Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Skopje, North Macedonia (March 26, 2020)
Location: North Macedonia
Event: The Government of North Macedonia has implemented an expanded nationwide curfew to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Beginning March 28, 2020, on Saturdays and Sundays the curfew is in effect from 4 p.m. to 5 a.m. On Mondays through Fridays the curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Additionally, individuals over age 67 are permitted to be outside their homes or places of temporary residence between the hours of 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. only. Individuals under age 18 are permitted to be outside their homes or places of temporary residence between the hours of 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends.
There are limited exceptions to the curfew, including for people in need of emergency medical assistance and essential employees.
Access to transportation, including taxis, is limited during the curfew.
The Government of North Macedonia also has restricted public transportation to and from the city of Kumanovo, as well as within Kumanovo.
Additional restrictions on movement or transportation may be implemented with little notice.
The U.S. Embassy in Skopje continues to be open for emergency American Citizen Services, including the issuance of emergency passports, and emergency visa services only.
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 CDC has issued a Level 2 Global Travel Alert for coronavirus.
Actions to Take:
- Follow the instructions of North Macedonia’s authorities.
- Monitor local media and visit the Ministry of Health website http://zdravstvo.gov.mk/korona-virus/ 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 websiteon 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
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