COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   02/12/21

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Country-Specific Information

  • Travelers are reminded that on August 6, the Department of State issued a Travel Advisory Level 3 for the Republic of North Macedonia advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to North Macedonia due to COVID-19.
  • Starting January 21, catering businesses (i.e., bars and restaurants) are allowed to serve customers until 9 p.m. Catering businesses operating in airports and hotels are exempt from this rule and can provide services during regular working hours.
    • All the other temporary measures adopted on December 16 will remain in effect until further notice. These include limiting indoor capacity to 30 percent of the total capacity, banning holiday and religious gatherings in public spaces and indoor locations, and restricting short-term rentals for large gathering and religious services.  A comprehensive list of measures may be found at https://www.vlada.mk/node/23565.
  • Parliament has extended the current nationwide state of crisis through June 30, 2021 to effectively manage state resources in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Government of North Macedonia has banned gatherings of more than four persons in public places 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Exceptions to this rule include families with children, persons waiting for public transportation, and employees conducting official business. A list of exceptions may be found here: https://vlada.mk/node/23153.
  • Individuals must practice two-meter social distancing in public and wear a protective face covering in all closed and open public spaces, including markets, shops, banks, post offices, health facilities, and public transport.
  • Current statistics on COVID-19 in the Republic of North Macedonia are available in the Macedonian language from the Institute of Public Health’s webpage and the Minister of Health’s official Facebook page.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in North Macedonia? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • S. citizens may obtain a COVID-19 test from the health care providers and laboratories in North Macedonia listed below. Testing fees must be paid by each patient.  Prices range from 1,200 – 5,000 denars, depending on the lab and type of test, and are subject to change.  Fees are payable in cash or credit card.  Patients are advised to contact each testing location directly for current prices.
    • Acibadem Sistina Hospital, Skupi 5A, acibademsistina.mk tel: +389-2-3099-500, open 24/7. PCR test, 2,700 denars; antobody test, 1,200 denars; combined tests, 3,000 denars.
    • Avicena Laboratory, Bul. 8 Septemvri, 2-1, avicenalab.com.mk, tel: +389-2-3179-001. PCR test, 2,600 denars; antibody test, 1,800 denars; combined tests, 3,000 denars.
    • Biotek Laboratory, Vasil Gjorgov 12, bioteklab.com.mk, tel: +389-2-5300-898, +389-78-394-820. PCR test, 2,600 denars; antibody test, 1,200 denars; combined tests, 2,900 denars.
    • Zan Mitrev Clinic, Bledski dogovor 8, zmc.mk, tel: +389-2-3091-500. PCR test, 2,900 denars; antibody test, 1,500 denars; combined tests, 3,000 denars.
    • Public Health Institute, Virology Department, 50 Divizija, no. 6, iph.mk, tel: +389-2-3125-044. PCR test, 2,500 denars; antobody test is not available; combined tests are not available.
    • Skopje Public Health Center, III Makedonska Brigada 18, cph.mk, tel: +389-2-3298-667.
    • Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Bul. Krste Misirkov 2, P.S. 428, manu.edu.mk, tel: +389-2-3235-400.
    • Institute of Forensic Medicine, Majka Tereza 19, tel: +389-2-3177-044
    • Clinic of Infectious Diseases and Febrile Conditions, Majka Tereza 17, infektivnaklinika.mk, tel: +389-2-3228-224.
    • Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic, Majka Tereza 17, tel: +389-2-3228-440.
    • Bitola Public Health Center, Partizanska, b.b., 7000 Bitola, cjzbt.org.mk, tel: +389-47-208-100.
    • Private Health Institution Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics LAOR, 29 Noemvri nr. 1, 1200 Tetovo, tel: +389-75-273-746.
    • Re-Medika Hospital, 16th Makedonska Brigada, no. 18, remedika.com.mk/re-medika-first-private-general-hospital/, tel: +389-2-2603-100. PCR test, 3,000 denars; antibody test, 1,400 denars; combined tests are not available.
    • SynLab Laboratory, Mother Theresa 35, Vodnjanska, synlab.mk, tel: +389-2-3107-144. PCR test, 3,150 denars; antobody test, 1,500 denars; combined tests are not available.
  • Testing laboratories provide COVID-19 test results via email. No physician order is required, and patients may request testing on their own.  English translation of COVID-19 test results is available at an extra cost.
  • The CDC will consider individual waivers of the pre-flight COVID-19 testing requirement in exigent circumstances where emergency travel is required to preserve health and safety and where pre-departure testing cannot be accessed or completed before travel. Travelers may find more information about the waiver process for the CDC Order on pre-flight testing here.  A list of FAQs on this topic are available on the Department of State’s webpage.
