ACS Frequently Asked Questions

No, if you have a U.S. passport, you do not need a visa to enter Moldova. You can stay up to 90 days before you need a residence permit.

Sign up for the Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), at http://step.state.gov/, so we can send you announcements and contact you in case of an emergency. If you are in a hurry and don’t want to create a username/password, you can just subscribe to our email list by clicking on “Email Subscriptions”.

You must apply for a residence permit at the Bureau for Migration and Asylum, 124 Stefan cel Mare Street, Chisinau. Do this well before your 90 days stay expires. You will need to provide a “criminal record certificate”

U.S. citizens who need criminal records from the United States should review the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) website at https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks. You can also check with your U.S. state of residence on obtaining a certificate from that state

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The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens exercise increased caution in Transnistria due to unresolved conflict between this breakaway region and the central government.

Transnistria is a breakaway region that is not under the control of the central government in Chisinau.  A separatist regime controls the region and access to U.S. citizens is difficult.  The U.S. Embassy may not be able to help if you encounter difficulties there.

For more information on travel to Transnistria, please see the section on “Safety and Security” in the Moldova International Travel Information website.

Find all new Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens in Moldova here.

The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens exercise increased caution in Transnistria due to unresolved conflict between this breakaway region and the central government.

Transnistria is a breakaway region that is not under the control of the central government in Chisinau.  A separatist regime controls the region and access to U.S. citizens is difficult.  The U.S. Embassy may not be able to help if you encounter difficulties there.

For more information on travel to Transnistria, please see the section on “Safety and Security in the Moldova International Travel Information website.

Find all new Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens in Moldova here.

If you enter Moldova through Transnistria, you should register your arrival within three days with Moldovan authorities.  For more information, please see the section “Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements,” in the Moldova International Travel Information website.

Transnistria is a breakaway region that is not under the control of the central government in Chisinau.  A separatist regime controls the region and access to U.S. citizens is difficult.  The U.S. Embassy may not be able to help if you encounter difficulties there.

For more information on travel to Transnistria, please see the section on “Safety and Security in the Moldova International Travel Information website.

Find all new Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens in Moldova here.

All information about marriage in Moldova can be found on our website, and on the Moldovan government website, http://www.stare-civila.gov.md/pages/casatorie-inregistare.

Find information about vital records click here.

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide apostille services. An apostille certificate can only be issued by a “competent U.S. authority.” Each state has a competent authority, usually the office of the Secretary of State in the state where the document was issued. To find the authority for your Wyoming document for example, search for “apostille Wyoming,” and look for the official state site in the results.

Additional information about Apostille service can be found here.

This statement can be obtained at the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau.

For information how to obtain a notarized statement please see here.

Consular fees can be paid in dollars or Moldovan lei, or by using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner’s Club or Discover. The Consular Section does not accept checks or money orders. Non-immigrant visa fees must be paid at Moldagroindbank, not at the U.S. Embassy.

Non-immigrant visa applicants must qualify for a visa based on their own ties to a place of residence outside of the United States. While an invitation may be helpful, friends and relatives in the United States cannot “guarantee” that visa applicants will meet the requirements. Find more information on visa requirements here.

Both Americans and non-citizens can have your documents notarized at the US Embassy during American Citizens Services hours. For more information, click here.

Information about passports can be found here.

Find more information about lost or stolen passports here.

Information about applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and a U.S. passport for your child can be found here.

Please find information about opening a new business.

Please find a list of doctors and clinics here.

The U.S. Embassy does not provide legal assistance or advice, and we cannot serve as legal representation. Please find a list of lawyers here.

We will contact Moldovan authorities to check on the person’s condition. We can provide information on legal procedures in Moldova, and a list of attorneys. However, the US Embassy does not provide any legal assistance, and we cannot serve as a lawyer. The U.S. Embassy also cannot get anyone released, since anyone in Moldova is subject to Moldova’s laws. However, we can arrange communications with family and friends in the United States.

No, the U.S. Embassy is not permitted to give tax advice. You should contact an accountant, a tax attorney, or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for assistance with your taxes. There are also many online tax filing programs and services. Tax forms, publications, and guidance are available at http://www.irs.gov/.

Maybe. Check IRS Publication 17 (Tax Guide for Individuals) and Publication 54 (Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad). Tax forms, publications, and guidance are available at http://www.irs.gov/.

Be careful of internet dating scams, especially if your fiancée has asked for money. Unfortunately, these scams are common in Moldova. Be very careful before sending money.

All our job vacancies are published on our website here.

You can enroll with the Embassy at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html and we will send you messages for American citizens residing in Moldova. Some of those messages will be about events organized by the Embassy.