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The front cover of a 2014 Moldovan biometric passport
|Date first issued||1 February 2008 (first biometric passport)
1 August 2014 (current version)
|Issued by||Republic of Moldova|
|Type of document||Passport|
|Eligibility requirements||Moldovan citizenship|
Moldovan passports are issued to citizens of the Republic of Moldova for the purpose of international travel. The passport is issued by the State Enterprise and Information Resources Centre "Registru" and by Moldovan foreign representations abroad. The passport is valid for seven years. For children under the age of seven years it is valid for four years. Since 1 January 2006, Moldovan citizens can hold two passports simultaneously, providing a written request has been submitted to local passport office.
The first Moldovan biometric passport was issued on 1 January 2006. The new obligatory Moldovan biometric passport is available from 1 January 2011 and it costs at the moment 850 MDL (€39). The passport of the Republic of Moldova with biometric data contains a chip which stores the following digital information: holder's blood type, digital fingerprints and holder's digital image. For children under the age of 12 years it is not obligatory to submit digital fingerprints. Current non-biometric and old biometric passports will remain valid until expiration date and will be valid for travel along with new biometric passports.
The Moldovan passport has the Moldovan Coat of Arms emblazoned in the centre of the front cover. The most recently issued passports are burgundy in color, however previously issued ones are light blue in colour. The words "REPUBLICA MOLDOVA" are inscribed above the coat of arms and the word "PAŞAPORT" is inscribed below the coat of arms (both inscriptions in Romanian). The standard biometric symbol imprinted at the bottom of the cover page. The passport contains 32 pages.
Simple (Burgundy Red or Light Blue)
Data page and signature page
Each passport has a data page. A data page has a visual zone and a machine-readable zone. The visual zone has a digitized photograph of the passport holder, data about the passport, and data about the passport holder:
• Document Type
• Country Code MDA
• Passport Serial No.
• Given Name(s)
• Nationality (which states Republic of Moldova as an opposed to the ethnic identity of a person)
• Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY)
• Personal Number
• Place of Birth
• Date of Issue
• Issuing Authority or Office
• Date of Expiration
• Holder’s Blood Type
• Holder’s Signature
Visa free travel
Visa requirements for Moldovan citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Moldova. In 2016, Moldovan citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 89 countries and territories, ranking the Moldovan passport 52nd in the world.