Tag: border
Macedonia 06.08.20 | 16:39

No beach in August either – Greece will keep its border with Macedonia closed

Greece said that it will keep the border with Macedonia closed, for the rest of the summer season, effectively putting an end to any hopes that Macedonians will get to go to their preferred summer destination. The rest of the EU also keeps the borders closed to Macedonia, but one EU member, Bulgaria,...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 15:23

Greece will keep its border closed for Macedonian citizens at least until mid August

The Greek Government ordered its border closed for Macedonian citizens until August 15. The European Union in general put Macedonia on the black list until the end of August, but individual EU members can change the decision, and Bulgaria already opened its border – provided that the arriving Macedonian...

Macedonia 27.07.20 | 14:54

Bulgaria opens its border for Macedonian tourists, provided they show a negative recent corona test

Bulgaria decided to open its border for Macedonian citizens, provided that they present a recent negative coronavirus test. While the EU keeps its borders closed for Macedonians, Bulgaria decided to make an exception. Other countries that will be exempt are Moldova, Israel, Serbia and Kuwait. The Bulgarian...

Macedonia 16.07.20 | 00:49

Bulgaria closes border with Macedonia because of the coronavirus crisis

Bulgaria announced it is closing its border with Macedonia for all arrivals, regardless of their citizenship. The reason for this is the badly deteriorating coronavirus situation in Macedonia. The new regime is in place for the second half of July, starting Thursday. Macedonian citizens will only be...

Macedonia 03.07.20 | 15:13

Politicians pressure the healthcare experts, insist to keep the borders with Kosovo and Serbia open

A fierce dispute erupted during the meeting of the Committee on infectious diseases today, and it failed to reach agreement on whether to propose closing the borders to Serbia and Kosovo. Both Macedonia and these neighboring countries are experiencing a huge spike in coronavirus cases, but keeping the...

Macedonia 02.07.20 | 16:42

Infectious Diseases Commission to discuss Friday special border regime with Serbia, Kosovo

Due to latest developments in the coronavirus situation in neighboring countries, the Commission for Infectious Diseases will discuss at it’s Friday meeting possible reintroduction of special border regime with Serbia and Kosovo or shutting down border crossings with these countries, the Health Ministry...

Macedonia 30.06.20 | 10:02

EU expected to keep its borders closed for Macedonian citizens

EU member states are today expected to decide on the list of countries whose citizens will again be allowed to enter the EU. Due to the extremely high rates of infection and mortality, Macedonia is not expected to be on the list. Preliminary lists have included non-EU states from the region like Serbia...

Macedonia 29.06.20 | 12:50

Greece will allow entry at the Gevgelija border crossing on Wednesday

Greece announced it will open the Gevgelija border crossing for transit tourists on Wednesday. The main crossing between Macedonia and Greece has been closed for months. It will remain closed for Macedonian citizens, as the country is on a EU wide black list after having a major Second Wave of the epidemic....

Macedonia 26.06.20 | 18:52

Thousands cross the border in the first hours after the restrictions were lifted

In just few hours after the border was opened this morning, more than 3.000 passengers crossed through the Tabanovce border crossing with Serbia, which is expected to be the main gauge for movement to and through Macedonia. It is the main entry point for transit tourists who are expected to head south...

Macedonia 23.06.20 | 17:48

Macedonia opens borders on Friday, restaurant restrictions are also being lifted

Despite the exceptionally bad coronavirus death and infection rates, the Macedonian Government announced it will open the borders starting on Friday. This will allow passengers to enter the country without having a negative coronavirus test, or without being ordered to a mandatory quarantine or isolation...

Macedonia 20.06.20 | 14:21

Second corona wave leaves Macedonia isolated

The major Second Wave of the coronavirus, that hit Macedonia after the month of Ramadan, left the country regionally isolated. As other countries in the Balkans and Europe are reopening their borders, Macedonian citizens can travel only to Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. All other countries require tests...

Macedonia 17.06.20 | 09:30

Macedonia opens border crossings for transit tourists

The Macedonian Government ordered all border crossings to reopen today, but with serious caveats. Foreign citizens can only enter the country for five hours. This largely is meant to allow tourists from the Balkans and Europe to get to Greece, along the A1 highway, while minimizing their exposure to...

Balkans 15.06.20 | 21:11

Long queue at border as Greece warily opens door to summer tourists

Greece on Monday faced an onslaught of thousands of tourists driving through the only open land border for travellers, stirring fears of the new coronavirus’ spread as the country tentatively begins opening itself up. On the Bulgarian-Greek border, a kilometres-long column of cars with Bulgarian and...

Macedonia 15.06.20 | 09:31

As most of Europe reopens its borders, Macedonia turns into a transit-only country

As EU countries reopen their borders, Macedonia, which is in the midst of a major Second Wave of the coronavirus epidemic, will open only for transit. As most neighboring countries keep their borders closed to Macedonian citizens, our country will allow foreigners to transit for at most five hours starting...

Macedonia 12.06.20 | 17:04

Greece decides to keep its border with Macedonia closed for two more weeks

Greece announced that it will postpone the planned opening of its border with Macedonia for two weeks, until July 1, and even that will only happen “if all goes well”. Greece opened its border with Bulgaria and declared a start to its tourist season, but decided to keep the borders with Macedonia,...

Balkans 11.06.20 | 17:27

EC recommends opening EU borders for Western Balkans as of July 1

The European Commission recommends to EU member states to lift travel restrictions for Western Balkans as of 1 July, given that their epidemiological situation is similar or better than that of the EU, MIA’s Brussels correspondent reported Thursday. Today the European Commission recommends to Schengen...

Macedonia 02.06.20 | 18:33

Migrant patrol: 60 Macedonian and international police officers ordered to self-isolate after a Hungarian officer tested positive

Thirty Macedonian police officers and 30 international officers who are deployed on the southern border with Greece were forced into self-isolation after one Hungarian officer tested positive to the coronavirus. The Macedonian police, reinforced with officers from central European countries, protects...

Macedonia 01.06.20 | 09:46

Montenegro puts Macedonia on the coronavirus black list

Montenegro revised the list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter without preconditions, and left Macedonia out of the revised list. Macedonia was initially not on the list, was later added but is now out again. The reason is the high number of active coronavirus cases in Macedonia, where...

Macedonia 28.05.20 | 18:56

Serbia opens its border for Macedonian citizens, Greece will make the decision by the end of the month

Greece will determine which countries can have their citizens arrive there without any preconditions by the end of the month. It’s expected that, despite the high infection and mortality rate in Macedonia, Greece will allow Macedonian citizens to enter without having to undergo a test, given the...

Balkans 23.04.20 | 14:25

Hungary re-opens three border crossings with Serbia for dual residents

Hungary and Serbia re-opened their border for residents and farmers. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and Serbian Interior MInister Nebojsa Stefanovic ade the agreement to open three crossings that were closed due to the spread of the coronavirus. Countries in central Europe are slowly re-opening...

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