COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information 

Last updated:  11/11/2020 

Country-Specific Information: 

  • Current statistics on COVID-19 in the Republic of North Macedonia are available in the Macedonian language from the Ministry of Health’s public webpage and the Minister of Health’s official Facebook. Businesses have largely reopened.  Schools have reopened with in-person classes resuming for grades 1 to 3.  Limited in-person classes for other grade levels are being provided at some schools in accordance with government restrictions.  Most students are taking online classes.  Following specific protocols determined by the Government of North Macedonia, restaurants and bars were permitted to open outdoor seating in May 2020 and resumed indoor service in June 2020.  Throughout October 2020, the Government of North Macedonia introduced increasingly strict measures to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country.  The maximum number of diners at one table in restaurants and bars was limited to four.  Singers, music bands, and DJs have been prohibited from performing in restaurants and bars where food and drinks are served, including restaurants in hotels or motels.  Hospitality businesses are no longer permitted to serve customers past 9 p.m., except for delivery and take-out orders until 11 p.m.  This includes cafeterias at gas stations and all restaurants.  Passenger capacity has been limited to 50 percent in all public transportation.  On October 28, Parliament adopted additional measures, making mask-wearing outdoors mandatory for all citizens, except children under the age of six, disabled people, and individuals exercising outdoors.  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.  On November 9, the Government of North Macedonia banned gatherings of more than four persons in public places 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The Government of North Macedonia has announced it will take rigorous measures and issue fines in cases where individuals, restaurants, or bars are not strictly observing these protective measures. 

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes 
    • U.S. citizens are permitted to enter the Republic of North Macedonia with no COVID-19 restrictions or testing requirements. 
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serologyrequired 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. 

Movement Restrictions: 

  • Is a curfew in place? No 
  • Is there a ban on gatherings in public spaces? Yes, there is a ban in force for groupings of more than four persons gathering in public spaces throughout the day. 
  • 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.  

COVID-19 Testing: 

  • U.S. citizens may obtain a COVID-19 test from a number of health care providers and laboratories in North Macedonia.  Testing fees must be paid by each patient.  Information about each testing facility is provided below.  Prices range from 1500 – 6000 denars, depending on the lab and type of test, and are subject to change.  Generally, 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, www.acibademsistina.mk tel: +389-2-3099-500, open 24/7.  
    • Avicena Laboratory, Bul. 8 Septemvri, 2-1, www.avicenalab.com.mk, tel: +389-2-3179-001.  
    • Biotek Laboratory, Vasil Gjorgov 12, www.bioteklab.com.mk, tel: +389-2-5300-898, +389-78-394-820.  
    • Zan Mitrev Clinic, Bledski dogovor 8, www.zmc.mk, tel: +389-2-3091-500.  
    • Public Health Institute, Virology Department, 50 Divizija, no. 6, www.iph.mk, tel: +389-2-3125-044. 
    • Skopje Public Health Center, III Makedonska Brigada 18, www.cph.mk, tel: +389-2-3298-667. 
    • Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Bul. Krste Misirkov 2, P.S. 428, www.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, www.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, www.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 

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 vehicle 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: 

  • Currently, limited American Citizen Services are being provided.  Notary services are not being provided.  For assistance, please contact us at SkopjeACS@state.gov 
  • Limited routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services are being provided.  Please contact us at consularskopje@state.gov for assistance.  

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