  • On January 24, Zan Mitrev Laboratory set up a mobile ambulance during limited hours at Skopje International Airport to administer antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 primarily for passengers traveling to the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland. Results will be available within 15-20 minutes and cost 1,500 denars paid in cash or credit card.  S. citizens traveling to the United States should not rely on the availability of these tests to provide proof of negative testing to enter the United States.  Additional information can be found on Skopje Airport’s official webpage.  Travelers should contact their airline or Zan Mitrev Clinic (contact information listed above) for more specific information about testing requirements and availability.
  • The Government of North Macedonia has published a list of contact numbers for the Institute of Public Health in Skopje and Public Health Centers located throughout the country. Travelers can access this list here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the Government of North Macedonia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
  • Although there has not been approval through formal channels, the Government of North Macedonia will allow use of COVID-19 vaccine under the current State of Crisis. The Ministry of Health reports anticipated arrival of vaccine from several sources in February.  Citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia may register to receive vaccination, according to tiered priority, using the website https://vakcinacija.mk/.
  • The United States government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Persons living and travelling in North Macedonia may monitor the official government COVID-19 website for more news and updates regarding vaccines in North Macedonia.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • S. citizens are permitted to enter the Republic of North Macedonia with no COVID-19 restrictions or testing requirements.
    • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs publishes current entry and exit requirements in its official website.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • At Skopje International Airport, thermal cameras screen both passengers entering the terminal to depart and passengers arriving through passport control. Medical teams from the Institute of Public Health are on site 24 hours to evaluate any persons who register a temperature above 37 degrees Celsius.  (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • No health screening is in place at the land borders.
  • Visa extensions for residents and/or tourists should be directed to the local police station. These requests will be reviewed and processed by the Ministry of Interior.  The official standard regulation can be accessed here: https://mvr.gov.mk/upravni-rab/25.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • Currently, there are no quarantine orders in effect for North Macedonia.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Persons using public transportation must wear masks.
    • Passenger capacity in public transportation has been limited to 50 percent.
    • The maximum occupancy for a taxi has been set at 2 passengers.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Individuals must practice two-meter social distancing in public and wear a protective face covering in all closed and open public spaces, including markets, shops, banks, post offices, health facilities, and public transport. There is a ban in place for groupings of more than four persons 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • Failure to wear a mask will result in a fine of €20.
    • Groupings of four persons or more gathering at any time during the day will receive a fine of €500.
  • Self-isolation is mandatory when testing for COVID-19, from the time the test is scheduled, through the testing date, and will continue until test results are reported. This self-isolation continues if the result is positive.  The duration of self-isolation for persons testing positive is 10 days for asymptomatic patients and 20 days for symptomatic patients.  Patients with questions should consult with local authorities and health care providers.
    • People who violate self-isolation will receive a fine of €50.

Consular Operations

  • U.S. Embassy Skopje is currently providing limited American Citizen Services, including passports, consular reports of birth abroad, consular reports of death abroad, and notaries. For assistance, please contact us at SkopjeACS@state.gov.
  • U.S. Embassy Skopje is processing limited immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including:
    • Immigrant visas in the IR-1/CR-1 and IR-2/CR-2 categories;
    • K-1 fiancée visas;
    • Nonimmigrant visas in the F (student), M, J (alien physician, government visitor, international visitor, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar, specialist, secondary school student or college/university student categories that qualify for an exception to the COVID-19 Presidential Proclamations), E, I, O, P, and C1/D categories; and
    • Limited H visas and emergency or mission critical B1/B2 visas.
  • Visit our website https://mk.usembassy.gov/visas/ for more information or contact us at consularskopje@state.gov for assistance.

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