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
REMINDER: The 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.
Actions to Take:
- Follow the instructions of North Macedonia’s authorities.
- Monitor local media and visit the websites of the Government of North Macedonia or Ministry of Health for updated information, including mandatory quarantine measures and travel restrictions which may be implemented with little or no notice.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 https://mk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/ for information on conditions in North Macedonia.
- Read the Centers for Disease Control’s and Prevention guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 and information on health conditions in North Macedonia.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Contact the local centers for public health by telephone, prior to visiting a hospital or clinic for medical care, if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks. North Macedonia’s Institute of Public Health has provided contact numbers along with other advice for travelers on their website.
- U.S. Embassy Skopje
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Republic of North Macedonia
+389 2 310-2000
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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