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Macedonia travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: yes Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: no
Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Macedonia
Crossing Rules
  • Nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia travelling to the Republic of North Macedonia must hold a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Passengers in transit for three hours or less,
    • Foreign diplomats accredited in North Macedonia and their families,
    • Passengers with dual citizenship whose main residence is in North Macedonia.
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Movement restrictions

National movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 01 June 2020 to TBD

From Thursday, May 28, the catering facilities in the Republic of Northern Macedonia will start operating with a precisely defined appropriate protocol for their work in the open parts, ie the terraces of these facilities, and the work in the closed parts and in the buildings without terraces will be regulated in the next phase. ;
From June 1, 2020, the Government’s conclusions will cease to apply, by which different categories of employees are released on different grounds from regular and current performance of work activities, such as homework, travel to work in the city of Skopje, organization of the work process with rotations and other similar measures and recommendations.

International movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 27 May 2020 to TBD

On 14 June: citizens of other countries transiting through the territory of the Republic of Northern Macedonia can fully liberalize the regime. entry and exit in our country, can use the following border crossings: Tabanovce, Deve Bair, Bogorodica, Kafasan, Blace and Skopje airport. The transit of these persons implies entry at one border crossing point and exit at another with the obligation during the transit not to leave the respective highway or local road and to realize it within a maximum of 5 hours, which is confirmed by a statement that foreign citizens should fill in the entry.

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Flight Restrictions

published 01.07.2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) entry regulations lifted on 1 July 2020.

Quarantine

No requirement.

Foreign nationals entering the country do not need to present a PCR test and are not subject to self- isolation or quarantine.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known.

Foreign nationals entering the country do not need to present a PCR test and are not subject to self- isolation or quarantine.

Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 12 May 2020 to TBD

Events stop: Banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 27 May 2020 to TBD

Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 01 June 2020 to TBD

International Matura exams held for high schools students

From 1 June, Deviations from this decision are also the parents who have children up to 10 years of age or children of preschool age, for whom the decision for starting the work of the kindergartens will be awaited.

Before indergartens, primary and secondary schools and higher education institutions and in public scientific institutes

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Other

Other: closed/cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 March 2020 to TBD

State of Emergency

Full Restrictions

  • Macedonia International Restrictions:
    Skopje International Airport and St. Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid are open, and commercial flights are operating to and from North Macedonia. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    Entry to North Macedonia: Skopje International Airport and St. Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid are open, and commercial flights are operating to and from North Macedonia. All land border crossings in North Macedonia are open for movement of passengers and vehicles. Skopje International Airport and Ohrid Airport “St. Apostle Paul” are open and commercial flights have resumed. Foreign nationals entering the country do not need to present a PCR test and are not subject to self- isolation or quarantine. North Macedonia has introduced some restrictions for nationals coming from certain countries. These restrictions are based on nationality and not country of residence. Some border crossings in neighbouring countries are still closed or subject to entry requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can enter the next country on your journey.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in North Macedonia: Public transport and taxi services are permitted to operate in North Macedonia. Protective face coverings must be worn when travelling on public transport.
    * Public spaces and services: Wearing of protective face coverings is required when visiting indoor public spaces, such as markets, post offices, health institutions, shops, banks, including when using public transport.
    Protective face coverings are also required outside, except in certain circumstances including:
    playing sports while respecting all other relevant health protocols;
    when driving in a private passenger vehicle if alone or with persons with whom you live;
    when in the yard of a family home alone or with persons who live there;
    while sitting in cafes, restaurants or other catering facilities which respect all other relevant health protocols;
    if younger than 6 years old;
    if required to wear another type of job-specific protective equipment;
    if you have a recognised health condition.
    All restaurants, cafés, and bars can open with social distancing and other measures in place. Businesses are allowed to open, including shops in shopping malls, betting establishments, and grocery stores. They may operate with reduced working hours and limits are placed on the number of people entering shopping facilities at any time. Other businesses including education and training centres for adults, as well as exam centres and driving schools, gyms and outdoor individual sports practices have been allowed to resume work with social distancing and other measures in place. Group sports are prohibited.
    Health and safety protocols are in place on beaches including wearing of face coverings and social distancing, and at swimming pools.
    Other measures include cancellation of some cultural and sporting events; restrictions on gatherings in public areas and closure of some schools and universities. Further measures can be introduced at short notice. Follow local media or government announcements to stay up to date.

