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Moldova
Moldova
Last Updated: June 9, 2017
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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

6 months required

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Not required for stays of less than 90 days  

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

10,000 Euros or equivalent

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

10,000 Euros or equivalent

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Chisinau

103 Mateevici Street
Chisinau MD-2009
Republic of Moldova
Telephone: +(373)(22) 40-83-00
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(373)(22) 40-83-00
Fax: +(373)(22) 22-63-61

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Moldova for information on U.S. – Moldova relations.

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Entry, Exit and 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.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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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.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

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.

We can:

  • 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 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

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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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 U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

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:

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. 

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

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.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

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.

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Health

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 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:

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Travel and 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.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Moldova’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Chisinau

103 Mateevici Street
Chisinau MD-2009
Republic of Moldova
Telephone: +(373)(22) 40-83-00
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(373)(22) 40-83-00
Fax: +(373)(22) 22-63-61

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General Information

For information concerning travel to Moldova, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Moldova.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

Moldova acceded to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) on April 10, 1998; however, the United States and Moldova are not yet treaty partners.  Until Moldova and the United States establish a treaty relationship per Article 38 of the Convention, parents whose children have been abducted from the United States to Moldova or wrongfully retained in Moldova are unable to invoke the Convention to pursue their children’s return or to seek access to them.

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Return

 

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  The government of Moldova maintains information about custody, visitation, and family law on the Internet. (Romanian only).  Further information can be found at the website for the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection, and Family.

 

Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Moldova and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

Contact information:

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Fax: 1-202-485-6221
Website

Parental child abduction is a crime in Moldova.  Article 164 of the Criminal Code of Moldova explains that “kidnapping” applies to most cases of abduction, including abduction of a minor.  However, the subsection “Abduction by Close Relatives” would apply to parental abductions.  Under Moldovan law, “close relatives” refers to both parents and grandparents.  This same section also provides for punishment for parents who abduct their children, such as fines, community service, or imprisonment of up to six months.  Punishment for parents who abduct their children is much more lenient than for non-relatives who abduct children, where the punishment is imprisonment for up to 13 years.

 

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court.  Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.  

 

 

 

 

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Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Moldova and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.   Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Moldova for information and possible assistance.

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Retaining an Attorney

Neither the Office of Children’s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Moldova are authorized to provide legal advice.

The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, Moldova, posts a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

The Office of Children’s Issues is not aware of any mediation resources available for parental child abduction in Moldova. 

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Moldova is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore all adoptions between Moldova and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.

Note: Special transition provisions apply to adoptions initiated before April 1, 2008. Learn more.

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Who Can Adopt

Adoption between the United States and Moldova is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore to adopt from Moldova, you must first be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn more.

Adoption in Moldova can be a complicated process, sometimes involving long waits. Moldovan adoption law gives preference to Moldovan citizens and citizens of countries that have implemented the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Moldova also has the following eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents:

  • Residency Requirements: There are no residency requirements for foreign adoptive parents.
  • Age Requirements: The minimum age requirement for adoptive parents is 25. The maximum age is 50, unless one of the couple is under the age of 50.
  • Marriage Requirements: Married couples and single people may adopt. Unmarried couples may not adopt from Moldova.
  • Income Requirements: Prospective adoptive parents must show financial stability.
  • Other Requirements: The presence of the following conditions disqualify prospective adoptive parents from adopting in Moldova : HIV/AIDS, psychological and behavioral disorders, drug addiction, chronic alcoholism, chronic somatic diseases (disability of the 1st and 2nd degree), various forms of cancer, Hepatitis B, C or D. The following conditions may temporarily disqualify a person from adopting: sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and severe virulent diseases.
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Who Can Be Adopted

Because Moldova is a member of the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Moldova must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. For example, the Convention requires that Moldova attempt to place a child with a family in Moldova before determining that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption. Learn more about the Convention's requirements for adoptable children.

In addition to Moldova's requirements, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee for you to bring him or her back to the United States.

