According to commit4fitness, Macedonia (North Macedonia) (English: North Macedonia, Macedonian: Северна Македонија) is a country in Europe bordering Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece. Macedonia has been independent from the former Yugoslavia since 1991. The capital of Macedonia is Skopje. Some major cities in Macedonia are: Kumanovo, Bitola, Prilep, Veles and Tetovo. Since February 14, 2019, the country is officially called North Macedonia.
Macedonia is known for its long and rich history. There are about 1000 churches and monasteries in the country, 365 of which are in the city of Ohrid. This city has built a church for every day of the year. The average altitude of Macedonia is approximately 850 meters. The highest point is 2754 meters (Golem Korab). The landscape is mostly characterized by mountains, grasslands, lakes and forests. There are also 346 caves in Macedonia, which are often difficult to access. In the winter months you can practice winter sports at the border with Greece.
Where is Macedonia?
Travel information of Macedonia
Official name: Republic of North Macedonia
Area: 25,713 km²
Country code: MK, MKD
Population: 1,832,696 inhabitants (2021)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 2,764 m (Korab)
Distance (Amsterdam – Skopje): 1,693 km
Flight time: approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Macedonia that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Macedonia, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Macedonia. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Macedonia?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Macedonia at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Macedonia has several climate zones. In the winter months the temperatures are around -5 to 5 degrees and in the summer months around 20 to 35 degrees. Due to its location, Macedonia can sometimes be affected by earthquakes.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Macedonia can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Macedonia can be found at Climate info.
May, June and September are the best months to travel to Macedonia. This avoids the cold winter period and the hot summer period. December, January and February are the best months for a winter sports holiday to Macedonia.
Macedonian is the official language in Macedonia. Albanian, Serbian, Turkish and Romani are also spoken locally.
Would you like to translate from or into Macedonian for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Macedonia for less than 90 days.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Macedonia: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy and Consulates of Macedonia in the Netherlands: Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency
In Macedonia, payments are made with the Macedonia denar (MKD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Macedonia can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Macedonia are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -57% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (74% cheaper), food (54% cheaper), imported beer in catering (58% cheaper), cigarettes (69% cheaper) and public transport (80% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Macedonia it is customary to tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, a tip of approximately 10% is given.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
The summer time in Macedonia is equal to that in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Macedonia can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Macedonia you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Macedonia.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Macedonia.
In Macedonia the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Macedonia can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap because of the chlorine content. This can cause stomach and intestinal complaints.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Macedonia can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Macedonia can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Macedonia end in.mk.
Official websites of Macedonia: vlada.mk and exploringmacedonia.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Macedonia is 00389 or +389.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Macedonia? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
All Macedonia area codes can be found on Wikipedia.
Telephone numbers can be found in the Telephone Directory of Macedonia.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Macedonia.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Macedonia.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Macedonia.
An overview of all public holidays in Macedonia can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Macedonia, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Macedonia?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Macedonia. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Macedonia can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Macedonia can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Macedonia? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, perfume and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Macedonia.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 16, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Macedonia is often referred to as ‘Fyrom’?
…Macedonia is a candidate for accession to the European Union?
…Macedonia was part of the former Yugoslavia until 1991?
…1/4th of the population lives in the capital Skopje?
…Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia?
…Macedonia has the most mountains and peaks in the world?