NORTH MACEDONIA TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

North Macedonia gained its independence in 1991 as one of the successor states of Yugoslavia. While easily accessible from all points abroad, and boasting all the amenities of the Western world, North Macedonia remains one of Europe’s last undiscovered countries: a natural paradise of mountains, lakes and rivers, where life moves to a different rhythm, amidst the sprawling grandeur of rich historical ruins and idyllic villages that have remained practically unchanged for centuries. The country represents the Balkans in the truest sense, consisting of a fascinating mix of Greek, Albanian, Turkish, and Mediterranean influences.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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North Macedonia reopened its airports on July 1 for commercial traffic.Effective July 9, all citizens of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro arriving from those countries will be required to submit a negative PCR test completed no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the border or port of entry. The measure is only valid for citizens of these countries, and if transiting, these travelers may cross the border without presenting a PCR test.

 

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  • Capital: Skopje
  • Currency: Macedonian denar
  • Area: 25 713 sq km
  • Population: 2,077 million
  • Language: Macedonian 66%, Albanian 25%, Turkish 4%, Romani 2%, Greek 2%, Serbian 1%,
  • Religion: Orthodoxy 62%, Islam 37%, other 1%
  • Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 7 January, Orthodox Christmas
  • 1 May, Labor Day
  • 24 May, Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Day
  • 2 August, National Day
  • 8 September, Independence Day
  • 11 October, Uprising Against Fascism Day
  • 23 October, Day of the Macedonian Revolution
  • 8 December, Saint Clement of Ohrid

Also, Orthodox Easter Monday and Eid al-Fitr.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Annual mean temperatures in Macedonia range from approximately 8°C in the north-west regions to 15°C in central regions. The coldest month is January, and on average July is the hottest month. Precipitation generally increases from east to west across the country, with annual precipitation ranging from about 400mm in the south-eastern and central regions to over 1,000 mm in the mountain areas in the western and northwestern regions. In the southern regions with a Mediterranean climate, the months of October, November and December have the highest precipitation, while in the central and norther regions, where the climate is more continental, the greatest amounts of rainfall occur in May and June.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in North Macedonia can be as long as from November to April, making it a wonderful and affordable skiing destination.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in North Macedonia is from May to September and with three national parks there's plenty of outdoor exploring to be done.

 
 

HEALTH

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