Macedonian customs authorities enforce strict regulations that require special licenses or permits for the exportation from Macedonia of items deemed to be of historical value or significance, such as old coins, archeological artifacts, ancient pottery, artwork, and other items. Taking such items out of Macedonia without the appropriate government-issued permit can result in arrest, monetary fines and prison sentences, if convicted.
Taking photographs of anything that could be perceived as being of military or security interest may result in problems with authorities. Visitors should always observe "no photography" signs. If you are in doubt, please ask for permission from local authorities before taking photographs.
The local currency is the denar. While credit cards are accepted in larger stores and restaurants, we recommend having cash in local currency for purchases in small establishments.
Tourist facilities are available in the capital, Skopje, and other major towns. In tourist centers, such as Skopje and Ohrid, European-standard hotels and other travel amenities are available. The standard of tourist facilities throughout the rest of the country varies considerably.
If you are entering or exiting Macedonia by air or land with more than 10,000 Euros in cash, you must declare all currency upon entry or exit at the Macedonian Customs Office and present bank or other financial documentation showing the origin of the money. Customs officials will issue you a completed declaration form at the port of entry or exit. If you do not report this money, the Macedonian customs service may confiscate it and send you to court. Penalties typically include a fine and a requirement that violators pay a percentage of the undeclared amount to the Macedonian National Bank.