For entrance in Macedonia, a passport or some other valid identification document is necessary so that a border pass permit can be issued (valid three months). If the visa is necessary, in most cases it can also be issued at the border. However, if you’re not sure if you need a visa, it is a good idea to check at the Macedonian Embassy or Consulate in your country prior to your trip.
Tourists can bring in Macedonia all their personal belongings without any limitations. Duty-free allowance is 200 cigarettes, one bottle (1 liter) of alcoholic beverage, 1 kg coffee or tea, perfume for personal use. You should declare: sport/camping-, professional radio-, TV-, HIFI-, or photo-equipment.
When entering Macedonia by car the test certificate (motor vehicle registration documents), the international Green insurance card and mandate from the owner of the vehicle (if the driver is not the owner her/himself), are required. Boats and yachts for personal use do not need be declared. The proof of ownership must be presented.
Animals (dogs, cats and others) must have permission, the yellow health document and certificate of vaccination, especially vaccination against rabies.
The Macedonian currency is Macedonian Denar – MKD. Money should be exchanged in official exchange offices (banks, post offices, hotels, tourist agencies) according to current exchange rates 1 Euro – 62 denars. When leaving Macedonia foreigners can exchange MKDs back into foreign currency (at official places) only after presenting the evidence on exchange for Denars when entering the country.
Some major credit cards (Diners, American Express, Visa and MasterCard/EuroCard) and euro-checks can be used for payments wherever noticed, as a rule in most hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Shops in Macedonia offer a great variety of domestic and imported wares. Duty free shops are generally situated in duty free zones (airports and road border crossings). Usual opening hours of shops: Mon to Fri 8.00 am 8.00 pm or to 9.00 pm in summer, Sat 8.00 am – 3.00 pm, in tourist resorts prolonged in summer.
Usual working hours:
Institutions and offices: from Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 8.00 pm or 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Banks: Mon to Fri 8.00 am – 7.00 pm, Sat 8.00 am – Noon, on airports, railway and bus stations prolonged.
In the low regions, continental – hot and dry summers and cold winters; in the highlands, mountainous – cool summers and cold winters with plenty of snow. Time Central European Time zone (CET), summer season – from end of March to end of September – 1 hour shifted forward.
In all larger towns there are hospitals and pharmacies. The service is good and prices moderate. Foreign tourists do not pay for the health services if their native country signed the Health Insurance Convention with Macedonia (in that case you only need a form from your native country). The ambulance telephone number is 94.
Important phone numbers:
Fire brigade: 193
Road assistance: 196
Bus station Skopje: 02/24-66-011, 02/24-66-311
Rail station Skopje: 02/31-64-255
Airport Skopje: 02/31-48-333
Electrical current: 220 V, 50 Hz