MacedoniaOfficial Name: Republic of Macedonia
If you need a visa to travel to Macedonia, your passport must be valid for three months longer than the validity of the visa.
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays less than 90 days during a six month period.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
More than 10,000 euros or equivalent must be declared.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
More than 10,000 euros 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
Macedonia is a parliamentary democracy that is slowly but steadily transforming its economy. Tourist facilities are available in the capital, Skopje, and other major towns. In tourist centers, such as Skopje and Ohrid, European-standard hotels and other travel amenities are available. The standard of tourist facilities throughout the rest of the country varies considerably. Read the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Macedonia for additional information on U.S.- Macedonian relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
You need a valid U.S. passport for travel to Macedonia. You don’t need a visa for tourist or business trips totaling less than 90 days during a six-month period. The Border Police strictly enforce the 90-day limit, and you may face a substantial fine or be barred from entering Macedonia if you exceed the permitted number of days. 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. If you are staying in private accommodations or renting an apartment, you should register in person at the police station nearest your place of residence, and you should be accompanied to the station by the owner or landlord of the apartment. Hotels are responsible for the registration of foreign guests, so you do not need to personally register with local police if you are staying in a hotel. 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 who enter Macedonia should have a notarized statement of consent from a parent or guardian to enter and stay in the country. The statement of consent must be certified by a competent authority of the country from which he or she arrives or by an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Macedonia.
The Law on Foreigners stipulates that a foreigner is obliged to present identification to prove his/her identity when asked by an authorized official. The foreigner does not need to carry his/her original passport at all times while in Macedonia. A copy of the passport or any other photo ID will satisfy the requirement for identification. U.S. citizens who hold residence permits in Macedonia should have their residence permit with them at all times.
Note: A U.S. citizen who possesses more than one passport is required to leave Macedonia with the same passport he or she used to enter the country. Also, U.S. citizens born in Macedonia are advised to read the Greece Country Specific Information if they plan to travel to Greece.
Dual citizens of the United States and Macedonia who have stayed outside Macedonia for more than three months should either report to the Macedonian embassy or consulate nearest to their location prior to returning to Macedonia or report to the nearest police station after entering Macedonia. Failure to report their stay abroad may delay their departure from Macedonia.
If you are a U.S. citizen born in the Republic of Macedonia, please note that Greek Immigration Officers at all ports of entry (land, air, and sea) will not place entry stamps in passports listing the traveler’s place of birth as Macedonia or the Republic of Macedonia. These travelers are required to complete a short form on which the entry stamp will be placed and which the traveler must keep with their passport for the duration of their stay in Greece and present on departure.
If you plan to work, study, or remain longer than 90 days in Macedonia you must obtain an entry visa prior to coming to Macedonia. You cannot adjust from tourist status to long-term status from within Macedonia. Those who wish to adjust status must leave Macedonia and apply for a long-term visa at a Macedonian embassy or consulate.
Apply at the Macedonian Embassy in Washington, D.C. located at 2129 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, tel: (202) 667-0501, fax: (202) 667-2131, email: Washington@mfa.gov.mk. Visit the Embassy of Macedonia website for the most current visa information.
For additional information about the conditions and procedures for visa issuance, you may visit the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for a list of Macedonian embassies and consulates. In addition to the Embassy of Macedonia in Washington, U.S. citizens may also contact the Consulates General of Macedonia in New York, Detroit, or Chicago. Contact information is located on the Consular Affairs page within the Embassy of Macedonia website. You should know that all border areas apart from designated border crossings are restricted zones. Presence in these zones is forbidden without prior official permission.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Macedonia.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abductioncan be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
Safety and Security
Protests: Macedonia has not experienced incidents of large-scale public violence in recent years, although there have been occasions where protest activity devolved into localized violent incidents. Public protests, demonstrations, and strikes in response to world or local events can sporadically occur in Macedonia. Traffic disruptions and police diversion of traffic often occurs in connection with these demonstrations, particularly near the center of Skopje. While the vast majority of demonstrations in Macedonia are peaceful, you should be aware that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. You are urged to avoid demonstration areas if possible, and to exercise caution if traveling within the vicinity of any demonstrations. You should monitor media coverage to stay abreast of local events and should be aware of your surroundings at all times. Information regarding demonstrations in Macedonia can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia’s website along with our most recent security and emergency messages for U.S. citizens.
