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Moldova, Republic of

If you’re travelling to Moldova, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

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  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
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  • Health
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Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

High degree of caution

Security Status Last Updated: 30 July 2021

Latest Travel Alert

Covid-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.

Travel from Ireland to Moldova

COVID-19 continues to present significant challenges in Moldova. All those travelling in Moldova should take all necessary precautions, and ensure that they follow any guidance regarding COVID-19 issued by the local authorities.

Starting today, 16 August 2021, new rules apply when entering Moldova.

One can enter Moldova with no restrictions if:

  • You hold a vaccination certificate that proves you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and at least 14 days have elapsed since you completed the vaccination programme.
  • You present proof of a negative PCR test result from a test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in the country or a negative Quick Antigen test result for SARS-CoV-2 virus from a test taken no more than 48 hours before entering Moldova using public transport, or just before entering Moldova when travelling with personal transport means. The proof needs to be presented in any of the following languages: Romanian, English, French, German, Italian or Russian.
  • You present medical proof of a positive test result for COVID-19. At least 14 days must have elapsed since the positive test result, but no more than 180 days (6 months). The proof needs to be presented in any of the following languages: Romanian, English, French, German, Italian or Russian.
  • You present proof that certifies the presence of COVID-19 Antibodies in your body. The proof is valid 90 days after the test was made. The proof needs to be presented in any of the following languages: Romanian, English, French, German, Italian or Russian.
  • Passengers who do not meet the above criteria must self-isolate for 14 days. It is mandatory to fill this form here and sign a declaration confirming you will respect the self-isolation rules. For children under 14 years of age the above documents must be filled and signed by a parent or an attendant. Passengers can exit self-isolation after 7 days if they present a negative result of a PCR test or a document confirming a negative result of a Quick Antigen SARS-CoV-2 test.

This will not apply for the following categories of passengers, as long as they do not have fever or other signs of a respiratory infection:

  • Children aged 12 and under;
  • Pupils/students under 18 years of age, that have to participate in exams, are studying in Moldova or elsewhere across the world or have to participate in international contests, and can prove that, as well as the ones who travel with them;
  • Aircraft/ship crew members, railroad workers, freight vehicles drivers or drivers of transport means which have more than 9 seats, including the driver’s seat. This exception will be valid until 30 September 2021;
  • Passengers travelling for medical reasons and the ones who accompany them if it is the case (with supporting documents that prove the reason for travelling);
  • Cross-border workers who enter Moldova from Romania or Ukraine as well as the ones from Moldova, employees of economic agents in the mentioned countries above who can prove the existence of a contract agreement with those economic agents. This exception will be valid until 30 September 2021;
  • Passengers holders of diplomatic passports, work /official/special passports, holders of travelling documents Laissez-Passer type issued by the United Nations Organization, including family members of passengers who work in Diplomatic Missions  and international organizations/Missions  accredited in Moldova and/or people involved in offering humanitarian help;
  • Passengers transiting Moldova (the transit time must last less than 24 hours), the transit route being established by the General Inspectorate of the Border Police;
  • Persons summoned by the Moldavian courts, as well as their legal representatives, with proving documents.

Transiting the Moldavian territory

Transit will be made according with the route established together by the border policeman and the person who will transit the country, between the border crossing points, in no more than 24 hours.

It will not be considered transit if the entrance and the exit point are situated on the same border segment.

If a person wants to transit Moldavian land the officer in charge will inform the passenger about the transit rules, the route established along with the passenger, the time needed for transiting the country (which will be of maximum 24 hours) as well as the sanctions for non-compliance with the transit conditions. After that, the passenger will be given a filled form containing the transiting route.

If you are in Moldova, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.

Links to relevant websites are below.
Ministry of Health of Moldova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

HSE

HPSC

ECDC

World Health Organisation

General Travel Advice 

Visitors to Moldova should keep up to date with local developments and take additional care. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities at all times.

