Traveling to Macedonia - Visa Policy and Information

 

Visa policy of the Republic of Macedonia requires foreign visitors entering the country to obtain a visa from a diplomatic representative, embassy or consulate in their country of residence or the closest location where the diplomatic representative can be found. Since 2008, changes in the visa policy took place. Following are information regarding the visa policy.

Schengen Visa

EU Citizens

Citizens living  in one of the European countries as well as the countries which are part of the Schengen Agreement can enter Macedonia and stay for up to 90 days during a six months period, visa is not required. Visa policy of the Schengen Area (including Switzerland, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Croatia) grants 90 days free visa entry to the citizens living in the countries listed above.  In addition, the Schengen Area totally counts 26 member states.

Documents needed:

- A valid travel document (passport or valid Identity card)
- Travel Insurance
- Prove for suficient financial funds for the duration of the stay
- Purpose for travel 

*Residents who have EU resident card can visit Macedonia for up to 15 days, every time they enter the country. However, for a stay longer than 15 day a visa is required. The total number of visits should not exceed more than 90 days during a period of 6 months.

* Third parties who have a valid Schengen Visa “C” can travel to Macedonia and stay up to 15 days. The total number of visits should not exceed more than 90 days during a period of 6 months.

USA VISA 

USA Citizens

Citizens of the United States of America do not require a visa to enter Macedonia,  business/tourism trips. However, the trip should not exceed 90 days during a period of six months.

Required document:

-Valid US passport, longer than 3 months than the validity of the issued visa
-Travel Medical Insurance for the period of stay
- Prove for suficient financial funds for the duration of the stay

*USA citizens can apply at the Macedonian Embassy in Washington D.C. located at 2129 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C, United States of America

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OTHER Citizens

Citizens from Argentina, Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cuba, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Malta, Monaco, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, Peru, Serbia, Uruguay, New Zealand, Kosovo, Peru, Panama, Montenegro and Venezuela can travel to Macedonia without a visa if they stay less than 90 days.

Citizens of Moldova, Egypt, Armenia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Qatar, China, Colombia, Maldives, Kuwait, Nepal, Oman, Tunisia, need a visa to enter Macedonia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia provides information for each country whether a visa is needed or not. In addition, the Ministry provides contact information for the competent consulate where a visa can be obtained. Moreover, if there is no diplomatic consulate in the country of residence, one should contact the consulate in the nearest country.  

 Ministry of Foreign Affairs

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

*All citizens upon their arrival in Macedonia, maximum up to 24 hours must register with the local police otherwise, they will face a fine when leaving the country. Moreover, if one is staying in a hotel, the hotel will register them in the closest police station. However, if one is staying with relatives or in a private apartment, the property owner or the relatives should escort the visitor/tourist to the police station. In addition, the paper issued by the police station should be kept at any time.  In case one does not register with the police, the fine is between 600 up to 1000 euro and a restriction to return to Macedonia.

*If a minor citizen (under the age of 18) enters Macedonia, they need to have a notarized statement (certified by competent authority) from their parents/guardians.

*If the foreigner for some reason changes the address, that should be reported at the nearest police station and reregister with the new address.

*For those who have more than one passport, they are required to use the same passport when entering/exiting Macedonia.

*For a long-term visa for work or study, which last more than 90 days, every citizen from the USA, Schengen Area and other countries should apply at the closest Macedonian consulate or embassy prior to their arrival in Macedonia. It is no more allowed those citizens who enter Macedonia for tourism/business purposes to change their status to long-term stay. They need to leave the country and apply for a long-term visa.*Those foreigners who have a long-term visa need to report at the branch office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in order to get a temporary residence permit. The branch office, sector for Foreigners is located in the Macedonian Radio and Television Building, Boulevard Goce Delcev, 9th floor. The office works from 9:00 am until 12:00. The foreigners need to visit this office within 5 days from the day they enter Macedonia. The residence permit is issued within 25 days from the application date.

* People holding UN travel document do not require visa to enter Macedonia. 
* Residents from Albania, Montenegro and Serbia can enter Macedonia only with a valid Identity Card.

*Documents needed for a Short Stay Visa (C) or Transit Visa (B) 
- A Valid Travel Document (Passport)
- A Travel Insurance
- An  invitation or a letter of guarantee (notarized statement) certified by a competent authority
- A prove for financial funds enough to cover the stay (bank statement/credit card)
- A color photography (with white background)
- A prove that the Visa Tax has been paid
- Visa application form, legibly filled

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