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Health Alert: Moldova, All Air Traffic Suspended

Moldova suspended all air traffic until April 1, 2020, at the earliest.  The airport in Bucharest, Romania continues to operate with limited options to return to the United States via non-Schengen routes on Tarom or Turkish Airlines through Istanbul.  All U.S. citizens seeking to leave Moldova via commercial air travel should utilize this route while it remains open.  Romania has indicated that foreigners not coming from countries with over 500 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days and not showing symptoms should be allowed entry.  The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is not planning to organize a charter flight at this time, but we are exploring options to charter a bus to Bucharest.  Please contact us immediately by email at Chisinau-CA@state.gov if you are a U.S. citizen interested in overland transit to Bucharest.


Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel


The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.  


On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification.  These departures may limit the ability of U.S. Embassies and consulates to provide services to U.S. citizens.

For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.

You are encouraged to visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security. Please also visit the website of the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate to see information on entry restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local governments.

Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.

If you decide to travel abroad or are already outside the United States:

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Chisinau, Moldova

+373 2240 8300

Chisinau-CA@state.gov

https://md.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Moldova

State Department - Consular Affairs Tel. 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Moldova Country Specific Information

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.

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