Intercountry adoptions are permitted in exceptional cases, when no relatives or other Moldovan families are able to adopt orphans or become their guardians. Children who have health or developmental problems that Moldovan families cannot afford to treat are also considered exceptional cases.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

WAITING PERIOD

Information about children eligible for adoption is published in the Monitorul Official, the Moldovan Governments official register. For the first six months after this information is published, an adoptable child is eligible only for domestic adoption by Moldovan citizens. After six months, an adoptable child is eligible for intercountry adoption. Prospective adoptive parents may indicate the sex and age range of the child they prefer.

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How to Adopt

MOLDOVAN ADOPTION AUTHORITY

The Ministry of Social Protection, Family and Child Adoption Department

THE PROCESS

Because Moldova is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Moldova must follow a specific process designed to meet the Conventions requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below. You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements.

Note: If you filed your I-600a with Moldova before April 1, 2008, the Hague Adoption Convention may not apply to your adoption. Your adoption could continue to be processed in accordance with the immigration regulations for non-Convention adoptions. Learn more.

  1. Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States
  5. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Moldova
  6. Bringing your Child Home
  1. Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider:

    The first step in adopting a child from Moldova is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited. Only these agencies and attorneys can provide adoption services between the United States and Moldova. Learn more.

    When adopting in Moldova, prospective adoptive parents are required to use an adoption agency that is also accredited in Moldova. Please find the list of accredited adoption providers in the Contacts section. A registered adoption agency, through its Moldovan representative, forwards the foreign prospective adoptive parents file to the Adoption Department (See the list of required documents below.) The Adoption Department in turn forwards the file to the Education Directorate in the district where a prospective adoptable child resides.

  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
    After you choose an accredited adoption agency, you apply to be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn how.

    Once the U.S. Government determines you eligible and suitableâ to be an adoptive parent, your information will be forwarded to the adoption authority in Moldova. Moldovas adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also eligible to adopt under Moldovan law.

  3. Be Matched with a Child:

    If both the United States and Moldova determine that you are eligible to adopt, and a child is available for intercountry adoption, the central adoption authority will provide you with a referral for a child. You cannot identify a specific child that you would like to adopt prior to the adoption authority providing this referral.

    The local Inspector for the Protection of Children's Rights in the district, together with a physician and the director of the orphanage, examines the file and matches the family with an eligible child.

    The prospective adoptive parents are then provided with complete, official information about the child, including health and family background. The Moldovan representative sends the prospective adoptive parents this information including photographs or a video of the child. The representative will also send answers from the Moldovan authorities to all additional questions the prospective adoptive parents may have about the child. The prospective adoptive parents have the option to refuse a prospective adoptive child. If they do so, they must inform the Moldovan authorities in writing of their decision.

    If the prospective adoptive parents agree to accept the child, they send a letter to the Adoption Department through their agency's representative, acknowledging that they are aware of any specific health or other problems, and accept the child. The orphanage receives a copy of the letter from the Adoption Department.

  4. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption:
    After you accept a match with a child, you will apply to the U.S Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for permission to adopt that child. USCIS will determine whether the child is eligible under U.S. law to be adopted. Learn how.

    In addition, a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy must review the child's information and determine that the child appears to be eligible for a visa. As part of this process, the Consular Officer may require to see the Panel Physician's medical report on the child. Learn more.

    If the Consular Office determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States, he/she will send a letter (called the Article 5 letter) to the Moldovan adoption authority.

    If approved, the Directorate of Education will forward a Notice of Approval of Adoption to the Adoption Department. The Adoption Department will then decide whether to approve the adoption. Although prospective adoptive parents do not need to travel to Moldova to meet the prospective adoptive child at the time of the acceptance of the match, both parents must appear in court in Moldova to finalize the adoption.
  5. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Moldova

    Remember: Before you adopt (or gain legal custody of) a child, you must have completed the above four steps. Only after completing these steps, can you proceed to finalize the adoption or grant of custody for the purposes of adoption in Moldova. 

