Do You Need Visa to Visit North Macedonia?

Do You Need Visa to Visit North Macedonia? Check It Out!

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Visa Types & Categories to Apply for North Macedonia

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for North Macedonia

You can realize a planned trip to North Macedonia by getting a North Macedonia visa. Foreign nationals can apply for North Macedonia Short-term visas (C-type visa) for temporary reasons (tourism, business, cultural and other short-term). If you want to stay in North Macedonia longer for any reason (such as education, work, etc.), you can also apply for North Macedonia Long-term visas (D-type visa).

Holders of a valid type “C” multiple-entry Schengen visa or a Residence Permit to the Schengen Area, also holders of a valid UK, Canada and US visa may enter North Macedonia without a visa for up to 15 days.

North Macedonia Short-term (C-type) Visa

North Macedonia Short-term (C-type) Visa

You can apply for a North Macedonia Short-term visa for realizing your temporary travel to North Macedonia. Reasons to apply for this type of visa can be tourism, visiting family or friends, business trips, short-term education, exchange programs, short-term work, and many other non-permanent nuances. North Macedonia Short-term visa’s validity period can be a maximum of 90 days. Short-term visa can be both single-entry and multiple-entry.

All foreign citizens must register themselves with the local police within 24 hours from their arrival to North Macedonia, otherwise, they will face fines with a serious amount when they leave the country.

 

In addition to a North Macedonia visa, nationals of the below countries are also required to get an approval letter from North Macedonia Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Afghanistan

China

Guatemala

Jordan

Oman

Somalia

Algeria

Congo

Guinea

Lebanon

Pakistan

Sudan

Angola

Egypt

Guinea-Bissau

Libya

Philippines

Syria

Bangladesh

Ethiopia

Honduras

Morocco

Rwanda

Tunisia

Burundi

Gabon

Iran

Niger

Saudi Arabia

Vietnam

Cameroon

Ghana

Iraq

Nigeria

Senegal

Yemen

 
Required Documents for North Macedonia Short-term Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from North Macedonia.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages.”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Photo

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your arrival to North Macedonia.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your arrival to North Macedonia.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous visas

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation (return ticket)
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Travel Insurance

  • It should cover all the duration you intend to stay in North Macedonia

11. Supporting Documents that Show Your Reason for a Trip

      For tourism:

  • Confirmation of the accommodation (hotel confirmation, apartment rental contract, etc.)

      For business/congress/sports travel:

  • Original invitation letter by the company/organization
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (hotel confirmation, apartment rental contract, etc.)

      For private visit:

  • Original invitation letter by inviting person
  • The original document that confirms the ownership of estate (home) of your inviting person, if you are going to stay there
  • Copies of passport, ID card/residence permit of your inviting person

      For studying (short-term):

  • Original invitation letter by the educational establishment in North Macedonia
  • Acceptance letter to education establishment in North Macedonia
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (apartment rental contract, dormitory contract, etc.)

      For employment (short-term):

  • Original invitation letter by a company in North Macedonia
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (apartment rental contract, hotel confirmation, etc.)

12. A Warranty Letter (Letter of Guarantee)

  • This document can be required by the embassy in some cases, if it is required, it should be certified by a competent authority.

13. For Minors:

  • Copy and English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • Permit letter by parents/guardians if minor is travelling alone or permit letter by one of the guardians/parents in case of minor is travelling with one of them.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for North Macedonia Short-term Visa

The average processing time for a North Macedonia Short-term Visa is 5-25 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

North Macedonia Short-term Visa Fee

North Macedonia Short-term Visa fee is 60 EUR (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for North Macedonia Short-term Visa?

You will apply for a North Macedonia Short-term Visa in North Macedonia visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

North Macedonia Long-term (D-type) Visa

North Macedonia Long-term (D-type) Visa

Even if your country is exempt from visa requirements for a short-term period, if you intend to stay longer in North Macedonia, you may need to apply for a long-stay visa from your home country before coming to North Macedonia. You can stay a maximum period of 180 days within 1 year in North Macedonia with a Long-term (D) visa.

