The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before travelling to Moldova. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Irish Citizens should note that the Irish Government does not provide funds for emergency medical repatriation or for repatriation of remains.
Transnistria (northeast Moldova) is not under Moldovan government control and seeks autonomous status. Previous tensions between the Government of Moldova and Transdniestria have abated somewhat but caution is advised if travelling in that area.The capacity of EU consular assistance to intervene in case of difficulties with the Transdniestrian authorities is likely to be limited. We strongly advise against photography of any military or peacekeeping installations.
Safety and security
Along with other countries worldwide there is the potential for Moldova to experience terrorism.
As with many cities, you should be alert to the risk of street crime and petty theft, particularly in Chisinau, and for pickpockets and bag snatchers in crowded areas. You should keep your valuables and passport secure in hotel safes and make sure that you carry a copy of your passport with you. It is useful to carry a small torch after dark, as street lighting is poor.
You should avoid driving after dark outside Chisinau. Road conditions are often poor, and lighting scarce. Pay close attention to the possibility of people, animals and slow vehicles on the road.
Local Laws & customs
There is a zero tolerance policy in Moldova for possessing or supplying any drugs. This is strictly enforced.
The authorities in the Transnistrian region of Moldova can be uncomfortable with visitors taking photos anywhere in the region. We advise caution if taking photos of even the most normal buildings/monuments, and we strongly advise against taking photographs of any peacekeeping or military staff/installations, which could lead to difficulty.
If you arrive in Moldova by air, your presence should be automatically registered by the Moldovan authorities. In addition, Moldovan hotels are responsible for registering the presence of foreign visitors with the relevant authorities. If you are staying in a hotel, this should be automatic.
If you entered the country by land and are staying in other private accommodation for more than three days you must register with the Department of Information Technologies (address: 42 Pushkin Str, Chisinau, tel: 504 656) or the local passport office within three working days. To register your stay in Moldova, you must present the following documents:
· a written request for registration giving details of where you are staying, for how long and the reason for the visit.
· your passport.
Failure to register may result in fines and/or difficulties when leaving Moldova.
There are frequent police checks. You should carry with you at least a copy of identification documents (passport) at all times. Drivers should hold a valid international driving licence and original car/insurance documents, and should keep to speed limits.
Natural disasters and Climate
Earthquakes are not uncommon in Moldova; it is located in a seismically active area and is prone to small earth tremors that are recorded throughout the year without consequence. The last significant earthquake occurred in 1986, causing fatalities and significant damage to buildings.
Additional Country Info
Irish passport holders do not require a visa to enter Moldova. As a visitor you are able to remain in the country for up to 90 days in any six month period. In order to stay longer than this you must apply for a residence or work visa
You are advised to seek medical advice on inoculations before travelling to Moldova. You should only drink bottled or filtered water.
It can be difficult to access medical services in Moldova in languages other than Romanian and Russian
It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
The Irish Embassy in Bucharest is accredited to Moldova - please click here for contact details. (Opens in new window).Top