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Travel to North Macedonia in 2021

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Last updated October 26, 2021

Yes, North Macedonia is open to American tourists

North Macedonia went through a very rough year in 2020 in terms of infection numbers and restrictions. However, this year the situation is very much under control and North Macedonia has already seen an increase of European tourists this spring and is welcoming US tourists for the season too.

Entry Requirements

Until August 31st inclusive, No PCR or Antigen test is required to enter North Macedonia. As there are no direct flights from the US to Macedonia, you should check the airline’s requirements, usually dictated by the country you’ll be changing planes in. From Sept 1st, proof of full vaccination (CDC card), recovery from covid-19 in the past 45 days, or a negative PCR test taken in the past 72 hours will be required. If none of these conditions can be met, a 7 day quarantine is required.

PCR Testing for Returning Home

If you need to get tested for your journey home, whether it is required by the airline or for re-entry into the U.S. we will help you schedule that at the most convenient location possible, at the appropriate time. For re-entry to the US you need to have a negative result from a Covid-19 viral test up to 3 days before departure (not counting the day of departure, so for a flight at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.) Since May 12 2021, the CDC have approved Antigen tests for travel. Antigen tests are quicker (results in 30 minutes, not 24 hours) and cheaper (around 1/3 the price or less) than PCR tests and often more readily available. If you are flying direct back to the US, the only test you’ll need is an Antigen test. If you are transferring in another country on the way back to the US other requirements may apply. We advise to check with the airline in this case.

General COVID-19 measures to be aware of

  • maintain physical distance
  • maintain hand hygiene and disinfection (we will provide a personal bottle of hand sanitiser to you upon arrival)
  • wearing facemasks or coverings is mandatory in public spaces indoors and outdoors (we will provide one disposable mask per day of your vacation)

Curfews and Movement Restrictions

There is a daily curfew from 12:00am to 4:00am. Public movement is restricted during these hours except for work reasons, health care emergencies, or urgent needs. including travel to or from the airport.

Bars & Restaurants

To go to bars, cafes or restaurants you will need to show proof of having received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine or proof of recovery in the past 45 days. Indoor dining is presently closed.


Cultural sites and museums are working normally, some with limited number of visitors. If you are interested in any specific sites, please let your local JayWay contact know and they will confirm the current situation a few days in advance, and help with making reservations if advised. 

Shops and Services

All shops and services are open with regular working hours. Shops have limitations on number of visitors depending on their size. Access to indoor shopping malls is restricted to people with proof of having received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine or proof of recovery in the past 45 days.

Public Transport

Wearing protective masks is mandatory throughout the country in public transportation.

Estimate for the Next Change in Measures

Latest rule change date is Sept 1st – the introduction of a vaccination/recovered/negative test to enter the country.

Useful Links

US Embassy in North Macedonia’s Covid-19 Info Page
North Macedonia Institute of Public Health

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