Summary

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. The road from Skopje to the border with Serbia is open, as is the border.

Since February 2015, there has been a political crisis involving the government and opposition. There have been protests, involving some violence, in central Skopje and other towns in Macedonia. Protests continue on a regular basis.

Members of the opposition political parties and the civil sector have set up a camp in front of the government building (Ilindenska Blvd) and stated their intent to remain until their demands are met. Government supporters have set up a camp in the park opposite parliament (11 Oktomvri Blvd). There’s an increased police presence in central Skopje near government and parliament buildings.

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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