The international terms "Albania" and "Albanian" are based on the root *alb- , *arb- , which also is the source of the word Arberesh , which is used to describe the Italo-Albanians of southern Italy.
That root also appears as *lab- in Labëria , referring to the southern Albanian region from Vlorë southward to the Greek border, and *rab- in early Slavic, as in raban , rabanski ("Albanian").
Also related to this basic root are the Turkish and Greek words for Albanians and the Albanian language.
Health Requirements An international certificate of inoculation against yellow fever and cholera is required by visitors arriving from infected countries.
Resort Transfer If you have a booking with a resort, transfer is usually arranged prior to your arrival.
It is estimated that about one-hundred thousand people from the traditional Italo-Albanian communities in southern Italy can still speak Albanian.
Figures for Albanian settlements in Greece are unavailable because the Greek government does not acknowledge the existence of an Albanian minority there.
All Albanians north of the Shkumbin, along with the Albanians of Montenegro, Kosovo, and most of Macedonia (FYROM), speak Gheg dialects with their characteristic nasalization.
All Albanians south of the Shkumbin, including the Albanians of Greece, southwestern Macedonia, and southern Italy, speak Tosk dialects with their characteristic rhotacism.
To offer holiday makers the optimum use of the tropical sun most resorts have their clocks put forward one hour to GMT Social Conventions Dress is informal, but locals who are Muslim will be offended by nudity or scanty clothing in public places, and the Government rigidly enforces these standards.
Bikinis and other scanty beachwear are not acceptable in Malé or on any other inhabited island.
Departure tax None if airport tax has been paid before; otherwise, US.
Time Differences The Maldives is 5 hours ahead of the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
Among the minority groups living with the Albanian majority are ethnic Greeks, Slavs, Aromunians (Vlachs), and Rom (Gypsies).