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State Department: FYROM - Consular Information Sheet, March 12, 1997


Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) - Consular Information Sheet
March 12, 1997

Country Description: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is a developing nation undergoing economic change. Conditions in tourist facilities vary considerably and many are not up to Western standards. To date, the conflicts in the Balkan region have not significantly affected the FYROM. The United States established full diplomatic relations with the FYROM in September 1995.

Entry and Exit Requirements: U.S. citizens need a passport and visa. Although travelers may be able to obtain visas at the border, it is recommended that they obtain their visas prior to travel in their country of residence. 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.

Travelers will be required to complete an entry/exit document when they enter the FYROM. The exit portion of this document must be retained for presentation to FYROM immigration officials upon departure. Loss of this form may result in departure delays.

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. Information on specific health matters is available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's hotline for international travelers at (404) 332-4559 or by visiting CDC's Internet home page at http://www.cdc.gov.

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.

Road Safety/Conditions: Secondary roads are poorly maintained and lighted, and frequently are used by horse-drawn carts and livestock. Many vehicles are old and lack standard front or rear lights. Mountain roads are narrow, poorly marked, lack guard rails, and quickly become dangerous in inclement weather.

Registration and Embassy Location: U.S. citizens are encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje and obtain updated information on travel and security in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The U.S. Embassy, is located at Ilindenska BB, 91000 Skopje, tel. (389) (91) 116-180, fax (389) (91) 117-103.

No. 97-047

This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated February 22, 1996, to add information on entry/exit requirements, road safety conditions, and Internet information.

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