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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:
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 the United Kingdom and 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)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.
None in Chisinau
Representative: HE Dr. Michael SCHWARZINGER
Address: 7, Dumbrava Rosie str., Bucharest 020461
Phone: +4021 210-43-54; 210-93-77
Fax: +4021 210-08-85
None in Chisinau
Representative: HE Mr. Philippe BEKE
Address: 58. Dacia, blvd
Phone: +4021 210-29-69; 210-29-70
Fax: +4021 210-28-03
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Representative: H.E. Mr. Keith SHANNON
Address: 18, Nicolae Iorga str., Chisinau, MD-2012
Business hours: Monday - Thursday: 9.00-17.30; Friday: 9.00-15.00
Phone: (+373 22) 22 59 02, 25 18 02
Fax: (+373 22) 25 18 59
Embassy of United Kingdom in Bucharest
(the information connected to reception of the British visa)
Representative: H.E., Mr. Quinton Quayle
Address: 24, Jules Michelet str., Sector 1, Bucharest
Phone: 00 40 21 201 7200
Fax: 00 40 21 201 7315
Consular and Visa department
Phone: 00 40 21 201 7300
Fax: 00 40 21 201 7317
Service hours: Monday - Thursday: 8.30-13.00; 14.00-17.00 - Friday: 8.30-13.30
Royal Danish Embassy
None in Chisinau
Representative: HE Mr. Michael STENBERG
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
Representative: H.E. Mr. Matthias MEYER
Address: 35, Maria Cebotari str., MD-2012, Chisinau
Business hours: Monday - Friday: 09.00 - 12.00
Phone: (373-22) 20 06 00; 20 06 27
Fax: (373-22) 23 46 80
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
None in Chisinau
Representative: HE Mr. Mr. Vassilis PAPADOPOULOS
Address: 10, Panfilovtsiv str., Kiev 01901
Phone: +380 44 254-54-71; 254-54-72; 254-54-73;
Fax: +380 44 254-39-98
The Embasy of Ireland that now represents the Republic of Moldova is the Embassy of Ireland in Bucharest, Romania
Representative: HE Mr. John MORAHAN
Address: 50-52 Buzesti Street, 3rd Floor, Sector 1, Bucharest
Phone: +40 21 3102161
Fax: +40 21 3102181
None in Chisinau
Representative: HE Mr. Juan Pablo GARCIA-BERDOY
Address: 1, Tirana str., Bucharest 71274
Phone: +4021 230-91-90
Fax: +4021 230-76-26
Representative: HE Mr. Enrico NUNZIATA
Address: 63, Parcalab, Chisinau
Phone: (373-22) 20 19 96
Fax: (373-22) 24 30 88
The Netherlands Consular Office
Address: 18, Nicolae Iorga street, Chisinau
Phone: (373-22) 23 89 94
Fax: (373-22) 23 89 92
None in Moldova
In Romania :
Representative: HE Mr. Mr. Ricardo Eduardo VAZ PEREIRA PRACANA
Address: 55, Paris str., Bucharest 011815
Phone: +4021 230-41-36
Fax: +4021 230-41-17
None in Moldova
Representative: HE Mr. Mrs. Ulla VÄISTÖ
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
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Representative: H.E. Mr. Gerard GUILLONNEAU
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. Ingrid TERSMAN
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
None in Moldova
Representative: HE Mr. Philippos KRITIOTIS
Address: 3, Dorottya str., Budapest
Phone: +361 266-60-45; 266-13-30
Fax: +361 266-05-38
Representative: H.E. Mr. Jaromir KVAPIL
Address: 23, Moara Roşie str., Chişinău, MD-2005
Phone: (373-22) 29 64 19
Fax: (373-22) 29 64 37
Phone: (373-22) 29 65 04
None in Moldova
Representative: HE Mr. Sulev Kannike
Address: 61/11 Volodymyrska str., Kiev 01901
Phone: +38044 235-85-82; 234-83-61
Fax: + 38044 234-14-03
Representative: H.E. Mr. Gyorgy VARGA
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
Chancery of the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of
Charge d`Affairs a.i., Head of Chancery, First Secretary: Vita Dobele
Adress: 24/1, I.Vasilenco, Chisinau MD-2001, Moldova
Phone: +373- 22211824
Representative: Valeriu DRAGNEV
Address: str. M. Eminescu 40
Phone: (373-22) 21 31 48
Fax: (373-22) 21 31 48
Representative: HE Mr. Violeta MOTULAITE
Address: 24/1, I. Vasilenco str., Chisinau
Phone: (+373 22) 54 31 94
Fax: (+373 22) 23 42 87
None in Moldova
Representative: HE Mr. Peter Canisius VAN CANISIUS
Address: 85/68, Vavilova str., Moskow
Phone: +7095 134-25-11; 725-25-49
Fax: +7095 938-20-12
Representative: H.E. Mr. Artur MICHALSKI
Address: 3, Plamadeala str., Chisinau
Business hours: Monday - Friday: 09.00-13.00; 14.00-17.00
Phone: (+373 22) 23 85 51, 23 85 52
Fax: (+373 22) 23 85 53
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
Representative: HE Mr. Robert KIRNAG
Address: 101, Sciusevi str., Chisinau
None in Moldova
Representative: HE Mr. Andrej GERENCER
Address: 68, Cseppko str., Budapest
Phone: +361 438-56-00
Fax: +361 325-91-87
Representative: H.E. Mr. Georgi PANAYOTOV
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
Representative: H.E. Mr. Gabriel LAZURCA
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
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.
EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY SCHOLARSHIPS (ENP CITIZENS)
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.
Type of scholarship: Full.
For more information visit the College of Europe website.