North Macedonia visa

If you are planning to visit North Macedonia and you are from abroad, you must apply for a North Macedonia visa. Depending on the length of your stay, you can apply for a short-term stay visa or a long-term stay visa.


Do I Need a Visa for North Macedonia?

If you have a passport issued by one of the countries listed below, you do not need a visa to visit North Macedonia for up to 90 days:

  1. All EU citizens
  2. Georgia
  3. Paraguay
  4. Albania
  5. Guatemala
  6. Peru
  7. Andorra
  8. Honduras
  9. Russia
  10. Antigua and Barbuda
  11. Hong Kong
  12. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  13. Argentina
  14. Iceland
  15. San Marino
  16. Australia
  17. Israel
  18. Seychelles
  19. Azerbaijan
  20. Japan
  1. Serbia
  2. Bahamas
  3. Kosovo
  4. Singapore
  5. Barbados
  6. Liechtenstein
  7. South Korea
  8. Belarus
  9. Macao
  10. Switzerland
  11. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  12. Malaysia
  13. Taiwan
  14. Botswana
  15. Mauritius
  16. Turkey
  17. Brazil
  18. Mexico
  19. Ukraine
  20. Brunei
  1. Moldova
  2. The United Arab Emirates
  3. Canada
  4. Monaco
  5. The United Kingdom
  6. Chile
  7. Monte Negro
  8. The United States
  9. Columbia
  10. New Zeeland
  11. Uruguay
  12. Costa Rica
  13. Nicaragua
  14. Vatican City
  15. Cuba
  16. Norway
  17. Venezuela
  18. El Salvador
  19. Panama

Other Visa Exemptions

The following categories are also exempt from applying for a North Macedonian visa:

  1. Holders of diplomatic passports from one of these countries:
    • Belarus
    • China
    • Georgia
    • India (diplomatic only)
    • Iran
    • Indonesia
    • Mongolia
    • Peru
  2. Holders of a residence permit of one of the Schengen, EU, EEA, Switzerland countries may enter Macedonia without a visa from February 27th, 2019.
  3. Holders of a UN passport.
  4. Holders of a valid UK, Canada, or USA visa may enter North Macedonia for 15 days without a visa.
  5. Holders of passports for public affairs from:
    • Belarus
    • China
    • Georgia
    • Mongolia

North Macedonia Visa Types

Here are all the North Macedonian visa types:

  1. Airport transit (A)
  2. visa Short-stay (C) visa.
  3. Long-stay (D) visa.

Airport Transit (A) Visa

An airport transit visa is issued for 24 hours, and it allows a foreign citizen to transit in North Macedonia while flying to another country.
However, the airport transit visa does not allow its holder to exit the airport area.

Short-Stay (C) Visa

A short-stay visa is issued for citizens who want to stay in North Macedonia for three months within 180 days. Short-term stay visas are issued for a variety of purposes but are mainly for:

  1. Tourism.
  2. Visiting family.
  3. Business meeting.
  4. Political meetings.
  5. School trip.
  6. Medical examination, etc.

Long-term visa (D)

Long-term visa is issued to foreign nationals who wish to stay in North Macedonia for at least one year. Macedonian long-term visas are issued for the following purposes:

  1. Research.
  2. Jobs.
  3. Family reunion.
  4. Study exchange program.
  5. Medical treatment.
  6. Volunteering (for various purposes).
  7. Humanitarian purposes.
  8. expat digital nomads in North Macedonia and more.

After arriving in Macedonia on a long-term visa, you must report to the Ministry of the Interior within five days of arrival, where the MIA will issue you a temporary residence permit.


