Foreign travel advice



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

There have been protests in central Skopje and elsewhere related to the ongoing political crisis. These may occur at short notice and have occasionally been violent. The likelihood of further protests is high. 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 are facing 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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