Visas and Customs
Visitors with valid passports from the European Union, most European countries, United States, Canada, Cyprus, Israel, Georgia, and CIS member states do not need visas to enter the Republic of Moldova for a stay of up to 90 days within a six month period. A list of countries with visa-free entry to Moldova is available on the website of the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. Visitors’ passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Moldova. Visitors wishing to stay longer than 90 days should contact the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration for information.
A traveler can enter and leave Moldova with foreign currency or the equivalent in national currency of up to 10,000 Euros. Amounts exceeding 10,000 Euros must be declared at Customs. Other items that must be declared at Customs include but may not be limited to: art objects, historic artifacts, weapons, ammunitions, explosive materials, and toxic and hazardous substances. Moldova allows for limited duty-free entry of certain controlled items as follows:
- Tobacco: 200 cigarettes (one carton) or 40 cigars
- Liquor: 2 liters of wine or 2 liters of liquor or 5 liters of beer.
- A reasonable quantity of gifts whose total value does not exceed 430 Euro
- Medicines for own use
Customs officers do not usually check the luggage of individual travelers or tour groups. However, as in any country, Customs officers have the authority to check passports and to conduct enforcement examinations without a warrant, ranging from a single luggage examination to a personal search. More information about Moldovan Customs regulations.
Entry to/from Transnistria
Visitors entering into Transnistria over land from Ukraine should be aware that Transnistrian border guards will not place entry stamps into their passports. And there are no ‘immigration controls’ in place on the internal boundary between Transnistria and Moldova; so entry stamps will also not be placed into passports at this juncture either. Visitors who enter Moldova via Transnistria may encounter problems when leaving Moldova because as their passport will show no valid entry stamp. Visitors entering Moldova via Transnistria are advised to register with the Ministry of Information, Technologies and Communication, located in Chisinau at 49 M. Kogalniceanu str, within 3 days (72 hours) on arriving.
Visitors can enter Transnistria with minimal formalities at the “border”. Visitors are required to complete a short form, in duplicate, and provide it and their passport to the border guards. Guards check and stamp one copy the entry form, but not the passport, and return both to the visitor. The stamped entry form must be surrendered at the border upon exiting Transnistria.
Visitors arriving by air must fly into the Chisinau Airport, which is 12 km from the city center. The national airline, Air Moldova, together with several foreign airlines, operates regular routes from Chisinau to cities in Europe and neighboring countries. From there travelers can connect to destinations worldwide. A complete flight schedule for Chisinau Airport is available on the airport's website. Direct flights to Frankfurt, Istanbul, Moscow, Munich, and Vienna offer some of the best connections. Below you will find information for selected airlines that fly into Moldova. A complete list of destinations and airlines is available on the Chisinau Airport website.
Taxis are readily available at the airport. SkyTaxi and 14700 are the authorized airport taxis, however many other taxis also wait to pick up passengers. Visitors are advised to accept rides from only marked taxis. There is no standard taxi color, so look for taxis clearly marked as such and bearing their company's telephone number - a five digit number beginning in 14. Moldovan taxis may or may not have meters which may or may not function. Fares from the airport are typically between 70-100 lei (approx. €4.50 to €7.00 EUR) – 90 lei (approx. €6.00) to the city center. Fares from the city center to the airport will cost a bit more, typically 100-150 lei, especially if originating from a hotel.
The Chisinau Airport website has information about airport taxi services.
Moldova has several border points where it is possible to enter the country with a motor vehicle. The main border crossing points with Romania are Criva, Leuşeni, Giurgiuleşti and Sculeni, while the main crossing points with Ukraine are Otaci, Tudora/Palanca, and Giurgiuleşti.
In order to drive a vehicle into Moldova you will need to provide the following documents: vehicle registration; valid insurance (Green Card / Cartea Verde); valid driving license; and valid passport. If you are not the owner of the vehicle, you will also need written permission from the owner to drive the vehicle. This should be translated into Romanian and legalized.
You will need to declare the vehicle to the customs authority at the point of entry into Moldova. From 4 April 2011 vehicles can be brought into Moldova without payment of import taxes for a maximum of 90 cumulative days in a 365-day period, from the date of first entry.
There are regular trains connecting Chişinău with Bucharest, Minsk, Moscow, Odessa, Rostov, Sofia, St. Petersburg, and Varna. All arrivals and departures by train occur at the Chisinau Railway Station (Aleea Garii Str. 1, (+373 22) 832 734 / 832 733). The station is conveniently located in the center of the city. A complete training schedule (in Romanian) is available on the station's website.
Check Eurostar times and fares here: www.Eurostar.com. Any European train time can be checked here: http://bahn.hafas.de. Train times within Moldova and from Moldova to other ex-Soviet states are available here: www.poezda.net.
There are regular buses connecting Chişinău with Bucharest, Kiev and most major Romanian and Ukrainian cities. There are 5-6 buses per day to and from Bucharest. You can travel to most European cities with Moldovan bus companies. When arriving by bus be sure to use a frontier with a (non-stop) visa issuing office. All international arrivals and departures by bus occur at one of the following bus stations. A list of all stations (in Romania) can be found here.
Gara Chişinău Centru
Mitropolit Varlaam Str, 58
Tel: (+373 22) 542 185 Gara Chişinău SUD-VEST
Hinceşti şos, 145
Tel: (+373 22) 723 983
Gara Chişinău NORD
Calea Moşilor Str., 2/1
Tel: (+373 22) 411 338
Visitors wishing to leave the country by bus are advised to search the online bus schedules (in Romanian), organized according to station, to find outbound buses to their desired destinations. All ticket purchases must be made in person at the station.