In this article, we have tried to answer the most frequent questions regarding the conditions of entry into Moldova. However, if you did not find the answer to your question, write us a message and we will certainly answer you.
Before leaving for Moldova, you should find out what documents you will need to enter Moldova.
According to the law, you must have valid documents, recognized or accepted by the Republic of Moldova, that allow you to cross the state border. In almost all cases, this document is the national passport.
At the time of your entry into Moldova, the validity of the passport must exceed by at least 3 months the date of departure from the territory of the Republic of Moldova. In addition, the passport must be issued within the last 10 years and must contain at least two blank pages.
You should know that citizens of some countries can enter Moldova without visas, while others need a visa to enter. Based on this, you should make sure you do not need a visa to enter the Republic of Moldova.
You can familiarize yourself with the List of countries whose citizens must have a visa to enter Moldova, as well as the List of countries whose citizens do not need a visa to visit the Republic of Moldova.
If your country of origin is on a visa regime with Moldova, it is necessary to obtain a visa before you leave.
Depending on your citizenship, the visa can be obtained at diplomatic missions of the Republic of Moldova abroad (you can find the list of embassies by clicking on the link), or by applying online.
You should also pay attention to the conditions for obtaining visas, since citizens of some states, in order to obtain a visa, need an invitation issued by the Migration and Asylum Office, based on the request of a resident natural or legal person. See the List of countries whose citizens need an invitation to obtain an entry visa to the Republic of Moldova by clicking on the link.
If you are not familiar with the procedure for obtaining an invitation, you can find out more information by clicking on the link.
At the border crossing point, you may be asked to provide documents justifying the purpose of entry. You will find the list of border crossing points in Moldova by following the link.
– a document regarding the accommodation at the hotel, the invitation from the host person in which the address of the guest’s accommodation will be written;
– the confirmation regarding the seat reservation for an organized trip or any other appropriate document indicating the plans of the trip to be undertaken;
– the return ticket.
– an invitation from a company, organization or institution;
– documents confirming an economic interest (for example: power of attorney, employment contract, tickets or invitations to participate in exhibitions).
– a document certifying enrollment in an educational institution or other forms of training;
– student card or course attendance certificate.
You must also provide proof of sufficient financial means both for maintenance during your stay and for your return to your home country. Such proof can be a bank statement or you can prove that you have enough cash on you.
Goods that are in your personal baggage are exempt from customs duties, provided that they are not imported for commercial purposes and their value does not exceed 300 euros per person.
If you enter by air or sea, you are exempt from paying customs duties if the value of goods in personal luggage is 430 euros per person.
If the customs value of the goods exceeds the duty-free limit, the import duties shall be charged based on the customs value of the goods (the above-mentioned non-taxable amount does not reduce the taxable value of the goods).
Personal clothing and footwear, perfumes, cosmetics, hygiene products and medicines, as well as personal food products are exempt from import duties.
Personal baggage is considered all baggage that you can present to the Customs Service upon arrival in the country, as well as baggage that you present later if you prove that at the time of your departure the baggage was checked in as accompanied baggage by the company that delivered it to Moldova from a foreign country.
Below you can find the amount of products that you can bring into Moldova without paying customs duties:
|Alcohol and alcoholic beverages with an alcoholic strength of more than 22% by volume or of undenatured ethyl alcohol of 80% by volume and more||1 litre|
|Alcohol and alcoholic beverages with an alcohol concentration of no more than 22% by volume||2 liters|
|Leaf cigarettes||50 pieces|
|Sticks for tobacco heating devices||200 pieces|
|Smoking tobacco||250 grams|
Upon entering the Republic of Moldova, you have the right to introduce unlimited cash in national currency, as well as cash and traveller’s cheques in foreign currency.
However, you must declare cash and traveller’s cheques in writing to customs if their total amount exceeds €10,000 (or equivalent) per person/trip.
It is important to know that, it is not allowed to bring into the Republic of Moldova cash in national currency, as well as cash in foreign currency and traveller’s cheques in foreign currency in luggage unaccompanied by a natural person.
If you are planning a trip with minors, you must ensure that the child has a valid passport, and before the trip make sure that it is valid for a period of at least 3 months from the planned date of departure from the territory of the Republic of Moldova.
It is important to note that minors have the right to enter the Republic of Moldova only when accompanied by their parents or an responsable person designated by their parents in a notarized declaration. The purpose of the trip, its duration and the country of destination must be specified in the declaration.
When crossing the state border of the Republic of Moldova on a vehicle, the driver must have the following documents:
• a driver’s license issued in his name, valid for the (sub)category to which the driven vehicle belongs;
• certificate of registration of the vehicle;
• Compulsory third party liability insurance valid on the territory of the Republic of Moldova.
Additionally, the Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova may request documents confirming the right of ownership or the right to use the vehicle, if the vehicle is registered in other states.
According to the provisions of the Law, a pet is considered – an animal of the species listed below, which accompanies its owner or authorized person during non-commercial travel and which remains during such travel under the responsibility of the owner or authorized person.
1) dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), cats (Felis silvestris catus) and domestic ferrets (Mustela putorius furo);
2) invertebrates, except:
a) bees (Apis mellifera) and bumblebees (Bombus spp.), which are regulated by the Sanitary-Veterinary Norm regarding animal health conditions and sanitary-veterinary certification in the case of the import of bees and bumblebees;
b) fish (superclass Agnatha and from the classes Chondrichthyes and Osteichthyes), molluscs (order Mollusca) and crustaceans (suborder Crustacea), which are regulated by the Sanitary-Veterinary Norm regarding the health conditions of animals and aquaculture products and measures to prevent and combat certain diseases in aquatic animals;
3) ornamental aquatic animals, as defined in the Sanitary-Veterinary Norm regarding the health conditions of animals and aquaculture products and the measures to prevent and combat certain diseases in aquatic animals;
6) mammals: rodents and rabbits, except for species intended for food production;
7) the birds.
1) They are marked by implanting a transponder (Microchip) that corresponds to the SM SR ISO 11784:2012 or SM SR ISO 11785:2012 standard and uses HDX or FDX-B technology and can be read by a reading device.
2) They are vaccinated against rabies, provided that the pet is at least 12 weeks old on the date of vaccination and that the animal has been vaccinated after the transponder (Microchip) implantation;
3) were subjected to an anti-rabies antibody titration test that was performed on a sample collected at least 30 days after the date of vaccination and no less than three months before the date of non-commercial movement of animals in the Republic of Moldova;
4) observes all preventive health measures for diseases or infections, other than rabies;
5) are accompanied by an identification document (passport for pets) duly completed and issued by a veterinarian.
For dogs, cats and domestic ferrets, the maximum number of animals that may accompany the owner or authorized person during one trip cannot be more than five.
If you are from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter Moldova, you can stay in the country for up to 90 days within six months.
If you entered Moldova with a visa, then the period of your legal stay is equal to the period for which the visa was issued.
Foreign citizens and stateless persons arriving in the Republic of Moldova for a period of more than 90 days can live temporarily or permanently in the country only after obtaining the residence permit.
In general, the crime rate in Moldova is extremely low, so any major problems related to the safety of tourists are practically absent.
However, in case of unforeseen situations, you should know that the Single National Service for Emergency Calls works in Moldova using only one number – 112. Dial this number and the operator, depending on your request, will connect you with the appropriate service.
If you need consular assistance, you can check if an embassy or consulate of your country operates in Moldova by clicking on the link.