Macedonia — Visas and Vaccinations
Citizens of EU countries and visitors from the USA, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand may enter Macedonia visa-free with an ID card or valid passport for a stay up to 90 days. Citizens of a large number of other countries are also allowed visa–free entry, with the list easily viewable on the Macedonian government website. Nationals of countries not included should contact their nearest Macedonian Embassy for further details.
Health and Safety
No specific vaccinations are required for short-stay visits to Macedonia, although those planning to travel in remote areas should make sure their tetanus shots are up to date and other routine inoculations where necessary. The water is safe to drink, and almost all restaurants serve good quality food. Malaria can be a problem, especially around Skopje so anti-malarial medications are recommended. Visitors from the US will need full medical cover along with travel insurance, but visitors from the UK are covered by a reciprocal agreement between the two countries. Those taking prescriptions should bring enough with them as supplies of the latest medications may be sparse.
Macedonia in general is a safe country to visit, but take care in all the tourist areas as pickpockets are known to operate. Gypsy gangs are the worst offenders, using a family with children to distract your attention while another steals your wallet or purse. Common sense, alertness and keeping your valuables hidden are the best protection. Border areas and the northwest of the country require caution as local bandits are common, especially near Kosovo. It's recommended to check with your local government for updates before planning a trip.