Foreign travel advice

Macedonia

Summary

Following the December 2016 elections the political situation in Macedonia remains tense over the failure to form a new government. There has been an increased number of political protests in Skopje and other cities. While the majority are currently peaceful, there have been a few isolated incidences of violence. In addition, there is an increased level of inter-ethnic tension. You should follow local media for updates on the current situation and avoid political protests and demonstrations.

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 months 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

Earthquakes occasionally occur. See Natural Disasters

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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