Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Last updated: 19 August 2021
As of August 19, individuals over the age of eighteen entering Skopje International Airport terminals will only be allowed inside the airport by presenting one of the following:
A COVID-19 vaccination certificate with at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; or
A certificate or proof of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 45 days, counting from the day of recovery; or
A medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 result within the previous 72 hours, or rapid antigen test within the previous 48 hours.
Travelers entering Skopje International Airport terminals are advised to use Departure C door to enter, and the Arrivals B door to exit the airport terminal building. Individuals inside the airport must follow these preventive measures against COVID-19 applied in the airport terminal building:
Wear a protective mask at all times.
Maintain physical distance.
Disinfect hands frequently.
Use contactless technologies to complete airport procedures.
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.
The government has mandated a 14-day quarantine period for all travelers arriving from India to prevent the spread of a COVID-19 variant identified in this country. The government will reassess this measure based on the epidemiological situation in the country.
On June 8, Parliament extended the nationwide state of crisis through December 31, 2021 to effectively manage state resources during the coronavirus pandemic.
Current statistics on COVID-19 in the Republic of North Macedonia are available in the Macedonian language from the Institute of Public Health’s webpage and the Minister of Health’s official Facebook page.
Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for tourists/visitors in North Macedonia? Yes
If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
Private Health Institution Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics LAOR, 29 Noemvri nr. 1, 1200 Tetovo, tel: +389-75-273-746.
Re-Medika Hospital, 16th Makedonska Brigada, no. 18, www.remedika.com.mk/re-medika-first-private-general-hospital/, tel: +389-2-2603-100.
SynLab Laboratory, Mother Theresa 35, Vodnjanska, www.synlab.mk, tel: +389-2-3107-144.
Zan Mitrev Clinic COVID-19 Testing Center at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, https://zmc.mk/en/covid19/skopje-ohrid-airport-covid-19-testing-point/, tel: + 389-2-3091-484. U.S. citizens may obtain a COVID-19 test from the health care providers and laboratories in North Macedonia listed below. Testing fees must be paid by each patient. Prices range from 1,200 – 5,000 denars, depending on the lab and type of test, and are subject to change. Fees are payable in cash or credit card. Patients are advised to contact each testing location directly for current prices.
Acibadem Sistina Hospital, Skupi 5A, www.acibademsistina.mk tel: +389-2-3099-500, open 24/7.
Avicena Laboratory, Bul. 8 Septemvri, 2-1, www.avicenalab.com.mk, tel: +389-2-3179-001.
Biotek Laboratory, Vasil Gjorgov 12, www.bioteklab.com.mk, tel: +389-2-5300-898, +389-78-394-820.
Zan Mitrev Clinic, Bledski dogovor 8, www.zmc.mk, tel: +389-2-3091-500.
Public Health Institute, Virology Department, 50 Divizija, no. 6, www.iph.mk, tel: +389-2-3125-044.
Skopje Public Health Center, III Makedonska Brigada 18, www.cph.mk, tel: +389-2-3298-667.
Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Bul. Krste Misirkov 2, P.S. 428, www.manu.edu.mk, tel: +389-2-3235-400.
Institute of Forensic Medicine, Majka Tereza 19, tel: +389-2-3177-044.
Clinic of Infectious Diseases and Febrile Conditions, Majka Tereza 17, www.infektivnaklinika.mk, tel: +389-2-3228-224.
Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic, Majka Tereza 17, tel: +389-2-3228-440.
Bitola Public Health Center, Partizanska, b.b., 7000 Bitola, www.cjzbt.org.mk, tel: +389-47-208-100.
Zan Mitrev Clinic COVID-19 Testing Center at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, https://zmc.mk/en/covid19/skopje-ohrid-airport-covid-19-testing-point/, tel: + 389-2-3091-484.
Testing laboratories provide COVID-19 test results via email. No physician order is required, and patients may request testing on their own. English translation of COVID-19 test results is available at an extra cost.