    The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Moldova generally includes the following:
    • Role of The Adoption Authority: To begin the adoption process, a registered adoption agency, through its Moldovan representative, forwards the foreign prospective adoptive parents file to the Adoption Department. The Department in turn forwards the file to the Education Directorate in the district where a prospective adoptable child resides. Once a child has been selected the prospective adoptive parents send a letter to the Adoption Department through their agency's representative, acknowledging that they are aware of any specific health or other problems, and accept the child. The orphanage receives a copy of the letter the Department.

      The districts Directorate of Education must then approve the prospective adoption and provide full information on the adoptive parents and the adoptive child to the Adoption Department. If approved, the Directorate of Education will forward a Notice of Approval of Adoption to the Department. The Adoption Department will then decide whether to approve the adoption. Although prospective adoptive parents do not need to travel to Moldova to meet the prospective adoptive child at the time of the acceptance of the match, both parents must appear in court in Moldova to finalize the adoption.
    • Role of The Court: The approved adoption file proceeds to the court system through the districts Inspector for the Protection of Children's Rights. Once prospective adoptive parents satisfy the Moldovan adoption requirements, a judge must grant a final adoption.
    • Time Frame: An adoption can take six to nine months to complete from the time a child is matched with prospective adoptive parents until the completion of the adoption.
    • Adoption Fees: There is a Government fee of 1,500 EUR for each adopted child and cost of airfare for adoption-related travel. Separate attorneys fees can vary greatly.

      The U.S. Embassy in Moldova discourages the payment of any fees that are not properly receipted. Donations or expediting fees, which may be requested from prospective adoptive parents, have the appearance of buying a baby and put all future adoptions in Moldova at risk.

      In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your agency will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process. Learn more.
    • Documents Required: The adoption application should contain:
      • Name, year, month, and day of birth of prospective adoptive parent(s). Address and state of residence of the parent(s) is also required;
      • Name, year, month, and day of birth of child to be adopted. Residence of the child to be adopted;
      • Information regarding the biological parents and siblings of the prospective adoptive child.
      • Request to change name and place of birth, and register the adoptive parents as the birth parents on the childs new birth certificate;
      • Copy of prospective adoptive parent(s) birth certificate;
      • Doctors Certificate of Eligibility to Adopt;
      • Employment certificate, including occupation, years of service, and income;
      • Authenticated copy of Deed of Sale for a home, or lease agreement for residence;
      • Approval by the prospective adoptive parents Government and permission for the adopted child to reside in the United States.
  6. Bringing Your Child Home

    Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for three documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:
    • Birth Certificate 
      You will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child, so that you can later apply for a passport. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate.

      Adoptive parents can change the childs name and request a new birth certificate, listing their names as parents, at the Moldovan Civil Registry Office. Afterwards, the parents need to apply for a passport.
    • Moldovan Passport 
      Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Moldova.

      Adoptive parents can apply for a passport for the child at the Moldovan passport office.
    • U.S. Immigrant Visa 
      After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the United States Embassy for your child. After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, visit the U.S Embassy for final review and approval of the childs I-800 petition and to obtain a visa for the child. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the Panel Physicians medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage. Learn more.

      An orphan investigation (Form I-604, Report on Overseas Orphan Investigation) is required in all orphan adoption cases (including transition cases) and serves to verify that the child is an orphan as defined by U.S. immigration law. A consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moldova will conduct this investigation.

      In order to be prepared for the I-604 interview at the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, adoptive parents must have their U.S. passport and the following documentation and the corresponding English language translations:
      • A certified copy of the child's original Moldovan birth certificate;
      • The child's new birth certificate;
      • The letter of recommendation on the adoption from the Adoption Department;
      • The final decree of adoption;
      • The child's Moldovan medical report;
      • Proof of the childs orphan status; and ,
      • A statement from the orphanage that the child has not been visited by anyone, including known or suspected relatives, for at least the last six months.

      The I-604 adoption interview is an opportunity for a consular officer in Moldova to see the locally generated documentation on each adoption and to review the information with the adoptive parents.

