I am an Indian studying in Germany with German national visa i.e Visa Type D. I want to visit Macedonia. Is it possible with the national visa or do I need to apply for Macedonian visa while being in Germany (by applying for it in the Macedonian embassy in Germany)?


You need a visa.

Indian citizens require a visa to enter Macedonia. There are exceptions if you hold a valid Schengen visa, but only if

  • you're a permanent resident of a Schengen or EU country,
  • you hold a multiple entry type C Schengen visa.

In these cases, you could enter for a stay up to 15 day without requiring a visa.

With a type D visa, you will probably not be considered a permanent resident, but you could of course just ask in the embassy.

  • Can I apply for the visa from Germany?
    – Jason
    Sep 6 '15 at 7:18
  • Don't know, maybe just give the embassy a call?
    – Niko
    Sep 6 '15 at 8:22
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    +1 becaues that's what the official site says but I find this requirement very unclear. There is no unified notion of “permanent stay” for third-country nationals in the Schengen area and I very much doubt Macedonian border guards are able to tell whether someone is a “permanent” resident or not (they probably don't care at all, in practice)
    – Relaxed
    Sep 6 '15 at 8:37
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    OTOH, if what is meant by permanent stay is “residence permit holder”, the distinction is easier to enforce but somewhat ill-advised, some countries have introduced 1-year type D visas that are effectively undistinguishable from the 1-year residence permit you can obtain after the first year. The only difference is that they are issued by a consulate and stamped in the passport instead of a plastic card. But residence permits do not have any permanent character…
    – Relaxed
    Sep 6 '15 at 8:40
  • There was a similar related question but not precisely what I have asked, but the OP answered his own question saying if the RP has an expiry date, it won't be counted as a permanent resident. Maybe that's what distinguishes permanent from not permanent? travel.stackexchange.com/questions/42823/…
    – Jason
    Sep 6 '15 at 10:53

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