Critical Alert


Moldova maintains current COVID-19-related restrictions as of Nov. 3. Significant business and travel disruptions continue.

 

Summary
Authorities in Moldova are maintaining their current measures introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). On Oct. 1 officials introduced localized restrictions, assigning administrative-territorial units a rating on a four-tier scale based on COVID-19 infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the previous 14 days.

The highest alert level is "Code Red;" in these high-risk areas, individuals may only leave their homes for essential activities, gatherings are prohibited, and schools will switch to online learning. The second-highest alert level is "Code Orange;" in these areas individuals may leave their homes for limited nonessential reasons, limited gatherings are permitted, and schools can reopen. The third-highest alert level is "Code Yellow;" in these areas individuals are permitted to leave their homes for any reason, private gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted, and most businesses are permitted to reopen provided they adhere to strict health and safety measures. As of Oct. 13 all administrative-territorial units are designated Code Red, excluding Hincesti, Leova, and Soroca, which are all designated Code Orange.

The lowest alert level is "Code Green," where the following basic measures remain in place:

  • Groups of more than three persons remain prohibited in public spaces.
  • Social distancing of 1 meter (3 feet) must be observed.
  • Persons over the age of 63 may only leave their homes for essential purposes.
  • Public recreational and sports facilities are closed.
  • Events with an audience are prohibited.
  • Facemasks are mandatory in enclosed public spaces.


Moldovan authorities designate all countries with COVID-19 infection rates of over 50 per 100,000 population as "red" or high-risk locations. Most travelers from red locations are prohibited from entering Moldova, excluding Moldovan citizens and residents and their immediate family members, individuals with a work or study permit for Moldova, individuals in transit, and individuals traveling for urgent reasons. All permitted arrivals from red countries must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Individuals traveling from countries designated as "green" or low-risk locations do not have to self-isolate upon arrival. As of Oct. 26, 67 countries are designated as "red" locations, including Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, North Macedonia, France, Spain, the UK, and the US; the full list can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity.

 

Advice
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. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

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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