Macedonian passport


Macedonian passport

The Macedonian passport is issued to citizens of the Republic of Macedonia for the purpose of international travel. The validity of the passport is 5 years for persons under the age of 27, and 10 years for those 27 years of age and older. For children ages four and under the validity of the passport is limited to two years. Macedonian passports conform with recommended standards (i.e., size, composition, layout, technology) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The latest Macedonian passport is a biometric passport.

Visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel


Europe

Oceania

*COK 31 days
*FIJ 30 days
*flag|Micronesia 30 days
*NIU 30 days
*PLW 30 days
*SAM 60 days

History

The design and contents of Macedonian passports changed over the years. The first passports were issued in 1991 and were blue with silver color inscription without the Macedonian Coat of Arms. The second generation of Macedonian passports had a golden color inscription on the cover and the third generation had the Macedonian Coat of Arms added. The first three generations had only "Република Мaкедонија" and the English translation "Republic of Macedonia" inscriptio on the cover page.

The latest, fourth generation passport has changed its color to red, also the "Republique De Macedoine" the French translation of the official country name was added on the cover as well as the "Passeport" beneath the Coat of Arms. It is a biometric passport which contains RFID. The purpose of chips is storage of biometric and other data, which are retrievable. An issued non-biometric will remain valid until its stated date of expiration.

Picture Right: Top Left – 1st Generation Macedonian Passport, Top Right - 2nd Generation, Bottom Left - 3rd Generation and Bottom Right fourth Generation (current) Macedonian Passport.

Format

On the front cover, a representation of the Macedonian Coat of Arms is at the center. "Република Македонија" (in Macedonian Cyrillic inscription) appears above the representation of the Coat of Arms in all capital letters; along with (underneath) the English and French Translation of the official name (“Republic of Macedonia” and Republique de Macedoine). Underneath the Macedonian Coat of Arms inscribed is “Пасош” (in Macedonian, Cyrillic inscription) followed by the English and French Translation (“Passport” and “Passeport”). Macedonian biometric passport has the e-passport symbol at the very bottom. Available since 2 April 2007. There are 32 pages in a biometric passport.

Data page and signature page

Each passport has a data page. A data page has a visual zone and a machine-readable zone. The visual zone has a digitized photograph of the passport holder, data about the passport, and data about the passport holder:
Photograph
• Type [of document, which is "P" for "passport"]
• Code [of the issuing country, which is "MKD" for "REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA"]
Passport No.
• Surname (Macedonian Cyrillic Transcription with ICAO Standardized Transcription/Translation underneath)
• Given Name(s)
Nationality [which is " Македонско/Macedonian"]
• Date of Birth (Date/Month/Year Format)
Unique Master Citizen Number (EMBG)
• Sex
• Place of Birth
• Date of Issue
• Issuing Authority [which is “MBP/MOI” – Ministry of Interior]
• Date of Expiration
• Holder’s Signature

At the bottom of a data page is the machine-readable zone, which can be read both visually and by an optical scanner. The machine-readable zone consists of two lines. There are no blank spaces in either line. A space which does not contain a letter or a number is filled with "<".The first line of a machine-readable zone of a passport contains a letter to denote the type of travel document ("P" for passport), the code for the citizenship of the passport holder (e.g., "MKD" for "REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA"), and the name (surname first, then given name or names) of the passport holder.

The second line of a machine-readable zone of a passport contains the passport number, supplemented by a check digit; the code of the issuing country (e.g., "MKD" for " REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA "); the date of birth of the passport holder (two digit year, two digit month, two digit day i.e. 020507), supplemented by a check digit; a notation of the sex of the passport holder ("M" or "F"); the date of expiration of the passport, supplemented by a check digit; the holder’s personal number and, at the end of the line, two overall check digits.The data page has a line for the signature of a passport holder. A passport is not valid until it is signed by the passport holder. If a holder is unable to sign his passport, it is to be signed by a person who has legal authority to sign on the holder's behalf.

Types of passports

Regular (Ordinary) Passport - Issuable to all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia. It is red color, valid for two, five or ten years depending on the age of the passport applicant/holder. Those passports are not extendable or renewable and new one must be obtained once expired.

Collective (Group) Passport - For groups of minimum five and up to fifty travelers, issued for a specific journey and country, valid for up to one year. Travelers must also carry an ID card for proof of identity. If a traveler holds an Ordinary Passport (in addition to being added to the group passport), the same one must be returned to the Ministry of Interior where the Group Passport is issued until the group trip has been completed and the Group Passport has expired (or the trip ended).

Diplomatic Passport - Issuable to Macedonian diplomats accredited overseas and their eligible dependants, and to citizens who reside in the Republic of Macedonia and travel abroad for diplomatic work. Title and function of the bearer (Diplomat) is listed on the data page of the Diplomatic Passport in addition to the information already contained. It is valid for five years.

Official Passport – Issuable to citizen-employees of the Republic of Macedonia assigned overseas, Macedonian Government employees working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or at the Macedonian Diplomatic Mission assigned abroad. Official Passport can be issued to other government officials that are to travel abroad, with prior approval, as well as to their spouses and children living in the same household. Title and function of the bearer (Official) is listed on the data page of the Official Passport in addition to the information already contained. It is valid for five years.

Temporary Passport - Is issued to a Macedonian Citizen who needs to come back into Macedonia; when issued it is valid for 30 days or until the return trip is completed and can be issued at a Macedonian Diplomatic Mission.

Documents required

The following documents are required to obtain a Macedonian passport:

*Passport Application Form (Obtained from the MOI or download from their website)
*Valid State Issued ID (If citizen resides abroad, he/she needs to submit the foreign ID in order to prove identity)
*Old passport (if applicable, regardless of expiry date)
*50 MKD Administrative Stamp
*1500 MKD Processing Fee (4500 MKD for Expedited processing – usually passport requests are processed and completed in 48 hours)
*Administrative tax Receipt (50MKD for children 4 and under; 250MKD for persons between ages of 4 and 27 and 500MKD for persons ages 27 and older).
*Picture, Fingerprints and all biometric data is collected at the Passport Application Center(s); fingerprint data is not collected from minors ages 12 and under.

ee also

*Macedonian identity card

ources

* [http://mfa.gov.mk/default1.aspx?ItemID=307 Republic of Macedonia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consular Services-Visa Regime]
* [http://www.delta.com/planning_reservations/plan_flight/international_travel_information/visa_passport_information/ Delta Visa & Passport Information]
* [http://www.mvr.gov.mk/Uploads/precisten%20tekst%20SV%2073%2004.pdf/ Republic of Macedonia, Ministry of Interior Administration, Travel Documents and Passports Law (in Macedonian Language)]
* [http://www.mvr.gov.mk/Uploads/Baranje%20za%20izdavanje%20na%20pasos%20mak.pdf/ Republic of Macedonia, Ministry of Interior Administration, Passport Application Form (in Macedonian)]
* [http://www.mvr.gov.mk/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=5&tabid=184&parent=100/ Republic of Macedonia, Ministry of Interior Administration, Passport Application Procedures (in Macedonian)]


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