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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Skopje (Macedonia), August 8 Soccer Match

Europe > Macedonia > Skopje

The U.S. Embassy in Skopje informs U.S. citizens that a soccer match between Manchester United and Real Madrid will take place on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 8:45 p.m. at the Telekom Arena. The event is expected to draw approximately 20,000 fans. The Macedonian authorities anticipate heightened security and police presence for the large crowds during this match.

We advise U.S. citizens to be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions. We urge citizens to follow any instructions given by local authorities, monitor media and local information sources, and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Avoid unruly gatherings and exercise caution. We remind U.S. citizens that even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

We recommend U.S. citizens review the Department of State’s European Travel Alert (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/Europe.html) regarding the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. Terrorists often seek to exploit soft targets, such as pedestrian malls, sports arenas, concert halls, and public gatherings. U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.

For further information:

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See the State Department’s travel website (http://travel.state.gov/) for the Worldwide Caution (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html) , other Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Macedonia Country Specific Information. (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/macedonia.html)

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Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (https://step.state.gov/step/) (STEP (https://step.state.gov/step/) ) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

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Contact the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia, located at Samoilova 21, 1000 Skopje, at tel: (02) 310-2000 within Macedonia, or (+389) (2) 310-2000 internationally, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (02) 310-2000.

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Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).