TAV Macedonia and Zan Mitrev Clinic with solution to the new travel restrictions: Rapid antigen tests at Skopje International Airport

TAV Macedonia and Zan Mitrev Clinic with solution to the new travel restrictions: Rapid antigen tests at Skopje International Airport

In order to respond to the latest travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 by EU/ Schengen countries, TAV Macedonia together with Zan Mitrev Laboratory for Genetics created a solution for rapid antigen tests performed shortly before the passenger gets onboard.

Starting from Sunday, January 24, Zan Mitrev Clinic ambulance testing vehicle is deployed in front of the terminal building of Skopje International Airport, near the only open entrance for passengers "Departures C", where passengers can perform the required rapid antigen test and obtain the result within 15 to 20 minutes of sampling.

The medical testing vehicle of "Zan Mitrev" Laboratory for Genetics and Personalized Medicine and the Research Center for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, will be present at Skopje International Airport every day when there are flights to countries that require rapid antigen test, four hours before take-off time to each of the destinations.

The aim is to provide an option for our passengers going to destinations in Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom, so that they have enough time to perform a rapid antigen test before entering the airport building and starting the airport procedures, if they have not already taken the test before their arrival at the airport.

For more details about the test itself, we kindly advise passengers to contact the laboratory "Zan Mitrev" on +389 2 3091484  and https://zmc.mk/en/services/microbiological-laboratory/ . While for detailed information about the tests accepted by the countries of EU / Schengen, we urge passengers to contact their airline and the Embassy of the country of their arrival.

If passengers decide to perform a rapid antigen test at Skopje International Airport, in order not to create congestion in front of the airport building, we urge them to arrive at the Airport at least 4 hours before departure time.

As we have previously informed, Netherlands is requesting a mandatory negative rapid antigen test not older than 4 hours prior boarding, additionally to their request for a mandatory negative PCR test.

Germany requires a negative rapid antigen test approved by WHO not older than 48 hours, but they also accept PCR, or LAMP, or TMA tests.

The UK requires a negative antigen test not older than 72 hours, but they also accept PCR or LAMP tests.

At the moment, only the rapid antigen test approved by WHO can be performed at Skopje Airport through the services of Zan Mitrev Clinic. For all other COVID-19 tests, we urge passengers to perform it in an authorized hospital\laboratory prior they arrive at the airport.

Given that the EU/Schengen countries are constantly changing the travel rules related to COVID-19 and each country independently makes changes in terms of restrictions for the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia, we appeal to travelers before leaving for their trip, to check the latest requests with their airline and the Embassy of the country they plan to arrive.

Covid19: Travel Safe

-    TAV Macedonia, as an airport operator, acts in accordance with the state institutions in the countries where passengers travel, the airports border authorities and the rules and regulations of the airlines. For information on current air travel restrictions and the required documents for entrance in the intended country, please contact the related embassy and the airline that you will be travelling with.


Additionally, from September 1, 2021, domestic and foreign citizens will be able to exit the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia if at the border crossing, they enclose/present the following:
•    certificate / confirmation for immunization (vaccination) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, i.e., received at least two doses of vaccine against the infectious disease COVID-19 (all vaccines are accepted at least 14 days after the application of the second dose); or
•    certificate / confirmation for having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 45 days, counting from the day of recovery: or
•    medical certificate with negative result from RT PCR SARS-CoV-2 test, made 72 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia or
•    negative result of a rapid antigen test made 48 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia.
This decision is not applicable for passengers younger than 18. 

 - It is mandatory for passengers to put on a face mask before entering the airport terminal building and to wear it constantly as they move through the airport, until they leave the terminal building and board a plane. Regarding the flight rules, passengers should follow the requirements of the airline with which they travel.
Passengers who do not wear a protective mask will not be allowed to enter the airport building.
 


- Despite the existence of the online registration option, due to the new Covid-19 restrictions, passengers are obliged, upon their arrival at the airport, to register at the check-in counters, to check and verify the documents required to enter the country in which they travel, as well as to check-in their luggage.
 

-    Passengers will need to follow the instructions of security agents in a disciplined manner, and there, as in all procedures where queues are expected, it will be necessary to keep a physical distance of at least 1.5 meter.

As of 19.8.2021, 21:00h entrance into the airport terminal building will be allowed only by presenting one of the following:


-    Certificate / confirmation for immunization (vaccination) of the SARSCoV-2 virus, i.e., application of at least the first dose of vaccine against the infectious disease COVID-19; or
-    Certificate / confirmation for having recovered from COVID19 in the last 45 days, counting from the day of recovery; or
-    Medical certificate with negative result from RT PCR SARSCoV-2 test, 72 hours, or rapid antigen test, 48 hours.

*This does not apply to persons under the age of 18.

