
deploy drones to ensure lockdown measures
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2020-04-13 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Loosen weekday curfews to allow more time to shop for essential services, but tighten weekend lockdown. Individuals are only allowed to leave their homes from 05.00 to 17.30 during the week to visit grocery stores, pharmacies and banks. All movement is prohibited outside of those periods, including both vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement. On weekends, curfew is extended from Friday 17.30 until Monday 05.00. (LINK) Exceptions are made for healthcare workers and for the transport of food items, supplies and medicine. Only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy food or medicine at a time, for a maximum of 90 minutes; the ‘exit permit’ can be obtained by sending an SMS to 55155. The elderly and retirees are no longer permitted to go out.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
authorities decreed that all restrictive measures are to remain in place until further notice.
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2020-04-02 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
All restricitive measures (curfew, public service close, limit gatherings etc.) are now indefiitnely suspended until further notice
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2020-03-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
temporary monthly financial treatment of some officials and employees of the state administration, during the period of the epidemic situation caused by COVID-19
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2020-03-30 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy food or medicine at a time, for a maximum of 90 minutes; the ‘exit permit’ can be obtained by sending an SMS to 55155.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
the local tax system is amended: Exceptionally, the provisions of article 15 of this law, the payments of the prepaid installments of the simplified profit tax are performed at the second level banks and the Albanian Post, sh.a., on behalf of the tax administration, for the first quarter and second of 2020 by October 20, 2020, while for the third and fourth quarters of 2020 by December 20, 2020.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
ANTICOVID-19 fund will provide details and guidelines for use: 1. The antiCovid-19 fund, of 2,500 million ALL, is used by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, according to the following details: a) In the amount of ALL 500 million, in the program "Secondary care services", in the category of current expenses. b) In the amount of ALL 150 million, in the program "Public health services", in the category of current expenditures. c) In the amount of 50 million ALL, in the program "National Emergency Service", in the category of current expenses. ç) In the amount of ALL 800 million, in the program "Planning, management and administration", in the category of current expenditures. d) In the amount of 1 000 million ALL, in the program "Planning, management and administration", in the category of capital expenditures. 2. The Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the Ministry of Finance and Economy are in charge of the implementation of this decision.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
financial assistance is provided before employment in business entities with an annual income of up to 14 million ALL, economic assistance is paid in three incomes from employment during the period of three natural disasters. as a result of COVID-19
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2020-03-26 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
income tax amended: a) The accounting balance sheet, together with its annexes, as well as any other data specified in the instruction of the Minister responsible for finance, pursuant to this law, shall be submitted within 31 July 2020 b) For taxpayers with turnover up to 14,000,000 (fourteen million) ALL, the tax calculated on the basis of the annual taxable income declaration, reduced by the amounts determined under Article 37 of this Law, and by the prepayments made during tax period, paid by the taxpayer to the account of the tax authorities, within the second half of 2020. c) For taxpayers with turnover up to 14,000,000 (fourteen million) ALL, the profit and loss taxes of the first and second quarter of 2020, are prepaid in the account of the tax authorities, within 31 December 2020. Preliminary tax installments on the profit, of the third and fourth quarter of 2020, are prepaid in the account of the tax authorities, within 31 December 2020.
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
Free 600 Prisoners as Pandemic Precaution sent home on a special permit for about three months. target: convicted of lesser crimes and some who are elderly and suffering from chronic diseases that can make them vulnerable. released prisoners are being ordered to stay at home and will be prosecuted if they do not return to prison at the end of the pandemic.
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
16-hour curfew. Individuals are only allowed to leave their homes from 05:00 to 13:00. All movement is prohibited outside of those windows, including both vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement. Exceptions are made for healthcare workers and for the transport of food items, supplies and medicine. Grocery stores and banks are only permitted to open from 05:00 to 13:00.
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Private car traffic and interurban transport will be banned across eight cities: Durres, Elbasan, Fier, Lezha, Lushnje, Shkodra, Tirana and Vlor between 13 March 06.00 and 16 March 00.00. Roads connecting Tirana and Durres to other parts of the country will also be closed during this timeframe and public transportation closed between/within the two cities.
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
Albania’s penitentiary system has banned any visits to prisoners from family members. the deputy director of penitentiary institutions, said prisons had installed about 64 computers to allow prisoners to speak to their family members in video calls.
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All flights to and from Tirana airport will be suspended ** except Air Albania’s flights to and from Istanbul for humanitarian reasons.
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
No ferries to and from Italy until april 3
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2020-03-22 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
1. Social, cultural or political gatherings, either in enclosed or open-air spaces, are banned and fined: 5 million lek (40,000 euros). 2. Television stations are banned from having more than two people on their talk shows in the same room and will be fined 1 million leks (8,300 euros) for any violations. 3. fines and three-year bans for car drivers if they breach restrictions on movement.
