Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Chisinau, Moldova

Location:  Moldova

Event:  On February 24, the Government of Moldova closed its airspace to all commercial flights until March 4 due to Russia’s military actions in neighboring Ukraine.  Land border crossing points with Ukraine and Romania continue to function as normal.  The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau remains open, and the Consular Section continues to provide consular services.

Travelers whose flights have been disrupted by the closure of Moldovan air space should contact their airlines.

The U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory to U.S. citizens in Moldova on February 15, advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Moldova due to COVID-19, the unusual and concerning Russia’s military activity around Ukraine, and the unresolved conflict between the breakaway region of Transnistria and the central government; U.S. citizens in Transnistria should depart immediately via commercial or private means.  The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens traveling in Transnistria as U.S. government employees have restrictions on traveling to the area.

The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau has appointments available to renew your U.S. passport and obtain other emergency consular services.  Please visit our website or contact with any questions.

For more information, please review the latest information on Moldova’s country information page.

If you are visiting or living in Moldova and have not yet enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), we strongly encourage you to do so.  STEP is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Benefits of Enrolling in STEP:  

  • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

Stay informed, stay connected, stay safe!

Actions to Take:

  • Contact your airline to rebook flights.
  • Visit the Embassy’s webpage to view the most recent safety and security alerts for U.S. citizens.
  • Regularly monitor local and international news and social media news channels.
  • Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Familiarize yourself with information on what the U.S. government can and cannot do to assist you in a crisis overseas.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan in place that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Get the COVID vaccine to facilitate your travel.
  • 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 to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Regularly monitor the State Department’s website for current Travel Advisories. Read the Country Specific Information for Moldova. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.