Health Alert

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Skopje, North Macedonia (June 4, 2020) 

Location:  North Macedonia 

Event:  The Government of North Macedonia has implemented a full ban on movement in several cities and municipalities and a new curfew in other areas of North Macedonia to reduce the spread of COVID-19 beginning Thursday, June 4.    

NEW: The Government of North Macedonia implemented a full ban on movement for Skopje, including all Skopje Municipalities, Kumanovo, Lipkovo, Shtip, Karbinci and Tetovo, along with the municipalities of Bogovinje, Brvenica, Tearce, Zelino, and Jegunovce surrounding Tetovo, beginning at 9:00 pm, June 4 until 5:00 am on Monday, June 8. 

For all other municipalities in North Macedonia, a curfew has been implemented from 9:00 pm, June 4 until 5:00 am, June 5.  On June 5, 6, and 7, curfew hours will last from 4:00 pm until 5:00 am the following day. 

People in need of emergency medical assistance are exempted from the curfew, as are some essential workers such as police, armed forces, health workers, food delivery workers, and farmers directly engaged in agricultural work. 

The Government of North Macedonia has declared that Friday, June 5 is a non-working day and has prohibited visits to all cemeteries in the country from 9:00 pm June 4 to 5:00 am June 8 except for funerals.  

New restrictions on movement or social distancing regulations may be put in place with little or no notice.  Monitor local media and visit the websites of the Government of North Macedonia or Ministry of Health for updated information        

REMINDERThe Government of North Macedonia continues to prohibit entry of foreigners, but will allow exit via land borders if the traveler has permission to enter the neighboring country.  Travelers are advised to monitor the official government websites of neighboring countries for the most up-to-date information regarding their border status and local conditions.  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 has not announced an anticipated date for re-opening land borders or airports.   

U.S. Embassy Skopje has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.  We encourage you to use the SkopjeACS@state.gov email to communicate with us.  

The State Department issued a Level 4 Global Health Advisory on March 19, 2020, recommending U.S. citizens avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19 or prepare to remain abroad for an indefinite period. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global Travel Alert to avoid nonessential travel due to coronavirus. 

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