Macedonia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers can enter without quarantine.
Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine is required for some travelers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 01.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days before departure. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate showing that they recovered from COVID-19 at most 45 days before departure;
– passengers with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival;
– passengers with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival;
– passengers younger than 18 years.
2. Passengers without a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, recovery certificate, RT-PCR or rapid antigen test are subject to quarantine for 7 days at their own expense.
3. Passengers arriving from India are subject to quarantine for 14 days.


Detailed Tourist Information

North Macedonia is open for travel through land and air.

Lockdown Details

Effective August 18, the Government of North Macedonia is introducing new measures in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 infections throughout the country:
Individuals over the age of eighteen must present either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate proving they have received at least one vaccine dose or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 45 days upon entry into catering businesses (i.e., bars, cafes, and restaurants), and indoor shopping malls, casinos, betting shops, and other venues allowing large gatherings.

All catering businesses with capacity for over 30 people are required to employ security guards to conduct verification checks for COVID-19 vaccination certificates and/or proof of COVID-19 recovery. Catering businesses with capacity of less than 30 people may allow employees (i.e., waiters, bartenders) to conduct the verification checks for the required documentation.

Beginning September 1, all travelers entering North Macedonia must provide either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel, or certificate of recovery issued within the previous 45 days. Foreign travelers transiting through North Macedonia will be allowed to remain within the country borders up to five hours and must sign a statement collected by the Border Police. Citizens of North Macedonia returning to the country without a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, PCR test, or certificate of recovery from COVID-19 must quarantine at home for seven days.

All other COVID-19 measures approved by the Government of North Macedonia in response to the evolving epidemiological situation remain in place:

On August 16, the Government of North Macedonia introduced a ban on all indoor celebrations inside catering facilities, including restaurants, cafeterias, bars, nightclubs, and other venues holding large events.

As of August 16, individuals over the age of eighteen must present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate to enter concerts, seminars, training, workshops, conferences, cultural and sporting events, and other celebrations.

On June 16, the government lifted the daily nationwide curfew, removing all COVID-19 restrictions on the working hours of catering facilities.

Catering businesses (i.e., bars, cafes, and restaurants) may serve up to six customers per table with outdoor seating. These facilities can operate at a 50 percent outdoor capacity, following all public health protocols. On-site dining with indoor seating remains prohibited under the current restrictive measures. Exceptions include:
Delivery and take-out services; and

Catering businesses operating at the Skopje and Ohrid airports, and hotels serving guests staying on hotel premises.

Outdoor events may be held using 30 percent of the capacity of the available space and a maximum capacity of 1000 attendees.

Catering facilities may host weddings, celebrations, and open-air parties outdoors in accordance with the 30 percent capacity guidance above.

As of June 1, the government lifted the ban for gatherings of more than four persons in outdoor public places.

Individuals are no longer required to wear masks or face coverings outdoors, except when gathering in large groups. Individuals must continue wearing a protective face covering in all closed or indoor spaces, including markets, shops, banks, post offices, health facilities, taxis, and public transport.

Sporting venues may resume outdoor events with an audience.

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