ACI accredits Skopje International Airport with ACI’s Airport Health Certificate

ACI accredits Skopje International Airport with ACI’s Airport Health Certificate


Skopje International Airport is accredited by Airports Council International (ACI) in ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation Program, which is a new international health benchmark for airports around the world, designed to help reassure the travelling public that airport facilities remain safe and that precautions are being taken to reduce any risk to their health.

According to ACI, 350 airports around the world so far have applied for the Airport Health Accreditation Program Certificate, while 60 of them have been accredited so far.    
-We have applied to ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation Program and the whole audit process lasted from February 2020 until August 2020. ACI aviation health and safety professionals were checking our airport processes, including our Public Health Emergency of International Concern, TAV Macedonia Airport Pandemic Protocol and Skopje International Airport Plan for Terminal Disinfection. ACI’s Airport Health Certificate is a global recognition and a proof of our continuous efforts and devoted work on sustainable airport health measures. We truly believe that it will additionally assure our travelers that their journeys through Skopje International Airport are and will be safe, states TAV Macedonia General Manager, Metin Batak. 
TAV Macedonia’s Certificate is valid for the next 12 months, afterwards a recertification process conducted by ACI will follow.

Prior the Airport Health Certificate by ACI, Skopje International Airport in 2020 has implemented the Pandemic Protocol designed by the latest health standards of European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and it was among the first airports that complied with the highest EU and international aviation health standards.  

-After reviewing the evidence presented through our evaluation process, your airport has shown that it is providing a safe airport experience for all travelers which is in line with the recommended health measures established in the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force Recommendations, along with industry best practices. We feel confident your efforts will help us succeed in achieving this common goal, writes Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World Director General, in his oficial letter to TAV Macedonia General Manager.  

De Oliveira extended his congratulations to the whole TAV Macedonia team and to Skopje International Airport in particular, for becoming accredited in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation Programme.   
TAV Macedonia reopened Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport on 1st July 2020, after both were closed in middle of March 2020, as a result of Government measures for prevention of spread of COVID-19 in the country. 
After its reopening in July 2020, the passenger traffic at both Skopje and Ohrid airports is slowly recovering. For the period January-August it decreased by 68%, compared with the same period in 2019. Prior the beginning of COVID-19 crisis in March 2020, TAV Macedonia marked continuous double digit increase in passengers’ numbers on both airports. For the first two months of 2020, the growth in passenger’s number was 15%.

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 travel document information and requirements by the country you want to arrive in and / or COVID tests requirements, please contact the Embassy of that country as well as the airline you will be traveling with. 

 - It is not mandatory for passengers to wear a face protective mask inside the terminal building of the airport, as of 3.5.2022, as per the changes and amendments in Covid-19 measures adopted by the Government of North Macedonia According to these changes, there is no obligation for citizens to wear a face protective mask in all closed areas, except in health institutions, pharmacies, public transportation (bus, railway, airplane, and taxi) and in institutions for care of old persons and persons with disability. Regarding the flight rules, passengers should follow the requirements of the airline with which they travel.

- 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.

Entering the terminal building of Skopje International Аirport is allowed without limitations/requirements connected to covid-19, as of 3rd May 2022 when the Government of N.Macedonia adopted the Decision ( for lifting all covid-19 related protective measures except for wearing protective masks in certain institutions.


Due to the fact that covid-19 related requirements for different travel documents are still valid by certain countries, and which must be checked by our staff at the Check-In counters, please be informed that we strongly recommend to our passengers to arrive at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

In case you would like to perform a covid-19 test at one of the facilities by the two laboratories at the airport, please arrive at the airport earlier than 3 hours according to the required time for delivery of the test, that you should check with the adequate laboratory.

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

- There are available multiple self-hand sanitizers, alcohol-based with adequate signage for passengers.

- There is a self-service option with purpose all passengers to have limited contact with staff.

- Frequent disinfection of products that are often in contact with staff and passengers

- The tables are cleaned / disinfected after their use.

- Plexiglas separator has been fixed in order to avoid the contact between cashier and guests.

- At each table there are alcoholic disinfectants for hands

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

-  Disposable packed products are used instead of products such as salt, sugar, napkins etc.

- 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.

- Entrance is free for everyone. There is a Big Alcohol Based disinfectant liquid machine on the main entrance of the shop

-    Passengers should arrive at the airport at least 3 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. 

Given the fact that TAV Macedonia as an airport operator is not responsible for determining and setting the rules for entry/exit into/from the country, as it is responsibility of the Border Police, which has the authority of Passport Control at airports, we would kindly ask you to contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs of R.N. Macedonia , as well as to the Ministry of Health  and the Government , where it is decided for these rules related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

-    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 

Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport:  


-    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.