Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova

Travel to the EU from Moldova

22/11/2021 - 13:56
Travel to the EU

Information for Moldovan citizens travelling to the European Union (EU) and Schengen countries.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Schengen visa-free system for citizens of the Republic of Moldova

1. What documents are needed in order to enjoy visa-free travel to the Schengen Area?

As of 28 April 2014, Moldovan citizens who are holders of a biometric passport enjoy a visa-free travel system in the EU countries and Schengen countries. The biometric passport should be valid for at least 3 months after your scheduled return. Your passport needs to have this logo:

passport sign
passport sign

2. Can I enter the Schengen Area more than one time over 90 days in any 180-day period?

Yes, you can. However you must not exceed the overall total of 90 (ninety) days of stay within any 180-day period. The length of authorised stay in the Schengen Area can be determined through the use of the short-stay calculator and its user’s guide.

With the help of the calculator (‘planning’ mode) — based on previous entries and exits of the traveller to the Schengen Area — it is possible to compute the maximum length of stay allowed from any particular day in the future.

3.  In which countries does the visa exemption apply?

The visa-free system applies to travel to the territories of all EU countries, except for Ireland. Visa-free access to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland is also possible, as non-EU members of Schengen.

4.  Does the visa-free system give you the right to enter unconditionally the territory of Schengen countries?

The visa exemption gives a right of entry and short stay, but this right is subject to basic conditions. Countries have the right to refuse entry into, and short stays in, their territories if one or more of the Schengen entry conditions are not met. For stays not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period, these entry and short-stay conditions are the following:

(a) to be in possession of a valid travel document or documents authorising them to cross the border;

(b) to be able to justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay, and to have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return;

(c) not to be a person for whom an alert has been issued in the Schengen Information System for the purposes of refusing entry;

(d) not to be considered a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or the international relations of any of the member countries.

5. What are my rights if I am refused entry?

If entry is refused to a country, the third-country national shall be issued with a substantiated written decision on a standard form, stating the precise reasons for the refusal. The completed form shall be handed over to the third-country national concerned, who shall acknowledge receipt of the decision.

Persons refused entry have the right to appeal. Such appeals shall be conducted in accordance with the national law of the country which has refused entry. A written indication of contact points providing information on representatives competent to act on behalf of the third-country national shall also be given to the person concerned.

Lodging such an appeal shall not have a suspensive effect on a decision to refuse entry.

For more information, check Council Regulation 562/2006 on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code).

6.  What documents do I need to show to the immigration officer at the port of entry?

You need to show your biometric passport.

The immigration officer may also ask you to show: flight tickets for your journey, including return tickets; evidence of sufficient means of subsistence; reservation of accommodation, if relevant; invitation letter in case of visits, conferences; school enrolment certificate in case of study; etc.

7. How much money do I need to have with me in order to travel as a tourist to the Schengen Area?

According to Article 5(3) of the Schengen Borders Code: ‘means of subsistence shall be assessed in accordance with the duration and the purpose of the stay and by reference to average prices in the Member State(s)[1]concerned for board and lodging in budget accommodation, multiplied by the number of days stayed.’

The verification that the third-country national concerned has sufficient means of subsistence for the duration and purpose of the intended stay, for his/her return to the country of origin or transit to a third country (if no travel tickets have been bought in advance) or that he/she can obtain these means legally (e.g. by using his/her credit card). In order to assess the means of subsistence, reference amounts have been set by each Schengen country and can be consulted here.

The verification of sufficient means of subsistence may be based on cash, travellers' cheques and credit cards in the third‑country national's possession. Declarations of sponsorships, where such declarations are provided for by national legislation and letters of guarantee/invitation from hosts, as defined by national legislation, in case the third-country national is staying with a host, may also constitute evidence of sufficient means of subsistence.

The validity of a credit card can be verified by contacting the issuing company or by using other facilities available at the border crossing point (e.g. exchange offices).

Invitations from hosts can be verified by contacting the host directly or by verifying the host's good faith through the national contact points of the member country of residence of the host.

8.  Is travel medical insurance always necessary in order to travel in the Schengen Area?

Travel medical insurance is not mandatory for visa-free third-country nationals. Nonetheless, it is recommended to get some in case of travel to the Schengen countries.

9.  Is it always necessary to have a return ticket before entering the Schengen Area?

It is recommended when travelling by air/train/bus to have a return ticket. However, it is not an obligation.

10.  Do I need a visa to work in the Schengen Area for less than 3 months?

Yes, most Schengen countries require a visa and a work permit if you intend to work, even if it is for less than 3 months.

Further information is available here.

11.  If I plan to visit a friend or relative living in the Schengen Area will I need to provide any specific information on this person at the border?

