Macedonia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 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 11.11.2021
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.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years.
3. Passengers arriving from India could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.


Detailed Tourist Information

North Macedonia is open for travel through land and air. All land border crossings in North Macedonia are open for movement of passengers and vehicles. However neighboring countries may have different entry and exit restrictions on their side of the border.

People aged 18 and over, entering North Macedonia will need to present either:

-a full vaccination certificate, or
-a negative PCR test made in the 72 hours before entering the country, or
-a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 45 days, counting from the day of recovery

Citizens of North Macedonia and foreign nationals entering the country without a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, PCR test, or certificate of recovery from COVID-19 will be required to quarantine at home for seven days.

Foreign nationals transiting through the country will be able to do so within 5 hours with a previously signed statement of entry into the country which they will have to submit before the border control at the exit from the country.

To enter Skopje International Airport (including for a departing flight), people aged 18 and over are required to provide proof of vaccination with at least one dose, or a certificate showing you have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 45 days, or a negative PCR test made in the previous 72 hours, or rapid antigen test in the previous 48 hours.

Lockdown Details

On October 26, the Government of North Macedonia lifted the ban on all indoor celebrations inside catering facilities, including restaurants, cafeterias, bars, nightclubs, and other venues holding large events. These businesses may now operate at a 50 percent indoor capacity.

Facilities holding private events, including seminars, trainings, workshops, and conferences are allowed to host indoor events at a 50 percent capacity.
Beginning November 15, individuals over the age of eighteen must present either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate proving they have received two vaccine doses or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 45 days upon entry into catering businesses (i.e., bars, cafes, and restaurants), indoor shopping malls, casinos, betting shops, and other venues allowing large gatherings.

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

-On October 19, the government lifted the seating capacity per table for catering businesses (i.e., bars, cafes, and restaurants). These facilities will continue operating at a 50 percent indoor and outdoor maximum capacity, following all public health protocols.

-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.

-Outdoor events may be held using 50 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 50 percent capacity guidance above.

-Sporting venues may resume outdoor events with an audience.

-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.

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