      The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for immigrant visas. Please email the Embassy at Chisinau-CA@state.gov to schedule an appointment for the I-604 interview in advance.

CHILD CITIZENSHIP ACT

For adoptions finalized abroad: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when he or she enters the United States as lawful permanent residents.

For adoptions finalized in the United States: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when the court in the United States issues the final adoption decree.

* Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible. Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting.

Learn more about the Child Citizenship Act.

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Traveling Abroad

APPLYING FOR YOUR U.S. PASSPORT

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Moldova. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which Passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print all in one place.

OBTAINING YOUR VISA

In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa to travel to Moldova. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.

To find information about obtaining a visa for Moldova, see the Department of States Country Specific Information.

STAYING SAFE ON YOUR TRIP

Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The State Department is a good place to start.

The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

STAYING IN TOUCH ON YOUR TRIP

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there's a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in Moldova, registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

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After Adoption

What does Moldova require of the adoptive parents after the adoption? 

We strongly urge you to complete any post-adoption requirements required by Moldova in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to Moldovas history of positive experiences with American parents.

What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some good places to start your support group search:

Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Moldova 
103, A. Mateevici Street
Chisinau , Moldova MD 2009
Tel: (373 22) 408 300
Fax: (373 22) 226 361
E-mail: Chisinau-ca@state.gov
Internet: http://md.usembassy.gov/

Moldovan Adoption Authority 
The Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and FamilyAdoption Department
Ms. Viorica Dumbraveanu
Head of Department
# 1 Vasile Alecsandri Street , Office # 409
Chisinau, Moldova
Tel/Fax: (373 22) 725 300

Embassy of the Republic of Moldova 
2101 S Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 667-1130
Fax: (202) 667-1204
http://www.sua.mfa.md

Office of Children's Issues
U.S. Department of State  
CA/OCS/CI  
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
E-mail: AskCI@state.gov or AdoptionUSCA@state.gov
Website: http://adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)

1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833).

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 3 Months
C-3 None Multiple 3 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None Two 3 Months
E-2C 12 None Two 3 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 48 Months
G-2 None Multiple 48 Months
G-3 None Multiple 48 Months
G-4 None Multiple 48 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 48 Months
N-9 None Multiple 48 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 60 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates

Most civil documents from areas outside the Transnister region in Eastern Moldova are available from the Central Republic Archive in Chisinau and are generally reliable. Certified copies can be obtained through the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consular Directorate. Non-certified copies can be obtained directly from the Archive. There are no restrictions on the export of these documents.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage and Divorce Certificates

Most civil documents from areas outside the Transnister region in Eastern Moldova are available from the Central Republic Archive in Chisinau and are generally reliable. Certified copies can be obtained through the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consular Directorate. Non-certified copies can be obtained directly from the Archive. There are no restrictions on the export of these documents.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police and Prison Records

Available. If someone wishes to emigrate from Moldova, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will run a criminal check on that person (at their request) and report the results. This official report will list whether the person in question is currently involved in a criminal process and if they have any prior convictions in Moldova.

Military Records

A military record is required if you have served in any country's military.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

The Government of Moldova has announced that its old-style (Soviet) tourist passports expired on December 31, 1996, regardless of the expiration date shown in them. Valid Moldovan tourist passports, which are replacing the old-style Soviet passports, are light blue in color.

In accordance with sections 212(A)(7)(B)(i)(i) and 212(A)(7)(A)(i)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the old-style passports are no longer acceptable for nonimmigrant visa issuance. As of August 31, 1996, the old style passports ceased to be valid for immigrant visa issuance.

Diplomatic and service passports are not affected by this policy. They will remain valid until the expiration dates shown in them.

