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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Consular services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Diplomatic Representations
List of Embassies abroad.
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Taxis and buses are available in the city. There are two kinds of bus services, one covers the downtown area and the other one the suburbs of Skopje.
Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line
Online World Atlas

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Skopje (SKP) 14 km / 9 miles EUR 24-30 / 25-30 min - - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
It is possible to travel by bus, airplane, car and taxi.
Rail Companies
Interrailnet.

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Croatia Airlines Major Yes Yes
Adria Airways Major Yes Yes
Austrian Airlines Major Yes Yes
JAT Airways Major Yes Yes
MALEV Airlines Major Yes Yes
MAT Airlines Major Yes Yes
Turkish Airlines Major Yes Yes
CZECH Airlines Major Yes Yes
Alitalia Major Yes Yes
German Wings Major Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The country does not present any particular risks.  However, it is always better to travel with company and use common sense.

Transportation services (car, bus, airplane) are reliable but not so wide-spread.  The country is not completely covered by a transportation network.

Road Maps
FYROM road map of 1994, featuring main roads, highways, airports and country's borders.
Find an Itinerary
Via Michelin

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
The World's Smallest Ethnic Museum/Neolithic Caves in the Pelagonia Valley.
Cultural
St. Panteljmon Monastery/Monasteries around Skopje/The World's Smallest Ethnic Museum/Beljakovo Monastery, Kumanovo/Virgin Mary's Monastery and Church.
Nature
Skopje's Botanical Gardens/Voyage through the Treska River's Canyon/The Waterfalls of Skopje/Megalithic Observatory Kokino.
Religious
Slavomacedonian are Christians, mainly Orthodox.
Thermal
The Thermal Mineral Spa is situated 2 KM southeast from the town of Stip, near Novo Selo.  Its admission fee is 5 Euros per person.
Beach
None.
Winter Sports
Skiing, consult the listings in Ski Stations.
Outdoor Activities
Tourist visit to Skopje and its surroundings: Horse riding, walking, snowboard and ski tours.
Shopping
Embroidery, pottery, gold and silver jewelry, ceramics, woolen articles and leather handicrafts.
Top Highlights in the Main Cities
Botanical Gardens
Pantelejmon Monastery
Top Highlights of the Country
Main destinations highlights
Tourism Organizations
Tourist Office

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for international travelers.
International Hospitals
The Ministry of Health has taken a project to improve the efficiency of health service. This project includes reforms on the health insurance system.  The project was scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2008.  It took 4.5 years to accomplish it. The plan was developed by the government which invested 1.34 million dollars and a loan of 10 million dollars from the SIF (Specific Investment Loan).

The main objectives of this project are: Reinforcement of the budget's administration,  reinforcement of the internal control over procedures and systems, externalize the accounts of the Health Insurance Fund, eradicate corruption (misuse of funds), improve the efficiency of health services by reorganizing structures and forming  teams of qualified personnel.

For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
World Health Organization
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
US Department of State
 

Emergency Numbers

Unique Emergency Number 195
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Skopje (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time is from March to October
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Thanks to its geographical location and topography, the country enjoys a mountainous climate as well as a Mediterranean one, it gets as much impact from the Aegean Sea as well as from the Adriatic and the Black Seas.  The country also has continental climate characteristics, emphasized by the southern mountains which prevent the warm meridional winds from ascending towards the northern area.  In general, the climate in the northern and western parts of the country is more continental and in the southern and eastern regions is more Mediterranean.
For Further Information
Weather Forecast Site
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Cuisine in FYROM uses a variety of natural and healthy fresh products. Fruits and vegetables are cultivated using very natural procedures. The country's several lakes and rivers provide excellent sweet water fish, such as the Ohrid trout. Meats are usually prepared grilled, served with "kaakaval", a yellow cheese from the Gouda group. The "Chopska" is a cheese served shredded over traditional country-style salads.

The population prepare varieties of cooked peppers (sweet and green), called "Piperki", which are used in stuffing combined with rice or meats. These peppers are largely consumed as basic ingredients in their cuisine.

Drinks
The most popular drinks are the "Mastika" and the "Iolta".  These two alcoholic beverages are obtained from the fermentation of grapes, the first one, Mastika, is mixed with lentisk which adds an anise-flavored taste, similar to the Ouzo liqueur from Greece.  Iolta, which means "yellow", is distinguished by its particular color, obtained from the contact with the mulberry wooden barrels where it has been stored.  It is at the moment  when the main course is served, that the choice of wine must be made, selecting it from the local wine list (red or white).  Most of the wines come from the Tikve region, in the southern part of the country.  The T'ga za Jug is a full-bodied red wine, popular and flavorsome, the Alexandria is slightly more delicate.  Wines produced by the Bovin and Skovin cellars are well appreciated by the amateurs.
Dietary Restrictions
None

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Paying

Domestic Currency
FYROM Denar
ISO Code
MKD
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Local currency can be obtained in banks, American Express agencies, exchange counters, money transfer agencies (Western Union and Money gram) or by using automated teller machines.  These are usually located in downtown districts or in train stations or at the airport.
Possible Means of Payment
Traveler's checks, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) or Cash can be used.

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Speaking

Official Language
Slavomacedonian
Other Languages Spoken
Albanian, Romani, Turkish, Croatian.
Business Language
English
Getting Some Knowledge
Language Lessons
Free Translation Tools
IDIVIDI : Slavomacedonian translation site. English/Slavomacedonian and Slavomacedonian/English.

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation

Exploring
To Find an Apartment
Property in FYROM

Apartments for Rent.
To Find a Job
Site of Recruitment

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