North Macedonia lifts COVID-19 entry restrictions

On Tuesday (19 April), North Macedonia’s foreign ministry announced it had decided to lift travel entry requirements for foreign visitors, including by dropping the seven-day quarantine requirement for foreigners entering the country.  [Shutterstock/Ronnie Chua]

Visitors entering North Macedonia will no longer be required to present a vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 test.

On Tuesday (19 April), North Macedonia’s foreign ministry announced it had decided to lift travel entry requirements for foreign visitors, including by dropping the seven-day quarantine requirement for foreigners entering the country.

The situation in North Macedonia remains stable, according to local media.

The number of COVID-19 cases is not growing, Dr Zlate Mehmedovic, spokesman for the Commission for Infectious Diseases (CID), told the North Macedonia portal Free Press.

If the trend continues, the CID is expected to remove various measures, including the requirement to present a vaccine certificate when entering cafés and restaurants.

North Macedonia currently counts 802 active COVID-19 cases. The low number of patients has even prompted the Clinic for Infectious Diseases to close for the past two weeks.

The vaccination rate in the country remains quite low, however, as only 46% of citizens are officially vaccinated, according to Health Minister Bekim Sali. However, already 75% of the population has already recovered from the virus, he added.

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