Demonstration Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations on May 23, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau informs U.S. citizens in Moldova that several protests, meetings, and demonstrations are planned around Chisinau in the upcoming days.  These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • On Saturday May 23, from 09:00 till 13:00 National Olympic Committee and Sports of the Republic of Moldova organizing Olympic Festival. Olympic Fest- is a huge event, which meets every year in the Main Square by thousands of people, regardless of ability, age or occupation, sports, to celebrate the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. For one day, MOLDOVA turns into a “Carnival” of the sport, the participants have the opportunity to participate at different sport disciplines. Number of participants expected 12 000 persons. 2.
  • On May 23, 2015 a march will be organized by the Metropolitan Church of Moldova. They want to promote the family values. The march route starts at 10:00 AM at Ciuflea Str. – Stefan cel Mare Blvd- and at the Stefan cel Mare monument end of the march at 13:00. The number of participants is expected to be 1000 people.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Large public gatherings can affect all major incoming arteries to the city in which they occur.  Demonstrations in one city have the potential to lead to additional public rallies or demonstrations in other locations around the city and country.

We strongly recommend U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Moldova to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current information on the situation in Moldova, neighboring Ukraine, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, the Worldwide Caution, and the Country Specific Information for Moldova.  For additional information, refer to “Traveler’s Checklist.”

Contact the U.S. embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter andFacebook, to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is located at 103 Mateevici St., Chisinau, Moldova, tel (373-22) 408-300.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (373-22) 237-345/408-445.