You may be asked to provide information on this person. It is recommended to have at least the address and contact number.

12.  Will I need a visa to visit any Schengen Area country for business, such as attending meetings, a training course, or an exhibition for a short stay?


13.  Will I need to apply for a visa or study permit if I plan to travel to the Schengen Area for short-term studies?

You will need to apply for a study permit only in case you intend to undertake studies exceeding 90 days of stay in the Schengen Area within any period of 180 days. The rules vary from country to country. Therefore it is recommended to consult the embassy or consulate of the country you intend to study in prior to starting your studies.

14. Are there any restrictions related to travel from one Schengen country to another?

There is no border control between Schengen countries. There are still border controls between the Schengen countries and Cyprus, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. Citizens of the Republic of Moldova are obliged to always carry their passport with them at all times during their stay, as national laws may prescribe occasional border controls within the Schengen Area.

15. If I stay more than 90 days (without a residence permit or a long-term visa) or work in the Schengen Area (without a working permit), what can happen?

Staying more than 90 days in any 180-day period can result in a re-entry ban from the Schengen Area. Working in the Schengen Area without a work permit is illegal (even if less than 90 days) and can likewise result in a re-entry ban from the Schengen Area.

EU member states embassies in Chisinau


H.E. Mrs. Christine FREILINGER, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Chancellery: 2009 Chişinău, Mateevici 23 Str., Block A

Tel: (+373 22) 79 69 33, (+373 22) 20 83 33

Tel.: (+373 22) 73 93 70 (Coordination Office for Technical Cooperation)

Fax: (+373 22) 79 69 40;


Working programme: Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:00



Chancellery: 020061 Bucharest, 58 Dacia Blvd., District 2

Tel.: (0040-21) 210 29 69; 210 29 70

Fax: (0040-21) 210 28 03



Working programme: Monday – Thursday 09.00-12.30; 14.00-17.00 Friday  09.00-15.00



Royal Danish Embassy

None in Chisinau
In Romania:
Representative: H.E. Mr. Søren JENSEN
Address: 3, Dr. Burghelea str., Bucharest 73102
Business hours: 09.00-16.00 - Visa Department: Monday-Thursday: 09.30-12.00
Phone: +4021 312-03-52; 312-03-53; 312-03-54; 312-03-55; 312-03-56
Fax: +4021 312-03-58
E-mail: (link sends e-mail)
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Representative: H.E. Mrs. Angela GANNINGER
Chancellery: Alexei Mateevici st., 82, MD-2009 Chişinău

Tel.: +373 22 20 06 00; 00373 22 20 06 01; 00373 22 20 06 02

fax: 00373 22 23 23 37


Working programme: Monday - Thursday 8:00 – 17:00, Friday 8:00 – 13:45



None in Chisinau
In Romania:
H.E. Mrs. Sofia  GRAMMATA
Address: 1-3, P.Protopopescu Boulevard, sect.2, Bucharest, 021403
Phone:  +4 021 209.41.70-74 
Fax:  + 4 021 209.41.75;





The Embassy of Ireland that now represents the Republic of Moldova is the Embassy of Ireland in Bucharest, Romania
In Romania:
Representative: H.E. Mr. Derek FEELY
Address: 50-52 Buzesti Street, 3rd Floor, Sector 1, Bucharest
Phone: +40 21 3102161
Fax: +40 21 3102181



None in Chisinau
In Romania:
Representative: H.E. Mr. Manuel LARROTCHA PARADA
Chancellery: 011751 Bucharest, 3 Louis Blanc St., District 1 

Tel.: (0040-21) 318 10 77; Fax: (0040-21) 318 10 71



Representative: HE Mrs. Valeria BIAGIOTTI
Address: 63, Parcalab, Chisinau
Phone: (373-22) 20 19 96
Fax: (373-22) 24 30 88
Website: (link is external)  






Representative: Floris van Eijk, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. 

Embassy Office of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Moldova

NBC Building, 73/1 Stefan cel Mare blvd, 2nd floor | Chisinau, MD-2001

T   (+373) 22 02 41 41

Fax: (373-22) 23 89 92



None in Moldova
In Romania :
Representative: H.E. Mr. Fernando TELES FAZENDEIRO
Address: 55, Paris str., Bucharest 011815
Phone: +4021 230-41-36
Fax: +4021 230-41-17
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Web: (link is external) 



None in Moldova
In Romania:
Representative: H.E. Mrs. Marjut AKOLA
Address: 2 bis, Atena str., Bucharest 71271
Phone: +4021 230-75-04; 230-75-45; 230-75-26; 230-50-10
Fax: +4021 230-75-05
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Representative: H.E. Mr.Pascal LE DEUNFF
Address: 6, Vlaicu Pircalab str., Chisinau
Business hours: Monday - Friday: 09.00-13.00; 14.00-18.00
Phone: (373-22) 20 04 00, 20 04 06
Fax: (373-22) 20 04 01



