Foreign citizens who do not need visa for entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova
The citizens of the following states, holders of all types of passports, do not need visas for the entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova for a period of stay until 90 days, during six months from the moment of the first entry:
- member states of the European Union - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Holland, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden;
- Canada, Georgia, Holy See, Iceland, Japan, Principality of Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Principality of Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, State of Israel, Swiss Confederation, USA;
- CIS member states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The holders of diplomatic and service passports, who are citizens of the following states do not need visas for the entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova for the period of stay up to 90 days during 6 months from the moment of the first entry.
- Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Vietnam.
The holders of diplomatic and service passports, who are citizens of the following states do not need visas for the entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova for the period up to 30 days:
- China, Iran, Turkmenistan.
The staff of the diplomatic and consular missions accredited to the Republic of Moldova and the family members thereof, the staff of the permanent missions and the representative offices of the international organizations situated in the Republic of Moldova and the family members thereof, foreign mass-media representatives accredited to the Republic of Moldova holders of the accreditation cards issued by the MFA, are entitled to enter and leave the territory of the Republic of Moldova without holding a visa during the whole validity period of the accreditation card.
The following categories of citizens of Turkmenistan do not need a visa for entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova:
- members of the aircraft crew of the civil aviation, holders of national valid passports, having the required inscription into the general statement (air mission);
- members of the crew of the river and maritime ships, holders of valid sailor passports and having the required inscription into the logbook or an extract of it;
- railway members, members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews in international trains, holders of national valid passports, having the nominal lists, roadmaps, approved for each route;
- special couriers, which facilitate the intergovernmental communication, holders of the national valid passports and having the required documents, issued by the competent authorities of the Parts.
Also, based on the provisions of the Law no. 200 from 16.07.2010 concerning the foreigner’s regime in the Republic of Moldova, which entered into force on 24.12.2010, foreign citizens, holders of a valid permanent residence permit, issued by the authorities of the Republic of Moldova, are exempted from the visa requirement.
The foreign citizens who are not indicated above can enter the territory of the Republic of Moldova on the basis of a valid visa.
Foreigners who do not need an invitation to obtain a visa for Moldova
Citizens of following countries do not need invitations to obtain a visa for up to 90 days:
- Republic of Macedonia
- Republic of Turkey
Under the provisions of Article 30 of the Law no. 200 of 16.07.2010 on foreigners’ status in the Republic of Moldova, which entered into force on 24.12.2010, the following categories of foreigners are exempted from the need to present an invitation letter for obtaining a visa:
- the minor child whose parent, foreign citizen, is in possession of a residence permit in the Republic of Moldova or identity card for stateless persons, under the condition that it is valid for at least 90 days from the date of entry visa;
- foreigners who require a visa for transit and airport transit visa, under the condition to provide guarantees that they will be allowed entry into the destination state or that they will leave the territory of the Republic of Moldova;
- citizens of the countries with which the Republic of Moldova has signed international treaties to that effect or stateless persons residing in these states;
- the minor child whose parent is a foreign national married to a citizen of the Republic of Moldova;
- foreigners who hold a residence permit or a valid visa (except Transit Visa), issued by one EU Member State or States Parties to the Schengen Agreement;
- persons that prove they were born on the territory of the Republic of Moldova or M.S.S.R.
Types of visa
A visa can be issued for a single travel (entry) or for multiple travels. A visa cannot be issued for a group of persons. The Moldovan diplomatic and consular missions abroad issue the following types of visas, depending on the purpose of stay:
Type „A” Visa (airport transit visa) - allows the foreign citizen to transit the international zone of an airport of the Republic of Moldova, without entering the territory of state, at a stopover or a transfer between two sections of an international flight. Airport transit visa is a mandatory requirement for the nationals of the countries whose citizens need a visa to entry the Republic of Moldova.
Type “B” Visa (transit visa) – is issued, upon the request of a foreigner who pass the territory of the Republic of Moldova on his way to a third state, for the same validity period as of the visa to the destination state and, as appropriate, it will not exceed one year. A person in transit status is allowed to remain in the Republic of Moldova for a period of up to 5 days per one transit. Transit visas could be with one or multiple entries.
Type “C” Visa (short stay visa) – is issued for a fixed period of time, with one or multiple entries, with a period of stay not exceeding 90 days during 6 months from the date of first entry. Short stay visa is issued for the following purposes:
- official – foreigners employed in the governments, public administrations or international organizations;
- tourism – foreigners having tourism as purpose of journey;
- visit – foreigners intending to visit Moldovan citizens or foreign citizens holders of valid permanent residence permits in Moldova;
- business – foreigners visiting the Republic of Moldova for economic and trade goals, for concluding contracts or conducting negotiations, for checking out the use and functioning process of their goods bought or sold within commercial and industrial cooperation contracts, as well as for foreigners who are or intend to become associates or shareholders in Moldovan companies;
- transport – foreigners who are going to travel for short periods of time, in order to perform professional activities related to transport of goods or passengers;
- sport activities – foreigners who travel to the Republic of Moldova for a limited period of stay in order to participate in sport competitions;
- cultural, scientific, humanitarian, religious, medical treatment for a short term, other activities that do not contravene to the legislation of the Republic of Moldova – under the condition of justifying the need to travel to the Republic of Moldova.
Type “D” Visa (long stay visa) – is issued for a period not exceeding 12 months, with one or multiple entries, for a stay up to 90 days during six months from the first entry into the country that allows the foreigner to submit the request for a residence permit. This type of visa is issued for next purposes: entrepreneurship activities, work, studies, family reunion, humanitarian and religious activities, diplomatic and official activities, medical treatment.
In accordance with Article 23 of the Law on foreigners in the Republic of Moldova visa application must be accompanied by:
- a recent photograph (35x45mm)
- travel document (valid at least 3 months after the expected entry), with blank pages where the visa can be applied,
- documents indicating the purpose of travel,
- proof of sufficient means of subsistence both for the period of stay in and for departure from the Republic of Moldova,
- original of an invitation issued by the Office of Migration and Asylum (except when the person is classified as exempt from the need to submit it, as provided by law. See Foreigners who do not need invitation to obtain a visa for the Republic of Moldova)
May be accepted as proof of sufficient means of subsistence the following:
- MDL cash, cash and/or traveler's checks in foreign currency, accepted by banks in the Republic of Moldova;
- cards (debit, etc..) accompanied by statements of account (on the bases of which cards have been issued), which confirm the amount of money (in Moldovan Lei or foreign currency) in the applicant's accounts, to which he may have access during the stay in the Republic of Moldova. Statements to be issued not later than 10 days before applying for a visa;
- submitted written guarantee from a person who invites the foreigner.
Fees for visas
The consular fee for a visa depends on its type.
The fee is established in the Law no. 242 of 24.09.2010 on consular fees.
The consular fees for visas are paid in Euros or in the currency of the country of residence.
|No.||Type of Visa||Fee (euros)|
|1.||Type “A” Visa – airport transit||20|
|2.||Type “B” Visa – transit visa||40|
|3.||Type “C” Visa – short stay visa||40|
|4.||Type “D” Visa – long stay visa||40|
Visas free of charge are issued to:
- the officers of the international organizations for official traveling, and their family members thereof;
- the members of foreign diplomatic and consular missions and the family members thereof (on the basis of reciprocity);
- the members of foreign governmental or parliamentary delegations and other officially invited persons, as well as their family members thereof;
- the Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Moldova and their family members thereof (husbands/wives and children under age of 18);
- the holders of diplomatic and service passports;
- the children under age of 18;
- the persons originating from the Republic of Moldova.