Known as the Land of Eagles, Albania is north of Greece, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. The charm of its landscape and its economic development attract many foreigners in search of a change of scenery and a better quality of life. International wage portage is an attractive option for those who choose to expatriate to this country to work on an independent basis. With this status, you can test the market with complete peace of mind. 

Obtaining residence documents: a prerequisite in Albania

Foreigners need a work permit if they are planning to work in Albania for three months or more. A Type A permit is required for employers and employees. On the other hand, a Type B permit is required for independent workers.

To obtain a work permit, the interested party must provide several supporting documents:

  • An employment contract;
  • An extract from the employer’s registration with the National Registration Center;
  • A copy of the employee’s passport;
  • 5 passport photos;
  • A standard application form signed by the employee.

As citizens of the European Union, French nationals are among the most sought-after candidates in the Albanian job market. This makes it easier to obtain a work permit.

All foreign employees are required to have a work visa. The type of visa depends on the length of the stay:

  • A Type C visa for short stays.
  • A Type D visa for long-term stays.

Processing takes an average of 30 days from the date of application.

Albania’s economic advantages

Albania’s economy is particularly dependent on agriculture. Nevertheless, the services sector provides the most jobs in the country (43.4% vs. 36.4% for agriculture and livestock farming). Most of the workforce is employed in tourism, commerce, transport and the hotel industry.

The industrial sector is dominated by food processing, textiles and clothing, construction, petrochemicals, hydropower and mining.

Despite the effects of the health crisis, which significantly slowed down growth in most sectors, Albania’s economic performance remains solid.

Getting started as an employee abroad

If you are planning to work on a wage portage basis in Albania, you need to make sure that you meet all the requirements for working in this country, especially if the assignment will last more than 90 days.

With the help of the portage company, it’s essential to obtain all the necessary documents (work visa, work permit, etc.) before you leave.

It is also important to have insurance. In principle, you are covered by the professional liability insurance of the portage company (your employer). However, for better coverage, it’s essential to take out a repatriation assistance policy and a health insurance policy.

You should also check to see if there are restrictions in certain areas and learn about safety recommendations for foreign nationals.