MoldovaOfficial Name: Republic of Moldova
6 months required
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays of less than 90 days
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
10,000 Euros or equivalent
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
10,000 Euros or equivalent
Embassies and Consulates
103 Mateevici Street
Republic of Moldova
Telephone: +(373)(22) 40-83-00
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(373)(22) 40-83-00
Fax: +(373)(22) 22-63-61
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Moldova for information on U.S. – Moldova relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Visit the Embassy of Moldova website for the most current visa information.
- U.S. citizens may stay in Moldova for up to 90 days within a six-month period without a visa.
- Residence permits are required for stays over 90 days and may be obtained at the Bureau for Migration and Asylum office at 124 Boulevard Stefan cel Mare in Chisinau.
- You must register your visit with the government of Moldova. Visitors arriving via the airport or by land from Ukraine or Romania are automatically registered upon arrival.
- If you are entering Moldova through the separatist region of Transnistria you must register your visit within three days of arrival at one of the following offices:
- Center for State Information Resources “Registru” located at 42 A. Pushkin Street, Chisinau
- Bureau for Migration and Asylum located at 124 Boulevard Stefan cel Mare, Chisinau
- Any local passport office outside of Chisinau
You must present a valid passport and proof of travel (e.g. car insurance, if driving a vehicle into Moldova; plane, bus or train ticket).
Failure to register may result in fines and difficulties when leaving Moldova.
If planning to stay in Transnistria, you should also register with the passport division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the city or town in which you are staying within the first 24 hours of arrival.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Moldova.
Safety and Security
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Europe. All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. Other precautions to keep in mind:
- Political and social demonstrations occur frequently in Chisinau.
- Traffic becomes heavily congested and roads are blocked for hours at a time.
- Avoid areas during demonstrations and monitor local news for current information.
- Security messages regarding demonstrations and strikes are posted on the U.S. Embassy’s website.
- Police have the legal right to ask for identification on the street.
- Carry your passport or a photocopy of it at all times.
- If a policeman stops you, ask to see his or her identity card (“legiti-MAT-seeya” in Romanian, which is the official language in Moldova.)
- Traffic police should also display a metal badge on the outside of their uniforms.
- If a police officer harasses you or asks for a bribe, try to record the officer’s name, title, badge number and physical description. Contact the U.S. Embassy to report the incident at the earliest opportunity.
U.S. Embassy personnel are currently prohibited from enrolling children in private preschool "Izvorașul Cunoștințelor" Strada George Meniuc, № 9, Chisinau, and the associated preschool "Casuța din povești" Strada Universității № 26 В, Chisinau.
Transnistria Region: A separatist regime controls the region and access to U.S. citizens is difficult. The U.S. Embassy may not be able to help if you encounter difficulties there. There are many checkpoints along roads leading into and out of Transnistria. Taking photographs of checkpoints, military facilities, and security forces is prohibited.
Crime: Commonly reported types of crime include:
- Petty theft (money, passports, small valuables) from hotel rooms, local apartments, homes, offices, trains, and public transport.
- PIN theft from ATMs by “skimming” devices that record the card information, hidden cameras, and “shoulder surfing.”
- Phishing schemes and bank account hacking.
- Internet auction fraud in which buyers fail to pay for purchases or send counterfeit checks as payment.
- Dating scams in which someone you meet over the internet asks for money to help family, buy plane tickets, or pay medical bills.
- International letters and package mail are sometimes opened or pilfered.
Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should report crimes to the local police at 902 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (373) (22) 40-83-00. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
U.S. citizens should be aware that there have been reports of widespread corruption in all areas of the judicial system, including case dismissals without cause. In most cases, an investigation will not proceed if the complainant leaves the country prior to full conclusion.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 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).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and the Europe Travel Alert.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
- If you are arrested, you can face extended periods, even years, in pre-trial detention.
- Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking illegal drugs are severe, and if convicted, you can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
- You should register large sums of foreign currency and declare all valuable goods with Moldovan customs authorities when you arrive in Moldova. Failure to do so can result in confiscation, fines, and/or arrest.
- For more information about customs requirements, see the Moldovan Customs webpage.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
- Faith-Based Travel Information
- International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
- Human Rights Report – see country reports
- Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
- Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Moldova. However, traditional cultural attitudes towards LGBT individuals may result in discrimination and harassment.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Conditions for persons with mobility issues vary from those in the United States:
- Narrow and steep wheelchair ramps with limited access.
- Streets, sidewalks, and other public paths are not well maintained.
- Call ahead to your hotel to inquire about accessibility before traveling to Moldova.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Special Circumstances: A separatist regime controls a narrow strip of land in eastern Moldova along the Ukraine border, known as Transnistria (“Pridnestrovie”). Individuals considering doing business in Transnistria should exercise extreme caution. Many Transnistrian firms are not legally registered with Moldovan authorities, which may complicate or prevent the import or export of goods.
The government of Moldova will not recognize the validity of contracts for the privatization of firms in Transnistria without the approval of the appropriate Moldovan authorities. The Embassy may not be able to offer consular or commercial services to U.S. citizens in Transnistria because of limited access.
Moldova is mostly a cash-only economy. Credit cards may be accepted in Chisinau, and occasionally in the rest of the country, but rarely in small villages. Use your credit card with caution and protect your personal information.
Wi-fi internet access is available in restaurants, bars and public places in Chisinau. Outside Chisinau, Wi-Fi internet access is limited. Express mail services, such as DHL, UPS, and Federal Express, are available in Chisinau.
Hospital accommodations are inadequate, technology is not advanced, and there may be shortages of routine medications and supplies. Pharmacies are not always stocked to Western standards, and products may not be labeled in English. Poor quality and/or counterfeit medications have been reported.
- If you are sick or injured, we advise that you go to western Europe or return to the United States for treatment.
- Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in Moldova.
- The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of medical facilities and English-speaking doctors, but does not make any recommendations.
- In an emergency, contact the local ambulance service at 903.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Moldova to ensure the medication is legal in Moldova. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Moldova are different from those in the United States.
- Roads often lack signage and are unevenly maintained.
- Avoid driving at night due to poorly lit roads.
- It is common to see tractors, bicyclists, horse-drawn carts, pedestrians and livestock on the same road.
- Moldovan drivers are aggressive by U.S. standards.
- Be cautious in pedestrian areas; not all drivers stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
Traffic Laws: The maximum legal blood alcohol content is 0.03 percent (well under the acceptable level in the United States).
- Traffic police often do not carry alcohol testing equipment at roadside checkpoints and operate by smelling alcohol on your breath.
- If you are likely to receive a fine, request a blood test to confirm your actual blood alcohol level.
- To be safe, don’t drink alcohol before driving.
Public Transportation: The public transportation network is well developed but there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Trains, trolleybuses, and buses are often old and frequently break down.
- Taxis are available in most urban areas and vary from very old and poorly maintained to new western European or U.S. vehicles.
- Road emergency services are generally responsive, although you may not find an English-speaking operator.
- You can all the police at 902 and an ambulance at 903.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Moldova, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Moldova’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.