To stay connected:
- ·Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.
- Follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.
- Bookmark the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.
- Follow the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia on Twitter, Facebook, and by visiting the Embassy’s website.
- In the event of an emergency, contact us at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the United States and Canada, or via a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.
- Take some time before traveling to consider your personal security and check for useful tips for traveling safely abroad.
CRIME: You should take the same precautions regarding crime as you would in any U.S. city. Violent crime against U.S. citizens is rare. Theft and other petty street crimes do occur, particularly in areas where tourists and foreigners congregate.
Take some common sense precautions to protect your property:
- Do not leave valuables, including cell phones and electronic items, in plain view in unattended vehicles.
- Securely lock the windows and doors of your residence when it is not occupied.
- Organized crime is present in Macedonia; organized criminal activity occasionally results in violent confrontations between members of rival organizations.
- ATM use is generally safe; however, travelers should take standard safety precautions and be aware of their surroundings.
Pickpockets are a problem in crowded areas of Skopje. Be aware of your belongings and surroundings at all times. Pickpockets use various diversionary tactics to distract victims; one method involves groups of children swarming the victim and asking for money to allow their accomplice to surreptitiously find and take your wallet. Victims of pick pocketing should report the crime to the police and cancel their credit cards as soon as possible.
Taxis are a common and generally safe form of transportation. Use a legitimate, metered taxi to avoid conflicts about the fare.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. We can:
- Replace a stolen passport.
- Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
- Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you desire, contact family members or friends.
- Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
- The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Macedonia is 192 for police and 194 for ambulance.
Please see our information for victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While you are traveling in Macedonia, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own, and criminal penalties vary from country to country. If you break local laws in Macedonia, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States. You can be prosecuted in the United States for engaging in sexual conduct with children or for using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country regardless of the legality of these activities under that country’s laws. Counterfeit and pirated goods are illegal in the United States, and if you purchase them in a foreign country, you may be breaking local law as well.
Arrest notifications in Macedonia: While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in that country, others may not. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Macedonian customs authorities enforce strict regulations that require special licenses or permits for the exportation from Macedonia of items deemed to be of historical value or significance, such as old coins, archaeological artifacts, ancient pottery, artwork, and other items. 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 photographs 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.
The local currency is the denar. While credit cards are accepted in larger stores and restaurants, we recommend having cash in local currency for purchases in small establishments.
If you are entering or exiting Macedonia by air or land with more than 10,000 euro in cash, or the equivalent in other currency, you must declare all currency upon entry or exit at the Macedonian Customs Office and present bank or other financial documentation showing the origin of the money. Customs officials will issue you a completed declaration form at the port of entry or exit. If you do not report this money, the Macedonian customs service may confiscate it and send you to court. Penalties typically include a fine and a requirement that violators pay a percentage of the undeclared amount to the Macedonian National Bank.
WOMEN TRAVELER INFORMATION: If you are a women traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
LGBT RIGHTS: A lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) center was vandalized several times in the past two years, and persons attending a LGBT event in October 2014 were attacked by masked individuals with bottles and stones. We advise exercising caution when attending LGBT events. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Macedonia, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . For further information on LGBT travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.
ACCESSIBILITY: While in Macedonia, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States. 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.
You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website, which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.
Air pollution is a significant problem in some cities in Macedonia. 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 micrometres 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. While the quality of air can differ greatly between cities, between urban and rural areas, or even between different areas of the same city, U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Macedonia may wish to consult their 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.
Travel & Transportation
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in Macedonia, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. Driving safely in Macedonia requires excellent defensive driving skills.
Precautions for Drivers and Pedestrians 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.
- Most major highways are in good repair, but many secondary urban and rural roads are poorly maintained and poorly lit.
- Horse-drawn carts, livestock, dead animals, rocks, or other objects are sometimes found in the roadway.
- 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.
- Public transportation in Macedonia is dilapidated.
- Roadside emergency services are limited.
- Drivers and passengers should always wear seat belts in Macedonia.
- 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.
A valid U.S. driver's license and an International Driving Permit are required for U.S. citizens driving in Macedonia.
In case of emergency, drivers may contact the police at telephone 192, the Ambulance Service at telephone 194, and Roadside Assistance at telephone 196.
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.