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2020-03-22 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Traders in food and medicines for unacceptable price rises and up to 10 million leks (83,000 euros) fines, if do not respect safety rules designed to combat infections
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2020-03-22 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Private hospitals that refuse to offer their capacities when required can be fined by up to 5 million leks (40,000 euros).
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2020-03-22 In Public health measures: General recommendations
The highest fines, up to 10 million leks (83,000 euros), can be imposed on entities that trade in food or medicine without respecting safety rules designed to combat infections.
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2020-03-22 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
emergency law "normative act" that can be approved by the government with immediate effect without the need for the prior approval of parliament which automatically executable fines for issues of non-complience. Decision No.243 of the Council of Ministers on the declaration of natural disaster situation pursuant to Articles 100, 170, 174, para.1, and 175, para.2, of the Constitution. This provides the same terms and is regulated through the same constitutional provisions which govern "the state of emergency".
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2020-03-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
additional funds in the 2020 budget, approved for the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, to take measures to meet the preliminary needs for the spread of infection caused by COVID-2019
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2020-03-20 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Create safe sanitary areas for non COVID-19 patients to be treated and Emergency/surgical interventions transferred to the University Trauma Hospital
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2020-03-19 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
All suspected cases at Mother Teresa International Airport and the seaports of Vlore and Durres are evaluated onsite.
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2020-03-19 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
VKM no. 236: provide housing assistance to the needy, in the context of the epidemic caused by COVID-19. ie. monthly payments, food and medicine
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2020-03-19 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Train additional 3000 nurses and doctors to respond to COVID-19 and increased the number of medical personnel at all ports of entries
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2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
vehicle movement restrictions
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2020-03-14 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Land borders: Montenegro (March 16, 2020), Kosovo (March 14, 2020) "except citizens of Kosovo and Albania" and Macedonia (March 16, 2020)// ALL Borders: Greece (10p.m March 15, 2020)"except commercial trade"
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2020-03-13 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Private car traffic and interurban transport will be banned across eight cities: Durres, Elbasan, Fier, Lezha, Lushnje, Shkodra, Tirana and Vlor. Roads connecting Tirana and Durres to other parts of the country are closed and public transportation is closed between/within the two cities. Vehicles will only be permitted if individuals obtain an authorisation from traffic police; only essential workers will be allowed to do so and drive only from 05.00 until 08.00 and from 16.00 until 17.30.
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2020-03-12 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Stopped loan payments for 3 months (until 31.5.2020 as officially ordered on 17.3.2020) for all albanians
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2020-03-11 In Socio-economic measures: Military deployment
Decision of the Council of Ministers No. 211: For the commitment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Albania to ensure the implementation of the massive preventive nodal epidemic caused by COVID - 19
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2020-03-11 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
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2020-03-10 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All people entering the country for 15 days
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2020-03-10 In Movement restrictions: Checkpoints within the country
People who have traveled to WHO high-risk regions for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
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2020-03-10 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
All schools are closed from March 10, 2020 until March 23, 2020
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2020-03-10 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Until 3rd April
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2020-03-10 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The granting of the monthly reward, in the amount of 125,000 (one hundred and twenty five thousand) ALL, for the medical staff, public health specialists dealing with epidemiology, nurses and laboratory service specialists, engaged in the diagnosis and medical treatment of affected persons from COVID-19 infection. The granting of the monthly reward, in the amount of 65,000 (sixty-five thousand), ALL, for the support staff, engaged in the institutions where the persons affected by the infection caused by COVID-19 are treated.
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2020-03-10 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Decision of the High Judicial Council no. 127: 1) Suspension of activity and judicial services in all courts of the country, of general and special jurisdiction due to the situation caused by COVID19. 2) The activities and judicial services related to the case are excluded from the effects of this suspension.
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2020-03-09 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Italy until 3rd April
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2020-03-08 In Socio-economic measures: Limit product imports/exports
Order of the Minister responsible for health no. 13: stopping the export of medicines and medical equipment outisde of Albania
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2020-03-08 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Order of the Minister responsible for health no. 133: restricting the movement of patients’ companions or relatives in hospitals
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2020-02-26 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Order of the Minister responsible for health no. 53/2: the establishment and operation of the quarantine service in designated environments
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2020-01-31 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Order of the Minister responsible for health no. 53and 51/1: 1)setting up an interim committee to prevent CoronaVirus infection. 2) establishment of Task Forces to prevent the spread of CoronaVirus infection
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2020-01-24 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Order of the Minister responsible for health no. 105: taking hygienic-sanitary measures to prevent the spread of respiratory infections including COVID 19 in preschool institutions kindergartens and educational institutions
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2020-01-24 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Order of the Minister responsible for health: Strengthening the preparation to protect against the penetration of the new Koronaviris due to preventing its spread in Albania
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