- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:
In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
Travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. Individuals arriving into Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements upon entry. These locations currently have a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) security status rating. As of 4 August 2020, these locations are:
Inclusion on the list is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in each location. The list and related travel advice will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials, including public health experts. Any updates or changes will be based on Government decisions. The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list. The above list was updated on 4 August following the latest review.
If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:
Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).
The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice and we recommend that citizens download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Should you need to travel for essential reasons, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling. Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.
Where to go for more information:
We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020
Latest Travel Alert
The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Moldova, now exceeds 23,000. The National Public Health Emergency has been extended until August 31. Commercial flights have recommenced operating from Chisinau Airport; all entry with very limited exceptions of non-nationals through any border to the Republic of Moldova remains suspended.
Social distancing of at least 1 metre must be practised by all except – as in public transport - where special exemptions may apply. Masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn on public transport and in enclosed commercial and public spaces.
The following regulations remain in place until 1 August:
- people of 63 years cannot leave their homes other than in an emergency;
- assemblies of more than three people cannot gather in forests, parks, alleys and beaches;
- activities in playgrounds, sports fields amusement parks and leisure areas remain suspended;
- activities in night clubs, disco bars and karaoke all remain suspended;
- weddings, commissions, tributes and memorial meals are all suspended;
- organizing and carrying out of activities/sports and cultural competitions, as well as other measures/events in closed spaces/buildings;
- works of entertainment, theatres, movie theatres and concert halls all remain suspended; and
- all education activity in general education institutions, vocational and higher education institutions (both private and public)
See the WHO webpage Republic of Moldova - http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/republic-of-moldova;
and Situation Dashboard for details.
If you are in Moldova, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below.
Ministry of Health of Moldova - https://msmps.gov.md/en
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova - https://www.mfa.gov.md/en
Chisinau International Airport - http://www.airport.md/homepage-en/
Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 is below.
• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
The Republic of Moldova experiences occasional political unrest and this leads to regular street protests and outbreaks of violence, especially in the centre of Chişinău. Such gatherings, and crowded areas generally, should be avoided.
Transnistria is a territory between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine seeking autonomous status, and is not under Moldovan government control. 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 services to intervene 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 police query.
Because there is no resident Irish Embassy in the Republic of Moldova, we are limited in the help as can offer you in an emergency situation. However, if you need assistance, please contact the Irish Embassy in Bucharest.
You can contact the emergency services in the Republic of Moldova by dialling:
- 901 for fire.
- 902 for police.
- 903 for medical assistance.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 and Trade in Dublin can be contacted at +353-1-408-2000.
Embassy of Ireland
50-52 Buzesti St
3rd Floor, Sector 1
Monday to Friday 09:30 to 12:30; 14:00 to 17:00
Honorary Consulate Contact
Dr. Suzanne O'Connell
Office 1A, 5th Floor
Vlaicu Pircalab Str. 63
Republic of Moldova
Tel: + 373-22-80-7145
Email: Email us
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.