What you should know before traveling to Macedonia
The Republic of Macedonia is also known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It is a small country on the Balkan. The size of this country is 25,333 sq. km. The country code is +389. The population is 2.023.000. The capital is Skopje. Macedonia is bordered with: Greece, Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria and Kosovo. It isn’t a very popular tourist destination, but many tourists who go to Greece must pass through Macedonia.
Citizens of countries that are member of the Schengen Agreement don’t need a visa. They need only a valid passport. They can stay up to 90 days. You should know that citizens from: Japan, Turkey and Montenegro can stay 60 days. If you come from a third country, you may need a visa.
You can go to Macedonia by plane. There are two airports in this country. SKP (Skopje "Alexander the Great Airport’’) and OHD ("St.Paul the Apostle Airport"). There are more than 150 flights to the European cities every week. You can also go by a bus. There are regular lines to Greece on the south and to Serbia on the North. If you are coming by a car, you must have a ‘’Green Card’’. Street signs are on Cyrillic letters, so be prepared to read them. You can go to Macedonia with a bus. EuroBus Macedonia (+436643014416) has regular connections from: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Italy.
The official language is Macedonian. But, 66% of the population speak this language. 25% speak the Albanian language. The official currency is the denar, but the euro is used as secondary currency. There are lots of ATMs and banks. If you come from the United Kingdom, you should exchange your currency before you go to Macedonia.