Foreign travel advice



The official campaign period for presidential elections (due to take place on 30 October) will start on 30 September. In the run-up to and during the campaign period there may be an increase in political rallies and demonstrations. While these are expected to be peaceful, the situation could change quickly. You should avoid political rallies and demonstrations.

Disruption to movement during protests is likely, particularly in central Chisinau. There’s a possibility of spontaneous demonstrations taking place in other areas, particularly in the downtown area of Chisinau. Be alert to the latest developments and take extra care.

The British Embassy, Chisinau is monitoring the situation in Ukraine closely. At present there appears to be no immediate threat of the destabilisation spreading to Moldova, and there is no information suggesting an increased threat to British citizens or businesses in Moldova.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

If you visit Transnistria you should be aware that the region is outside of the control of the Moldovan authorities, and the British Embassy may be able to offer very limited consular assistance. See Transnistria.

Most visits to Moldova are trouble-free.

The Moldovan authorities strictly enforce penalties (including deportation) against those who overstay. See Entry Requirements.

You should be vigilant to petty crime, particularly in Chisinau. Leave your passport, travel documents and other valuable items in a safe place, and carry a photocopy of your passport for identification purposes. See Crime.

There are strong penalties for possession or use of drugs. Avoid taking photographs of military or government installations. See Local Laws and Customs.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.