For an up-to-date information on visa regime, please, check out thewebsite of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova or the nearest to you embassy of Moldova
- Invitation letter ~ - Registration
Citizens of the EU, US, CANADA, JAPAN, SWITZERLAND, NORWAY and ICELAND etc (see opposite countries in green) can only stay for 90 days WITHIN A 6 MONTH PERIOD!!!
Entry r egulations on the Transdniestr border
No visa is required. No invitation letter is required to transit or stay in Transdniestr. Transit of Transdniestr and a 24 hours stay is free and a fee of about 2 USD is applied for a longer stay. Foreign travellers do need to register with the OVIR or militia office in the nearest majour town if staying in Transdniestr for more than 24 hours. If you are booked with Lena in Tiraspol than she will take care of your registration herself. (update March 2014)
It is announced that general policy is to encourage travel of foreigners into the country, but in reality the entry formalities are minimal only for a group of countries and for the others it involves an extrimely unpleasant and expensive procedure of getting an invitation letter.
The lucky nations for whom visa is not required are : EU (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, 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), USA, CANADA, JAPAN, SWITZERLAND, NORWAY, ICELAND, ISRAEL, HOLLY SEE, ANDORA, MONACO, LIECHTENSTEIN, SANMARINO, Commonwealth of Australia, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Republic of Chile, Republic of Korea, Republic of Ecuador, Malaysia, New Zealand, Most Serene Republic of San Marino, Republic of Seychelles, Republic of Singapore and a number of the countries of the former USSR (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan)
Visas are required for citizens of other countries. A visa can be issued exclusively by the Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Republic of Moldova abroad. An Invitation Letter is needed to obtain a visa (with exception of Croatia, Israel, Turkey).
Normally it is done in 30 days, but may be urgent to 7 days in some cases. The application letter from a Moldovan person is examined by the bureaucrats from the Department of Migration of the Republic of Moldova. They reside in a very nice old building on 124 Stefan cel Mare boulevard bd. in office 419 on the last floor (for information call +37322 544607 / 544606). A copy of your passport and some details about your journey (like the dates of your sejour in Moldova, where will you be entering Moldova at, Moldovan embassy that will issue a visa for you) are requested.
The invitation should be presented at the Moldovan embassy in original, so be ready to spent more time and money for its delivery.
Persons, transiting the Republic of Moldova without a residence visa, can not stay on its territory longer than 48 hours.
visas are issued for foreign citizens and nonresidents upon
presentation of an entry visa to a third country.
This rule does not apply to travelers who are entering Moldova from the side of Transdneistr. They will have to get their registration at sections and territorial offices for record of population of the Ministry of Information Development.
The registration in Chisinau is done
at No. 42 Puskina, in the
Centre. Its quick and easy, 10 minutes, very friendly ladies working
there. Telephone (+37322) 50 41 20.
It happens many time that you don't get an entrance stamp to Moldova while crossing the eastern border of Moldova. To avoid long-time and unpleasant explanations at the Police office in Moldova, please, keep the ticket of your arrival in Moldova.
This is how Moldovan visa looks like (a simple, one entry visa for a month)
An invitation letter issued by Biroul de Migrare looks like
Swedish travellers who entered Moldova from Transdniestr and made their registration in Chisinau, June 2011 :"As a matter of fact we went their on our own (we stayed at an hotel). The procedure took about 10 minutes at the ministery at the cost of 1 lei. We hade no problem what so ever to cross the border to Romania."
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