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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program


The Department of State recommends that American Citizens enroll with the embassy before they start foreign travel in order to facilitate communication and assistance in case of an emergency. U.S. citizens may sign up at: Please send an email to the Consular Section if your travel plans change, you move, or you depart Moldova earlier than expected at


U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Moldova. They are able to stay in Moldova for up to 90 days within a six-month period without registration. Residence and work permits are still required for stays over 90 days, which may prove problematic for some long-term American visitors. The travel regime also facilitates travel through the Transnistrian segment of the Moldovan-Ukrainian border. All foreigners should register with the Central Registration Section on 49, Kogalniceanu Street in Chisinau.

The Section is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (12:00 - 1:00 p.m. lunch time) and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Therefore, the foreigners' registration should be done within three working days after their arrival in Moldova, taking into consideration that Saturdays and Mondays are working days. In case the travelers aren't in Chisinau they can register with the nearest Passport Office.

Immigration, residence and work permits are issued for up to five years.


  • Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

    The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.