Entry and Exit
Singaporeans can visit Macedonia for up to 90 days without a visa. Travellers should note that North Macedonia is not part of the Schengen Area.
As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to refer to the website of the Embassy of North Macedonia in New Delhi, which also covers Singapore, for the latest information. Alternatively, they may contact their travel agent, or the Embassy (firstname.lastname@example.org, or +389 2 3115 266).
Safety and Security
Petty crime is common, particularly in Skopje’s main downtown zone, shopping malls and entertainment zones.
Acts of inter-ethnic violence occur occasionally. Areas bordering Kosovo and Serbia are more volatile due to political tensions. In the event of disorder and unrest, remain indoors and avoid demonstrations and protests.
Some roads, especially those in rural areas, may be in poor conditions. Driving risks are higher due to inadequate lighting and the presence of farm equipment and animals.
Local authority officials have the right to demand that visitors produce identification documents. Visitors should carry their passports or photocopies of their passport and the entry stamp page at all times.
It is illegal to photograph border crossings and buildings of national and strategic importance (including government and military institutions) without prior approval from the local authorities. If in doubt, seek the advice of the local authorities.
The export of certain items with cultural or historical significance may be prohibited. Consult the local authorities to check if a permit may be required.
Earthquakes have occurred in Macedonia. During the summer months, bush and forest fires may occur. Monitor the local news and weather forecasts and comply with local advice. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
- In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.