Travelling in the Schengen Area

1. Visa-free Regime with Schengen Area Member State

Pursuant to the EU decision on the visa liberalization for the Republic of Macedonia, issued on December 19th, 2009, the nationals of Macedonia are granted a visa-free entry and a 90-days stay through a period of up to six months, in the Schengen Area member states.

For a stay longer than 90 days, the nationals of the Republic of Macedonia must apply for a long-term visa or a residence permit.

Schengen Area member states

  • 25 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxemburg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Spain.
  • 3 non-EU member countries: Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

2. Special procedure for crossing the Greek border

When entering and exiting the territory of Greece the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia receive a stamp on a special sheet of paper, which can be claimed at:

  • Border crossings with Greece;
  • Liaison Office of the Hellenic Republic in Skopje;
  • Greek Consulate in Bitola.

You should carry the special sheet of paper with you when travelling to Greece and the other Schengen Area countries in a period of one year after its final use.


3. Crossing the outer borders of the Schengen Area

When crossing the outer borders of the Schengen Area the nationals of the Republic of Macedonia may be asked to provide some of the following documents:

[ A ] when travelling for business, i.e., work-related events:

  • invitation to attend meetings, conferences or events related to a trade, industry or a field of work;
  • other documents that verify the existence of business relations or other work-related relations;
  • tickets for fairs or congresses, if such events are to be attended.

[ B ] when travelling for educational purposes:

  • enrolment confirmation by the educational institution where practical or theoretical courses will be attended within the basic or vocational educational framework;
  • student ID or confirmation for attending a course.

[ C ] when travelling for recreational or private purposes:

  • accommodation proof/confirmation;
  • proof of the travel route;
  • proof of return travel (return ticket).

[ D ] when travelling to political, scientific, cultural, sport or religious events and for other purposes:

  • invitations, tickets, registration forms or programs, which, if possible, should include the name of the host organization and the length of stay,
  • another confirmation that states the purpose of the stay.

[ E ] proof of possession of sufficient financial resources:

  • through cash, traveller’s cheques, credit cards and/or sponsorship statements, pursuant to the amounts ascertained by each of the countries.

[ F ] proof of travel/health insurance for the duration of the stay.


4. Possibility of being denied entry to the Schengen Area

If the applicable requirements are not met, a national of the Republic of Macedonia may be denied entry to the Schengen Area. In such cases the citizen has a right to receive an explanation in written form, issued by a competent body, as well as a right to appeal the decision which does not prolong its executionе.