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    30.10.2020
  • Macedonia International Restrictions:
    Entry to North Macedonia: Skopje International Airport and St. Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid are open, and commercial flights are operating to and from North Macedonia. All land border crossings in North Macedonia are open for movement of passengers and vehicles. Skopje International Airport and Ohrid Airport “St. Apostle Paul” are open and commercial flights have resumed. Foreign nationals entering the country do not need to present a PCR test and are not subject to self- isolation or quarantine. North Macedonia has introduced some restrictions for nationals coming from certain countries. These restrictions are based on nationality and not country of residence. Some border crossings in neighbouring countries are still closed or subject to entry requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can enter the next country on your journey.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in North Macedonia: Public transport and taxi services are permitted to operate in North Macedonia. Protective face coverings must be worn when travelling on public transport. * Public spaces and services: Wearing of protective face coverings is required when visiting indoor public spaces, such as markets, post offices, health institutions, shops, banks, including when using public transport. Protective face coverings are also required outside in situations when it is not possible to maintain a safe distance from others such as in green markets and open areas that do not allow for two-meters of physical distance between individuals. This is not obligatory for people staying in their own gardens or balconies, riding a bike, or doing open-air sports. All restaurants, cafés, and bars can open with social distancing and other measures in place. Businesses are allowed to open, including shops in shopping malls, betting establishments, and grocery stores. They may operate with reduced working hours and limits are placed on the number of people entering shopping facilities at any time. Other businesses including education and training centres for adults, as well as exam centres and driving schools, gyms and outdoor individual sports practices have been allowed to resume work with social distancing and other measures in place. Group sports are prohibited. Health and safety protocols are in place on beaches including wearing of face coverings and social distancing, and at swimming pools. Other measures include cancellation of some cultural and sporting events; and closure of some schools and universities. Citizens are not allowed to move in public places in groups of more than two people, with the exception of children under the age of 14, if they are accompanied by a parent in the group of two.

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    29.09.2020
  • Macedonia *****International Restrictions:
    Skopje International Airport and St. Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid re-opened for commercial flights on Wednesday 1 July 2020. All land border crossings in North Macedonia will be fully open for movement of passengers and vehicles without the need for a PCR test and with no requirement for self- isolation or mandatory state quarantine. Some border crossings in neighbouring countries are still closed and subject to entry requirements.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone is required to wear protective face coverings when visiting indoor public spaces, such as markets, post offices, health institutions, shops, banks, including when using public transport. Protective face coverings are also required outside in situations when it is not possible to maintain a safe distance from others such as in green markets and open areas that do not allow for two-meters of physical distance between individuals. This is not obligatory for people staying in their own gardens or balconies, riding a bike, or doing open-air sports. All restaurants, cafés, and bars will be allowed to open with social distancing and other measures in place. Some businesses are allowed to open, including some shops in shopping malls, betting establishments, and grocery stores. They may operate with reduced working hours and limits are placed on the number of people entering shopping facilities at any time. Other businesses including education and training centres for adults, as well as exam centres and driving schools, gyms and outdoor individual sports practices have been allowed to resume work with health & safety conditions. Other measures include cancellation of cultural and sporting events; and closure of schools and universities. Citizens are not allowed to move in public places in groups of more than two people, with the exception of children under the age of 14, if they are accompanied by a parent in the group of two.

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    10.07.2020
  • Macedonia Macedonia’s two international airports – Skopje and Ohrid – will reopen for commercial traffic Wednesday 1 July. The country will also lift all entry restrictions and requirements both for local and foreign nationals as of this Friday, June 23. (EX Yu Aviation, 24.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    From Friday 26 June 2020, all land border crossings in North Macedonia will be fully open for movement of passengers and vehicles without the need for a PCR test and with no requirement for self- isolation or mandatory state quarantine. On 24 June, the Government of North Macedonia announced that Skopje International Airport and Ohrid Airport “St. Apostle Paul” will be re-open for commercial flights on Wednesday 1 July 2020. Some border crossings in neighbouring countries are still closed and subject to entry requirements.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone is required to wear protective face coverings when visiting indoor public spaces, such as markets, post offices, health institutions, shops, banks, including when using public transport. Protective face coverings are also required outside in situations when it is not possible to maintain a safe distance from others such as in green markets and open areas that do not allow for two-meters of physical distance between individuals. This is not obligatory for people staying in their own gardens or balconies, riding a bike, or doing open-air sports.
    From Friday 26 June, all restaurants, cafés, and bars will be allowed to open with social distancing and other measures in place. Some businesses are allowed to open, including some shops in shopping malls, betting establishments, and grocery stores. They may operate with reduced working hours and limits are placed on the number of people entering shopping facilities at any time. Other businesses including education and training centres for adults, as well as exam centres and driving schools, gyms and outdoor individual sports practices have been allowed to resume work with health & safety conditions. Other measures include cancellation of cultural and sporting events; and closure of schools and universities. Citizens are not allowed to move in public places in groups of more than two people, with the exception of children under the age of 14, if they are accompanied by a parent in the group of two.

