Summary

On 20 August, the Macedonian authorities declared a crisis in the border municipalities of Kumanovo and Gevgelija in response to an unprecedented number of irregular migrants entering the country. While the declaration shouldn’t affect road traffic, you should avoid travel by train on the route travelling north between Gevgelija and Kumanovo as the trains are currently overloaded with migrants. You should also avoid large groups in these areas.

Most visits to Macedonia are trouble-free. Occasional acts of criminal violence occur, although foreigners are not generally targeted.

On 9-10 May, Macedonian police engaged in an operation to detain members of an armed group present in Kumanovo, a town 40km north east of Skopje. There was fighting which resulted in casualties. The situation in Kumanovo is currently calm.

Between February and July 2015 there were political protests, involving some violence, in central Skopje and other towns in Macedonia. Those protests are not ongoing, but could begin again at short notice.

Check local media and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings.

Take particular care if you travel to the north of Macedonia near the border with Kosovo. See Crime and Local travel

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus are present. See Health

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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