Moldova with EU candidate status. EU with facilities upon entering Moldova

Members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, and representative offices of international organizations accredited in Moldova, as well as members of their families, will be exempted from the obligation to hold a visa when crossing the state border of the Republic of Moldova. Such a provision can be found in a draft law, for which the National Security, Defense, and Public Order Commission approved, at today’s meeting, December 28, the report on the draft amendment of some normative acts concerning the regime of foreigners in the Republic of Moldova.

According to the legislative initiative, holders of travel documents issued by the Council of Europe, the European Union, the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will also benefit from visa-free travel to the Republic of Moldova.


The new regulations also aim to facilitate the documentation of citizens of the European Union states by excluding the obligation to present the means of maintenance and medical insurance for the granting of a temporary right of residence in our country, as well as the granting of the right of residence for a period of five years. Another facility refers to the deadline for submitting and examining the request for granting/extending the right of residence, which constitutes 15 calendar days. These facilities are determined by the Republic of Moldova obtaining the status of a candidate country for accession to the European Union.

The document also proposes the exemption from the procedure of obtaining an invitation for the granting of an entry/exit visa for foreigners holding a residence permit or a valid visa (except for transit visas) issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland North, USA, and Canada.

The draft law was developed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, as a result of the assessment of the institutional integrity of the Migration and Asylum Office, carried out by the National Anti-Corruption Center in 2020.

The project will be debated in the plenary of the Parliament, in the first reading, and then in the second reading.

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