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Driving in Macedonia

Population: 2,069,162
Area: 25,713 Km sq
Currency: Macedonian denar

If you're driving in Macedonia your checklist requirements are:

  • A valid, full UK driving licence
  • A GB sticker on the back of your car - even if your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background)
  • Your motor insurance certificate
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)
  • A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down
  • A first aid kit
  • Winter tyres or snow chains, if you're travelling between 15 November - 15 March

You must also:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle
  • Drive with your headlights on in the daytime (it is recommended that you carry a spare set of bulbs)

It's a good idea to have:

  • A fire extinguisher
  • A reflective jacket (car drivers stepping out of thier vehicle at night or in case of bad visibility must wear one)

Other things you should know:

  • You might have to pay motorway tolls, depending where you travel within Macedonia - these are usually payable in cash so take plenty of change
  • It's illegal to carry any radar detection equipment, whether or not it's switched on
  • If you have a GPS navigation system that shows you where any fixed speed cameras are, you must deactivate this function
  • Leaded and unleaded petrol, diesel and LPG are readily available
  • Children under age 12 can't travel in the front seat
  • Speed limits vary across Macedonia, so check the signposts for maximum speeds
  • If you're caught committing a driving offence whilst driving through Macedonia, you'll be given an on-the-spot fine
  • The drink-driving limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. 0mg is permitted for professional drivers and novice drivers (less than 2 years experience).
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol can't sit in the front seat, even as a passenger
  • You must use dipped headlights at all times
  • In built-up areas you should only use your horn in an emergency
  • Outside built-up areas, use your horn to let the car in front know you intend to overtake
  • If there's no yellow diamond sign, you must give way to any cars coming from the right
  • If you're taking your own car to Macedonia and the body is damaged, it's wise to get a police report confirming the damage when you enter the country - otherwise, police will query this with you when you leave
  • If you have an accident while in Macedonia and your car is damaged, make sure you get a certificate giving details of the damage. You'll need this to take the car out of the country again

Useful numbers:

112 - Here's a really important bit of knowledge; you can dial 112 from anywhere in Europe and an operator will connect you to an emergency service in the country you're visiting. Operators can answer your call in their native language, English, and French. 

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

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What RAC can do for you

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UK Government travel advice

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Sources Foreign & Commonwealth Office, www.nationaldrivesafe.co.uk.
Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of May 2016 to the best of our knowledge and should be referred to for information purposes only - it should not be relied upon as formal advice. Please always check the current requirements of the country you are visiting before you leave.
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