COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  January 8, 2022

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

All air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country at or after 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on December 6, 2021, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.   For more information see the CDC website.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

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 and to make sure that you are fully vaccinated before travelling to 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 January 7, 2022, Moldova has more than 379,000 confirmed cases.
  • The National Public Health Emergency Commission in Moldova extended the 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.  Anyone over the age of 18 eating in a restaurant or café or 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.
  • 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, MedexpertInvitro Diagnostics, and Alfa DiagnosticaLaborator MD has a rapid antigen test available in 20 minutes. Antigen tests are available at the Chisinau Airport for 450 MDL with results in one hour.
  • 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
  • Moldova is now 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 December 27, 2021, anyone entering Moldova who has been present (including transit) in one of the countries on the Red List must present a negative PCR test performed less than 72 hours before boarding (if traveling on public transportation) or entering Moldova (if by private vehicle), regardless of vaccine status. The list of countries on the  Red List will be updated every Friday on the Ministry of Health website and will become effective the following Monday.  The United States in on the Red List.
  • Moldova requires that all other travelers who have not been in a Red List country in the previous 14 days 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. Anyone required to self-isolate should complete an online epidemiological card 3 days before arriving in Moldova.
  • 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.
  • Effective November 28, 2021, Moldova banned entry to foreigners who were physically present in the last 14 days in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, or Malawi.
  • 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

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.

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.

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 than permitted, 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 can 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.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is now processing all categories of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.  For B-1/B-2 visitor nonimmigrant (tourist/business) visas, we currently only have limited appointments. If you have questions about visas, please contact  ChisinauVisas@state.gov.

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