Everything You Need To Know About A North Macedonia Visa
passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to North Macedonia and can stay in
the nation for up to 90 days without a visa.
This is valid primarily for
tourist and business purposes. Otherwise, you might need a visa -- a subject we
will discuss in the next sections.
you need to avail the visa-free regime is a passport that is valid for at least
six months from the entry date and contains a minimum of two blank pages.
Remember to carry tickets for your next destination, enough funds to sustain your
stay in North Macedonia, and necessary documents that grant you entry into the
subsequent country in your itinerary.
Entry requirements for foreigners traveling to North Macedonia
If you belong to any of the below nations or categories, you don’t need a visa to visit the Republic of North Macedonia:
- EU member countries and countries which fall under the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of these regions can enter North Macedonia using only a valid national ID card.
- Nationals from other countries who are granted a temporary stay in an EU member country or a signatory nation of the Schengen Agreement. They can visit North Macedonia without a visa and stay here up to a maximum period of 15 days per visit. However, the total number of consecutive stays cannot exceed 90 days in any 180-day period.
- Citizens from countries who are granted permanent stay in an EU member country or signatory country of the Schengen Agreement. Even these individuals can stay in the nation for a maximum period of 15 days per visit, provided they don’t exceed 90 days of total subsequent stays in any 180-day period.
- Holders of multiple entry short stay Schengen visas, which are valid for a minimum of five days from the exit date from the Republic of North Macedonia. They must follow the same stay clauses as specified in point 3.
If you do not fall in any of the above categories, you might need a visa to enter North Macedonia. Even holders of UK Refugee Travel Documents and travelers transiting the country while traveling to Kosovo, must obtain a visa from the Embassy of North Macedonia in London prior to their travel dates.
Additionally, if you hold a valid British Citizen passport but your planned period of stay is longer than 3 months, you must get a visa in advance from the embassy.
So, if you do need a visa, you should note that North Macedonia offers primarily two categories of visas:
- Short stay visas
- Long stay visas
Short stay visa
A short stay visa grants you a stay of up to 90 days in North Macedonia. The documents required to apply for one are as follows:
- A fully filled visa application form
- A travel document that holds a minimum validity of 3 months beyond the date of departure from North Macedonia
- A passport-size photograph against a white background
- A comprehensive travel insurance policy, issued by a legal insurance entity in the origin country
- A notarized warranty letter or a letter of invitation from your host in North Macedonia
- Proof of sufficient funds in the form of recent bank statements or a credit card
- Evidence of visa fee payment
Long stay visa
A long stay visa can be issued when you wish to obtain a working permit or a permanent or temporary residence permit. The required documents vary as per your stated purpose. For additional information, please contact the Embassy in London. Below are the contact details:
Embassy of the Republic of North Macedonia in London
Address: Suite 2.1 & 2.2, Bucking Court, 75-83 Buckingham Gate, London
Telephone: ++ 44 207 976 0535, T: ++ 44 207 976 0538
Fax: ++ 44 207 976 0539
Traveling to North Macedonia with minors
Minors, i.e travelers below 18 years, must be accompanied by a guardian or parent. If not, they should carry a letter of consent from their parents or guardian. Otherwise, the minor may be detained or deported.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted by immigration officials at points of entry, airside transit and exit from North Macedonia. But the ETD must be valid for a minimum period of 3 months in order to be considered at border checkpoints.
Registering after arriving in North Macedonia
After you arrive in North Macedonia, you must register yourself with the police station closest to your place of accommodation. You should complete this process within 24 hours of your arrival in North Macedonia. If you stay in a hotel, the staff members will automatically do your registration once you check in. You should always carry the registration document with you at all times during your stay in the nation.
If you fail to register once you land in the country, you may be heavily fined, made to appear in court, and denied further entry rights into North Macedonia.
Traveling to Serbia
You can usually enter Serbia if you visit the nation from North Macedonia. However, if your passport contains entry/exit stamps from Kosovo, you may face difficulties in entering Serbia.