Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for North Macedonia on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Skopje International Airport and St. Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid are open, and commercial flights are operating but with reduced schedules. Check with your travel company for the latest information.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in North Macedonia.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test in line with UK government testing requirements.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in North Macedonia

Public transport and taxi services are permitted to operate in North Macedonia. Protective face coverings must be worn when travelling on public transport.

Public spaces and services

Wearing of protective face coverings is required when visiting indoor public spaces, such as markets, post offices, health institutions, shops, banks, including when using public transport.

Wearing of protective face coverings is no longer mandatory outdoors, unless social distancing cannot be maintained. Coverings are recommended outdoors when in larger groups.

Businesses are allowed to open including shops in shopping malls, betting shops, gyms, supermarkets and grocery stores but they may operate with reduced working hours and limits may be placed on the number of people entering at any time.

Events are allowed in indoor areas and outdoor areas subject to restrictions on capacity and in line with COVID-19 measures and protocols.

To enter catering facilities (including cafes, bars, restaurants, and shopping malls) and attend events, people aged 18 and over are required to provide full proof of vaccination with two doses, or a certificate showing you have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 45 days.

North Macedonia will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November 2021 to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Healthcare in North Macedonia

The Ministry of Health advises if you are in North Macedonia and develop any symptoms of coronavirus, you should call +389 78 387 194 or +389 2 15 123. Further information is on the Ministry’s website. If you take a test for coronavirus, you must self-isolate from the time the test is scheduled until obtaining the result. If you test positive you must continue to self-isolate. If you have taken a test as a result of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus and the test is negative, you must continue to self-isolate until 14 days after you had contact with that person.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in North Macedonia.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in North Macedonia

We will update this page when the government of North Macedonia announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The North Macedonia national vaccination programme started in February 2021 using the AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines as available. The Government of North Macedonia has stated that British nationals resident in North Macedonia are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme.

The Health Ministry has created an e-portal to express interest for receiving a vaccine in North Macedonia. Foreign nationals are now able to register on COVID-19 vaccinations will be conducted in accordance with the official vaccination strategy of the Government of North Macedonia. You will have the option of choosing among several vaccine clinics located throughout the country and will be notified about your scheduled appointment (date and time) via SMS and email when an appointment becomes available.

For more information about the official vaccination strategy of North Macedonia, including vaccines and vaccination points available, see the Health Ministry’s website (only in Macedonian and Albanian)

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in North Macedonia, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further Information

Further information can be found on the Government of North Macedonia website, which is publishing information and key announcements in English.

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.