Further protests are taking place today in Tirana, Albania, as demonstrators demand the resignation of the government. These protests have turned violent in the past, with tear gas being used to disperse crowds.
If you are in the area, please consider the following –
- Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
- Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
- Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
- Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
- Keep your devices charged.
- Check in with friends and family.
- If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
Official travel advice
#Albania: major demonstrations are planned in #Tirana on February 21. Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations and follow the instructions of local authorities. https://t.co/rNC7YGMRum
— travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) February 19, 2019
#Tirana #Albania: Demonstrations expected Feb. 21 at Karl Topia Square (also called Zogu i Zi, Qyteti Studenti), Selman Stermasi Stadium, & other locations at 9AM. Protesters then expected to march towards Rruga George W. Bush & gather in front of Albanian Parliament around 10AM. pic.twitter.com/idQ5cjxPZf
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) February 20, 2019
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