Visa policy of Moldova

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The Government of the Republic of Moldova allows citizens of specific countries/territories to visit Moldova for tourism or business purposes without having to obtain a visa, often based on bilateral agreements. Citizens of other countries must obtain a visa from the embassy of their residence country or online eVisa.[1] All visitors must hold a passport (or machine-readable national ID Card for EU, Liechtensteiner, Monégasque, Sammarinese, Swiss and Turkish citizens) valid for 3 months beyond the period of intended stay.

Visa[edit]

Moldovan visa specimen

The Moldovan visa is a document, which is placed in the passport. It contains the name and the indication of nationality.

Requirements for Tourist Visa[edit]

A tourist visa entitles its holder only to tourism trips and visits of relatives and/or friends. Tourist visa holders are prohibited to engage in business or work activities in the Republic of Moldova.

Requirements for Temporary Residence Visa/Work Visa[edit]

Anyone wishing to live and work in Moldova will be required to apply for a temporary residence visa. To obtain a temporary visa for employment purposes, you will need to secure a job offer from a Moldovan company or government department, or a foreign company based in Moldova. The criteria for approval of an employment visa include suitable educational qualifications or work experience, a secured employment contract in Moldova, provide proof of adequate means of subsistence in Moldova, police confirmation that you have no criminal record, and a satisfactory medical examination. All official documents must be translated into Romanian language.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Moldova

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 103 countries and territories, as well as stateless persons and refugees residing in those countries, can enter the Republic of Moldova without a visa for a period of up to 90 days within any 180 day period.[2][3][4][5]

  • 1 — may enter with a machine-readable national ID card (including Irish passport card)
  • 2 — including all classes of British nationality.

Substitute visa[edit]

Citizens of visa-required countries are allowed to visit Moldova without a Moldovan visa if they hold a valid residence permit, a valid 'C'-type, or a valid 'D'-type visa issued by a Schengen member state or a European Union member state.[22]

However, this policy does not apply to passport holders of the following countries and territories:[23]

Invitation letter required[edit]

Nationals of the following countries are required to provide an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa for Moldova:[3][24]

Anyone, regardless of nationality, having a valid visa or a residence permit issued by an EU/Schengen State, is exempted from the invitation letter requirement.[3]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Additionally, only holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of China, Indonesia, Iran, Qatar, Turkmenistan and Vietnam do not require a visa to visit Moldova.

Reciprocity[edit]

Moldovan citizens can enter many of the countries whose citizens are granted visa-free access to Moldova without a visa except for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada (grants visa on arrival), Guatemala, Hong Kong, Honduras, Ireland, Japan, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Nicaragua (grants visa on arrival), New Zealand, Palau (grants visa on arrival), Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu (grants visa on arrival), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Moldova were from the following countries of nationality:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ eVisa Moldova
  2. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Visas to Moldova". Mfa.gov.md. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ http://lex.justice.md/index.php?action=view&view=doc&lang=1&id=350980
  6. ^ Was suspended from 8 April to 18 September 2009
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ Law No. 151-XVI on 8 June 2006 "On the abolition of visa regime for citizens of member States of the European Union, the United States Of America, Canada, Swiss Confederation, Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Iceland and Japan" (in Russian)
  9. ^ [http://lex.justice.md/index.php?action=view&view=doc&lang=2&id=334764 LAW 75 on 04 May 2010 "About modification and additions in the Law on the abolition of visa regime for citizens of member States of the European Union, the United States Of America, Canada, Swiss Confederation, Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Iceland and Japan No. 151-XVI on 8 June 2006] (in Russian)
  10. ^ [3]
  11. ^ http://lex.justice.md/ru/360082/
  12. ^ [4]
  13. ^ [5]
  14. ^ [6]
  15. ^ [7]
  16. ^ [8]
  17. ^ Resolutions of the Government of Moldova No. 450 on 7 November1993 "About an order of entrance and stay of citizens of Latvia and Estonia in the territory of the Republic of Moldova" (in Russian)
  18. ^ Resolutions of the Government of Moldova No. 708 on 12 November 1993 "About an order of entrance and stay of citizens of the Republic of Lithuania in the territory of the Republic of Moldova" (in Russian)
  19. ^ Lietuvos Respublikos Vyriausybės ir Moldovos Respublikos Vyriausybės susitarimas dėl piliečių kelionių (in Lithuanian)
  20. ^ Resolution of the Government of Moldova No. 1042 on 17 October 2000 "About introduction of a visa regime for citizens of the Czech Republic who visit the Republic of Moldova" (in Russian)
  21. ^ Resolution of the Government of Moldova No. 1255 on 14 December 2000 "About introduction of a visa regime for citizens of the Polish Republic who visit the Republic of Moldova" (in Russian)
  22. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the RM". www.mfa.gov.md. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  23. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the RM". www.mfa.gov.md. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  24. ^ "The foreign citizens who need invitation to obtain a visa for the Republic of Moldova". mfa.gov.md.
  25. ^ http://statistica.gov.md/newsview.php?l=ro&idc=168&id=6258
  26. ^ http://www.statistica.md/newsview.php?l=ro&idc=168&id=5903
  27. ^ http://www.statistica.md/newsview.php?l=ro&idc=168&id=5524&parent=0
  28. ^ http://www.statistica.md/newsview.php?l=ro&idc=168&id=5070

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