Until 2020, nationals from the Republic of Moldova can visit all 26 Schengen member nations under the visa waiver agreement with the Schengen Area.
Moldovans can travel to the Schengen countries for short tourism, leisure or business trips and are granted entry just by producing their current passport at the border.
From 2021 onwards, visitors from countries with visa waiver agreements with the EU —including Moldovans— will be required to carry an additional requisite in order to be granted entry to the Schengen Area. Moldovans traveling to a Schengen country will have to register online for an ETIAS travel authorization before their departure.
The new mandatory travel permit for the EU is known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), and is currently under development alongside other systems such as the Entry Exit System (EES).
European Countries that Require Moldovans to Carry an ETIAS
Moldovan ETIAS holders can enter the following countries with their travel authorization for up to 90 days per 180-day period:
ETIAS authorizes Moldovans nationals to travel to all 26 Schengen member states from 2021:
- EU Schengen
- Non-EU Schengen States
- Non-Schengen EU States
Micro-States de facto part of Schengen Area:
- San Marino
- Vatican City
Non-Schengen EU States
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
ETIAS for Moldovans Security Overview
The ETIAS and the EES will help European authorities access necessary data on visa-exempt travelers in order to cross-check their information against multiple security databases, including:
The screening of non-EU travelers prior to their departure towards the area will make border checks fast and efficient for travelers not considered a risk to the security of the zone.
Prescreening citizens from visa liberalization countries such as Moldova also aims to help authorities deny access to individuals perceived as a threat to the wellbeing and safety of the Schengen Area and its residents.
Although Moldova is located in Europe, it is not a member of the European Union nor a Schengen nation. Therefore, from 2021 onwards, Moldovans who want to travel to the European Union will have to request an ETIAS travel authorization online.
ETIAS for Moldivans Traveling to rhe Schengen Area
Citizens of Moldova traveling to a Schengen nation or transiting through the Schengen Area towards a third-country destination will need to carry an approved ETIAS travel authorization in 2021.
The ETIAS visa waiver is a mandatory required document for Moldovans taking short trips of up to 90 days total to the Schengen Area. The travel authorization can be obtained through an online registration system that takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.
The ETIAS is not a visa, it is a travel authorization and as such, it is much simpler for Moldovans to obtain as it does not entail visiting an embassy or consulate for an interview.
In addition, the ETIAS grants Moldovan holders permission to enter and circluate freely within any of the 26 Schengen nations for purposes such as:
ETIAS for Moldovans Required Documents
In order to successfully complete the ETIAS from Moldova online request citizens will need to have a valid Moldovan passport with at least 3 months validity past the intended trip to the Schengen Area.
Since the ETIAS for Moldovans is a digital document, applicants will also be asked to provide an email address they have access to.
Moldovan ETIAS applicants will be sent a digital copy of their ETIAS travel authorization via email once it is approved. This email address will be used exclusively to send the applicant their travel document and notifications regarding their ETIAS application.
The ETIAS for Moldovans will carry a fee that must be paid online by all applicants using a valid credit or debit card.
ETIAS for Moldovans Validity and Stay in Europe
The ETIAS for Moldovans is valid for 3 years from the date it is approved as long as the passport used in the application process remains valid.
Should the Moldovan passport used for the ETIAS application expire before the 3-year validity of the travel authorization runs out, the ETIAS will be rendered null.
Citizens of Moldova will have to apply for a new ETIAS using the data from their new passport, including:
- Passport number
- Country of issuance
- Date of issuance
- Expiration date
The ETIAS grants Moldovan holders permission to enter and remain in the Schengen territory for up to 90 days total per 180-day period.
Once the 90-day stay granted by the ETIAS for Moldovans runs out, travelers will have to spend the next 90 days outside the Schengen borders in order to be granted, once more, another 90 days they may spend within the member nations.
ETIAS Online Application from Moldova
Applying for an ETIAS travel authorization for Moldovans is easy and straightforward.
The ETIAS is an obligatory document for Moldovans of all ages —including minors— who wish to visit the Schengen member nations from 2021, onwards.
Moldovan underage children traveling with their parents or legal guardians also need to carry a valid ETIAS in order to cross the Schengen border. Parents and legal guardians can request an ETIAS on the minor’s behalf.
Filling out the easy-to-use ETIAS online form should take no more than 10 minutes. Applicants will be asked to provide their personal, passport and travel information, including:
- Full name
- Country of birth
- Date of birth
- Passport number
- Passport issuance date and country
- Passport expiration date
- First country of intended arrival to the Schengen Zone
- Estimated arrival date
- Travel purpose
Additionally, applicants will have to answer a series of simple questions in regards to health and security such as history of deportation or criminal records.
Moldovan applicants are advised to answer all of these questions honestly and accurately. Moldovans who have committed minor offenses may still have their ETIAS granted if they are not considered a threat to the EU.
ETIAS for Moldovans Procedding Time
A vast majority of ETIAS requests made from Moldova or other eligible countries should be automatically approved within the first 24 hours after the application is completed and the ETIAS fee is paid.
A small number of applications, however, may require manual processing. In this case, the revision will be performed by a Central Unit in the European Border and Coast Guard Agency or by a Member State team.
Manual revision may be completed when a Moldovan’s ETIAS application data raises a red flag in one or more of the security databases or receives an undecided outcome after the automated process.
When manual assessment of an ETIAS from Moldova is required, the processing time could take up to 2-3 business days after which the applicant would receive an update on their ETIAS status via email.
A very reduced number of ETIAS applications from Moldova may require the citizen to provide additional information or documents.
It is advisable for Moldovans to apply for an ETIAS at least 3 business days ahead of their estimated travel dates.
In the event that a Moldovan’s ETIAS application is refused, they would receive instructions on how to appeal the decision accompanied by the reasons for their ETIAS denial at the email address they provided during their application.
ETIAS for Moldovans - FAQ
Can Moldovans use an ETIAS to work in Europe?
An ETIAS allows Moldovans to travel to all Schengen member states for business trips under 90 days long.
Moldovan ETIAS holders who are undecided in regards to which Schengen country they would like to work in may visit all 26 Schengen countries until they find the one that best suits their needs.
Once a Moldovan passport holder has found a Schengen state they would like to work in, they will need to request a work visa by going to an embassy or consulate.
Whilst the ETIAS grants entry into all 26 Schengen nations, work visas for Schengen nations are country-specific and must be obtained in person at an embassy.
Working in Europe on an ETIAS with a Moldovan passport could result in the citizen facing severe consequences including fines, deportation, or the revokement of the ETIAS visa waiver. This breach of the ETIAS conditions could also make it more difficult for the Moldovan passport holder to be granted another ETIAS in the future.
Can Moldovan citizens study in Schengen countries?
Moldovan ETIAS holders will be able to visit all 26 Schengen countries and explore different study options in the EU such as conferences, workshops, and short-term courses.
A Moldovan student can take part in a summit or congress in any of the member nations for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without having to request a visa.
Nevertheless, Moldovans who wish to obtain a degree from a university located in a Schengen country will have to apply for a student visa. The same is true for students taking part in other academic experiences that span over a period longer than the 90 days allotted by the ETIAS for Moldovans.
Student visas are country-specific and must be obtained by presenting the Moldovan citizen’s passport and academic documents at the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to study in.
Requirements for Moldovans who wish to study in the Schengen Area of Europe may vary from one country to another.