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    29.06.2020
  • Macedonia new state of emergency is in effect until 22 June (OSAC, 17.06.2020)

    North Macedonia (Rep.) borders are closed.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of North Macedonia (Rep.).
    – This does not apply to accredited diplomats.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a special permit issued by the Ministry of Interior of North Macedonia (Rep.).

    *****International Restrictions:
    A state of emergency is in place until 22 June. Air and land borders are closed – except for freight transport which can cross either at Tabanovce (Serbia), Deve Bair (Bulgaria), Kjafasan (Albania) or Blace (Kosovo). Skopje International Airport (SKP) is shut down. All airports in North Macedonia are closed for commercial flights until further notice. Only citizens and legal residents are allowed to enter. Upon arrival back into the country, they must observe a 14 day self-isolation period.
    The Government of North Macedonia continues to prohibit entry of foreigners, but will allow exit via land borders if the traveler has permission to enter the neighboring country. Border information and requirements may change with little or no notice. Travelers are advised to monitor the official government websites of neighboring countries for the most up-to-date information regarding their border status and local conditions. The Government of North Macedonia has not announced an anticipated date for re-opening land borders or airports.

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    Internal restrictions:

    New restrictions on movement or social distancing regulations may be put in place with little or no notice. The Government of North Macedonia has declared that Friday, June 5, is a non-working day and has prohibited visits to all cemeteries in the country from 9:00 p.m. June 4 to 5:00 a.m. June 8 except for funerals. New restrictions on movement or social distancing regulations may be put in place with little or no notice. On 3 June, the Government of North Macedonia announced the restriction of movement in some municipalities. There will be a curfew in all Skopje municipalities, Kumanovo, Lipkovo, Stip, Karbinci, Tetovo, Bogovinje, Brvenica, Tearce, Zhelino and Jegunovce from 9 pm on Thursday 4 June until 5 am on Monday 8 June. In the remaining municipalities across the country, the curfew will begin at 9 pm on Thursday 4 June until 5 am on Friday 5 June, and then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday curfew hours will be from 4 pm until 5am each day. Friday 5 June has been declared a non-working day for all citizens. During the extended weekend, citizens are banned from visiting cemeteries for the whole territory of North Macedonia, except for funerals.

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    17.06.2020
  • Macedonia President extends state of emergency until mid-June (SEE News, 01.06.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    A state of emergency is in place. Air and land borders are closed – except for freight transport which can cross either at Tabanovce (Serbia), Deve Bair (Bulgaria), Kjafasan (Albania) or Blace (Kosovo). Skopje International Airport (SKP) is shut down. All airports in North Macedonia are closed for commercial flights until further notice. Only citizens and legal residents are allowed to enter. Upon arrival back into the country, they must observe a 14 day self-isolation period.
    The Government of North Macedonia continues to prohibit entry of foreigners, but will allow exit via land borders if the traveler has permission to enter the neighboring country. Border information and requirements may change with little or no notice. Travelers are advised to monitor the official government websites of neighboring countries for the most up-to-date information regarding their border status and local conditions. The Government of North Macedonia has not announced an anticipated date for re-opening land borders or airports.

    Internal restrictions:

    New restrictions on movement or social distancing regulations may be put in place with little or no notice. The Government of North Macedonia has declared that Friday, June 5, is a non-working day and has prohibited visits to all cemeteries in the country from 9:00 p.m. June 4 to 5:00 a.m. June 8 except for funerals. New restrictions on movement or social distancing regulations may be put in place with little or no notice. On 3 June, the Government of North Macedonia announced the restriction of movement in some municipalities. There will be a curfew in all Skopje municipalities, Kumanovo, Lipkovo, Stip, Karbinci, Tetovo, Bogovinje, Brvenica, Tearce, Zhelino and Jegunovce from 9 pm on Thursday 4 June until 5 am on Monday 8 June. In the remaining municipalities across the country, the curfew will begin at 9 pm on Thursday 4 June until 5 am on Friday 5 June, and then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday curfew hours will be from 4 pm until 5am each day. Friday 5 June has been declared a non-working day for all citizens. During the extended weekend, citizens are banned from visiting cemeteries for the whole territory of North Macedonia, except for funerals.

