The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel or prepare to remain abroad for an indefinite period due to the global impact of
See all COVID-19 related Alerts for U.S. visitors to North Macedonia here.
May 30, 2020
- The Republic of North Macedonia has reported over 2,100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Over 120 deaths have been reported.
- The Government of North Macedonia on May 30, 2020 declared a new nationwide state of emergency lasting until June 13, 2020.
- The Government of North Macedonia announced May 18, 2020 that the permitted period of residence for foreigners whose permission to stay in North Macedonia has expired or will expire during the state of emergency was extended until August 31, 2020. Foreigners staying short-term in North Macedonia, with or without a visa, may remain until August 31, 2020. The validity of temporary and permanent residency permits is extended until August 31, 2020.
- There is no curfew in effect and no restrictions on movement for any ages as of May 27, 2020.
- Individuals must practice two-meter social distancing in public and wear a protective face covering in closed public spaces, including markets, shops, banks, post offices, health facilities, and public transport, as well as in open spaces where it is not possible to maintain a two-meter distance.
- Groups larger than two people are prohibited in public places, excepting children under age 14 with their parents.
- New restrictions on movement or social distancing regulations may be implemented with little notice. Monitor local media and visit the websites of the Government of North Macedonia or Ministry of Health for updated information.
- Restaurants and bars with outdoor seating may open beginning May 28, 2020 under specific protocols determined by the Government of North Macedonia. Other restaurants may provide delivery and pick-up of food. Private companies, including hotels, stores, restaurants, and other commercial businesses, may limit hours, restrict access, or close with little or no notice.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Only citizens and legal residents of North Macedonia are allowed entry into North Macedonia and are subject to quarantine regulations (see below).
- The Government of North Macedonia closed Skopje International Airport at midnight on March 18, 2020 due to the global spread of COVID-19. All airports in North Macedonia are currently closed for commercial flights. The Government of North Macedonia has not announced an anticipated date for re-opening the airports.
- The Government of North Macedonia continues to prohibit entry of foreigners via land borders from all neighboring countries, including Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, and Serbia, but will permit travelers to exit via land border if they have permission to enter a neighboring country. The Government of North Macedonia has not announced an anticipated date for re-opening land borders for entry of foreigners.
- For information on the border status of neighboring countries, monitor the official government websites of the neighboring countries. U.S. Embassy COVID-19 information pages and travel alerts for neighboring countries can be found on the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- The Government of North Macedonia stated it will deny re-entry to any traveler who departs North Macedonia and tries to re-enter within 3 months.
- Only citizens and legal residents of North Macedonia will be permitted entry into North Macedonia. The Government of North Macedonia requires all travelers to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 performed within 72 hours prior to entering the country. Travelers must then self-isolate at home for 14 days, or for 21 days for those arriving from countries considered high risk by the Ministry of Health (http://zdravstvo.gov.mk/korona-virus/). Travelers arriving without a PCR test will be required to complete a PCR test upon entry and quarantine at a state institution pending the test results.
- The Government of North Macedonia has restricted public transportation in the municipalities of Prilep and Tetovo.
- Quarantines or travel restrictions on other regions and municipalities may be implemented with no or very little notice. Monitor local media and visit the websites of the Government of North Macedonia or Ministry of Health for updated information.
- The Institute of Public Health recommends that anyone who feels ill after having contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or following travel to countries with confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks should contact their local centers for public health by telephone prior to visiting a hospital or clinic. The Institute of Public Health has provided contact numbers along with other advice for travelers on their website.
- View U.S. Embassy Skopje’s most recent Alerts
- Institute of Public Health of the Republic of North Macedonia
- Institute of Public Health Webpage with Informational Pamphlets on COVID-19 for travelers. (Macedonian, Albanian, and English)
- Government of North Macedonia
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19 in Europe
- ￼Travel.state.gov Republic of North Macedonia Information and Travel Advisory page
- Global Health Alert Level Four – Do Not Travel
- Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.