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Call 903 or go to a hospital.
Call 902 or go to the local police station.
Health advice due to COVID-19 is continually changing. Rules and restrictions to prevent outbreaks can change quickly. It’s important to regularly check the rules in the destinations you’re travelling to and transiting through.
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Reconsider your need to travel to Moldova overall due to the volatile security environment and military conflict in neighbouring Ukraine.
Moldova continues under a state of emergency due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Local restrictions may be implemented with little warning.
Large political protests have occurred in Chisinau and other places in Moldova. Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent. Local street disturbances can start with little warning. Protests can attract a heavy police presence.
Do not to travel to Transnistria due to the volatile security situation. Explosions were reported in Transnistria in April and early May. If you're in Transnistria, monitor your personal security plans and leave when it's safe to do so.
To stay safe:
Events in Ukraine have led to political tension in Transnistria. The security situation is volatile and could deteriorate at short notice.
Transnistria is not under Moldovan government control.
If, despite our advice, you choose to travel to Transnistria:
Our ability to provide consular assistance will be severely limited if you are in Transnistria.
Pickpocketing, bag snatching and other petty crimes are common, particularly in Chisinau. Criminals target trains and hotel rooms.
Police officers, or people posing as police officers, may ask for bribes, including in tourist areas.
Internet fraud can originate in Moldova. This includes some dating and marriage scams.
To reduce the risk of being a target for crime:
If police stop you and ask you to pay a fine:
A series of bomb threats have been been made against the international airport, shopping centres and other official buildings in the capital, Chisinau. Disruptions and delays are likely to occur as authorities respond to any threats. Monitor the media and follow the advice of local authorities.
While there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Moldova, they can still happen.
In recent years, terrorists have staged attacks in European cities.
To stay safe:
If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Severe weather, including heavy snow and wind, may cause power outages.
If a natural disaster happens:
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many 1000s of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Consider whether you may be in a vulnerable category for COVID-19.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Moldova. Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
COVID-19 remains a risk in Moldova. You should follow the advice of local authorities. Authorities may recommend you wear a face mask in closed places, such as public transport and supermarkets.
For information on Moldova's COVID-19 vaccination program, refer to Moldova's Ministry of Health (Romanian, Russian or English) and its vaccination website (Romanian or Russian). You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options, including assistance that may be available locally. The Australian Government cannot provide advice on the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia's regulatory process.
Tick-borne encephalitis and other tick-borne diseases are a risk, especially in forest areas.
Ticks are common in forested areas from spring to autumn, April to October.
To protect yourself from disease:
Other health risks
Waterborne and foodborne diseases are common.
Other common infectious diseases include:
Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.
To protect yourself from illness:
Get medical advice if you suspect food poisoning or have a fever or diarrhoea.
Medical facilities are limited. They often don't have enough medical supplies.
If you become seriously ill or injured, you'll need to evacuate to somewhere with proper care. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Moldova has severe penalties for possessing, using or trafficking illegal drugs. These include long sentences in local jails and heavy fines.
You must always carry identity documents. This could be a copy of your passport.
If you can't produce identity documents for police when asked, they can detain and fine you.
It's illegal to:
Businesses need to register with the State Registration Chamber of the Ministry of Informational Development. It's illegal to operate a business without first registering it. This also applies to businesses in Transnistria.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Dual citizenship is legally recognised in Moldova.
If you're an Australian citizen but also a citizen of Moldova, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.
Same-sex relationships are legal, but aren't widely accepted. Avoid public displays of affection.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, including COVID-19 vaccinations and tests, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
If you're visiting for up to 90 days within a 6-month period, you won't need a visa.
For longer stays, you'll need a visa.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact an embassy or consulate of Moldova, or visit the Moldova Government website for details. They'll tell you about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
Record your entry date, and check your visa dates carefully where applicable. If you overstay your visa, authorities may deport you.
Entry to Moldova
There are no COVID-19 requirements to enter Moldova. For the latest information, see Moldova's Border Guard website (Romanian or Russian) or contact your nearest embassy or consulate of Moldova for information.
You need to register at your port of entry.
Passport control authorities at border crossings automatically register your entry unless you're entering through Transnistria.
Travel through Transnistria
Do not enter or exit Moldova through Transnistria.
Several checkpoints exist along the routes into and out of Transnistria. These are not official border or immigration control points.
If you enter through Transnistria, your passport will not show a valid entry stamp. This may create problems when you try to leave the country.
Strict regulations cover the export of antiques, artworks and items of historical significance. This includes modern art and posters if they're rare or valuable.
If you want to export these items, seek approval from the Moldovan Department of Monuments.
You'll need to provide evidence of approval to export when you leave. You may also need receipts of purchase.
Moldovan customs authorities must process all goods for entry into Ukraine. Businesses based in Transnistria could face difficulties importing or exporting goods if the business isn't registered in Moldova.
Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel. If you’re not sure it’ll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
The local currency is the Moldova Leu (MDL).
You can easily change euros and US dollars for MDL at banks and licensed money changers. You can rarely exchange Australian dollars.
Moldova has a cash-based economy.
Some major hotels accept traveller's cheques and credit cards.
Always keep your credit card in sight. Fraud is a risk.
You'll find very few ATMs outside the capital. Take care at ATMs. People have reported unauthorised withdrawals after using electronic banking in Moldova.
Use ATMs where possible in controlled areas, such as banks, shops and shopping centres.
Pressure on border controls in Europe has increased due to the mass movement of asylum seekers.
Always carry your passport when you cross borders.
Monitor local media and ask transport providers for up-to-date information on border conditions.
You'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in Moldova.
Get your IDP before you leave Australia.
Roads are poorly maintained, and street lighting is rare.
Driving is hazardous because of pedestrians, farm vehicles and wandering livestock.
If you intend to drive in Moldova:
Check with your travel insurer whether your policy covers you when riding a motorbike.
Always wear a helmet.
Use only official taxis and limousines. Book these through your hotel.
Unofficial taxis may overcharge. They may also not comply with safety standards.
Taxis that look official can still be unlicensed.
Don't share a taxi with strangers.
Buses connecting Chisinau with other major cities are frequent.
Standards are not the same as in Australia. Minibus accidents are common. Most buses are old and overcrowded.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Moldova's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 903 or go to a hospital.
Call 902 or go to the local police station.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
If you've arrived in Moldova from Ukraine and need assistance, contact the Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 in Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 outside Australia.
Australian Embassy Ukraine (temporarily relocated to Poland)
In a consular emergency, if you can’t contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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