Currency & Banking in Macedonia

Monetary unit: Macedonian denar

Foreign visitors may convert foreign funds into local currency in all banks or private exchange offices, following the exchanges rates recommended by the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia.

When entering Macedonia, you should declare your amount of money you are carrying if you intend to take all or part of it out of the country. Foreigners are allowed to bring maximum amount of 2.000 euros in cash with them. Euro, Swiss Frank, British Pound and other foreign currencies are exchanged in all exchange offices.

Most cities have ATMs where you can withdraw money with cheap commission rates, although there are also plenty of banks and exchange booths where you can easily change money. Do not change money on the street.

Using credit cards in Macedonia

You can use all established international credit cards (American Express, Visa, Diners, MasterCard/EuroCard) as well as Eurocheques in most hotels, shops and restaurants.

Working hours in Macedonia

Sundays and the dates mentioned below, are holidays. However, most of the restaurants or bars, work, even on holidays. The shops are opened from 8:00am to 8:00pm during the weekdays. On Saturdays, they work from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Institutions and offices: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 16:30pm / Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Banks: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 7:00pm / Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm.

National Holidays

  • January 1 - New Year
  • January 7 - Christmas Eve
  • April - Easter
  • May 1 - Labor Days
  • May 24 - Day of the Slavic educators, Sts. Cyril and Methodius
  • August 2 - Day of the Republic
  • September 8 - Day of the independence
  • October 11 - Day of the National Rebellion
  • October - Ramazan-Bajram - (first day)
  • October 23 - Day of the Macedonian revolutionary struggle
  • December 8 - Saint Clement of Ohrid

Climate in Macedonia

Macedonia has a transitional climate from Mediterranean to continental. The summers are hot and dry and the winters are moderately cold. Average annual precipitation varies from 1,700 mm (66.9 in) in the western mountainous area to 500 mm (19.7 in) in the eastern area.

There are three main climatic zones in the country: temperate Mediterranean, mountainous and mildly Continental.

Along the valleys of the Vardar and Strumica rivers, in the regions of Gevgelija, Valandovo, Dojran, Strumica and Radoviš the climate is temperate Mediterranean. The warmest regions are Demir Kapija and Gevgelija, where the temperature in July and August frequently exceeds 40 °C (104 °F). The mountainous climate is present in the mountainous regions of the country and it is characterised by long and snowy winters and short and cold summers. The spring is colder than the fall.

The majority of Macedonia has a moderate continental climate with warm and dry summers and relatively cold and wet winters.

When to visit Macedonia

May-October is an excellent time to visit, as it's the warmest and driest part of the year. Average temperature in the summer is 73 F/23 C, but a sweater may be needed in the evenings. The winters are very cold (average temperature is 35 F/2 C), often drizzly, snowy and windy, especially in the interior and the north. It snows a lot in the winter, which can cause travel delays.

Visiting a temple in Macedonia

Foreign visitors need to abide to some rules, i.e. when visiting a church to show respect to the house of worship. Do not wear miniskirts or short pants. Same rules when visiting a mosque, but leave your shoes at entrance.

Important phone numbers

  • Police: 192
  • Fire Department: 193
  • Medical Emergency: 194
  • Road Assistance: 15555
  • Road Info Center: 196
  • Wake-up Service: 180
  • Correct Time: 185
  • Telegram Service: 186
  • Infomartion desk / Directory Assistance: 188

Phone calls in Macedonia

Telephone booths (all towns). Telephone cards are available in shops. The international phone code for Macedonia is +389.

Macedonia area codes

  • Skopje - 02
  • Kumanovo, Kratovo & Kriva Palanka - 031
  • Štip, Radoviš & Sveti Nikole - 032
  • Kočani, Delčevo & Berovo - 033
  • Strumica, Gevgelija & Dojran - 034
  • Gostivar & Mavrovo - 042
  • Veles, Kavadarci & Negotino - 043
  • Tetovo - 044
  • Kičevo & Makedonski Brod - 045
  • Ohrid, Struga & Debar - 046
  • Bitola, Resen - 047
  • Prilep & Kruševo - 048

Other useful information

Local time in Macedonia

Repubic of Macedonia is in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Repubic of Macedonia, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). After the Summer months the time in Repubic of Macedonia is shifted back by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET) or (GMT+1).

Electricity in Macedonia
220V/50Hz (European plug).

Weights and Measures in Macedonia
Metric and Kilo system.

Water in Macedonia
Safe to drink in all cities since it has been chlorinated, and there are public drinking water fountains in most public places. If you prefer bottled, easily to find in the local shops.

Foreign Newspapers in Macedonia
Available in Skopje and the tourist areas.

source: www.travel2macedonia.com.mk

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