“Visa” is a permit for entry and short-term stay or transit issued to a foreigner by a competent authority of the Republic of North Macedonia.
Visas are issued to foreigners for the purpose of: entering the Republic of North Macedonia and staying short-term for the duration specified in the visa, entering the Republic of Macedonia and staying long-term or transiting the territory or the international transit zone at an airport in the Republic of North Macedonia.
The foreigner is obligated to secure his/her visa prior to entering the Republic of North Macedonia and may stay in the Republic of North Macedonia only for the purpose for which the visa was issued.
The foreigner submits a visa application to the competent (resident or non-resident) diplomatic-consular representation of the Republic of North Macedonia no longer than six months and at least 15 days before the start of the intended trip. The visa application is submitted in person. Upon exception, the visa application may be submitted by another natural or legal person authorised to act as the proxy of the applicant when the foreigner is a disabled person or when the foreigner is a well-known person and there is no doubt about his/her bona fide intentions. The application for a minor is submitted in person by a parent or a guardian. (Visa Application >>>)
The applicant encloses the following documentation with the visa application:
- Valid travel document (the validity period of the travel document should exceed that of the visa by at least three months), the travel document must have been issued within the last 10 years and it must include at least two empty pages for visa purposes and one photograph size 35x45 mm
- Proof of valid travel medical insurance
- Proof of fees paid
- Documents that prove: the purpose of the visit to RNM, secured accommodation, means of subsistence to cover the stay in RNM and the repatriation or the travel to a third country, means of transport and the intention to return to the country of origin or the intention to travel to a third country
The fee pursuant to the LAF – Tariff No. 135 for long-stay visa (‘D’ visa) is 70 euros or 35 euros for children aged 6-12
Letter of guarantee
Letters of guarantee are issued by citizens of the Republic of Macedonia or foreigners with granted residence in the Republic of North Macedonia.
An invitation letter by a legal entity is issued by a domestic and foreign legal entity registered in the Republic of North Macedonia inviting the foreigner to a business visit; or by a state administrative body.
The letter of guarantee and the invitation letter by a legal entity of a state administrative body act as proof of means of subsistence i.e. secured accommodation if they contain a statement where the guarantor, i.e. the legal person assumes the responsibility to provide accommodation and to cover all the expenses for the stay of the foreigner in the Republic of North Macedonia and his/her departure from the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia.
The letter of guarantee and the invitation letter by a legal entity must be certified by a notary public; this, however, does not apply for the invitation letter issued by a state administrative body.
Travel medical insurance
Adequate and valid travel medical insurance that covers the expenses which may arise during the applicant’s stay in RNM or in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment.
The applicant must provide proof of travel medical insurance for the entire duration of his stay in RNM.
Visa Refusal - appeal
The foreigner has the right to file an appeal against the decision on refusal of the visa application within a period of eight days of receipt of the decision with the State Commission for Decision-Making in Administrative Procedure and Labour Relation Procedures in the Second Instance. The appeal is filed in writing, using the Macedonian Cyrillic alphabet to the State Commission for Decision-Making in Administrative Procedure and Labour Relation Procedures in the Second Instance within eight days of receipt of the decision by paying the administrative fee as prescribed by law.
The appeal does not delay the enforcement of the decision.