Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Skopje, North Macedonia (May 15, 2020)
Location: North Macedonia
Event: The Government of North Macedonia has issued a new state of emergency lasting until May 30, 2020 and has implemented new curfew hours nationwide to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
NEW: The Government of North Macedonia on May 15, 2020 issued a new state of emergency lasting until May 30, 2020. The Government of North Macedonia has stated that foreigners residing short-term in North Macedonia, with or without a visa, may stay for the duration of the declared state of emergency. This includes those whose short-term visas have expired. The Government of North Macedonia also has stated that foreigners who have temporary or permanent residency in North Macedonia will be allowed to stay for the duration of the state of emergency, including if their permit expires during the emergency.
NEW: Beginning Friday, May 15, 2020 the daily nationwide curfew is from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the next morning for all ages.
People in need of emergency medical assistance are exempted from the curfew, as are some essential workers such as police, armed forces, health workers, and farmers directly engaged in agricultural work.
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.
Groups larger than two people continue to be prohibited in public places, except children under age 14 with their parents.
Additional restrictions on movement 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
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
Str. “Samoilova” Nr.21
Republic of North Macedonia
+389 2 310-2000
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- North Macedonia Country Information
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