Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Chisinau, Moldova (March 15, 2020)

Location:  Republic of Moldova

Event:  On March 15, the Department of State authorized a global authorized departure of non-essential personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post worldwide if they are determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19, or based on a commensurate justification in foreign areas.

Options to depart Moldova by air appear to be diminishing rapidly.  Local media is reporting that the Moldovan government is considering closing the Chisinau Airport to all international flights after 6:00 pm on March 16.  Further limitations to leave or transit Moldova by rail or car may also soon be imposed.

The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau continues to operate, but has suspended visa services.  The Consular Section remains open for American Citizen Services.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Actions to Take:

  • Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.  In Moldova, you should contact your primary care physician or call 112.
  • Do not come to the U.S. Embassy for medical assistance.  Please contact us by email at with any questions.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Moldova.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.


  • U.S. Embassy Chisinau, Moldova

+373 2240 8300

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444