COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09/04/2020 

Country-Specific Information: 

  • The Republic of North Macedonia has reported over 14,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Over 600 deaths have been reported.  Businesses have largely reopened, but most schools remain closed.  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.  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.      

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 
    • Although U.S. citizens are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test for entry to North Macedonia, they may be required for citizens of other countries.  
    • Currently, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia are required to provide a negative PCR test for COVID-19 no older than 72 hours prior to entry to North Macedonia. 
  • 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. 
  • ATTENTION: 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.  At this time, there are no plans for further extensions.  U.S. citizens are advised to resolve any issues with their residency permits prior to the August 31 deadline.   

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.  

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 
    • The maximum occupancy for a since taxi vehicle has been set at 2 passengers 
    • For inter-city and international transportation lines, the number of passengers should not exceed 75% of the total capacity of the vehicle.  

Fines for Non-Compliance:  

  • 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.  
    • Failure to wear a mask will result in a fine of 20 EUR. 

Consular Operations: 

  • Currently, American Citizen Services are only being provided on an emergency basis.  For assistance, please contact us at SkopjeACS@state.gov 
  • Routine visa services remain suspended.  Please contact us at consularskopje@state.gov for assistance.  

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