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Moldova lifts visa requirements for citizens of 33 states

17 January 2018- The Government of Moldova approved a decision of the Foreign Minister Tudor Ulianovschi to lift the visa regime for entering, leaving or transiting Moldovan territory for citizens of 33 states.

The regarded states are:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda,
  2. The Republic of Argentina,
  3. The Federative Republic of Brazil,
  4. Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace,
  5. The Republic of Colombia,
  6. The Republic of Costa Rica,
  7. The Commonwealth of Dominica,
  8. Grenada,
  9. The Republic of Guatemala,
  10. The Republic of Honduras,
  11. The Republic of Kiribati,
  12. The Republic of Marshall Islands,
  13. Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis,
  14. The United Mexican States,
  15. The Federal States of Micronesia,
  16. The Republic of Mauritius,
  17. The Republic of Nicaragua,
  18. The Republic of Palau
  19. The Republic of Panama,
  20. The Republic of Paraguay,
  21. The Republic of Peru,
  22. Saint Lucia,
  23. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
  24. The Republic of El Salvador,
  25. Independent State Samoa,
  26. The Solomon Islands,
  27. The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste,
  28. The Kingdom of Tonga,
  29. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,
  30. Tuvalu,
  31. The Oriental Republic of Uruguay,
  32. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,
  33. The Republic of Vanuatu.

In addition, citizens of Costa Rica will not need visas for transiting through the Chișinău International Airport.

Seven of the 33 above-mentioned states unilaterally lifted the visa regime for the Moldovan citizens: Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Micronesia, Peru, Panama, St.Vincent and the Grenadines, and Samoa.

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TAROM to launch a summer flight Chișinău-Constanța in July

Source: planespotters.net

10 May 2018- The director of the Mihail Kogălniceanu airport, Bogdan Artagea, announced that TAROM will be launching a flight from Constanța to Chișinău.

According to News.ro, the flight will be operated at least three times a week only during the summer season, but after 1 July.

The price of the flight was reportedly not established yet.

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Air Moldova launched its direct flight Chișinău-Tel Aviv

6 May 2018- The Moldovan national airlines, Air Moldova, launched a new direct flight from Chișinău to Tel-Aviv, Israel. The first flight reportedly an 85% occupancy rate.

Starting from 6 May, the flight will be operated three times a week on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The one-way ticket price starts from 99 euros.

Air Moldova now operates flights to 30 destinations: Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Dublin, Ekaterinburg, Florence, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Krasnodar, Larnaca, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milano, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Sankt-Petersburg Tel-Avid, and Torino, plus the 3 season flights – Antalya, Tivat and Sharm-el-Sheikh.

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4 years after visa liberalization: 1,46 million Moldovans traveled without a visa to EU

Source: IPN, Elena Covalenco

28 April 2018- 4 years ago, the European Union introduced a visa-free regime for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova.

According to the Border Police of Moldova, 1 469 917 Moldovan citizens used the visa-free facility. Out of these, 1 168 000 citizens came back to Moldova (the other 300 thousand could be still traveling (23 April- reporting date), residing based on a permit or having entered EU with an EU passport).

Most of the Moldovans crossed the border at Leușeni-Albița checkpoint (562 076 persons), followed by the Chișinău International Airport (273 300), Cahul-Oancea (256 307) and Sculeni-Sculeni (217 896). The Chișinău International Airport registers more crossings than ever: 1 535 937 people traveled to EU with their biometric passport. Men cross (2,4 million) the border to EU more often than women (1,8 million), while people aged between 26 and 35 are the most active at EU traveling across the age groups.

IPN quotes the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders that since the visa regime with the EU was liberalized on April 28, 2014, until December 31, 2017, slightly over 14,000 Moldovans were refused entry to the EU because they didn’t meet the entrance conditions, had insufficient financial resources or stayed longer than allowed in the Member States.

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