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Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 667-1130 ext. 15 (202) 667-2624

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Chisinau
103 Mateevici Street
Chisinau MD-2009
Republic of Moldova
Telephone
+(373)(22) 40-83-00
Emergency
+(373)(22) 40-83-00
Fax
+(373)(22) 22-63-61
Moldova Country Map

Learn about your destination
Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Moldova
Moldova
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

6 months required

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Not required for stays of less than 90 days  

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

10,000 Euros or equivalent

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

10,000 Euros or equivalent

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Chisinau

103 Mateevici Street
Chisinau MD-2009
Republic of Moldova
Telephone: +(373)(22) 40-83-00
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(373)(22) 40-83-00
Fax: +(373)(22) 22-63-61

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Moldova for information on U.S. – Moldova relations.

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Entry, Exit and 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.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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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.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

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.

We can:

  • 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 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

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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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 U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

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:

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. 

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

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.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

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.

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Health

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 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:

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Travel and 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.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Moldova’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Chisinau

103 Mateevici Street
Chisinau MD-2009
Republic of Moldova
Telephone: +(373)(22) 40-83-00
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(373)(22) 40-83-00
Fax: +(373)(22) 22-63-61

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General Information

For information concerning travel to Moldova, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Moldova.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

Moldova acceded to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) on April 10, 1998; however, the United States and Moldova are not yet treaty partners.  Until Moldova and the United States establish a treaty relationship per Article 38 of the Convention, parents whose children have been abducted from the United States to Moldova or wrongfully retained in Moldova are unable to invoke the Convention to pursue their children’s return or to seek access to them.

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Return

 

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  The government of Moldova maintains information about custody, visitation, and family law on the Internet. (Romanian only).  Further information can be found at the website for the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection, and Family.

 

Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Moldova and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

Contact information:

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Fax: 1-202-485-6221
Website

Parental child abduction is a crime in Moldova.  Article 164 of the Criminal Code of Moldova explains that “kidnapping” applies to most cases of abduction, including abduction of a minor.  However, the subsection “Abduction by Close Relatives” would apply to parental abductions.  Under Moldovan law, “close relatives” refers to both parents and grandparents.  This same section also provides for punishment for parents who abduct their children, such as fines, community service, or imprisonment of up to six months.  Punishment for parents who abduct their children is much more lenient than for non-relatives who abduct children, where the punishment is imprisonment for up to 13 years.

 

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court.  Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.  

 

 

 

 

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Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Moldova and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.   Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Moldova for information and possible assistance.

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Retaining an Attorney

Neither the Office of Children’s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Moldova are authorized to provide legal advice.

The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, Moldova, posts a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

The Office of Children’s Issues is not aware of any mediation resources available for parental child abduction in Moldova. 

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Moldova is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore all adoptions between Moldova and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.

Note: Special transition provisions apply to adoptions initiated before April 1, 2008. Learn more.

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Who Can Adopt

Adoption between the United States and Moldova is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore to adopt from Moldova, you must first be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn more.

Adoption in Moldova can be a complicated process, sometimes involving long waits. Moldovan adoption law gives preference to Moldovan citizens and citizens of countries that have implemented the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Moldova also has the following eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents:

  • Residency Requirements: There are no residency requirements for foreign adoptive parents.
  • Age Requirements: The minimum age requirement for adoptive parents is 25. The maximum age is 50, unless one of the couple is under the age of 50.
  • Marriage Requirements: Married couples and single people may adopt. Unmarried couples may not adopt from Moldova.
  • Income Requirements: Prospective adoptive parents must show financial stability.
  • Other Requirements: The presence of the following conditions disqualify prospective adoptive parents from adopting in Moldova : HIV/AIDS, psychological and behavioral disorders, drug addiction, chronic alcoholism, chronic somatic diseases (disability of the 1st and 2nd degree), various forms of cancer, Hepatitis B, C or D. The following conditions may temporarily disqualify a person from adopting: sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and severe virulent diseases.
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Who Can Be Adopted

Because Moldova is a member of the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Moldova must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. For example, the Convention requires that Moldova attempt to place a child with a family in Moldova before determining that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption. Learn more about the Convention's requirements for adoptable children.

In addition to Moldova's requirements, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee for you to bring him or her back to the United States.

