Entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova is allowed to foreigners who meet the following conditions:
Entry of foreigners to the Republic of Moldova can be done through any border crossing point opened for international traffic.
Foreigners who stay in the international airport transit areas, in transit zones at the state border or in accommodation centres with the regime of transit zone or on boats anchored in the river ports are not covered by this law regarding the conditions of entry and stay of foreigners in the Republic of Moldova.
Foreigners who are legally residing in Moldova and are temporarily leaving its territory have the right to reenter the country without entry/exit visa, during the validity period of their residence permit.
Foreign nationals exempt from visa obligation to enter the Republic of Moldova, are allowed to enter the country and stay for a period of no more than 90 days during 6 months, starting with the date of the first entry in the country. Foreign nationals subject to visa obligation have the right to stay in the Republic of Moldova for the period indicated in the visa, but no more than 90 days during 6 months starting with the date of the first entry.
Veterinary certificates must be submitted when traveling with your pet.
Vignettes (road tax) are compulsory for all vehicles with foreign number plates. The price of the vignettes for seven days - 4 euros; 15 days - 8 euro; 30 days - 14 euro; 90 days - 30 euro and for 180 days - 50 euro. The fine for not purchasing the vignette ranges between 2800 and 3000 MDL.
The entry into the territory of the Republic of Moldova is allowed for foreigners holding valid national passport, entry visa (depending on the nationality of the passport holder), documents confirming the purpose of the journey and the possession of financial means, as well as the fulfillment of other conditions specified in the Law on foreigners in the Republic of Moldova Nr. 200 dated 16.07.2010, art. 6.
Foreigners may leave the territory of the Republic of Moldova on the basis of a valid document for crossing the state border, based on which they entered the country Law on foreigners in the Republic of Moldova Nr. 200 dated 16.07.2010, art. 11.
Registration of foreigners who enter or exit the territory of the Republic of Moldova is performed during their crossing of the state border of the Republic of Moldova by mentioning this in the national identity documents Law on foreigners in the Republic of Moldova Nr. 200 dated 16.07.2010, art. 84.
Foreigners entering the Republic of Moldova through the Transnistrian segment of the Moldovan-Ukrainian border that is not controlled by the Moldovan authorities, are obliged to declare about it within 72 hours after crossing the state border to one of the following offices:
In order to be registered, the foreigners have to submit their travel documents that allow them to enter into the Republic of Moldova.
If the foreigners do not declare about their entry into the territory of the Republic of Moldova through Transnistria, a fine between 10 to 20 conventional units is imposed (200-400 MDL).
The penalty does not apply to the holders of travel documents issued by foreign authorities residing in localities from the left bank of the River Nistru (Transnistria).
Violations by foreign citizens and stateless persons of rules for staying in the Republic of Moldova expressed through staying without identity documents or with inauthentic documents or documents whose validity has expired shall be sanctioned by a fine of 20 to 50 conventional units. Contravention Code, art. 333 paragraph (1)
Any foreigner can seek asylum in the Republic of Moldova.
The application must be submitted personally by the foreigner as soon as one:
The rules of entry, stay and exit to / from the border crossing points (BCP) for persons and vehicles are published and displayed on the billboards at the BCPs. Specific rules for border control regime for certain types of state border, certain categories of persons, means of transportation are approved by the Government.
Entry on the territory of the BCP by persons, vehicles and goods shall be carried out with the consent of the border policeman.
Exiting the BCP by persons, vehicles and goods is carried out with the consent of the border policeman and customs officer after the customs and border control is done.
Entry and exit of ships and other floating means of transport into/from the ports is carried out with the agreement of the Harbormaster's Office and heads of subdivisions of the Border Police, Customs Service and other supervisory bodies established by law.
At the BCPs,work-related information and any other public information must be registered manually or electronically. Public information is displayed on information boards.
INTERNATIONAL – for the border crossing by people and vehicles belonging to any state;
INTERSTATE - for border crossing by people and vehicles belonging only to Moldova and Ukraine (Romania);
LOCAL - (are located only on the Moldovan-Ukrainian state border) for crossing the state border by Moldovan and Ukrainian citizens permanently residing in the border administrative districts, with identity card or passport, with vehicles belonging to them with overall capacity not exceeding 3.5 tonnes.
Four international airports are open for international traffic in Moldova: Chisinau - Airport, Balti - Airport, Cahul - Airport and Marculesti - Airport, of which currently only Chisinau - Airport operates permanently for air passenger and air cargo traffic and Marculesti - Airport operates air cargo traffic. Other airports handle charter routes. Moldova also has Giurgiulesti port for handling international cargo and passenger traffic.
ROAD - for crossing the border by means of transport;
RAILWAY - intended for crossing the state border by train (for rail traffic, passengers and cargo);
RIVER – for crossing the Moldovan-Ukrainian border by river transport (for the daytime pasenger traffic by boats, jetties);
AIR – for crossing the state border by aircrafts (passenger and cargo traffic);
PORT – for crossing the state border by ships (passenger and cargo traffic).
The border area is within a width of 10 kilometers of the state border within the country.
The following actions are forbidden in the border area:
Border policemen are entitled to check the identity documents of people and to control the means of transport in the border area.
The localities that are in border areas and municipalities whose boundaries are in the border area are stipulated in Annex No. 5 to the Government Decision nr.926 dated 12 December 2012.
Regulations on the recreational activities, fishing and hunting in the border area are stipulated in the article 32 of the Law 215 dated 04.11.2011.