- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Ireland is implementing the new EU ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA. Our current advice for travel to these countries is ‘exercise a high degree of caution’. Our general advice for any other overseas travel remains ‘avoid non-essential travel’ or in some cases, ‘do not travel’.
Our TravelWise app has been suspended while we move to implement the new EU system. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.
On 13 October, Member States adopted the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19. This ‘traffic lights’ approach provides for regions across the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) to be categorised as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19. A combined indicator map will be published each week by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), based on agreed criteria, including the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates.
In line with the EU Recommendation, there will be no entry restrictions on passengers travelling from green regions. Each Member State will decide what entry restrictions it will apply to passengers travelling from red, orange and grey regions.
Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Further information about current requirements for entry to Ireland is available on the Irish Government website and the HSE website.
In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas, other than to countries that are part of the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach, where the advice is to exercise a high degree of caution. Everyone is asked to comply with restrictions within Ireland, including those under the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. These are listed on the Official website of the Irish Government. The situation in relation to COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly around the world. Citizens who are considering any overseas travel are advised to carefully monitor the official advice and information from the public authorities in their destination.
If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:
Should you decide that you need to travel, you should inform yourself about any requirements in the destination to which you are travelling. Information about entry restrictions currently applied by other countries is available on the country-specific travel advice pages. Additional restrictions may be imposed, including during the duration of your visit. Flight restrictions and route cancellations continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time. Any Irish citizen considering any overseas travel should monitor news and information from the public authorities in their country or region of destination. Citizens are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc.
The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. There are significant risks associated with international travel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad, or those already abroad, are advised to monitor our travel advice, and follow us on Twitter. They are also advised to register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Where to go for further travel information:
- DFA Travel Advice for over 200 countries
- Follow us on Twitter
- Register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate
- Check Embassy websites and Twitter accounts
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020
Latest Travel Alert
There are a significant number of COVID-19 cases in Moldova and there is a National Public Health Emergency in place. Travellers should take all necessary precautions when travelling in Moldova, and ensure that they follow any guidance regarding Covid-19 issued by the local authorities.
From 9th October, all travellers arriving from Ireland must self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in Moldova. This list of countries subject to these restrictions is updated every two weeks and is available on the website of the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Additionally, there are currently restrictions on the entry of non-Moldovan citizens into Moldova. Foreign passport holders may only enter Moldova if they have a valid exception under the current regulations. These exceptions are detailed on the website of the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If you are in Moldova, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. Links to relevant websites are below.
Ministry of Health of Moldova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
Visitors to the Republic of Moldova should be aware of the possibility of public demonstrations. These should be avoided, particularly in the context of the ongoing pandemic. Travellers in Moldova should keep up to date with local developments and take additional care. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities at all times.
Transnistria is a territory between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine seeking autonomous status, and is not under the control of the Moldovan Goverment. Previous tensions between the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the breakaway region of Transnistria have abated, but caution is advised if travelling in that area as the capacities of Irish or EU consular authorities to assist you may be limited. In particular, the authorities in the Transnistrian region can be suspicious about visitors taking photos, especially in the vicinity of government or military buildings or installations. Visitors to Transnistria are advised against taking any photos in public which could lead to a police query.
As there is no resident Irish Embassy in the Republic of Moldova, we are limited in the help as can offer you in an emergency situation. However, if you need assistance, please contact the Irish Embassy in Bucharest.
You can contact the emergency services in the Republic of Moldova by dialling:
- 901 for fire.
- 902 for police.
- 903 for medical assistance.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Inoculations are generally not needed but visitors with existing medical conditions or illnesses should seek specific advice in advance from their GPs.
Public medical services in the Republic of Moldova are of an uneven quality and the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid there. It is strongly recommended that travellers to the Republic of Moldova take out comprehensive travel insurance in order to maximize potential treatment options.
While the water supply in the Republic of Moldova is not known to be contaminated it is recommended to use bottled or filtered water as a safer alternative.
As elsewhere, visitors should be alert to the risk of street crime and petty theft, including pickpockets and bag snatchers, particularly in Chişinău.
It is useful to carry a small torch after dark, as street lighting is often poor or non-existent.
Public transport in Chişinău and throughout the Republic of Moldova is not as well as developed as elsewhere and motorways are few and far between. Rail, bus and taxis are, however, relatively inexpensive.
If you’re planning to drive in the Republic of Moldova, you should be extremely careful.
- Irish and international driving licences are valid in the Republic of Moldova.
- Some Moldovans drive erratically and at excessive speeds and vehicles are not always fully roadworthy. Serious road traffic accidents regularly occur. Visitors entering the Republic of Moldova by road or driving there should ensure that they have adequate insurance cover. Insurance companies or brokers should be consulted in advance about this, if necessary. Drivers should be in possession of original car ownership and insurance documents.
- The quality of road surfaces in the Republic of Moldova can be uneven. Travel by road in remoter areas should be restricted to primary routes, and daylight hours.
- In the event of an accident involving another vehicle, await police permission before moving your own vehicle.
- In winter, drivers should ensure that vehicles are prepared for extreme weather conditions, including fitting mandatory winter tyres.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
There are frequent police security checks. Visitors should be in possession of the original or a copy of their passports at all times.
Visitors arriving in the Republic of Moldova by air are automatically registered by the Moldovan immigration authorities. Moldovan hotels are also responsible for registering the presence of foreign visitors.
Visitors entering the country by land and staying in private accommodation for more than three days must register with the Department of Information Technologies (address: 42 Puşkin Str, Chişinău, tel: 504 656) or the local passport office, within three working days. This requires presentation of the following documents: (a) a written request for registration providing certain details of stay including address, duration, purpose and host and (2) passport. Failure to register may result in fines and/or difficulties when departing the Republic of Moldova.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
In case of a genuine consular emergency while the Embassy is closed, please leave a message with name, location and telephone number at +4021 310 2131 and the Duty Officer will call you back.
Alternatively, the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin can be contacted at +353-1-408-2000.
Embassy of Ireland
50-52 Buzesti St
3rd Floor, Sector 1
Monday to Friday 09:30 to 12:30; 14:00 to 17:00
Honorary Consulate Contact
Dr. Suzanne O'Connell
Office 1A, 5th Floor
Vlaicu Pircalab Str. 63
Republic of Moldova
Tel: + 373-22-80-7145
Email: Email us
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.