Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 24 January 2024, 11:25 NZDT
  • Still current at: 29 May 2024

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If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Do not travel

Do not travel to Transnistria due to the volatile security situation (as the region is not under the control of the Moldovan authorities) as well the military conflict in neighbouring Ukraine (level 4 of 4).

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Moldova due to the volatile security environment and military conflict in neighbouring Ukraine (level 2 of 4).

The New Zealand Government is limited in its ability to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens in Moldova, particularly in the Transnistria region.

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On 23 February 2022, Moldova announced a nationwide state of emergency, which continues in response to the regional crisis. Other local restrictions may be implemented with little warning.

There are no commercial flights to or from Belarus, Russia or Ukraine due to Russia’s military actions in neighbouring Ukraine. You should not attempt to cross into Ukraine from Moldova.

All checkpoints between Ukraine and the Transnistria region have temporarily closed. All other border crossings into Moldova remain open.

We advise that New Zealanders Do not travel to Transnistria due to the volatile security situation associated with armed conflict in Ukraine. 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.  

Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing occurs in Moldova, particularly in the capital of Chisinau. There have been reports of individuals posing as police officers attempting to solicit bribes, including in tourist areas. 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 your credit card at public places or at ATMs due to fraudulent activity.

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.

Terrorist attacks continue to occur globally and attacks in Moldova cannot be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate and target areas frequented by foreigners. There have been bomb threats in the past made against the international airport, shopping centres and other official buildings in the capital, Chisinau. 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. Medical services are limited and supply shortages are common.

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 Web Site Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1300 hrs, 1400-1700 hrs

See our regional advice for Europe

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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



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

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