MacedoniaOfficial Name: Republic of Macedonia
Three months longer than the validity of any required visas.
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not for stays less than 90 days within a six month period
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
10,000 euro or equivalent must be declared.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
10,000 euro or equivalent must be declared.
Embassies and Consulates
Republic of Macedonia
Telephone: +(389) (2) 310-2000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(389) (2) 310-2000
Fax: +(389) (2) 310-2299
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Macedonia for information on U.S.–Macedonia relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
- You need a valid U.S. passport for travel to Macedonia.
- Visas are not required for tourist or business trips of less than 90 days within a six-month period.
- You must have a visa to work, study, or stay longer than 90 days.
- Border Police strictly enforce the 90-day limit.
- You may be detained and fined or be barred from entering Macedonia if you overstay.
- You cannot adjust from tourist status to long-term status while in Macedonia. To adjust status, you must leave Macedonia and apply for a long-term visa at a Macedonian embassy or consulate.
- Macedonia requires that all foreign citizens provide proof of travel medical insurance when entering the country.
All foreign citizens must register with local police within 48 hours of arrival.
- Hotels register foreign guests.
- You must register at your stay at the closest police station if you are not staying in a hotel (take the owner or landlord of the residence with you).
- If you change addresses while in Macedonia, notify the police station where you initially registered and re-register with the police station closest to your new residence.
Unaccompanied U.S.-citizen minors must have a notarized statement of consent from a parent or guardian to enter and stay in Macedonia.
- The statement must be certified by a competent authority in the country from which the child arrives or by an embassy or consulate of Macedonia.
- You should carry a copy of your passport or another photo ID at all times.
- Local authorities can ask you to present your identification.
- You must carry your residence permit at all times.
U.S. citizens born in Macedonia are advised to read the Greece Country Specific Information if they plan to travel to Greece.
Dual U.S.-Macedonian citizens who have stayed outside of Macedonia for more than three months should:
- report to the Macedonian embassy or consulate nearest their location prior to returning to Macedonia, and
- report to the nearest police station after entering Macedonia.
- Failure to notify may delay your departure from Macedonia.
Contact the Embassy of Macedonia for the most current visa information:
2129 Wyoming Ave. NW,
Washington D.C. 20008
+1 202 667 0501 or Email: email@example.com
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Macedonia.
Safety and Security
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
Protests: Protests have occasionally devolved into localized violent incidents. Public protests, demonstrations, and strikes occur sporadically in Macedonia, often resulting in disruptions, particularly near the center of Skopje. You should:
- avoid demonstration areas and exercise caution if traveling near demonstrations.
- monitor local media coverage of events
- be aware of your surroundings at all times
- follow the instructions of the local authorities
Crime: Violent crime against U.S. citizens is rare. Theft and other petty street crimes do occur, particularly in areas where tourists and foreigners congregate.
- Do not leave anything of value in plain view in unattended vehicles.
- Securely lock the windows and doors of your residence when not home.
- Organized crime is present in Macedonia, occasionally resulting in violent confrontations between rival organizations.
- ATM use is generally safe; however, take standard safety precautions and be aware of your surroundings.
Pickpockets are a problem in crowded areas of Skopje. You should:
- Report the crime to the police
- Cancel your credit cards as soon as possible.
- Be aware of your belongings and surroundings at all times.
- Be aware pickpockets use various diversionary tactics to distract victims including groups of children swarming the victim as a distraction.
Taxis are generally safe. Use legitimate, metered taxis to avoid conflicts about the fare.
Victims of Crime:
U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should contact the Macedonian Police and the U.S. Embassy.
- Report crimes to the local police at 192 (ambulance at 194)
- Contact the U.S. Embassy at (389) (2) 310-2000.
Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. If you break local laws in Macedonia, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Macedonian customs authorities enforce strict regulations that require special licenses or permits for the exportation of items deemed to be of historical value or significance.
