Country: Macedonia, the former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia, is a landlocked Balkan nation bordered by Greece, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Serbia and Albania. Its capital is Skopje and the country’s population is about 2.1 million. It has more than 15 lakes and 16 mountains. Macedonia is the country’s primary language.
To access emergency services: Dial 112 (general emergency) or 194 (ambulance)
Currency: Macedonian denar (MKD)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Macedonia, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacu¬ation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in a Macedonian hospital: Although many Macedonian physicians are trained to a high standard, and a number of well-equipped private clinics are available especially in Skopje, most public hospitals and clinics are not equipped and maintained at U.S. or Western European standards. All travelers should be up-to-date on their immunizations and are advised to carry a medical kit as well as antibiotics to treat traveler’s diarrhea or other infections. Travelers who are taking regular medications should carry them properly labeled and in sufficient quantity to last for the duration of their trip; they should not expect to obtain prescription or over-the-counter drugs in local stores or pharmacies in this country - the equivalent drugs may not be available or may be of unreliable quality. In the event of a serious illness or injury that cannot be treated locally, try to arrange for medical evacuation to Western Europe.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Macedonia: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Tanzanian-specific helpful health resources:
• WHO: http://www.who.int/countries/mkd/en/
• CDC: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/Macedonia
• International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers: https://www.iamat.org/country/Macedonia/risk/routine-immunizations
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.