Representative: H.E. Mrs. Anna LYBERG
Address: 12, Toma Ciorba str., Chisinau, MD-2004
Business hours: Monday-Friday: 09.00-17.00
Phone: (+373 22) 26 73 20
Fax: (+373 22) 26 73 30
E-mail: (link sends e-mail)



None in Moldova
In Hungary:
Representative: Mr. Kyriakos Nikola PATTIHIS
Address: 3, Dorottya str., Budapest
Phone: +361 266-60-45; 266-13-30
Fax: +361 266-05-38
E-mail: (link sends e-mail)


Czech Republic

Representative: H.E. Mr. Zdeněk KREJČÍ
Address: 23, Moara Roşie str., Chişinău, MD-2005
Phone: (373-22) 29 64 19
Fax: (373-22) 29 64 37
E-mail: (link sends e-mail)

Consular Section

Phone: (373-22) 29 65 04



Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of Moldova

Representative: Mr. Simmu TIIK
Chancellery: Chisinau 2012, 18, Nicolae Iorga st.

Tel: (+373 22) 23 89 92





Representative: H.E. Mr. Sándor SZABÓ
Address: 131, Ştefan cel Mare Bd., MD-2004, Chisinau
Business hours: Monday - Thursday: 09.00-16.30; Friday: 09.00-14.00
Phone: (373-22) 22 34 04, 22 77 86
Fax: (373-22) 22 45 13
E-mail: (link sends e-mail)



H.E. Mr. Uldis MIKUTS

Chancellery: Chisinau MD 2012, 27, Mitropolit Gavriil Banulescu Bodoni Street

Tel: (+373 22) 02 52 60e-mail:

Working programme: Monday - Friday, 9.00- 18.00



Representative: H. E. Mr. Kęstutis KUDZMANAS
Address: 24/1, I. Vasilenco str., Chisinau
Phone: (+373 22) 54 31 94
Fax: (+373 22) 23 42 87
E-mail: (link sends e-mail)



H.E. Mr. Peter Canisius VON CANISIUS

Embassy’s Office in Chisinau: MD 2005, Chisinau, str. Alexandru cel Bun 108/1,1

Phone +373 69574806.

Fax : +373 22 210 550




Representative: H.E. Mr. Bartłomiej ZDANIUK
Chancellery: Chişinău, 126A Grenoble Str.

Tel.: 00373 22 28 59 50, 00373 22 28 59 60, 00373 22 28 59 70; 

Fax: 00373 22 28 90 00 E-mail:,

Working hours: Monday - Friday: 09:00-17:00

Consular Section

Address: 101, V. Alecsandri str.
Business hours: Monday - Friday 09.00-13.00; 14.00-17.00 (exept Wenesday)
Phone: 22 38 50/51
Fax: 22 38 52
E-mail: (link sends e-mail)



Representative: H.E. Mr. Dušan DACHO
Address: 101, Sciusevi str., Chisinau

Tel: (00373) 22 200252

Fax: (00373) 22 200254

Email: ;

Working programme: Monday - Friday, hours 9.00 – 17.00



None in Moldova
In Ukraine
Representative: Mrs Mateja Kračun, Chargé d'affaires a.i.
Address: 48 B. Khmelnytskogo St., 01901 Kyiv, Ukraine

Telephone: (+380 44) 585 23 31;

Fax: (+380 44) 585 23 43



Working hours Chancellery: Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 17:00



Representative: H.E. Mr. Evgueni STEFANOV STOYTCHEV
Address: 92, Bucuresti str., Chisinau
Business hours: Monday - Friday: 09.30-17.30
Phone: (373-22) 23 79 83, 23 89 10
Fax: (373-22) 23 79 78
E-mail: (link sends e-mail)



Representative: H.E. Mr. Daniel IONITA
Address: 66/1, Bucuresti str., Chisinau
Business hours: Monday - Friday: 08.30-17.30
Phone: (+373 22) 22 81 26, 22 82 51
Fax: (+373 22) 22 81 29
E-mail: (link sends e-mail)


Erasmus+ is the EU's programme for supporting education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience and volunteer abroad.

Moldovans are eligible to apply for the opportunities of Erasmus+. These do not concern only students. As Erasmus+ is merging seven prior programmes, there are opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

More information is available on the Erasmus+ in Moldova website.


Beneficiaries: Citizens of countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) – Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.

Eligibility: Automatic, on the basis of citizenship.

Conditions: None.

Type of scholarship: Full.

For more information visit the College of Europe website.

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