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Take your passport with you!

Maybe needless to tell the more experienced traveller that you should always have your passport with you...Well, I forgot to take it when we planned an overnight stay at a monastery...The thought that you have to register in such a sacred place never occurred to me! My drivers license unfortunately was not good enough...Result: No room for me!

So, take your passport, even if you´re planning to stay in a mountain hut or monastery!

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  • Written Apr 7, 2007
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Pig in pigsty - FYR of Macedonia

Pig in pigsty

Skopje Zoo

This is a huge dilemma: Telling people not to go to the Zoo will likely reduce turnover and consequently animal welfare...However, this zoo is too depressing to visit...The picture should speak for itself...

I can understand that there is lack of money...But in that case, better no zoo than this one!

Hopefully things have improved since this picture was taken (2003).

Update 2012: The zoo has improved a lot!

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 18, 2012
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Health Insurance - FYR of Macedonia
Health Insurance

Since September 2008 you need proof of a valid health insurance when you enter Macedonia, otherwise you will have to buy one at the border. You can ask your insurance company for an international statement.

I believe that for short term stay this is only about 5 or 6 euros, but for long term stay it may be a lot more expensive.

NOTE (2010): This policy has been canceled! You do not need to proof anymore that you have a valid health insurance, or buy one at the border!

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2010
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Be careful taking a drone to Macedonia - Republic of Macedonia

Be careful taking a drone to Macedonia

Be Careful When Taking A Drone To Macedonia A Drone in Macedonia Review

Recently, there have been several stories about people who wanted to take a drone into Macedonia and got their drone confiscated at the border.

They had to pay a high fine (500-600 euros) and did not get their drones back. One person even was detained and had to stand trial in Skopje, after passing the border near Bitola with a drone.

At the moment it is not clear what the legal grounds are for this confiscation. The official Macedonian customs site does not mention that it is illegal to carry a drone as personal luggage. It mentions that goods with a value above 350 euros have to be declared, but this seems only to apply to residents of Macedonia.

Until it is clear what the exact rules are for taking drones into Macedonia, you are advised to leave your drone at home. In case you have a drone with you, make sure you declare it at the customs.

Sources:
http://www.customs.gov.mk/en/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=0&tabid=333
http://www.customs.gov.mk/en/Uploads/Brosura%20Carina%20EN%20(2).pdf

There are also rumors that the drones are confiscated by corrupt customs officers.

Sources:
https://vimeo.com/191724569
https://www.facebook.com/macedoniacorruption/
https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g295109-i8578-k10004858-Macedonia_customs_warning_declare_everything_and_anything-Republic_of_Macedonia.html






Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 26, 2016
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