Moldova Entry Requirements
Moldova Entry Requirements set out the rules applicable to travelers wishing to visit Moldova. These requirements, i.a., comprise the necessary documents that they must prepare prior to departure. The most important document that everyone must hold is a passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of intended arrival in the country. You should also ensure that it has at least one blank page.
Apart from a valid passport, nationals of many countries may also need to obtain a visa. Moldova's visa policy determines which countries' citizens must apply for a Moldovan visa. The visa policy also specifies the visa types applicable to certain travelers according to their nationality, travel purpose, and planned duration of stay in Moldova.
Moldova has introduced an e-Visa system allowing certain travelers to apply for short-term visas entirely online. However, countries not eligible for an online visa application still need to visit the nearest Moldovan Embassy and obtain a visa in a traditional way. Moreover, all foreigners planning to move to Moldova, take up employment or stay for a longer period of time in the country must obtain a relevant visa directly at the Moldovan diplomatic mission.
Additionally, nationals of around 100 different countries are permitted to travel to Moldova visa-free for short-term visits for tourism, leisure, and business purposes. They, however, still need to obtain a visa if planning long-term stays in Moldova.
Amid the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the Moldovan authorities implemented some additional restrictions, which have already been lifted. Since March 2022, there is no longer necessary to provide any vaccination certificates, negative test reports, or recovery proof to enter Moldova.
Important note: We advise all travelers to reconsider visiting Moldova due to the ongoing military conflict in neighboring Ukraine. The airspace over Moldova is restricted, and the flights operated to and from the country are very limited. You should especially avoid entering the Transnistria region. Follow the advice of local authorities at all times when staying in Moldova.
Who can enter Moldova?
Moldova welcomes all international travelers regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status. The country already dropped all covid-related travel restrictions.
Documents check-list for entering Moldova
- valid passport
- Moldovan visa
- travel insurance (optional)
Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements
No Covid-19 tests are required to enter Moldova.
There is no need to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination status.
There is no quarantine after arriving in Moldova.
Traveling from Moldova
To depart Moldova, you just need to hold a valid passport. There are no additional exit requirements in order to leave the country. Nevertheless, amid the unstable situation caused by the military conflict in Ukraine, travelers may face some limitations on flight availability.
Check directly with your airline and also consult the up-to-date requirements that may be imposed on passengers, including Covid-19 testing or vaccination.
Traveling to Moldova
The Government of Moldova has closed most of the country's airspace. The flights are very limited and are operated from Chisinau Airport to a few international destinations.
If you plan to visit Moldova, you should check directly with your airline for available flights and further travel regulations that may be implemented at any time.
Entering and exiting Moldova is also possible via the land border with Romania. Nevertheless, you may need to wait in long lines.
Entry Rules for Children
Children must follow the same entry rules as adult travelers. Parents or legal guardians should ensure that their underage travel companions have all the required documents to enter Moldova hassle-free.
Transit through Moldova
The entry rules for transit passengers are the same as for regular travelers. Since all Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in Moldova, all travelers no longer need to provide any coronavirus documents to enter the country.
Transiting travelers should, however, check the rules of their airlines or travel providers as well the entry rules of the country of their next or final destination.
Moreover, it may be necessary to obtain a transit visa.
Moldova allows for visa-free entry to citizens of over 100 various countries. They may travel to Moldova without a visa for short-term stays lasting maximally 90 days within a 6-month period.
A visa-free stay in Moldova is possible for leisure or business-related purposes, including vacation, sightseeing, family and/or friends reunions, business trips, conferences, etc.
Visa exemption is not applicable to foreigners seeking residence who need to first apply for a long-term "D" visa and then a residence permit. A visa will also be necessary for stays exceeding 90 days or to perform other activities, such as employment.
Visa-Exempt Countries List
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- Federated States of Micronesia
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Republic of Cyprus
- Russian Federation
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
In 2015, the Moldovan Government introduced the e-Visa system. The electronic visa is issued as a multiple-entry visa and comes in seven types depending on the traveling purpose, including leisure, business, cultural, official, etc.
Eligible travelers need to complete a 3-step application process, and the approved visa is delivered to the email address. The processing time may take up to 10 business days. Read more about Moldovan e-Visa here.
Embassy or Consular Visa
According to the Moldovan visa policy, there are around 50 different countries whose nationals need to apply for a visa directly at the embassy, no matter their travel purpose or desired length of stay, including short-term leisure and tourism-related stays.
Moreover, all foreigners planning a relocation to Moldova, living and working there, or visiting Moldova for any other purpose not covered by e-Visa, must also obtain a relevant embassy or consular visa.
Embassy visa application usually takes several weeks, so it is recommended to apply well in advance of the planned journey. You may also need to provide a number of supporting documents depending on the selected visa type.
List of Countries whose citizens need an embassy or consular visa:
- Aland Islands
- American Samoa
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Christmas Island
- Cocos Islands
- Cook Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- French Guiana
- French Polynesia
- Isle of Man
- New Caledonia
- Norfolk Island
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Pitcairn Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Helena
- Saint Martin
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Sint Maarten
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Svalbard and Jan Mayen
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States Virgin Islands
- Wallis and Futuna
Passenger Locator Form
The Moldovan Government introduced the epidemiological card that was mandatory to be completed by certain travelers amid the coronavirus pandemic. The form had to be submitted within 72 hours prior to the planned entry to the Republic of Moldova.
As of 16 March 2022, the Moldovan authorities lifted all covid-related entry restrictions. At the moment, travelers to Moldova no longer need to complete the Passenger Locator Form.
It is not obligatory to have travel insurance to visit Moldova. Nevertheless, having a comprehensive insurance policy will give you peace of mind, especially when traveling amid the ongoing pandemic.