Macedonia - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Macedonia. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Petty crime (pickpocketing, purse snatching) occurs, especially in Skopje’s main downtown pedestrian zone, the Ramstore Mall, the Trgovski Centar shopping mall and Alexander the Great, Airport. Foreigners have been the target of muggings. Remain vigilant at all times.
Occasional acts of inter-ethnic violence can occur.
You should exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to the western border zone due to heightened criminal activity in the area.
Demonstrations and political protests occur in Skopje and other towns, and striking workers may set up roadblocks. Avoid all demonstrations, protests and large gatherings, as they have the potential to suddenly turn violent. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.
Exercise caution when travelling by road, especially after dark. Secondary roads are poorly maintained and lack adequate lighting. In mountainous areas, most roads lack guard rails and are little more than dirt tracks above deep gorges. Ice and snow make driving hazardous in winter. Farm equipment and stray animals pose additional risks.
Travellers may face delays at border crossings. Apart from designated crossing points, border areas are considered military restricted zones where travel is forbidden without official permission.
Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
Credit-card fraud is common. Pay careful attention when your card is being handled by others during payment processing.
See our Overseas Fraud page for more information on scams abroad.
General safety information
Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Dial 192 for the police, 193 for firefighters, 194 for an ambulance and 196 for roadside assistance.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Macedonian authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Macedonia, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure from that country.
If you intend to stay in private accommodations, you must register with the police within 24 hours of your arrival.
Canadians of Macedonian ancestry have encountered difficulties when travelling to or through Greece. Any such difficulty should be reported to the Consulate of Canada in Skopje.
Dual citizenship may limit the ability of Canadian officials to provide consular services. You should travel using your Canadian passport and present yourself as Canadian to foreign authorities at all times. Consult our publication entitled Dual Citizenship: What You Need to Know for more information.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
Business visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
Student visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination before allowing entry. Consult the World Health Organization’s country list to obtain information on this country’s requirements.
The Agency strongly recommends that you consult with a travel medicine clinic or health care provider preferably six weeks before departure.
The Agency publishes travel health advice for Macedonia.
Most medical facilities are poorly equipped, and specialized treatment may not be available. Immediate cash payment is usually required for medical services.
Laws & Culture
You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention FAQ for more information.
Do not photograph border crossings and military or security installations.
Homosexuality is not widely accepted in Macedonia.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended.
Drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts at all times. All vehicles must use side lights/dipped headlights during the day. The use of a cellular telephone while driving is prohibited.
Police routinely stop vehicles for inspection.
To avoid difficulties upon departure, travellers carrying foreign currency, expensive jewellery or electronic equipment should make a customs declaration upon arrival in Macedonia.
The currency of Macedonia is the Macedonian denar (MKD).
The economy is cash-based. The euro (EUR) is the currency of choice, although U.S. dollars are also accepted. Automated banking machines (ABMs) are available in Skopje and are becoming increasingly widespread throughout the country.
Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and shops, except in some small grocery stores. Traveller’s cheques are sometimes accepted in hotels, but are readily convertible at banks. Foreign currency can be exchanged at all major banks and at numerous exchange facilities.
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies. The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU countries’ sites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.
Natural Disasters & Climate
Macedonia is located in an active seismic zone, although serious earthquakes are rare. Take note of the contact information of the Consulate of Canada in Skopje in the event of an emergency.
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