EU adopts entry ban for select EX-YU markets


The European Union has recommended a pause on all non-essential travel from Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo after removing them from its list of epidemiologically safe third countries. The recommendation is nonbinding, meaning individual states will be allowed to decide if they still wish to allow visitors with proof of vaccination, negative tests, or quarantine. The guidance from the 27-nation bloc could have an impact on aviation and flights, as was the case throughout the first half of the year. At this point, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia remain on the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe countries.

As of today, Macedonia is also introducing new entry rules into the country, requiring all travellers to provide either a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel, or certificate of recovery issued within the previous 45 days. Foreign travellers transiting through Macedonia will be allowed to remain within the country’s borders up to five hours and must sign a statement collected by the Border Police. Macedonian citizens returning to the country without a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, PCR test, or certificate of recovery from Covid-19 must quarantine at home for seven days. Since mid-August, entry into Skopje Airport for individuals over the age of eighteen is only permitted with a vaccination certificate, negative PCR test or proof of recovery.


  1. Anonymous15:47

    They all said and predicted a new wave in September. Southern Europe and Balkana cases increasing.

    1. Anonymous15:51

      It's increasing across Western, Central and Northern Europe too. So?

    2. Anonymous16:14

      Everywhere in Europe, not good.

    3. Anonymous16:18

      Well, if you look at the data, you may spot some difference at this point.

      According to (new cases, 7 day average):

      Montenegro: 988 cases per mln people (no data about % of positive tests)
      Kosovo: 939 (17.7% of tests are positive)

      UK: 492 (4.4%)

      US: 481 (14.1%)
      Macedonia: 417 (12.9%)

      Serbia: 347 (16.7%)

      Bulgaria: 220 (6.8%)
      France: 213 (2.8%)
      Slovenia: 210 (18%)

      Netherlands: 153 (8%)
      Austria: 153 (0.4%)
      Denmark: 150 (1.4%)
      Bosnia: 149 (0.3%)
      Croatia: 129 (5.5%)
      Germany: 114 (7.9%)

      Romania: 49 (6.2%)
      Slovakia: 18 (0.9%)
      Czechia: 18 (0.1%)
      Hungary: 16 (1.4%)
      Poland: 6 (0.5%)

    4. Anonymous16:21

      Number of tests performed should also be an important metric as you have some countries where barely any tests are performed.

    5. Anonymous16:30

      Sure, on the website you can look also into the number of tests per 1.000 people, but I guess if for example Czech need to do 1.000 tests in order to have one positive test, it speaks volume, compared to countries where every one in six tests is positive.

      And by the way Czechia is doing daily 7 tests per 1.000 people, while in the Balkans the number is much lower (Slovenia 1.17 test per 1.00o people, Serbia 1.98 test, 2.22 tests Croatia and only Bosnia 44 tests). This is all seven days rolling average.

    6. Anonymous16:49

      Would not trust most of the data countries put out. In April Czech Republic had the highest positivity rate in Europe.

    7. Anonymous16:57

      Half of the information these global monitoring websites put out is incorrect and out of date. Today the positivity rate in Bosnia is over 25% yet global monitoring website showing some unrealistic number of 0.3%.

  2. Anonymous16:52

    It's about time the world learns to live with Covid and get back to normal. All these restrictions are politically motivated and nothing to do with health.

    1. Anonymous16:55

      What do you mean politically motivated?