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    12.06.2020
  • Macedonia President extends state of emergency until mid-June (SEE News, 01.06.2020)

    A state of emergency is in place. Air and land borders are closed – except for freight transport which can cross either at Tabanovce (Serbia), Deve Bair (Bulgaria), Kjafasan (Albania) or Blace (Kosovo). Skopje International Airport (SKP) is shut down.
    All airports in North Macedonia are closed for commercial flights until further notice.
    Only citizens and legal residents are allowed to enter. Upon arrival back into the country, they must observe a 14 day self-isolation period.

    Internal restrictions:

    The Government of North Macedonia has declared that Friday, June 5, is a non-working day and has prohibited visits to all cemeteries in the country from 9:00 p.m. June 4 to 5:00 a.m. June 8 except for funerals. New restrictions on movement or social distancing regulations may be put in place with little or no notice. On 3 June, the Government of North Macedonia announced the restriction of movement in some municipalities. There will be a curfew in all Skopje municipalities, Kumanovo, Lipkovo, Stip, Karbinci, Tetovo, Bogovinje, Brvenica, Tearce, Zhelino and Jegunovce from 9 pm on Thursday 4 June until 5 am on Monday 8 June. In the remaining municipalities across the country, the curfew will begin at 9 pm on Thursday 4 June until 5 am on Friday 5 June, and then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday curfew hours will be from 4 pm until 5am each day. Friday 5 June has been declared a non-working day for all citizens. During the extended weekend, citizens are banned from visiting cemeteries for the whole territory of North Macedonia, except for funerals.

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    05.06.2020
  • Macedonia President extends state of emergency until mid-June (SEE News, 01.06.2020)
    A state of emergency is in place. Air and land borders are closed – except for freight transport which can cross either at Tabanovce (Serbia), Deve Bair (Bulgaria), Kjafasan (Albania) or Blace (Kosovo). Skopje International Airport (SKP) is shut down.
    All airports in North Macedonia are closed for commercial flights until further notice.
    Only citizens and legal residents are allowed to enter. Upon arrival back into the country, they must observe a 14 day self-isolation period.

    Internal restrictions:

    Every citizen who leaves the country will sign a document stating that he will not be allowed to return to the country in the next three months.
    The Government of North Macedonia implemented a full ban on movement for Skopje, including all Skopje Municipalities, Kumanovo, Lipkovo, Shtip, Karbinci and Tetovo, along with the municipalities of Bogovinje, Brvenica, Tearce, Zelino, and Jegunovce surrounding Tetovo, beginning at 9:00 p.m., June 4 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 8.
    For all other municipalities in North Macedonia, a curfew has been implemented from 9:00 p.m., June 4 until 5:00 a.m., June 5. On June 5, 6, and 7, curfew hours will last from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the following day.
    People in need of emergency medical assistance are exempted from the curfew, as are some essential workers such as police, armed forces, health workers, food delivery workers, and farmers directly engaged in agricultural work
    The Government of North Macedonia has declared that Friday, June 5, is a non-working day and has prohibited visits to all cemeteries in the country from 9:00 p.m. June 4 to 5:00 a.m. June 8 except for funerals. New restrictions on movement or social distancing regulations may be put in place with little or no notice.

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    04.06.2020
  • Macedonia A state of emergency is in place. Air and land borders are closed – except for freight transport which can cross either at Tabanovce (Serbia), Deve Bair (Bulgaria), Kjafasan (Albania) or Blace (Kosovo). Skopje International Airport (SKP) is shut down.
    All airports in North Macedonia are closed for commercial flights until further notice.
    Only citizens and legal residents are allowed to enter. Upon arrival back into the country, they must observe a 14 day self-isolation period.

    Internal restrictions:

    Every citizen who leaves the country will sign a document stating that he will not be allowed to return to the country in the next three months.
    The authorities have imposed a nationwide nightly curfew between 21.00 and 05.00, effective from 22 March. Public transport will be suspended during the curfew.
    Measures to control passenger and other motor vehicles for entry into Debar and Center Zupa are being implemented. The entrance is allowed only to persons who are residents of the municipalities, while at the same time the exit of all citizens found in the area of both municipalities is strictly prohibited.
    On 25 March, authorities announced new restrictions in Kumanovo. Public transport within the municipality and towards other cities is suspended. The curfew is in effect from 4 p.m. until 5 a.m. There is a complete ban on movement outside the home in the municipality of Kumanovo on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Effective from Wednesday 8 April there will be a curfew for all citizens, Monday to Friday from 4pm until 5am. On weekends there is a complete ban on the movement of all citizens from Friday at 4pm until Monday 5am.
    From Friday, May 1, 2020, through Sunday, May 3, 2020, a nationwide curfew will be in place from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the next morning.

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    09.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
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