The Republic of Macedonia is a landlocked on the Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Serbia and the territory of Kosovo to the north, Albania to the west, Greece to the south, and Bulgaria to the east. It was admitted to the United Nations in 1993 under the provisional reference the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The capital is Skopje, w ...ith 506,926 inhabitants and there are a number of smaller cities, notably Bitola, Kumanovo, Prilep, Tetovo. It has more than 50 lakes and sixteen mountains higher than 2,000 meters (6,550 ft). This location has been recognized and published by the “New York Times” as one of the “52 Places to Go in 2015.”Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Macedonia.Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Both Canadian and American citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. This may be different for citizens of other countries. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia for the most up- to-date information.
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Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended. Though health care in Macedonia is generally good, some medical facilities outside Skopje don’t meet US standards, and insurance can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies as well as lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Macedonia has warm, dry summers and autumns, and relatively stable winters with warm temperatures. In the plains along the valley of the Vardar river summer temperatures can reach 40 °C (104 °F). Rains are most common in the spring and fall.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
Electricity: Electricity in Macedonia is provided at 220V/50Hz (European plug). If you are using a Canadian or American appliance, an adapter is needed.
Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your phone company if there are roaming agreements before your departure.
Internet: Internet access is widely available. Broadband internet is available and internet can be accessed with your mobile phone via GPRS or 3G. Internet cafes are available in most cities and in some villages.
Please note that wi-fi and internet service provided in properties is at the discretion of each establishment and Kensington Tours has no control over this. Please feel free to check with your Sales Consultant before travel if you’d like to know internet set up at each of your properties or contact the properties directly so you are aware of their internet policy if this is important to you. You may like to speak to your internet provider prior to travel to arrange a roaming package.
The official currency of Macedonia is the denar, however, many Macedonians quote prices in euros. Most cities have ATMs where you can withdraw money with cheap commission rates, although there are also plenty of banks and exchange booths where you can easily change money. Macedonian denar (MKD) notes come in denominations of 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000, and there are coins of one, two and five denar. Restaurants, hotels and some shops will accept payment in euro (usually) and US dollars (sometimes).
Shops may accept Euros but they are technically not allowed to do so. Please note that the denar isn’t convertible outside Macedonia.
For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
Language: Macedonian 68%, Albanian 23%,Turkish 3%, Serbian 2%, other 4%
Currency: Macedonian denar (MKD)
Religion: Macedonian Orthodox 65%, Muslim 33%, other 2%
Time Zone: UTC +1
Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)
Telephone: Country code for calling is +389
Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency numbers in Macedonia: Call 192 for Police, 193 for Fire, 194 for Ambulance and 196 for help on the roads.