Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

  • Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 14:15 NZDT
  • Still current at: 14 August 2020

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Moldova.

Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.

Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.

For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel.  IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.

As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.

For further travel advice and information about COVID-19, please see our webpage here. We encourage all New Zealanders living and travelling overseas to register with us.

Transnistria
This region is not under the control of Moldovan authorities and the area seeks independence. We recommend you monitor local events closely to stay informed of the security situation and adhere to any restrictions and instructions issued by the Transnistrian authorities.

Civil Unrest
Protests and demonstrations occur in Moldova. These are usually peaceful but could change rapidly and tend to attract a heavy police presence.  New Zealanders throughout Moldova are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations and follow the instructions of local authorities.  

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing occurs in Moldova, particularly in the capital of Chisinau. We advise leaving passports, travel documents and other valuable items in a safe place. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. Be particularly vigilant when using ATMs.

Commercial and internet fraud is common in Moldova. New Zealanders should be wary of any offers that seem too good to be true, as they may be a scam. For further information see our advice on Internet Fraud and International Scams.

Terrorism
Terrorist attacks continue to occur globally and attacks in Moldova cannot be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate and target areas frequented by foreigners. New Zealanders in Moldova are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources.

General Travel Advice
We recommend carrying a copy of your passport with you at all times. Failure to produce identification to authorities upon request may result in detention or fines.

Photography of government offices, military establishments and other infrastructure is prohibited, and could result in detention. If in doubt, don’t take a picture.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.

New Zealanders travelling or resident in Moldova should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Moldova are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Brussels, Belgium is accredited to Moldova

Street Address Avenue des Nerviens 9/31, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium. Telephone +32 2 512 1040 Fax +32 2 513 4856 Email nzemb.brussels@mfat.govt.nz Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/belgium Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1300 hrs, 1400-1700 hrs

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Belgium

Street Address
Avenue des Nerviens 9/31, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium.

Telephone: +32 2 512 1040

Fax: +32 2 513 4856

Email: nzemb.brussels@mfat.govt.nz

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/belgium

Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1300 hrs, 1400-1700 hrs

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