Authorities in Moldova have extended their country's nationwide coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related state of emergency and associated restrictions until at least Feb. 15.
International TravelInternational arrivals no longer need to self-isolate upon arrival in Moldova if they can provide proof of having been vaccinated for COVID-19; it is currently unclear whether this exemption applies to Moldovan citizens only. A ban on flights with the UK, which had been introduced Dec. 24 in response to the discovery of a new strain of the virus in England, has been lifted.
Authorities currently designate all countries with COVID-19 infection rates of more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants as "red" or high-risk locations. Most travelers from red locations are prohibited from entering Moldova, except for Moldovan citizens and residents and their immediate family members, persons who hold work or study permits, travelers in transit, and individuals traveling for urgent reasons. All travelers permitted to enter from red countries must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. As of Jan. 13, the following countries are designated as red locations:
Andorra, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden Switzerland, the UK, and the US
The next update to the list is slated for Jan. 18.
Domestic RestrictionsDomestically, bars, restaurants, and other catering facilities must close between 2200-0700, and all public offices must close at 1600. Private gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted but must take place away from schools, hospitals, and other public institutions. Most businesses are permitted to operate provided they adhere to strict health and safety measures. Facemasks are mandatory in enclosed public spaces and on public transport. People over 63 years of age must remain in their accommodations except for essential purposes.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.
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