Exercise normal precautions in Macedonia.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Macedonia:
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Macedonia for information on U.S.–Macedonia relations.
Visit the Embassy of Macedonia website for the most current visa information.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Macedonia.
Terrorists successfully carried out attacks in Europe in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot 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 organizations.
Protest activity in Macedonia sometimes results in violent incidents. Public protests, demonstrations, and strikes occur sporadically, and often result in disruptions, particularly near the center of Skopje. Information about demonstrations in Macedonia can be found on the embassy’s security and emergency messages for U.S. citizens webpage.
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.
Victims of Crime:
U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy.
Report crimes to the local police at 192 (ambulance: 194) and contact the U.S. Embassy at (389) (2) 310-2000.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
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 laws in Macedonia, your U.S. passport will not 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.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Macedonia. Vandals attacked a LGBTI center several times in the last four years, and masked individuals attacked persons attending a LGBTI event in October 2014 with bottles and stones. We advise exercising caution when attending LGBTI events.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from the United States. Macedonian law requires only that new buildings be accessible to persons with disabilities. Most public buildings are inaccessible and inconsistent inspection results in construction of new facilities that are not accessible. Public transportation for persons with disabilities is very limited.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Air pollution is a significant problem in some cities. In several cities, including Skopje, Bitola, Kicevo, 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 the air with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller), and ozone contribute to a number of significant health problems.
These effects are likely to be more severe for people with heart or lung disease, children, and older adults.
U.S. citizens traveling to Macedonia may wish to consult their doctor before 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.
Medical care in Macedonia varies in quality by location and provider. Skopje has four private hospitals that offer services ranging from cardiovascular surgery to pediatric intensive care. Quality of care is not equal to U.S. health care. Outside Skopje, medical care is substandard, with the exception of trauma services in Ohrid.
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 with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: In Macedonia, road conditions differ significantly from those in the United States. Driving safely in Macedonia requires excellent defensive driving skills.
Traffic Laws: U.S. citizens need a valid U.S. driver’s license and an International Driving Permit (available in the United States only) to drive in Macedonia.
Public Transportation: Public transportation in Macedonia is dilapidated. Taxis are generally safe.
For more information, please visit our Road Safety page.
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.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
Macedonia and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since December 1, 1991.
For information concerning travel to Macedonia, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Macedonia.
The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.
The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention. In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Macedonia. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.
The Macedonia Central Authority (MCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The MCA has an administrative role in processing Hague Abduction Convention applications. In Macedonia, Convention cases in the first instance and first appeal proceedings are reviewed and decided by the Center of Social Work (CSW) within the jurisdiction of the child’s location. There are 30 inter-municipal Centers of Social Work in Macedonia. Cases only go to the judiciary if a party appeals to the Supreme Court.
The MCA can be reached at:
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
Rue Dame Gruev No 14
Republic of Macedonia
Telephone number: +389 (2) 3106-212
Fax number: +389 (2) 3220-408
To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Macedonia, the USCA encourages a parent or legal guardian to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the MCA. All documents must be translated into Macedonian, including the Hague Abduction Convention application. Please note, however, that certified translations are not necessary. The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the MCA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative process.
There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the United States or Macedonia central authorities. It is not mandatory for a petitioner to retain a private attorney. Additional costs may include airplane tickets for the return of the child, if so ordered.
A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Macedonia. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Macedonia. The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
The MCA does not require parents or legal guardians to retain a private attorney in order to file a Hague Abduction Convention application. Cases are first heard by an administrative agency. Parents may choose to retain private legal counsel in Macedonia to handle their Hague case. A parent who hires private counsel should notify both the Macedonia and the U.S. central authorities.
The U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia, posts a list of attorneysincluding those who specialize in family law.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.
Macedonia is supportive of mediation programs to resolve international parental child abduction cases. While the CSW cannot order cases into mediation, mediation is strongly encouraged.
While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent. Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:
The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.
To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.
For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney.
Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.
