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Macedonian visa

I am currently planing my trip to Republic of Macedonia, but unfortunately I need to apply for a visa as a passport holder of a list of restricted countries. On its website, it says you don't have to have a visa if you have a permanent stay in a Schengen country while I have only a L permit.

Does anyone know how to apply for a Macedonian visa?
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Old 18.04.2015, 23:05
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Re: Macedonian visa

Perhaps call and check with the embassy, but I think permanent stay is a mangled way of saying residency, and a L permit makes you a resident here. So you should be OK with a L permit.

The page also says that those holding a Schengen visa type C may enter without a separate Macedonian visa, and a L permit is definitely a "higher" category.
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Re: Macedonian visa

Or could it mean people who have an unlimited residency permit for an EU country? In which case I would guess the Swiss equivalent would be the C permit.

As Kosti says, best to check with the Macedonian embassy to see what they say.
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Old 19.04.2015, 01:48
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Re: Macedonian visa

The Macedonian version actually says "continuous stay (as in constant) " but the English version says "permanent stay". Whoever translated it didn't choose the correct word in English. It's not meant to be permanent as in C permit but rather current residence (L, B C etc)

There is no difference in L, B, C permits, they are all residence permits for actual living in CH, the duration is not relevant in this case, either way you are living here.

The embassy probably won't know exactly, or give you false info. Get the name and number of whoever you talk to there just in case.

If you permit is good for the next few months I see no reason not to be able to enter.

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Re: Macedonian visa

according to the info here, no visa required

http://www.mfa.gov.mk/index.php/en/f...n-visa-holders
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Re: Macedonian visa

Thank you every one! I have called the Macedonian embassy in Switzerland and their answer is YES you need a visa!

The application procedure is very annoying, because it requires a invitation letter, medical insurance, flight tickets and hotel reservations that cover all the trip, and 65 CHF application fee. In addition, the applicant must go to the embassy because they might need your finger print. Even more you have to go to the embassy the second time to fetch the visa because they won't send a mail even if you pay for the stamp. At last, it takes ~2 weeks to process the application.

Bye bye Macedonia.
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Old 20.04.2015, 18:45
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Re: Macedonian visa

Well that contradicts the information on an official website...
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