Macedonia Travel Warning

By | July 29, 2021


Traveling by plane

There are currently no regular scheduled flights within Macedonia, there are occasional flights between Ohrid and Skopje.

On the way by car / bus

Car: Many motorways in Macedonia are subject to tolls, including the routes from Kumanovo in the north via Miladinovci, Skopje, Petrovec to Gradsko in the south and the route from Skopje via Tetovo to Gostivar in the west. The motorway toll for driving through Macedonia from north to south is around 260 denars (around € 4.25) for cars and motorcycles. The supply of unleaded petrol is problem-free.
An ADAC international emergency call station has been set up in Belgrade (Serbia). It is also responsible for Macedonia and offers ADAC members and holders of an ADACForeign health and accident protection Assistance with hotels, rental cars, vehicle or patient repatriation (Tel: (0038 111) 333 11 11. Internet: Documentation: International Green Insurance Card.
Traffic regulations:
Drivers must also drive with the dipped beam on during the day.
Blood alcohol limit: 0.5 â?? °.
Seat belts and helmet compulsory.
Telephoning at the wheel is only permitted with a hands-free facility.
Speed limits:
within built-up areas: 50-60 km / h,
on the expressway: 80-100 km / h,
on the motorway: 120 km / h.
Bus:The bus network in Macedonia is well developed with frequent connections from Skopje to Ohrid and Bitola. Long-distance bus connections must be booked well in advance.

On the go by train

The main connecting routes of the Macedonian Railway run from Skopje (in the north) via Veles to Gevgelija (in the south), from Skopje via Veles and Shtip to Kochani (in the east), from Skopje via Kumanovo to Tabanovce (in the north), from Skopje via Tetovo and Gostivar to Kichevo (in the west) and from Skopje via Veles, Bogomila and Prilep to Bitola (in the south).


Overview Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Current information

According to usprivateschoolsfinder, the border between FYR Macedonia and Greece has been closed to refugees until further notice.

Migrants repeatedly try to cross the border illegally. Violence is sometimes used by both migrants and security forces posted at the border. Those migrants who reach Macedonian territory are taken into custody by Macedonian security forces and sent back again.

It is strongly recommended to only use the official border crossings, not to escort migrants across the borders and not to take unknown hitchhikers with you.

Anyone transporting migrants in their own vehicle or helping them in any other way to cross the border illegally or to cross the FYR Macedonia without a valid visa is considered to be a criminal offense. This is punished with imprisonment of at least four years, if minors are involved, of at least eight years.

The state of crisis declared on August 20, 2015 in connection with the migration situation for parts of FYR Macedonia continues to apply, currently until June 30, 2017.

The areas on the southern border with Greece and the northern border with Serbia are affected. The registration centers Vinojug (on the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija) and Tabanovce (on the Macedonian-Serbian border) were declared a restricted military area. The Macedonian government has also erected a 22 km long fence along the green border with Greece and is using military forces to better regulate the migration movement, according to its own statement. Military and police forces are increasingly using control strips to secure the border in a five-kilometer-wide area along the border. Tourists are advised to avoid this area.

The regular border crossings and tourist travel are not affected by these measures. Due to the special situation, however, longer waiting times must be expected.

Travelers are advised to follow the travel and safety advisories and media coverage of further developments.

Macedonia Travel Warning

Country-specific safety instructions

When traveling to the northern and northwestern border areas away from the main traffic connections, particular caution is advised.

The Macedonian authorities still do not always have timely assistance and access in some rooms. The general crime rate is still low.

Due to the domestic political crisis that has persisted since spring 2015, there have been repeated demonstrations in the country, especially in Skopje, but in the past few months less and less and without major incidents. Nevertheless, travelers are strongly advised to avoid crowds and demonstrations as much as possible and to follow media coverage very carefully and regularly.