TIRANA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Over 1 million foreign citizens entered Albania from January to May 2021, increasing by 1.8 times compared with the same period of 2020, the National Statistical Institute (INSTAT) reported on Wednesday.
A total of 1,083,538 foreigners entered the country in the first five months of 2021. And the number of foreign citizens entering the country in May alone sums up to 328,742, increasing by 20.1 times compared to May 2020, INSTAT figures show.
"The changes in the movement of citizens indicators are influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic measures imposed in May 2020," INSTAT said.
During the first five months of 2021, most foreign citizens came from Poland and Switzerland, while Greece and United Kingdom registered the most significant decrease compared to January-May 2020.
As of June 1, Albanian authorities have decided to open up the borders to international tourists, who are no longer required to provide negative COVID-19 test, show proof of vaccination or undertake self-quarantine upon entry, to boost the country's economy which depends highly on the tourism sector.