Intercountry adoptions are permitted in exceptional cases, when no relatives or other Moldovan families are able to adopt orphans or become their guardians. Children who have health or developmental problems that Moldovan families cannot afford to treat are also considered exceptional cases.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

WAITING PERIOD

Information about children eligible for adoption is published in the Monitorul Official, the Moldovan Governments official register. For the first six months after this information is published, an adoptable child is eligible only for domestic adoption by Moldovan citizens. After six months, an adoptable child is eligible for intercountry adoption. Prospective adoptive parents may indicate the sex and age range of the child they prefer.

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How to Adopt

MOLDOVAN ADOPTION AUTHORITY

The Ministry of Social Protection, Family and Child Adoption Department

THE PROCESS

Because Moldova is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Moldova must follow a specific process designed to meet the Conventions requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below. You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements.

Note: If you filed your I-600a with Moldova before April 1, 2008, the Hague Adoption Convention may not apply to your adoption. Your adoption could continue to be processed in accordance with the immigration regulations for non-Convention adoptions. Learn more.

  1. Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States
  5. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Moldova
  6. Bringing your Child Home
  1. Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider:

    The first step in adopting a child from Moldova is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited. Only these agencies and attorneys can provide adoption services between the United States and Moldova. Learn more.

    When adopting in Moldova, prospective adoptive parents are required to use an adoption agency that is also accredited in Moldova. Please find the list of accredited adoption providers in the Contacts section. A registered adoption agency, through its Moldovan representative, forwards the foreign prospective adoptive parents file to the Adoption Department (See the list of required documents below.) The Adoption Department in turn forwards the file to the Education Directorate in the district where a prospective adoptable child resides.

  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
    After you choose an accredited adoption agency, you apply to be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn how.

    Once the U.S. Government determines you eligible and suitableâ to be an adoptive parent, your information will be forwarded to the adoption authority in Moldova. Moldovas adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also eligible to adopt under Moldovan law.

  3. Be Matched with a Child:

    If both the United States and Moldova determine that you are eligible to adopt, and a child is available for intercountry adoption, the central adoption authority will provide you with a referral for a child. You cannot identify a specific child that you would like to adopt prior to the adoption authority providing this referral.

    The local Inspector for the Protection of Children's Rights in the district, together with a physician and the director of the orphanage, examines the file and matches the family with an eligible child.

    The prospective adoptive parents are then provided with complete, official information about the child, including health and family background. The Moldovan representative sends the prospective adoptive parents this information including photographs or a video of the child. The representative will also send answers from the Moldovan authorities to all additional questions the prospective adoptive parents may have about the child. The prospective adoptive parents have the option to refuse a prospective adoptive child. If they do so, they must inform the Moldovan authorities in writing of their decision.

    If the prospective adoptive parents agree to accept the child, they send a letter to the Adoption Department through their agency's representative, acknowledging that they are aware of any specific health or other problems, and accept the child. The orphanage receives a copy of the letter from the Adoption Department.

  4. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption:
    After you accept a match with a child, you will apply to the U.S Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for permission to adopt that child. USCIS will determine whether the child is eligible under U.S. law to be adopted. Learn how.

    In addition, a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy must review the child's information and determine that the child appears to be eligible for a visa. As part of this process, the Consular Officer may require to see the Panel Physician's medical report on the child. Learn more.

    If the Consular Office determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States, he/she will send a letter (called the Article 5 letter) to the Moldovan adoption authority.

    If approved, the Directorate of Education will forward a Notice of Approval of Adoption to the Adoption Department. The Adoption Department will then decide whether to approve the adoption. Although prospective adoptive parents do not need to travel to Moldova to meet the prospective adoptive child at the time of the acceptance of the match, both parents must appear in court in Moldova to finalize the adoption.
  5. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Moldova

    Remember: Before you adopt (or gain legal custody of) a child, you must have completed the above four steps. Only after completing these steps, can you proceed to finalize the adoption or grant of custody for the purposes of adoption in Moldova. 