- Taking such items out of Macedonia without the appropriate government-issued permit can result in arrest, monetary fines, and prison sentences, if convicted.
- For more information on customs regulations for departing from and arriving in Macedonia, please refer to the Macedonian Customs Administration.
Taking pictures of anything that could be perceived as being of military or security interest may result in problems with authorities. Visitors should comply with "no photography" signs. If you are in doubt, ask for permission before taking photographs.
Credit cards are accepted in larger stores and restaurants. However, we recommend having cash in local currency (denar) for purchases in small establishments.
Failure to declare currency in excess of 10,000 euro or equivalent, may result in its confiscation and a court proceeding. Penalties typically include complete forfeiture and a fine based on a percentage of the undeclared amount.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Macedonia.
A lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTI) center was vandalized several times in the past three years, and persons attending a LGBTI event in October 2014 were attacked by masked individuals with bottles and stones. We advise exercising caution when attending LGBTI events. See our LGBTI travel information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Macedonian law only requires that new buildings be made accessible to persons with disabilities. Most public buildings remain inaccessible, and inconsistent inspection has resulted in construction of new facilities that are not accessible for persons with disabilities. Public transportation for persons with disabilities is very limited.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.
Medical care varies in quality by location and service provider. Skopje is home to four private hospitals that offer services ranging from cardiovascular surgery to pediatric intensive care. .
- Outside of Skopje, medical care quality is substandard, with the exception of trauma services in Ohrid.
- Services for psychiatry, burns, rheumatology, and endocrinology are either substandard or unavailable to non-citizens throughout the country.
- Prescription medications are limited to a government-run formulary which does not include several medications available in most Western countries. Insulin is not available to non-citizens.
- Government operated emergency services are substandard.
- Private emergency services in Skopje, operated by private institutions, meet high quality standards and are well resourced.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Macedonia to ensure the medication is legal in Macedonia.
- Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging
- Carry a copy of your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Air pollution is a significant problem in some cities. In several cities, including Skopje, Bitola, Kicevo, Tetovo, and Veles, particulate pollution exceeds acceptable norms more than 150 days per year.
- Pollutants such as particulates, especially the PM2.5 particles (fine particles in air with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less), and ozone are linked to a number of significant health effects, and those effects are likely to be more severe for sensitive populations, including people with heart or lung disease, children, and older adults.
- You should consult your doctor when living in or prior to traveling to cities with significant air pollution.
- The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning provides air quality data for cities and urban regions throughout Macedonia.
Further health information:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: Most major highways are in good repair, but many secondary urban and rural roads are poorly maintained and poorly lit.
- Driving safely in Macedonia requires excellent defensive driving skills.
- Many vehicles are old and lack standard front or rear lights. Secondary mountain roads can be narrow, poorly marked, and lacking guardrails, and can quickly become dangerous in inclement weather.
- Horse-drawn carts, livestock, dead animals, rocks, or other objects are sometimes found in the roadway.
- Roadside emergency services are limited.
- In case of emergency, drivers may contact the police at 192, the ambulance service at 194, and roadside assistance at 196.
- Pedestrians should be very cautious when crossing the street, even when using crosswalks, as local drivers often do not slow down or stop for pedestrians.
- Driving at night in rural mountainous areas is not advised due to poor or nonexistent lighting
- A valid U.S. driver's license and an International Driving Permit (available in the United States only) are required for U.S. citizens driving in Macedonia.
- Drivers and passengers should always wear seat belts in Macedonia.
- Many local drivers routinely ignore speed limits and other traffic regulations, such as stopping for red lights and stop signs.
- Drivers may make illegal left turns from the far right lane, or drive into oncoming lanes of traffic.
- It is illegal to use cell phones while driving.
- Public transportation in Macedonia is available and inexpensive, but may be unreliable or dilapidated.
- Taxis are generally safe. Use legitimate, metered taxis to avoid conflicts about the fare.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Macedonia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the Government of Macedonia’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.