Until 2020, Macedonian passport holders are granted entry into the Schengen Area for trips up to 90 days long for tourism, business or leisure, without having to apply for a Schengen visa.
Citizens of Macedonia can visit the Schengen member nations of Europe visa-free, just by presenting their valid passport to EU border control upon their arrival. This visa-free status will entail a new mandatory requirement from 2021 onwards. The new travel authorization for Europe is an electronic document known as the ETIAS. The ETIAS visa waiver will be obligatory for Macedonians, as well as travelers from 60 other visa-exempt nationalities.
ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System, and is being gradually implemented by EU authorities in order to achieve better security within the Schengen countries. Improving safety within the EU will ultimately benefit residents as well as visitors, including those from Macedonia. Although Macedonians are living in Europe, entering a Schengen country will require an ETIAS authorization that can be easily obtained online by completing a simple form.
Traveling to Schengen Member Nations from Macedonia wth an ETIAS
Macedonian travelers with an approved ETIAS will be granted entry into any and all Schengen member countries for up to 90 days per 180-day period. Once approved, the ETIAS travel authorization will have a 3-year validity, as long as the passport used to apply for the visa waiver remains valid. Should the passport used to apply for the ETIAS expire before the travel authorization does, the visa waiver will be rendered null.
The Macedonian traveler will need to apply for another ETIAS using their new passport number. Fortunately, the application process is quick and straightforward. The ETIAS travel authorization for Macedonians is electronically linked to the passport used in the application process and cannot be transferred to another document.
Macedonian nationals with dual citizenship must keep this in mind and choose one of their passports with which they apply for the ETIAS. The Macedonian citizen must make sure to travel on the same passport used for the ETIAS application and present it at border control upon their arrival.
An approved ETIAS will grant Macedonian nationals entry and free circulation in the following countries and territories:
ETIAS authorizes Taiwanese nationals to travel to all 26 Schengen member states from 2021:
- EU Schengen
- Non-EU Schengen States
- Non-Schengen EU States
Micro-States de facto part of Schengen Area:
- San Marino
- Vatican City
Non-Schengen EU States
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
Applying for an ETIAS From Macedonia
The ETIAS application process for Macedonian citizens is straightforward and the form is easy to complete. Applicants do not need to visit an embassy or consulate in order to apply for an ETIAS since the entire procedure can be completed online. The online ETIAS visa waiver request saves Macedonian travelers time and hassle since it can be completed from the comfort of their home or office in under 10 minutes.
Macedonian applicants will have to complete the ETIAS form with the following information:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Passport number
- Passport country
- Passport issuance and expiration date
Travelers from Macedonia must make sure that all of the information mentioned above is entered in the ETIAS application form exactly as it appears printed on the biographical page of their passport. Additionally, ETIAS applicants from Macedonia will be required to complete the following details:
- First Schengen country traveler intends to visit on the ETIAS
- Estimated travel dates
- Finally, Macedonian citizens will be asked to answer some basic security questions such as whether they have previously been deported or convicted. All questions must be answered honestly.
All the information entered in the visa waiver system will be screened by the ETIAS against multiple security databases such as Interpol and Europol. The automated screening process should take 24 hours on business days, in most cases.
Should an ETIAS application raise a red flag during its automated revision, the citizen’s data will go through a manual revision by Schengen officials. After about 3 business days, the Macedonian citizen should receive an email notification either containing the approved ETIAS visa waiver, or a reason for refusal.
ETIAS communications will be sent to the email address the citizen enters in their application form. In the event that an ETIAS is refused, the Macedonian citizen will receive an email containing the grounds for refusal as well as instructions on how to appeal the decision, should they wish to do so.
ETIAS Visa Waiver Requirements for Citizens of Macedonia
Macedonian citizens must have certain basic requirements at hand in order to be able to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization for the Schengen Area:
- A current Macedonian passport with a minimum of 3 months validity remaining beyond the intended stay
- An email address the traveler has access to, where they will receive notifications in regards to their ETIAS request as well as a digital copy once the travel authorization is approved
- A valid credit or debit card
It is very important for Macedonian citizens to carefully revise the data entered in the form to avoid any delays. Once approved, the ETIAS visa waiver for Macedonians will be sent to the applicant’s email address. The ETIAS travel authorization entails a processing fee, which must be paid online by credit or debit card. Once the payment is made, the ETIAS request will be automatically processed. Most ETIAS requests are screened and filled within 24 hours on business days, although others may take longer, up to 3 business days.
ETIAS from Macedonia - FAQ
How can a Macedonian citizen work in the EU?
Macedonian nationals who intend to look for a job or work in the European Union or in any of the Schengen member nations but are yet undecided in regards to which country they wish to live in may benefit greatly from obtaining an ETIAS. The ETIAS will allow Macedonian passport holders to visit multiple countries in the Schengen Area so they can choose the one that best fits their needs. Once a Macedonian national has decided on the place they wish to work in, they will need to visit an embassy or consulate for the country in order to obtain a work visa. Long-term visas such as work visas are country-specific, contrary to the ETIAS which allows entry into all 26 Schengen nations.
The ETIAS visa waiver allows Macedonian holders to take part in business activities in the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days per 180-day period. However, the ETIAS does not grant Macedonian holders the right to seek employment nor to work in member nations.
How can Macedonians study in the Schengen Zone?
Macedonian students or professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge by attending a conference or seminar in a Schengen country may do so with an ETIAS, from 2021, onwards. ETIAS holders can also take part in workshops and courses in member countries as long as their duration is equal or shorter than the maximum permitted stay of 90 days.
Macedonians who wish to participate in academic activities that exceed the permitted 90-day stay granted by the ETIAS will need to obtain a visa. Longer term visas are country-specific, contrary to the ETIAS which grants entry into the whole Schengen Area.
Students from Macedonia who wish to pursue a graduate or Master’s degree in the Schengen Area but are yet undecided in regards to which university they wish to attend may find the ETIAS invaluable. Since the ETIAS visa waiver allows Macedonian holders to visit all 26 Schengen nations, students may visit all the universities they are considering attending until they find the one that best suits their needs. Once a Macedonian student has chosen a university, they should visit the embassy or consulate of the country in which they wish to reside in order to enquire about student visas. Requirements for a student visa may vary from one country to another, though most will need a letter of acceptance from the university as well as proof of sufficient funds. Consular personnel will be able to provide Macedonian citizens with exact information in regards to the documents required to obtain a student visa for the desired country as well as processing time.