COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: March 4, 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 Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Moldova advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Moldova due to COVID-19.
  • On March 7, 2020, Moldova reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 (also known as the Novel Coronavirus) within its borders. As of March 3, Moldova has more than 189,000 confirmed cases.
  • The National Public Health Emergency Commission in Moldova has issued a national State of Public Health Emergency effective until April 15, 2021. Announcements from the Commission and restrictions under ongoing State of Public Health Emergency are available on the Government of Moldova website. Face-masks are mandatory in all public spaces, including outdoors. Night clubs and discos, and other such venues must remain closed. No food or drink can be consumed on the premises of restaurants, bars, and cafes between 22:00 to 07:00 daily. Groups of more than three people are prohibited in public areas. Additional restrictions could be lifted or (re)imposed with little notice.
  • Due to a worsening situation in recent days, Moldova announced special rules effective from March 1-15, 2021.  Schools and theaters will remain closed.  Most employees will be encouraged to telework.
  • 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.
  • All services are currently available in Moldova.  Large gatherings of more than twenty people for parties and weddings are currently prohibited. People over 63 years old have restrictions on movement. Public parks are open, but people should not congregate in groups larger than three.

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/traveladvisories/ea/covid-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
  • 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? No
    • For all questions about who may enter Moldova, please refer to the Moldovan Bureau of Migration and Asylum or the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    • Effective March 5, 2021, anyone entering Moldova must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours. Exceptions include children under the age of five, passengers in transit, and holders of vaccine certificates, among others.  Moldovan citizens who do not have such a test will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, regardless of the country from which they traveled.
    • Foreigners coming from “red zone” countries are not permitted into Moldova unless they meet one of the following exceptions:  (1) immediate family members of Moldovan citizens; (2) persons having a visa, residency permit, or other document issued by Moldovan authorities; (3) persons traveling for “professional interest” in possession of a visa, residency permit, or other document issued by Moldovan authorities; (4) diplomats accredited to Moldova and members of international organizations and their family members; personnel who can provide humanitarian aid; (5) persons traveling for health reasons (with presentation confirmatory documents); (6) passengers in transit. The list of “red zone” countries is published by the Ministry of Health and will be updated every two weeks. Transiting a red zone country could result in denial of entry into Moldova.  Effective January 18, 2021, Moldova will admit foreign nationals coming from red zone countries if they are in possession of documentation demonstrating that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 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
    • All travelers must complete an epidemiological questionnaire (“fisa epidemiologica”) when entering Moldova and sign a statement that they will self-isolate for 14 days, if required.
  • The Bureau for Migration and Asylum will no longer extend the 90-day length of stay for those who previously 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? Yes
    • Moldova requires a 14-day home stay (quarantine) for new arrivals from certain “red zone” countries, including the United States, with exceptions including asymptomatic individuals delivering goods, crew members, students, people traveling for health care, work related travelers with visas, diplomatic corps accredited in Moldova, and passengers in transit. The Ministry of Health will update the list of countries on the “red” list every two weeks.
    • 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 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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