- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Avoid non-essential travel
Latest Travel Alert
Due to the regional security situation, Irish citizens should avoid all non-essential travel to the Republic of Moldova.
Irish citizens should not travel to Transnistria, which is outside the control of the Moldovan Government.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine together with our EU and other international partners. Current travel advice in relation to Ukraine is available here.
Irish citizens who wish to enter Moldova from Ukraine should do so at one of the internationally recognised border crossing points between Moldova and Ukraine in the north and south of the country. Irish citizens should not attempt to enter Moldova from Ukraine via Transnistria.
We encourage all Irish citizens in Moldova to register their details with the Irish Embassy in Bucharest and to monitor our social media channels for the latest updates.
Travel to Moldova
The Moldovan Government declared a State of Emergency on 24 February in response to the regional security situation. Irish citizens in Moldova are advised to exercise caution and follow advice given locally.
The Moldovan Government has also closed most of Moldova’s airspace. There is only limited connectivity from Chisinau Airport to a small number of international destinations. Anyone travelling to Moldova should check with their airline before booking and be mindful that further travel restrictions could be introduced at short notice.
Entry and exit from Moldova is possible via the land border with Romania, although long queues may form. The nearest Romanian airport to Moldova is Iasi (pronounced "yash"), which has regular flights to Ireland.
Covid-19 related travel requirements for passengers arriving in Moldova have been lifted. Irish citizens travelling to Moldova should continue to exercise caution and follow guidance locally.
If you are in Moldova, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities
General Travel Advice
Visitors to Moldova should keep up to date with local developments and take additional care. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities at all times.
You can contact the emergency services in the Republic of Moldova by dialling: 112.
Due the regional security situation, Irish citizens should not travel to Transnistria. Irish citizens that are in Transnistria should depart immediately. Irish and EU authorities are not in a position to provide consular assistance in Transnistria.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Inoculations are generally not needed but visitors with existing medical conditions or illnesses should seek specific advice in advance from their GPs.
Public medical services in the Republic of Moldova are of an uneven quality and the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid there. It is strongly recommended that travellers to the Republic of Moldova take out comprehensive travel insurance in order to maximize potential treatment options.
While the water supply in the Republic of Moldova is not known to be contaminated it is recommended to use bottled or filtered water as a safer alternative.
As elsewhere, visitors should be alert to the risk of street crime and petty theft, including pickpockets and bag snatchers, particularly in Chişinău.
It is useful to carry a small torch after dark, as street lighting is often poor or non-existent.
Public transport in Chişinău and throughout the Republic of Moldova is not as well as developed as elsewhere and motorways are few and far between. Rail, bus and taxis are, however, relatively inexpensive.
If you’re planning to drive in the Republic of Moldova, you should be extremely careful.
- Irish and international driving licences are valid in the Republic of Moldova.
- Some Moldovans drive erratically and at excessive speeds and vehicles are not always fully roadworthy. Serious road traffic accidents regularly occur. Visitors entering the Republic of Moldova by road or driving there should ensure that they have adequate insurance cover. Insurance companies or brokers should be consulted in advance about this, if necessary. Drivers should be in possession of original car ownership and insurance documents.
- The quality of road surfaces in the Republic of Moldova can be uneven. Travel by road in remoter areas should be restricted to primary routes, and daylight hours.
- In the event of an accident involving another vehicle, await police permission before moving your own vehicle.
- In winter, drivers should ensure that vehicles are prepared for extreme weather conditions, including fitting mandatory winter tyres.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
There are frequent police security checks. Visitors should be in possession of the original or a copy of their passports at all times.
Visitors arriving in the Republic of Moldova by air are automatically registered by the Moldovan immigration authorities. Moldovan hotels are also responsible for registering the presence of foreign visitors.
Visitors entering the country by land and staying in private accommodation for more than three days must register with the Department of Information Technologies (address: 42 Puşkin Str, Chişinău, tel: 504 656) or the local passport office, within three working days. This requires presentation of the following documents: (a) a written request for registration providing certain details of stay including address, duration, purpose and host and (2) passport. Failure to register may result in fines and/or difficulties when departing the Republic of Moldova.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
In case of a genuine consular emergency while the Embassy is closed, please leave a message with name, location and telephone number at +4021 310 2131 and the Duty Officer will call you back.
Alternatively, the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin can be contacted at +353-1-408-2000.
Embassy of Ireland
50-52 Buzesti St
3rd Floor, Sector 1
Monday to Friday 09:30 to 12:30; 14:00 to 17:00
Honorary Consulate Contact
Dr. Suzanne O'Connell
Office 1A, 5th Floor
Vlaicu Pircalab Str. 63
Republic of Moldova
Tel: + 373-22-80-7145
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Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.