COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: September 16, 2021

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice advising U.S. citizens of a high level of COVID-19 in Moldova.
  • On March 7, 2020, Moldova reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 (also known as the Novel Coronavirus) within its borders. As of September 15, Moldova has more than 277,000 confirmed cases.
  • Effective April 29, 2021, the National Public Health Emergency Commission in Moldova has issued a National State of Public Health Emergency.  Announcements from the Commission and restrictions under the ongoing State of Public Health Emergency are available on the Government of Moldova website.  Face-masks are mandatory in all public indoor spaces.  Chisinau has a mask mandate for open-air public events, as well as social-distancing rules.  Additional restrictions could be lifted or (re)imposed with little notice.
  • Moldovan authorities established new public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection at all public events and gatherings, both indoor and outdoor.  Effective September 12, 2021, anyone over the age of 18 attending any show, concert, festival, theater, cinema, concert hall, nightclub, dance floor, etc., must present one of the following documents: 1) a negative PCR COVID-19 test (taken in the last 72 hours) or an antigen test (taken in the last 48 hours); 2) a COVID-19 vaccine certificate (valid 14 days after the second dose); 3) a medical certificate attesting the person had COVID-19 in the previous 6 months; 4) a COVID-19 antibodies certificate valid for 90 days from the exam date. This decision does not apply to restaurants or cafes.
  • The Chisinau International Airport is open, although service is limited and commercial airlines will make independent decisions about when they will resume service in Chisinau.  We recommend that you check with your airline or travel agent regularly for the most current information on upcoming flights.  Land borders are open, subject to the entry restrictions imposed by Moldova described below, and those of neighboring Romania and Ukraine.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Moldova? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • COVID-19 testing is available at both public and private medical laboratories. U.S. citizens who do not have Moldovan health insurance and a Moldovan family doctor can go to a private medical laboratory to request a test.  Private laboratories will require payment at the time of service. Prices range from 700 to 800 Moldovan lei (MDL) (approximately $40-50). Private clinics in Chisinau include, but are not limited to, Medexpert, Invitro Diagnostics, and Alfa Diagnostica. Laborator MD has a rapid antigen test available in 20 minutes.
  • Private clinics make test results available by email and physical copy. There is no guarantee that tests or results will be available to meet your departure timing requirements.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email ChisinauACS@state.gov.

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the Government of Moldova approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Moldova for U.S. citizens to receive? No
  • On May 11, Moldova began vaccinating people in the third stage of its vaccination plan, or the general public.  U.S. citizens who are resident in Moldova can register for vaccination with their family doctor.  For more information on vaccination in Moldova, visit https://vaccinare.gov.md/.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Forthcoming information on vaccine availability in Moldova will be available on the website of the Moldovan Ministry of Health.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    For all questions about who may enter Moldova, please refer to the Moldovan Border Police or the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Effective August 16, 2021, Moldova requires that all travelers present one of the following:  1) a negative PCR COVID-19 test (taken in the last 72 hours) or an antigen test (taken in the last 48 hours); 2) a COVID-19 vaccine certificate (valid 14 days after the second dose); 3) a medical certificate attesting the person had COVID-19 in the previous 6 months; 4) a COVID-19 antibodies certificate valid for 90 days from the exam date.  Any COVID-19 antibodies certificate or evidence of vaccination must be in Romanian, English, French, German, Italian, or Russian language.  Moldovan Border Police accept all types of vaccination with appropriate documentation.  Absent one of the documents listed above, a traveler will have to self-isolate for 14 days.  Self-isolation may be discontinued after 7 days if a COVID-19 PCR test or a rapid SARS-CoV-2 Ag test is performed, and the result is negative based on a confirmative document.  If you are subject to self-isolation and depart Moldova, you could be fined for violating self-isolation.
  • Exceptions to the entry rules above are made for the following categories of persons if they do not show clinical signs of respiratory infection or fever:  1) children up to 12 years of age; 2) students up to 18 years age going to study or travel for activities related to completing/ organizing/conducting/ participating in international competitions; 3) persons travelling for health reasons, including accompanying persons with appropriate documentation; 4) passengers in transit (24 hours transiting Moldova), the transit itinerary to be established by the Border Police; 4) persons who are summoned by courts/law enforcement as well as their legal representatives with appropriate documentation; 5) holders of diplomatic, service, official and special passports, as well as holders of Laissez-Passer travel documents issued by the United Nations, including family members of diplomatic and consular missions, and international organizations/missions accredited to the Republic of Moldova.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • The Bureau for Migration and Asylum will no longer extend the 90-day length of stay for those who entered as tourists.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • Moldova has asked people who may had contact an infected person to self-isolate at home. Anyone who believes they have symptoms or might have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their primary care physician or call 112. Do not come to the U.S. Embassy for medical assistance.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • All passengers in public transportation, including bus, train and taxis, must wear a mask. When getting on or off a bus or taxi, passengers should use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer or should wash with soap and water. Hand sanitizer is available on public buses.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • Individuals failing to follow public safety measures, such as not wearing a mask correctly, not keeping social distance, and gathering in groups greater of three people in public parks, can result in a fine up to 25,000 MDL. Giving incomplete or inaccurate data on the required epidemiological questionnaire can be sanctioned with a fine up to 25,000 MDL. Non-compliance with other measures to prevent or combat the spread of disease can result in a fine between 36,000 to 50,000 MDL or a criminal investigation with imprisonment up to three years. Moldova will fine people required to quarantine who depart by air before their quarantine has ended, as departing will be considered a violation of quarantine.

Consular Operations:

  • The Consular Section in Chisinau remains open for American Citizen Services, including passport services. Contact us at ChisinauACS@state.gov if you have questions about American Citizen Services.
  • We currently can offer visa appointments only for emergency and mission critical non-immigrant and immigrant visa services, as well as student and petition-based visas. If you have questions about visas, please contact ChisinauVisas@state.gov. We cannot offer routine tourist visa appointments at this time.

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