MoldovaOfficial Name: Republic of Moldova
6 months required
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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) 23-73-45
Fax: +(373)(22) 22-63-61
See the Department of State Fact Sheet on Moldova for information on U.S.-Moldovan relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Visit the Embassy of Moldova website for most current entry and 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 either one of these places:
- 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 ticket, bus or train ticket).
Failure to register may result in fines and difficulties when leaving Moldova.
If planning to stay in Transnistria, you also should register with the passports division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the city or town in which you are staying within the first 24 hours of arrival.
Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors and foreign residents of Moldova. HIV testing is not required if you visit for less than 90 days. The HIV testing is required if you visit for longer than 90 days and/or apply for a residence permit. Please check this information with the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs before you travel.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs information page.
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:
- There are frequent political and social demonstrations 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.
- Police have the legal right to ask for identification on the street.
- Carry your passport or a photocopy at all times.
- Security messages regarding demonstration and strikes are posted on the Embassy’s website.
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 are many checkpoints along roads leading into and out of Transnistria. Taking photographs of checkpoints, military facilities, and security forces is prohibited.
Members of racial minority groups visiting Moldova have reported being stared at, verbally abused, assaulted, denied entrance into some clubs and restaurants, or harassed by police.
- If a policeman stops you, ask to see his or her identity card ("legiti-MAT-seeya" in Romanian).
- Traffic police should also display a metal badge on the outside of their uniforms.
- If the police officer harasses you or asks for a bribe, try to record officer’s name, title, badge number, description.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy to report the incident at the earliest possibility.
Crime: Commonly reported types of crime:
- Petty theft (money, passports, small valuables) from hotel rooms and local apartments, home and offices, trains and public transits.
- PIN theft from ATMs by “skimming” devices that record the card information or by hidden cameras or via “shoulder surfing.”
- Phishing schemes and hacking of the bank accounts.
- Internet auction fraud where buyers fail to pay for purchases or send counterfeit checks as payment.
- Dating scams where someone you met over the internet asks for money to help their family, buy plane tickets, pay medical bills.
- International letters and package mail are sometimes opened or pilfered.
Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victim of crime in Moldova should report crimes to the local police at 902 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (373) (22) 40-83-00.
Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes in Moldova. 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 United States
- 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
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 Travel Alerts.
- 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.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
You should register large sums of foreign currency and declare all valuable goods with Moldovan customs authorities when you arrive in Moldova. Contact the Moldovan Embassy in Washington, D.C., for more information about customs requirements.
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.
A separatist regime controls a narrow strip of land in eastern Moldova along the Ukrainian 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.
- Mostly a cash-only economy.
- Credit cards may be accepted in Chisinau, but rarely in the rest of the country.
- Use your credit card with caution and protect your personal information.
Telephone, internet and postal service:
- Wi-Fi internet access is available in restaurants, bars, and public places in Chisinau.
- Outside of Chisinau internet availability is limited.
- Express mail services, such as DHL, UPS, and Federal Express, are available in Chisinau.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
LGBTI Travelers: While protected by Moldova’s anti-discrimination law, traditional cultural attitudes towards LGBTI individuals may face discrimination and harassment.
For more detailed information about LGBTI rights in Moldova, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. For further information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) travel, please read our LGBTI travel information page.
Persons with Mobility Issues: 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 inquire about accessibility with your hotel before traveling to Moldova.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
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.
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.
- Carry prescription medication in original packaging along with your doctor’s prescription.
- Bring an extra supply of medications if you take prescription or over-the-counter medications.
- In an emergency contact the local ambulance service at 903.
Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in Moldova. For further information, please consult the CDC's information on TB.
The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of medical facilities and English-speaking doctors, but may not recommend any doctors.
For further health information, go to:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety:
- Roads often lack signage and 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.
- Maximum legal blood alcohol content is 0.03 percent (well under the acceptable level in the United States).
- Traffic police often does not carry the alcohol testing equipment at roadside and operate by smelling alcohol in 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: Public transportation is well connected but 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 old Soviet-era vehicles 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 call 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.