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North Macedonia Visa Requirements

Below are the required documents to apply for a North Macedonia visa:

  1. Valid passport.
    Passport must be in good condition and have at least two blank pages.
  2. Application form.
    Fill out the form completely and sign at the end.
  3. Tax payment.
    Attach the completed payment receipt to your visa application. Payment can be made at the North Macedonia embassy or consulate.
  4. Health insurance.
    Valid health insurance covers costs if you have medical problems during your stay in North Macedonia.
  5. Proof of residence.
    Documents proving that you have accommodation in North Macedonia. This document can be a rental contract, invitation letter, hotel reservation, etc.
  6. Bank statement.
    Bank statement document issued by your bank. It must prove that you are financially stable and can cover your own expenses while staying in North Macedonia.
  7. Two passport-sized photos.
    Make sure your photos were taken recently within the last six months.
  8. Invitation letter.
    This letter is written by your host (friend or family member) in North Macedonia. This document is only required if available.
  9. Flight itinerary.
    The flight itinerary is a document issued by the airline you plan to travel with. It includes the date and flight time and everything describing your flight journey.

Note: Any missing document can lead to your visa refusal. The embassy may request additional documents on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply for an North Macedonia Visa?

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Login” button, which can be found in the menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you haven’t registered yet, please register yourself first. After registering, proceed to log in to the panel.
  3. Once you are logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the panel.
  4. Select the “Visa Application Form” option from the menu.
  5. Fill out this form with the required information.
  6. Finally, submit the completed form.

Is North Macedonia in Schengen?

North Macedonia is not part of the Schengen agreement. However, citizens of a Schengen country can visit North Macedonia for 15 days without a visa. Holders of a residence permit issued by one of the Schengen countries can also enter North Macedonia without a visa.

North Macedonia Visa Processing Time

North Macedonia visa processing time is seven working days. After submitting your documents to the Embassy of North Macedonia, the embassy will begin processing your visa application. Make sure you submit your application on time to receive your visa results on time.

How Much Is the North Macedonia Visa Fee?

Depending on the length of stay or your age, the North Macedonia visa application fee is as follows:

  1. €60 – for transit visa.
  2. €60 – for short stay visa.
  3. €70 – for long stay visa.
  4. €35 – for children 6 to 12 years old.

What Is the Validity of a North Macedonia Visa?

The validity of the Macedonia visa depends on the type of visa you are applying for Short-term visas to North Macedonia are valid for 90 days.

Long-term visas are issued for one year.

What if the Visa Application Is Rejected?

If your North Macedonia visa application is refused, you can:

  1. Submit a new application. You can reapply for the same visa in North Macedonia.
  2. Claim rejected. You can write an appeal within eight days of receiving the rejection letter. You must write letters in the Macedonian Cyrillic alphabet. Instructions on how to appeal a visa refusal must be included in the refusal letter issued by the embassy.


How to Obtain a Residence Permit for North Macedonia?

You can apply for a temporary residence permit at one of the North Macedonia consulates or embassies in your country if you are applying for these specific reasons.

  1. To go to work.
  2. For study.
  3. For professionals.
  4. For medical treatment.
  5. For scientific research.

If you are applying for a temporary residence permit for family reunification, you can apply directly to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of North Macedonia.

Documents for North Macedonia Residence Permit

When applying for a residence permit in North Macedonia, you must present the following documents:

  1. Passport.
  2. Two passport-sized photos.
  3. Application form.
  4. Tax payment.
  5. Bank statement.
  6. Health insurance.
  7. Proof of residence.
  8. Evidence that you meet the necessary criteria to apply for a temporary residence permit.
  9. Diploma in Education.
  10. For employment purposes:
    • Labor contract.
    • Any practical training program.
    • Work permit.
  11. For educational purposes:
    • Copy of diploma.
    • Acceptance letter from a university in North Macedonia.
    • Bank statement.
    • Evidence of language skills.
  12. For family reunification purposes:
    • Evidence that you are related to a member of your family who is in North Macedonia.
    • Letter of consent from the other parent if you are a minor.
  13. For research purposes:
    • A document from the research organization demonstrating that you are accepted to participate in this type of research.
    • A document from the institute proving that they will sponsor your stay in North Macedonia.
    • Evidence of funding from a research facility.
    • Scientific research contract of a scientific organization.

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