The long-term visa grants entry to North Macedonia on the basis that you will be applying for a residence permit. It enables you to enter North Macedonia as a potential resident and stay while you apply for residency.

 

Required Documents for North Macedonia Long-term Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from North Macedonia.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages.”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Photo

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your arrival to North Macedonia.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your arrival to North Macedonia.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous visas

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation (return ticket)
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Travel Insurance

  • It should cover all the duration you intend to stay in North Macedonia.

11. Supporting Documents that Show Your Reason for a Trip

      For business travel:

  • Original invitation letter by the company
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (hotel confirmation, apartment rental contract, etc.)

      For private visit:

  • The original invitation letter by inviting person
  • The original document that confirms the ownership of estate (home) of your inviting person, if you are going to stay there
  • Copies of passport, Id card/residence permit of your inviting person

      For studying (long-term):

  • Original invitation letter by the educational establishment in North Macedonia
  • Acceptance letter to education establishment in North Macedonia
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (apartment rental contract, dormitory contract, etc.)

      For employment (long-term):

  • Original invitation letter by a company in North Macedonia
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (hotel confirmation, apartment rental contract, etc.)

      For a family reunion:

  • The original invitation letter by your family member
  • The original document that confirms the ownership of estate (home) of your inviting person, if you are going to stay there.
  • Copies of passport, Id card/residence permit of your family member in North Macedonia
  • Documents proving your ties with your family member in North Macedonia (such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.)

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • Permit letter by parents/guardians if minor is travelling alone or permit letter by one of the guardians/parents in case of minor is travelling with one of them.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for North Macedonia Long-term Visa

The average processing time for a North Macedonia Long-term Visa is 5-25 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

North Macedonia Long-term Visa Fee

North Macedonia Long-term Visa fee is 70 EUR (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for North Macedonia Long-term Visa?

You will apply for a North Macedonia Long-term Visa in North Macedonia visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

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FAQ

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I am from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter North Macedonia. Can I experience any problems at the border, while entering North Macedonia?

You must meet certain requirements to enter North Macedonia, even if you are not required a visa:

  • The purpose of your trip to North Macedonia must be plausible and comprehensible.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months beyond your stay in North Macedonia.
  • You must be able to finance your own living and travel costs.
  • You must hold a confirmed return flight to prove that you are prepared to leave North Macedonia before the visa expires.
  • You must not pose a threat to security or public order.
 
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Can I get a residence permit for North Macedonia at the Consulate General?

No, you cannot get a residence permit for North Macedonia at the embassy or consulate of North Macedonia. You should get a long-term visa, then apply for a residence permit after your arrival in North Macedonia.

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What happens if my North Macedonia visa application is rejected?

If your North Macedonia visa application is rejected, you will be notified by your mission that your application has been unsuccessful. You will be informed of the grounds on which it was rejected and have one month to appeal the decision by writing to the North Macedonia mission. Your application will then be reconsidered. You can also apply for a visa again if your circumstances have changed.

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Will my fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your visa application is not successful.

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Can I extend the validity of my North Macedonia visa?

The validity of a visa can be extended in some exceptional and force-major cases. You can get information about that directly at the Migration Department of North Macedonia.

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Do I have to participate in the Embassy or Visa Administrative Center in person for applying for North Macedonia visa?

It depends on your country of residence or the embassy/consulate/Visa Administrative Center’s rules and obligations. In some countries, sending your documents via courier is enough to the embassy/consulate/Visa Administrative Center.

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Can the Embassy/Consulate request me to provide additional documents or information?

The embassy may request you to provide additional documents or information, according to your personal situation, even after you have submitted all the required documents mentioned on the official website of the Embassy/Consulate/Visa Application Center.

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Where can I register myself with local police in North Macedonia?

If you will stay in a hotel, the hotel will register you to the nearest local police department (station). If you are going to stay in a private house with relatives or friends, they should escort you to the police station.

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