Foreign travel advice

Macedonia

Summary

Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place on 11 December 2016. Political rallies and other election related events will take place across Macedonia. There have already been attacks on party political buildings. You should avoid political and other rallies during the election period.

Skopje and the surrounding region experienced a number of moderate earthquakes and after-shocks from 11 to 14 September 2016. There was limited damage to buildings and some people were injured while trying to flee buildings.You should familiarise yourself with steps to take in the event of further seismic shocks.

The flooding that occurred on 6 and 7 August 2016 in Skopje and neighbouring areas has resulted in over 20 deaths. There’s a higher risk of landslides in hilly areas in northern parts Macedonia. You should travel with care.

There have been protests in central Skopje and elsewhere related to the ongoing political crisis. Demonstrations may occur at short notice. Check local media and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings.

Macedonian authorities have declared the south and north border areas near Gevgelija and Kumanovo as crisis zones due to the pressures these areas faced over the past 12 with migrants/refugees. Avoid large groups and be aware that trains entering Macedonia from Greece may be cancelled or delayed if there is trouble at the Greek/Macedonia border.

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

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

There is a general 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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