Now Russians must obtain a visa to enter the country, previously only a passport, an invitation or confirmation of a paid tour were needed for this.
North Macedonia has canceled the right of Russians to visa-free entry into the country, follows from the data for tourists on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The service for checking the need for a visa for entry shows that Russians will not be able to enter the country without it. Previously, North Macedonia extended the visa-free regime annually on March 16.
According to the Consular Information Portal, Russian citizens could enter the country without a visa if they had a passport, an invitation or a tourist voucher. Such a mechanism was enshrined in the Agreement on Mutual Travel of Citizens in 1989.
After Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, many countries imposed sanctions against it. North Macedonia, like the European Union and the United States, closed its airspace to Russian aircraft on 27 February.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia has repeatedly condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine and called for a ceasefire. Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani supported the resolution of the UN General Assembly and the International Court of Justice in The Hague demanding that Russia withdraw its troops from Ukraine, follows from his Twitter posts.