Please use Departures C door to enter, and Arrivals B door to exit the airport terminal building.

-    We highly recommend to our passengers to arrive at the airport at least 3 to 4 hours before their flight. Due to new measures for protection from COVID-19, some of the airport procedures may take longer time.

    Business and VIP lounge areas are cleaned and disinfected as prescribed by public health authorities with increased frequency based on the air traffic.

    Adequate protection for staff members which includes personal protective equipment, such as gloves, medical masks, goggles or face shields.

    Information signage and floor markings to encourage physical distancing as well as multiple self-hand sanitizers, alcohol-based with adequate signage for passengers.

    All served products in the lounges will be displayed prepacked in foil therefore all guests will be able to get products as individual packs.

    Self-service options where passengers have limited contact with staff.

-  Frequent disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces.

- Separate waste bins are placed for disposal of mask and gloves.

- Tables and chairs are disinfected after being used by our guests.

- All the employees in the outlets shall wear protective equipment. Plexiglas separator has been fixed in order to avoid the contact between cashier and guests.

- At the entrance of the outlets and in the common areas, hand sanitizer units are placed.

- Through guiding signs, guests will be reminded of the physical distancing rules and rules to follow, especially for the lines at order and payment points.

- In all restaurants, the capacity has been reduced and the distance between tables has been increased. Four chairs will be put across to all tables.

- Тrays and plates will be removed from common areas, they’ll be given to guests by the service staff.

- Disposable packed products (salt, sugar, napkins, straws, stirrers) will be handed to our guests by the service staff, while the same products in disposable packages are removed from the common areas.

- For the lines at order and payment points, stickers have been posted on the floor at a distance (1.5m) suitable for social distance.

- Employees shall work using protective equipment.

- All the used equipment in the duty free that comes in contact with the customers, shall be disinfected frequently.

- Guiding signs for the prescribed physical distancing (1.5m) in the shop area for all present persons are placed.

- We encourage customers to use only contactless credit or debit card.

- Strict entrance points in shops will be placed, with an alcohol-based disinfectant liquid machine to be used prior entering the shop.

- Passengers who are not wearing a mask will not be admitted into the store.

- Not more than 10 customers will be allowed at the same time in the shops.

-    Passengers should arrive at the airport at least 3 to 4 hours before their flight, as check-in counters close at least 1 hour before departure time. This means that passengers must have completed the check-in procedures at least 1 hour before take-off, and then the Passport Control and Security Checking procedures, in order to arrive on time in the boarding area, i.e., at the Gates. It is mandatory for passengers to wear a protective mask, maintain the prescribed physical distance indoors and maintain a high level of personal hygiene.

From September 1, 2021, domestic and foreign citizens will be able to enter the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia if at the border crossing, they enclose/present the following:
•    certificate / confirmation for immunization (vaccination) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, i.e., received at least two doses of vaccine against the infectious disease COVID-19 (all vaccines are accepted and at least 14 days after the application of the second dose); or
•    certificate / confirmation for having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 45 days, counting from the day of recovery: or
•    medical certificate with negative result from RT PCR SARS-CoV-2 test, made 72 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia or
•    negative result of a rapid antigen test made 48 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia.
For both domestic and foreign citizens who will return to the country after September 1, and do not have a negative PCR test, a negative antigen test or certificates for vaccination or certificate for being recovered from COVID-19, a quarantine measure of 7 (seven) days of home isolation will be determined with a decision of the State Sanitary and Health inspectorate. The cost of isolating for foreign nationals is at their expense.
Foreign nationals transiting through the country will be able to do so within 5 hours with a previously signed statement of entry into the country which they will have to submit before the border control at the exit from the country.
Exceptions to this measure are the aircraft crews and professional drivers of freight motor vehicles entering the border crossings on the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia, as well as all types of groups or individual trips or passengers and professional drivers of freight motor vehicles transiting through the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia, for which they must sign a Transit Declaration.

This decision is not applicable for passengers younger than 18. 

-    You can make COVID-19 tests prior your departure at both airports through laboratories Zan Mitrev and Nikob Lab. More information available on the links below:


Skopje International Airport:
https://zmc.mk/en/covid19/skopje-ohrid-airport-covid-19-testing-point/  

https://nikoblab.mk/ 



 
Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport:
https://zmc.mk/en/covid19/skopje-ohrid-airport-covid-19-testing-point/   

http://ohd.airports.com.mk/mk-MK/media-centre-mk/announcements-mk/page/announcement-covid-testing-airport-ohrid-mk  

 

-    We regularly and timely apply all measures of the Government and the Ministry of Health, as competent state institutions. Of course, we also follow the experiences of other airports around the world and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Airports Council (ACI) and the International the Air Transport Association (IATA), all in order to take appropriate action in a timely manner as conditions change in this global pandemic.