State Department: FYROM - Consular Information Sheet, February 22, 1996
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - Consular Information Sheet
February 22, 1996
Country Description: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
(FYROM) is a developing nation undergoing economic change.
Conditions in tourist facilities vary considerably and may not be up
to Western standards. To date, the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina has
not significantly affected the FYROM. The United States established
full diplomatic relations with the FYROM in September 1995.
Entry Requirements: U.S. citizens need a passport. Permission to
enter is issued at the point of entry. Additional information may
be obtained from the Embassy of the FYROM, 3050 K Street NW, Suite
210, Washington, D.C., 20007, telephone (202) 337-3063.
Medical Facilities: Health facilities are limited. Medicines are
in short supply. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash
payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always
valid outside the United States. Travelers have found supplemental
medical insurance with specific overseas coverage, including
provisions for air evacuation, useful. Further information on
health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention's international travelers' hotline at (404) 332-4559.
Crime Information: Theft and other petty crimes are on the rise.
The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported
immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or
Consulate. Useful information on guarding valuables and protecting
personal security while traveling abroad is provided in the
Department of State pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad", available from
the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office,
Washington DC 20402.
Drug penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the
country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use,
or trafficking in illegal drugs are strict and convicted offenders
can expect jail sentences and fines.
Registration and Embassy Location: U.S. citizens who register at
the U.S. Embassy in Skopje can obtain updated information on travel
and security in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The
Embassy, presently located at 27 Mart Street, No 5, will move to
Ilindenska bb, 91000 Skopje on March 23, 1996. The telephone number
is (389-91) 116-180.
This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated May 5, 1994, to
add information on formal U.S. recognition and to note the opening
of the U.S. Embassy in Skopje and the Embassy of the FYROM in