We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Moldova. Our work covers a range of issues including politics, international security and the economy.

The United Kingdom, together with EU partners, recognised Moldova on 31 December 1991. A resident British embassy opened in Chisinau in 2002.

The ambassador and his team travel throughout the country, in order to obtain first-hand information and views from all communities, including in the Transnistrian region and the autonomous territorial unit of Gagauzia.

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Services for British nationals

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Moldova and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call (+373) 22 225 902. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Moldova call 020 7008 1500.

Get or renew a passport

The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.

If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you’re due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy Chisinau.

Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Moldova, see travel advice for Moldova.

Get a visa

The British embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.

If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.

If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.

For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.

Marriage and civil partnerships

We cannot issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status. For information on getting married in Moldova, see getting married abroad.

Register a birth or death

Find out how to register a birth or register a death that occurred in Moldova. You can’t register a birth or death at the embassy or our consulates.

Bereavement support

If the death occurred in Moldova and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.

Read our guidance on coping with death abroad

Support if you’ve been arrested

We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Moldova. We cannot get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.

Notarial and documentary services

The British embassy provides a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Moldova, including witnessing a signature, administering an oath/affirmation, and certifying copy of certain UK-issued documents. Our notarial and documentary guide provides more information.

Legalisation services

The embassy does not provide legalisation services.

Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).

Local service providers

Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Moldova. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • provide information about transferring funds
  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
  • help people with mental illness
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad

For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.

General information on living in Moldova.

What the embassy cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you
  • details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers.
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you’ll have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Moldova

Our people

Lucy Joyce OBE

Lucy Joyce OBE

British Ambassador to Moldova

Contact us

British Embassy Chisinau

18 Nicolae Iorga Str.

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