    The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Moldova generally includes the following:
    • Role of The Adoption Authority: To begin the adoption process, a registered adoption agency, through its Moldovan representative, forwards the foreign prospective adoptive parents file to the Adoption Department. The Department in turn forwards the file to the Education Directorate in the district where a prospective adoptable child resides. Once a child has been selected the prospective adoptive parents send a letter to the Adoption Department through their agency's representative, acknowledging that they are aware of any specific health or other problems, and accept the child. The orphanage receives a copy of the letter the Department.

      The districts Directorate of Education must then approve the prospective adoption and provide full information on the adoptive parents and the adoptive child to the Adoption Department. If approved, the Directorate of Education will forward a Notice of Approval of Adoption to the Department. The Adoption Department will then decide whether to approve the adoption. Although prospective adoptive parents do not need to travel to Moldova to meet the prospective adoptive child at the time of the acceptance of the match, both parents must appear in court in Moldova to finalize the adoption.
    • Role of The Court: The approved adoption file proceeds to the court system through the districts Inspector for the Protection of Children's Rights. Once prospective adoptive parents satisfy the Moldovan adoption requirements, a judge must grant a final adoption.
    • Time Frame: An adoption can take six to nine months to complete from the time a child is matched with prospective adoptive parents until the completion of the adoption.
    • Adoption Fees: There is a Government fee of 1,500 EUR for each adopted child and cost of airfare for adoption-related travel. Separate attorneys fees can vary greatly.

      The U.S. Embassy in Moldova discourages the payment of any fees that are not properly receipted. Donations or expediting fees, which may be requested from prospective adoptive parents, have the appearance of buying a baby and put all future adoptions in Moldova at risk.

      In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your agency will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process. Learn more.
    • Documents Required: The adoption application should contain:
      • Name, year, month, and day of birth of prospective adoptive parent(s). Address and state of residence of the parent(s) is also required;
      • Name, year, month, and day of birth of child to be adopted. Residence of the child to be adopted;
      • Information regarding the biological parents and siblings of the prospective adoptive child.
      • Request to change name and place of birth, and register the adoptive parents as the birth parents on the childs new birth certificate;
      • Copy of prospective adoptive parent(s) birth certificate;
      • Doctors Certificate of Eligibility to Adopt;
      • Employment certificate, including occupation, years of service, and income;
      • Authenticated copy of Deed of Sale for a home, or lease agreement for residence;
      • Approval by the prospective adoptive parents Government and permission for the adopted child to reside in the United States.
  6. Bringing Your Child Home

    Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for three documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:
    • Birth Certificate 
      You will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child, so that you can later apply for a passport. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate.

      Adoptive parents can change the childs name and request a new birth certificate, listing their names as parents, at the Moldovan Civil Registry Office. Afterwards, the parents need to apply for a passport.
    • Moldovan Passport 
      Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Moldova.

      Adoptive parents can apply for a passport for the child at the Moldovan passport office.
    • U.S. Immigrant Visa 
      After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the United States Embassy for your child. After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, visit the U.S Embassy for final review and approval of the childs I-800 petition and to obtain a visa for the child. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the Panel Physicians medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage. Learn more.

      An orphan investigation (Form I-604, Report on Overseas Orphan Investigation) is required in all orphan adoption cases (including transition cases) and serves to verify that the child is an orphan as defined by U.S. immigration law. A consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moldova will conduct this investigation.

      In order to be prepared for the I-604 interview at the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, adoptive parents must have their U.S. passport and the following documentation and the corresponding English language translations:
      • A certified copy of the child's original Moldovan birth certificate;
      • The child's new birth certificate;
      • The letter of recommendation on the adoption from the Adoption Department;
      • The final decree of adoption;
      • The child's Moldovan medical report;
      • Proof of the childs orphan status; and ,
      • A statement from the orphanage that the child has not been visited by anyone, including known or suspected relatives, for at least the last six months.

      The I-604 adoption interview is an opportunity for a consular officer in Moldova to see the locally generated documentation on each adoption and to review the information with the adoptive parents.

