Generally, foreign individuals who enter Moldova need entry visas. The law, however, provides exceptions for citizens of certain countries (e.g. for European citizens).
Also, please note that citizens of certain countries need an invitation for a visa to be issued by the Moldovan immigration authorities in order to obtain a visa for Moldova.
Foreign employees working in Moldova have to obtain the residence permit for work purposes. This permit is obtained based on decisions granting the right to stay for work purposes in Moldova issued by relevant Moldovan state authorities.
The law provides for simplified immigration compliance procedures in case of:
- employees seconded for a period of up to 90 days during a calendar year
- employees with priority occupations (as defined by Moldovan law)
- individuals responsible for management
- highly qualified individuals
- foreigners engaged in projects of national importance
- professional sellers, contractual service providers, and self-employed professionals from member states of the European Union (for a limited period of time)
- IT specialists (for a limited period of time), and
- foreigners employed by a resident of a free economic zone.
Should a foreign citizen stay in Moldova for more than 90 days within a six-month period, it is compulsory to obtain a residence permit. Foreigners and stateless individuals who violate the rules of stay in the Republic of Moldova are subject to an entry ban as well as contravention penalties.