For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction.
Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
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Available. Birth (Извод од Матична книга на родени), Marriage (Извод од Матична книга на венчани) and Death Certificates, (Извод од Матична книга на умрени) are available from the civil registrar (Матичар) having jurisdiction over the locality where the event occurred. A marriage which took place by proxy is not usually evident from the marriage certificate. Prior to May 10, 1946, these records were maintained by Orthodox Church authorities. Since that date, only civil marriages have been legal. The Orthodox Church continues to issue birth and marriage certificates, but these are not purely ceremonial documents.
The government of Macedonia defines a marriage as a union between a man and a woman and therefore will not register same-sex marriages. Additionally, a same-sex marriage registered in a country that legally allows same-sex marriage is not considered to be a legal relationship in Macedonia.
The civil registrar (Матичар) having jurisdiction over a person's residence will issue a certificate stating that the applicant is or is not married (Уверение за брачна состојба).
Note: Non-residents must apply for these documents through a Macedonian diplomatic mission. They are unlikely to receive a reply if they write directly to the issuing office. Macedonian consular offices throughout the world are supplied with the appropriate forms for obtaining civil documents. The request will be forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for transmission to the office responsible for the issuance of the required document. The document will then be returned to the applicant via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Macedonian Diplomatic Mission overseas.
The above procedure can be lengthy. All applicants are encouraged to attempt, at the same time, to obtain the required documents through a family member, friend or lawyer residing in Macedonia, who could apply personally at the office which issues the documents.
Available. Copies of divorce judgments are available from the municipal court (Основен суд) that decided the case. A divorce certificate is typewritten and headed "In the name of the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia" (Во име на граѓаните на Република Македонија). Since May 10, 1946, only divorces obtained through the civil courts have been legal. Prior to this date, divorces granted by church authorities were also recognized.
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Available. All ID cards are biometric, as of April 2012. All Macedonian residents age 18 and over must carry an identity card (лична карта) issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Application must be made in person.at the local police station, while processing and production of the biometric ID cards is centralized. The card contains the photograph, date and place of birth, unique ID number for the holder and the address of the bearer. Legal residents of Macedonia are issued cards that can be used as identification documents.
No longer available after 31 December 2014. As of 1 January 2015, the Court Certificate (Потврда за казнена евиденција) covers the information previously provided by the Police Certificate.
Available. There are two separate certificates available – a Penal Certificate (Потврда за казнена евиденција) and a Court Certificate (Уверение за неосудуваност). Both must be requested in order to obtain a complete criminal record history. Requests must be submitted in person to the Basic Court in the region where the applicant was born. A third party may request the court certificate on behalf of the applicant with a power of attorney. The request must include a statement of the purpose for the request.
If an applicant was not born in the Republic of Macedonia, but resided in the country as a Macedonian citizen, his/her records are kept in the Basic Court of the place of residence. For applicants who are not citizens of Republic of Macedonia, the records are kept in the Basic Court in the municipality where the applicant was registered as a temporary or permanent resident.
If the applicant has a criminal record, the information is provided on Form SD-111.
The database contains records for misdemeanors and alternative sentence such as fines, bans, or deportations.
Available. Prison records can be obtained with the Basic Court in the area where the applicant was born. Requests must be submitted in person or by a third party with a Power of Attorney.
Available if applicant served the obligatory conscription service (until 2005). Obligatory military service in Macedonia was discontinued in 2005. A military card (воена книшка) was issued to all persons who have served in the former Yugoslav National Army (until 1991) or in the Macedonian armed forces. Records may also be obtained from the district branch office of the Ministry of Defense (Подрачна единица на МО) having jurisdiction over the individual at the time of service.
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Skopje, Macedonia (Embassy)
Ilindenska bb, 91000
U.S. Embassy - Skopje
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7120
Tel: (389) (2) 3116-180
Fax: (389) (2) 3213-767
All visa categories for all of Macedonia. Kosovo provides nonimmigrant visas only.