A detailed visa guide for visiting the Republic of Moldova

By Aaditee Kulkarni on Feb 14, 2019
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Moldova, officially called the Republic of Moldova, is an Eastern European country that is also one of Europe’s least visited countries. Step into the world of medieval everything on your next holiday. Thanks to the rise of quick budget flights, Moldova today attracts tourists who are looking for ‘roads-less-travelled’.

Travel to the country's capital Chișinău and be charmed by its Stalinist architecture and old-growth trees, head to the Cricova Winery and explore the world of underground wine cellars, explore the 13th-century cave monastery at the Old Orhei (Orheiul Vechi), and escape to the unspoilt countryside of Transnistria. 

Is Moldova Safe to travel?

This question often comes up! While Moldova is still struggling to stand on its own since it broke off from USSR in 1991, the country is relatively safe to travel. If you do plan on visiting, be on a lookout for petty crimes and tourist scams. Make sure you mind your manners while travelling through Moldova. 

Now that you have made up your mind, let’s look at the travel documentation, especially the visa. As a foreign national entering Moldova, a visa may or may not be mandatory for you. Let’s look at the visa requirement for Moldova. 

Visa policy of Moldova:

The visa policy of the Republic of Moldova is fairly simple. A tourist (strictly for tourism purposes) planning to enter Moldova will fall into either one of the following categories:

  • Visa not required
  • Invitation required to obtain a visa
  • Visa required

Let us take a look at each of these categories so you can determine which category you fall under

1. Foreign citizens who don’t need a visa to enter Moldova:

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The citizens of the below-mentioned states and countries do not require a visa to enter Moldova for a period of stay of 90 days, valid for a period of 6 months from the day they first enter Moldova:

  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Malaysia
  • Republic of Singapore

Also, the countries of:

Republic of Albania, Principality of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, United Arab Emirates, Argentine Republic, Republic of Armenia, Commonwealth of Australia, Republic of Austria, Republic of Azerbaijan, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Republic of Belarus, Kingdom of Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federative Republic of Brazil, Nation of Brunei - Abode of Peace, Republic of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Republic of Chile, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Korea, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of Croatia, Kingdom of Denmark, Commonwealth of Dominica, Republic of Ecuador, Hellenic Republic, Swiss Confederation, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Finland, Republic of France, Georgia, Federal Republic of Germany, Grenada, Republic of Guatemala, Republic of Honduras, Ireland, Island, State of Israel, Republic of Italy, Japan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Kiribati, Republic Latvia, Principality of Liechtenstein, Republic Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Malta, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Mauritius, United Mexican States, Federated States of Micronesia, Principality of Monaco, Montenegro, Republic of Nicaragua, Kingdom of Norway, Republic of Palau, Republic of Panama, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Peru, Republic of Poland, Portuguese Republic, Romania, Russian Federation, Republic of El Salvador, Independent State of Samoa, Most Serene Republic of San Marino, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Seychelles, Saint Lucia, Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Spain, Kingdom of Sweden, Republic of Tajikistan, Kingdom of Nederland’s, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Kingdom of Tonga, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Hungary, Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Republic of Uzbekistan, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Republic of Vanuatu, New Zealand.

2. The foreign citizens who need the invitation to obtain a visa:

The nationals of the following countries require invitations for obtaining a visa to enter Moldova -

The Islamic State of Afghanistan, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, People's Republic of Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Chad, Republic of Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Arab Republic of Egypt, Eritrea, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Indonesia, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Islamic Republic of Iran, The Republic of Iraq, Republic of Lebanon, Republic of Liberia, Libya, Republic of Mali, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Kingdom of Morocco, Republic of Niger, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Sierra Leone, Federal Republic of Somalia, Republic of Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Republic of Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Republic of Yemen, Republic of Southern Sudan, Palestine National Authority

3. Foreign citizens who need a visa to enter Moldova:

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The nationals of the following countries are obliged to possess a visa before entering Moldova, along with an invitation letter:

  • Republic of India
  • Republic of the Philippines

Also, the countries of:

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, Republic of Angola, Kingdom of Bahrain, People's Republic of Bangladesh, Belize, Republic of Benin, Kingdom of Bhutan, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Republic of Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Republic of Burundi, Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Republic of Chad, People's Republic of China* **, Union of the Comoros, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Djibouti, The Dominican Republic, Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, State of Eritrea, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Republic of Fiji, The Gabonese Republic, Republic of the Gambia, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Republic of Haiti, Republic of Indonesia*, Islamic Republic of Iran*, Republic of Iraq, Jamaica, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Republic of Kenya, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, State of Kuwait**, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanese Republic, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Liberia, State of Libya, Republic of Madagascar, Republic of Malawi, Republic of Maldives, Republic of Mali, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mongolia, Kingdom of Morocco, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Nauru, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Republic of Niger, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sultanate of Oman, Islamic Republic of Pakistan,

Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Republic of Rwanda, State of Qatar**, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Senegal, Republic of Sierra Leone, Federal Republic of Somalia, Republic of South Africa, The Republic of South Sudan, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of Suriname, Kingdom of Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, United Republic of Tanzania, Kingdom of Thailand, Togolese Republic, Republic of Tunisia, Turkmenistan*, Republic of Uganda, Socialist Republic of Vietnam*, Republic of Yemen, Republic of Zambia, Republic of Zimbabwe.

* With the exception of diplomatic, service and special passport holders

**With the exception of the holders of a residence permit or visa (exception: transit visa) issued by one of the Member States of the European Union

Documents required to obtain a Moldova visa:

  • Visa Application Form 
  • A passport that is issued in the past 10 years and is valid for minimum 3 months beyond the intended date of departing Moldova
  • A recent colour photo with 35mm x 45mm dimension and matt finish
  • Confirmed accommodation reservation
  • A detailed travel itinerary
  • Reservation of a round-trip ticket 
  • Travel medical insurance (minimum cover EUR 30)
  • Proof of means of subsistence covering the entire stay in Moldova (minimum EUR 30)
  • Consular Fees - EUR 60

Diplomatic and service passports:

  • The citizens of the following nations can enter the territory of the Republic of Moldova for the duration of a maximum 90 days, for 6 months 

Peru, Brazil, South Korea, Vietnam, Qatar

  • The citizens of the following nations can enter the territory of the Republic of Moldova for the duration of a maximum 30 days, for 6 months 

Republic of China, Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkmenistan

Other types of visas:

  • Type A - Airport Transit Visa
  • Type B - Transit Visa
  • Type C (Short Stay Visa) - Mission, Visit, Business, Transport, Sports Activities, Cultural, Scientific and Humanitarian Activities, Medical Treatment 
  • Type D (Long Stay Visa) - Entrepreneurial Activity, Employment, Study, Family Reunification

Moldova Visa Fees:

The consular fees depend on a lot of factors like the purpose of visit, length of its issuance, and duration of stay. As of September 24, 2010, the visa fee is established as:

  • Type A - EUR 20
  • Type B- EUR 40
  • Type C- EUR 60
  • Type D- EUR 80

Extension of Visa:

The visa once expired can be extended by the Bureau of Migration and Asylum in the Republic of Moldova. In the case of diplomatic visas, one would need to approach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova. 

Home to some magnificent monasteries, the world’s largest wine cellar at Mileștii Mici, and some of the most unlikely tourist attraction, Moldova is cheap to travel to and travel in. This second booziest nation on Earth is one of the best upcoming tourist destinations in Europe. 

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