      The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for immigrant visas. Please email the Embassy at Chisinau-CA@state.gov to schedule an appointment for the I-604 interview in advance.

CHILD CITIZENSHIP ACT

For adoptions finalized abroad: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when he or she enters the United States as lawful permanent residents.

For adoptions finalized in the United States: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when the court in the United States issues the final adoption decree.

* Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible. Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting.

Learn more about the Child Citizenship Act.

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Traveling Abroad

APPLYING FOR YOUR U.S. PASSPORT

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Moldova. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which Passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print all in one place.

OBTAINING YOUR VISA

In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa to travel to Moldova. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.

To find information about obtaining a visa for Moldova, see the Department of States Country Specific Information.

STAYING SAFE ON YOUR TRIP

Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The State Department is a good place to start.

The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

STAYING IN TOUCH ON YOUR TRIP

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there's a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in Moldova, registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

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After Adoption

What does Moldova require of the adoptive parents after the adoption? 

We strongly urge you to complete any post-adoption requirements required by Moldova in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to Moldovas history of positive experiences with American parents.

What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some good places to start your support group search:

Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Moldova 
103, A. Mateevici Street
Chisinau , Moldova MD 2009
Tel: (373 22) 408 300
Fax: (373 22) 226 361
E-mail: Chisinau-ca@state.gov
Internet: http://md.usembassy.gov/

Moldovan Adoption Authority 
The Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and FamilyAdoption Department
Ms. Viorica Dumbraveanu
Head of Department
# 1 Vasile Alecsandri Street , Office # 409
Chisinau, Moldova
Tel/Fax: (373 22) 725 300

Embassy of the Republic of Moldova 
2101 S Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 667-1130
Fax: (202) 667-1204
http://www.sua.mfa.md

Office of Children's Issues
U.S. Department of State  
CA/OCS/CI  
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
E-mail: AskCI@state.gov or AdoptionUSCA@state.gov
Website: http://adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)

1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833).

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 3 Months
C-3 None Multiple 3 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None Two 3 Months
E-2C 12 None Two 3 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 48 Months
G-2 None Multiple 48 Months
G-3 None Multiple 48 Months
G-4 None Multiple 48 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 48 Months
N-9 None Multiple 48 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 60 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates

Most civil documents from areas outside the Transnister region in Eastern Moldova are available from the Central Republic Archive in Chisinau and are generally reliable. Certified copies can be obtained through the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consular Directorate. Non-certified copies can be obtained directly from the Archive. There are no restrictions on the export of these documents.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage and Divorce Certificates

Most civil documents from areas outside the Transnister region in Eastern Moldova are available from the Central Republic Archive in Chisinau and are generally reliable. Certified copies can be obtained through the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consular Directorate. Non-certified copies can be obtained directly from the Archive. There are no restrictions on the export of these documents.

Adoption Certificates

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police and Prison Records

Available. If someone wishes to emigrate from Moldova, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will run a criminal check on that person (at their request) and report the results. This official report will list whether the person in question is currently involved in a criminal process and if they have any prior convictions in Moldova.

Military Records

A military record is required if you have served in any country's military.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

The Government of Moldova has announced that its old-style (Soviet) tourist passports expired on December 31, 1996, regardless of the expiration date shown in them. Valid Moldovan tourist passports, which are replacing the old-style Soviet passports, are light blue in color.

In accordance with sections 212(A)(7)(B)(i)(i) and 212(A)(7)(A)(i)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the old-style passports are no longer acceptable for nonimmigrant visa issuance. As of August 31, 1996, the old style passports ceased to be valid for immigrant visa issuance.

Diplomatic and service passports are not affected by this policy. They will remain valid until the expiration dates shown in them.

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Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 667-1130 ext. 15 (202) 667-2624

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Chisinau
103 Mateevici Street
Chisinau MD-2009
Republic of Moldova
Telephone
+(373)(22) 40-83-00
Emergency
+(373)(22) 40-83-00
Fax
+(373)(22) 22-63-61
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.