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.
July 31, 2020
- The Republic of North Macedonia has reported over 10,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Over 470 deaths have been reported.
- 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 during the previous states 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.
- Persons outside of North Macedonia with expired residence permits will be allowed to apply for extensions in North Macedonia
- 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.
- Gathering in public places is permitted while practicing social distancing and wearing protective masks.
- 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 were permitted to open beginning May 28, 2020 under specific protocols determined by the Government of North Macedonia. As of Friday, June 26, 2020, the indoor areas of bars and restaurants, along with gyms, are permitted to operate while implementing specific protocols.
- 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:
- Skopje Airport and Ohrid Airport are now open for flights.
- Available flights to and from each airport may be limited and schedules are subject to change and cancellation with little to no warning. Travelers are strongly encouraged to contact their airlines or travel agents for the most accurate up to date information on flight schedules.
- TAV Macedonia, the managing company for both airports, has announced several new requirements for departing passengers, including arrival at the airport no less than three hours prior to their flights, wearing a protective mask at all times, maintaining social distance, and keeping a high degree of personal hygiene. Travelers displaying symptoms of COVID-19 infection such as a fever of 37.3 C (99.1 F) or higher and coughing may not be permitted to enter the airport and board their flights.
- As new requirements may be implemented with little to no notice, travelers are recommended to check the websites of Skopje Airport (http://skp.airports.com.mk) and Ohrid Airport (http://ohd.airports.com.mk) along with their airline carriers for the most up-to-date information.
- The Government of North Macedonia announced the opening of North Macedonia’s border crossings effective June 26, 2020.
- The government of North Macedonia announced that effective July 9, all citizens of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro arriving from those countries will be required to submit a negative PCR test completed no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the border or port of entry. The measure is only valid for citizens of these countries, and if transiting, these travelers may cross the border without presenting a PCR test.
- For information on the border status of neighboring countries, monitor the official government websites of the neighboring countries. You may also wish to visit the COVID-19 update webpages of the U.S. Embassies in these countries:
- U.S. Embassy COVID-19 information pages and travel alerts for countries around the world can be found on the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov.
- Effective July 9, citizens of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro will be required to submit a negative PCR test completed no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the border or port of entry, unless they are transiting. There are no further requirements for self-isolation or quarantine.
- Quarantines, curfews, or other travel restrictions, including limitations on public transport, 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
- Skopje Airport and Ohrid Airport Official Websites
- 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.