Transnistria does not require foreign visitors to obtain a visa; they can stay for up to 45 days without a residence permit.
Also, citizens of 3 other Post-Soviet unrecognized countries can travel visa free to Transnistria - with their unrecognized passports.
All members of the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations have agreed to abolish visa requirements for their citizens. This includes: Abkhazia, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and South Ossetia.
As Transnistria does not have an active international airport, travellers must check if they require a visa to either Moldova or Ukraine, in order to enter Transnistria.
Citizens of most Western countries including; Canada, the USA, the EU, Australia and New Zealand, do not require visas for either.
Entering Transnistria from Moldova is easy and simple. As Moldova does not recognize the existence of Transnistria as an independent state, the only border and customs regulations are upon entering Transnistria and not when leaving Moldova.
Even though both Ukraine and Moldova recognize Transnistria as part of Moldova, when entering from Ukraine you will not receive a Moldovan entrance stamp on your passport - this can pose a problem if leaving through the airport in Chisinau, Moldova.
The official Moldovan stance on the missing entry stamp is not always consistent. Upon leaving Moldova, the immigration officers may insist that you should have registered with the Ministry of Information, Technologies and Communication, within 72 hours of arriving to get a Moldovan entry stamp.
The official policy of the Ministry of Information is that a Moldovan entry stamp is not needed and that your Ukrainian exit stamp is sufficient. In reality however, the Moldovan authorities are not the best at practising their own policy and it might lead to delays and confusion before your flight.
However, if you did not get an entry stamp you are strongly recommended to register with the immigration office in order to be able to leave Moldova without difficulties.
The registration process used to be complicated and time-consuming but nowadays it is quite simple (although speaking at least some Romanian or Russian will be very helpful).
Go to the Moldova Migration Authority office and tell the person on duty that you entered from Ukraine and you wish to register as arriving in Moldova.
When joining a tour to Transnistria with Political Holidays, you will not need to worry about formalities and bureaucratic headaches, as you will be guided through the process and get real-time advice on the subject.
Gagauzia Visa Policy
The autonomous region of Gagauzia does not have its own visa policy. Since it is a part of the Republic of Moldova, citizens of all countries who are able to visit Moldova without a visa, are also able to enter the territory of Gagauzia Visa-free.
The good news is that citizens of Canada, the USA, the EU, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries across the world do not require a visa to enter Moldova.
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Updated: November, 2019