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      Macedonia confiscates drones which are not declared at the border

      Republic of Macedonia Nov 26, 2016 at 4:11 AM

      Recently, there have been several stories about people who wanted to take a drone into Macedonia and got their drone confiscated at the border.

      They had to pay a high fine (500-600 euros) and did not get their drones back. One person even was detained and had to stand trial in Skopje, after passing the border near Bitola with a drone.

      At the moment it is not clear what the legal grounds are for this confiscation. The official Macedonian customs site does not mention that it is illegal to carry a drone as personal luggage. It mentions that goods with a value above 350 euros have to be declared, but this seems only to apply to residents of Macedonia.


      There are also rumors that the drones are confiscated by corrupt customs officers. A video about this issue is currently going viral in the Balkan.


      For now, the smart thing to do seems to leave your drone at home. Or at least make sure you declare it at the border. I do not know what you will have to pay to be allowed to take it into Macedonia.

      My questions are:

      1) what are the exact laws regarding taking a drone as personal luggage into Macedonia?

      2) Why would you have to declare a drone but not a camera, since a drone is nothing but a flying camera? Or are other expensive items in your personal luggage such as cameras, laptops, phones also at risk when entering Macedonia?

      3) To whom does the relief from import duties on goods of non-commercial nature under the value of 350 euro apply? The customs website itself says that this applies to Macedonian residents. How can this be used against tourists?


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      Bitola - Skopje bus / taxi

      Bitola Jun 9, 2015 at 5:37 PM

      we will be travelling to Macedonia in September and we would like to make a day trip to bitola from skopje. How often are the buses? what is the current rate for bus ride from skopje to bitola ?
      How much would a taxi cost to go and come back? anyone knows any taxi drivers to do that?

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      Bitola Aug 1, 2013 at 12:16 AM

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      From Kopanki hut to Arvati

      Bitola Feb 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Hi, I'm planning to hike from Kopanki to Prespa lake in may via Pilester peak, and have a couple of questions.

      Is the pass quite straight forward (don,t wanna wander off to Greece).
      Are there any places to stay in avrali or nearby. Private house ideal.
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      Looking forward to Macedonia for the first time!!!!
      Thank you in advance guys

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      Bus Station to our Hotel

      Bitola May 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      We will be in Bitola to attend the Euromeet. We will be taking the bus from Ohrid to Bitola. We arrive at Prilepska Bus Station and we stay at Tokin House on Marks and Engels Street. Can anyone tell me if that is close enough to walk to our Hotel or do we need to take a taxi there? Also is there a tourist information kiosk at the bus station so we can get a map or instructions how to get there?

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    • Travel from Dubrovnik

      Bitola Dec 17, 2010 at 7:27 PM

      Would anyone know what travel is like from Dubrovnik to Bitoal? Is there train or bus service and how long would it take? Bitola is where my grandparents lived prior to 1913 and I would like to see it when I travel to Dubrovnik. Is this a difficult trip to make?

      5 Answers Dec 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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      how safe and how possible

      Bitola Aug 2, 2010 at 2:52 AM


      i am planning next evening of saturday i catch a bus to bitola from sofia at 21:00 with my wife . Approximately 2 am or 3 am we will be reached there. How safe is Bitola bus station .Can we wait or sleep there until morning comes? is tere any security?

      Second question...

      in our plan we try to go albania via struga until Tirana and turn to Prizren from there. Overnight coach voyage is possible by bus? İf it is possible whether you can say arrival and departure time.

      Thank you all..

      4 Answers Aug 14, 2010 at 10:10 AM
    • what to pack for May vacation

      Bitola Apr 24, 2010 at 8:55 PM

      What is proper attire for May travel in Bitola? Shorts, Capri's, jeans, slacks, dresses. What shoes are best, flip flops, tennis shoes, etc. What do locals wear.

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    • Family Search

      Opstina Bitola Jan 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM

      I am trying to find my grandfathers relatives in Bitola and could use some help. I believe I have the address there of his relatives now but they do not speak english. If you live in Bitola or know of a student or family member who may be willing to help please email me at

      My grandfather left there in 1910, I have some info on an address and name of living relatives. If you'd like to play a part in finding a Bitola family tree, please contact me. I also plan a trip there late next year as a follow up and hope to meet the family in person...thanks.


      1 Answer Jan 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM
    • Hotels in Bitola & Prilep

      Bitola Aug 7, 2009 at 3:14 PM

      Me & 3 friends are off to Macedonia in 3 weeks & I need info on Hotel Tokin House in Bitola.
      I heard that is the only good budget hotel in town. I had quick look on TA for rating, and is good, but any of you had experiance using this hotel?
      Also can somebody recomend hotel in Prilp. Very hard to find any info on Prilep.

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      Bitola Oct 18, 2007 at 3:02 PM

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      1 Answer Oct 30, 2007 at 4:23 AM
    • Where to stay

      Bitola Jul 30, 2006 at 3:44 AM

      Planning a visit in May 07 for 3/4 nights (researching British woman called Flora Sandes who fought in the area with the Serbs in WW1). What's the best place to stay? Quiet night sleep most important...

      1 Answer Oct 10, 2006 at 12:13 AM
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      Bitola Mar 21, 2006 at 9:21 AM

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      Bowling for Bitola

      Bitola Aug 27, 2003 at 12:10 PM

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