By late 2022, citizens of the Republic of Moldova will be allowed to enter 26 Schengen countries with an ETIAS travel authorization by European Union. The citizens of Moldova can enter Schengen member nations for short-term visits for business, leisure, transit, health, and tourism purposes by just showing their valid passports at the border control. By the end of the year 2022, travelers from nations having the visa waiver contracts with the European Union including Moldova will have to fulfill the additional requirement to get access to the Schengen member countries. The citizens of Moldova who wish to visit the Schengen member nation are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver online before they leave for Europe. The ETIAS or European Travel Information and Authorization System is still under construction along with some other online systems including EES or Entry-Exit System.

An ETIAS visa waiver for the security of Moldovan citizens

Both ETIAS and EES systems will assist European officials to approach vital details on visa-exempt visitors to check against different security records such as Europol, Eurodac, Interpol, SIS, and VIS. The checking of non-European Union visitors before their entry to Europe will help make border control efficient and fast for visitors that are not believed to be the threat to the security of the Schengen Zone. Checking the nationals of visa-exempt nations like Moldova is intended to assist officials to reject the access of people considered as a threat to the safety and well-being of the residents of Schengen member nations. Even though Moldova is a European country, it isn’t a member nation of the EU or Schengen member country. Thus by the end of the year 2022, the citizens of Moldova who wish to visit the EU are required to get an ETIAS visa waiver online. ETIAS travel authorization for Moldova citizens visiting the Schengen Zone Moldovans visiting the Schengen countries or moving across borders of the Schengen Zone will have to obtain a valid ETIAS visa waiver by late 2022. This travel authorization is compulsory for citizens of Moldova who want to take short tours of 90 days to the Schengen Zone. ETIAS can be gained by an online application that takes only about 10 minutes to submit. ETIAS is a travel authorization and not a traditional visa so it is easy to get for citizens of Moldova and doesn’t require applicants to wait in long lines and visit the consulate or embassy for an interview. Moreover, an ETIAS travel authorization allows citizens of Moldova to enter and move within 26 Schengen countries for transit, health, business, and tourism purposes.

Documents required for ETIAS visa waiver for citizens of Moldova

To complete the application form for the ETIAS visa waiver Moldova citizens are required to have a valid passport for Moldova that is valid for 3 months beyond the proposed visit to the Schengen Zone. As the visa waiver for citizens of Moldova is an electronic document, Moldovan applicants will have to give a working email ID to receive the digital document once approved. The applicants of ETIAS from Moldova will get their electronic ETIAS copy over email after it gets approved. The visa waiver for citizens of Moldova involves an issuance fee that needs to be paid online with a debit or credit card.

The validity of ETIAS for citizens of Moldova and duration of visit in Europe

For citizens of Moldova, the ETIAS travel authorization is valid for up to 3 years from its approval date until the passport expires. If the passport of a Moldovan citizen expires prior to the 3 years validity time for ETIAS expires, the visa waiver will be considered null. Moldovan nationals are required to get a new travel authorization using the below-mentioned details from fresh passport:

  • The passport number of the new passport
  • The country issuing the passport
  • Passport issuance and expiry date

An ETIAS visa waiver for citizens of Moldova allows them to visit and stay in the Schengen nations for 90 days for 180 days. When these 90 days' permission by visa waiver is over, visitors are required to move outside the area to get permission for another 90 days to spend time in the Schengen territory.

Online ETIAS Application for Moldovan citizens

Obtaining an ETIAS visa waiver for the citizens of Moldovans is easy and straightforward. The travel authorization is a necessary document for citizens of Moldova including minority who wants to travel the Schengen countries by the end of 2022. Underage children from Moldova visiting Europe with parents or guardians also have to get ETIAS travel authorization to move across the Schengen territory. Legal guardians and parents can apply for the ETIAS authorization on the behalf of the minor. Completing the ETIAS application form online requires just 10 minutes and applicants will have to give their details including:

  • Applicant’s full name
  • The date and country of birth
  • Passport number of a valid passport
  • The issuance date of the passport
  • The country of passport issuance
  • The expiry date of the passport
  • First proposed nation to enter the Schengen
  • Area Expected date of arrival
  • The purpose of travel

Moreover, Moldovan applicants are required to respond to a set of questions related to security and health including criminal records and deportation history. Applicants have to honestly answer all the questions. Processing Time for ETIAS for citizens of Moldova Many ETIAS applications from Moldova and other entitled nations must be approved automatically within 24 hours on business days after the submission of the application form and issuance fee. However, some requests can take more time if they need a manual check and procedure. In such cases, the application will be reviewed by a team of Member State or Central Unit in Coast Guard Agency and European Border. Manual reviews may be required when the ETIAS request for Moldovan citizens raises an issue in security records or get an unsure result by the automatic process. If a manual check is required, the time taken can range from 2 to 3 days after submission of the application and applicants will get updates about their travel authorization status through email. It is suggested for the citizens of Moldova to request travel authorization before 3 days of their expected departure dates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can nationals of Moldova with ETIAS work or get a job in Europe?

The ETIAS travel authorization for citizens of Moldova enables them to visit Schengen nations for leisure, business, or other purposes for a stay of fewer than 90 days. The citizens of Moldova with ETIAS visa waiver who don’t know about the Schengen nation to work in can visit these nations to find out the best country to do work in. When they have decided on the Schengen country to work in, they are required to visit the consulate or embassy to apply for the work visa for that particular Schengen country. While travel authorization permits Moldovans to enter 26 Schengen member countries, the European work visa for any country in the Schengen zone is country-specific and should get individually at the embassy or consulate. Moldovan citizens found working on ETIAS visa waivers in Europe can face serious outcomes such as the cancellation of ETIAS visa waiver, deportation, and fines.

Can nationals of Moldova study in any of the Schengen member nations?

Citizens of Moldova having ETIAS visa waivers can get access to 26 Schengen nations and take part in various study events in the European Union like short-term courses, workshops, and conferences. A student from Moldova can participate in congress or summit in Schengen member countries for 90 days during 180 days period without the need for a study visa. However, the citizens of Moldova who want to get a university degree from any university within the Schengen borders will require getting a student visa. A student visa is a long-term country-specific visa and should be getting by showing the Moldova passport and university acceptance at the consulate and embassy of the nation where they want to study.