Demonstrations Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations – February 14, 2016

On Sunday, February 14th, 2016 the Union of the Veterans of the Afghanistan War will organize a march from 09:30 until 13:00. The participants plan to march in order to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the withdrawal of the Soviet military troops from Afghanistan. The March route: Great National Assembly Square and move to Puşkin str. -. Cosmonauţilor str. – Grigore Vieru blvd. – Renaşterii blvd.- Kiev str.- Moscova blvd.- Miron Costin str. until the Memorial Complex “Sons of Homeland – Eternal memory” (Feciorii Patriei – veşnică amintire), will conclude the March. Approximately 1500 people are expected to participate.

The “Sporter Run” Sport Club has organized a race on the streets of Chisinau dedicated to February 14th – “Run for Love”. The trail was established to form a giant heart – the symbol of the blessed Saint Valentin. The route length is 14 km and the race starts at 09:00 near the Opera and Ballet Theatre. Be alert to possible traffic disruptions.

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 that 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 and Facebook, 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.