Transnistria is a territory between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine seeking autonomous status, and is not under the control of the Moldovan Government. Previous tensions between the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the breakaway region of Transnistria have abated, but caution is advised if travelling in that area as the capacities of Irish or EU consular authorities to assist you may be limited. In particular, the authorities in the Transnistrian region can be suspicious about visitors taking photos, especially in the vicinity of government or military buildings or installations.

Visitors to Transnistria are advised against taking any photos in public, which could lead to a police query. 

You can contact the emergency services in the Republic of Moldova by dialling:

  • 901 for fire.
  • 902 for police.
  • 903 for medical assistance. 

Travel to Ireland

Up to date information on travelling to Ireland can be found on gov.ie 

Information on Travel within Europe (EU/EEA) can also be found on Re-open EU.

 

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Health

Inoculations are generally not needed but visitors with existing medical conditions or illnesses should seek specific advice in advance from their GPs.

Public medical services in the Republic of Moldova are of an uneven quality and the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid there.  It is strongly recommended that travellers to the Republic of Moldova take out comprehensive travel insurance in order to maximize potential treatment options.

While the water supply in the Republic of Moldova is not known to be contaminated it is recommended to use bottled or filtered water as a safer alternative.  

Crime

As elsewhere, visitors should be alert to the risk of street crime and petty theft, including pickpockets and bag snatchers, particularly in Chişinău. 

It is useful to carry a small torch after dark, as street lighting is often poor or non-existent.

Transport

Public transport in Chişinău and throughout the Republic of Moldova is not as well as developed as elsewhere and motorways are few and far between.  Rail, bus and taxis are, however, relatively inexpensive.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in the Republic of Moldova, you should be extremely careful.

  • Irish and international driving licences are valid in the Republic of Moldova. 
  • Some Moldovans drive erratically and at excessive speeds and vehicles are not always fully roadworthy.  Serious road traffic accidents regularly occur. Visitors entering the Republic of Moldova by road or driving there should ensure that they have adequate insurance cover. Insurance companies or brokers should be consulted in advance about this, if necessary. Drivers should be in possession of original car ownership and insurance documents.  
  • The quality of road surfaces in the Republic of Moldova can be uneven. Travel by road in remoter areas should be restricted to primary routes, and daylight hours.
  • In the event of an accident involving another vehicle, await police permission before moving your own vehicle.
  • In winter, drivers should ensure that vehicles are prepared for extreme weather conditions, including fitting mandatory winter tyres.   

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

There are frequent police security checks. Visitors should be in possession of the original or a copy of their passports at all times.

Visitors arriving in the Republic of Moldova by air are automatically registered by the Moldovan immigration authorities.  Moldovan hotels are also responsible for registering the presence of foreign visitors. 

Visitors entering the country by land and staying in private accommodation for more than three days must register with the Department of Information Technologies (address: 42 Puşkin Str, Chişinău, tel: 504 656) or the local passport office, within three working days.  This requires presentation of the following documents: (a) a written request for registration providing certain details of stay including address, duration, purpose and host and (2) passport.  Failure to register may result in fines and/or difficulties when departing the Republic of Moldova. 

Health

Health

Travel Insurance

We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:

  • All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
  • Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.   
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
  • Lost and stolen possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment.
  • Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

In case of a genuine consular emergency while the Embassy is closed, please leave a message with name, location and telephone number at +4021 310 2131 and the Duty Officer will call you back.

Alternatively, the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin can be contacted at +353-1-408-2000.

Embassy of Ireland
50-52 Buzesti St
3rd Floor, Sector 1
Bucharest
Romania

Tel: +40 21 3102131
Fax: +40 21 3102181

Monday to Friday 09:30 to 12:30; 14:00 to 17:00

Contact us

Honorary Consulate Contact

Dr. Suzanne O'Connell

Skytower
Office 1A, 5th Floor
Vlaicu Pircalab Str. 63
Chisinau, MD-2012
Republic of Moldova

Tel: + 373-22-80-7145

Email: Email us