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WCO/Customs Service


1. Measures aiming to Facilitate the Cross-border Movement of Relief and
Essential Supplies

1.1. In spite of the fact that as protection measure many crossing points were closed,
15 out of 40 continue their work in normal mode;
1.2. Customs clearance has been prioritized for relief goods relating to
countermeasures to the COVID-19, food, sanitary products, medical
1.3. Relief from import duties for some goods needed to combat the effects of the

2. Measures aiming at Supporting the Economy and Sustaining Supply Chain

2.1. To ensure fast clearance all customs offices are working full-time (24/7), and any
import and export procedures are completed in the shortest possible time;
2.2. In order to facilitate smooth and fast release of goods into the market, all the
physical examinations are based on risk management, enabling to examine only the
necessary items;
2.3. The certificates of preferential origin of the goods, presented in copies (on paper
or in electronic format), or authenticated with the digital signature (presented in copies
or in original), have the same validity as their originals.

3. Measures aiming at Protecting Customs administrations’ Staff

3.1. Custom Administration, except those working in critical functions, have been
instructed to work from home from the 17th of March onwards;
3.2. It is mandatory for Customs officials in close contact with population to use
personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, etc;
3.3. It is mandatory to practice social distancing-keep 1m apart;
3.4. Minimizing person-to-person contact to a maximum of 15 minutes, for staff
actively utilizing flexible working hours;
3.5. Closed spaces such as office and meeting rooms are regularly ventilated,
surfaces are disinfected daily;
3.6. Respect of personal hygiene (hand washing, etc.);
3.7. In suspected cases, person is isolated in separate places, requesting the prehospital medical assistance.

4. Measures aiming at Protecting Society

4.1. Making COVID-19 related information available on news media, official website;
4.2. Active information support is provided by the hotline (24/7);
4.3. Informing the public about working border crossing points;
4.4. All travellers arriving in Republic of Moldova are required to undergo health
4.5. All coming travellers declare under personal responsibility the obligation to comply
with the self-isolation regime for a period of 14 days.

5. Other Measures

5.1. The means of transport, introduced and declared by action, by the resident and
non-resident natural persons, which expire during the period of emergency, shall be
interrupted, following the flow from the date of cessation of the state of emergency

25 March 2020

There are only 17 border crossing points operating in Moldova.

At the border with Romania:

Leușeni - Albița (road/international)

Sculeni – Sculeni (road/international)

Ungheni – Iaşi (rail/international)

Giurgiulești - Galați (road/international)

Giurgiulești - Galați (rail/international)

Costești - Stânca (road/international)

At the border with Ukraine:

Otaci-Moghilev-Podolsk (road/international)

Vălcineţ-Moghilev-Podolsk (rail/international)

Ocniţa-Sokireanî (rail/international)

Briceni-Rossoşanî (road/international)

Briceni-Rossoşanî (road/international)

Giurgiuleşti-Reni (road/international)

Giurgiuleşti-Reni (rail/international)

Etulia-Frikăţei (rail/international)

Mirnoe-Tabaki (road/international)

Palanca-Maiaki-Udobnoe (road/international)

Tudora-Starokazacie (road/international)

As from 00:00 on 17 March 2020 it is forbidden to cross the Moldova-Ukrainian state border and as from 20:00 on 17 March 2020 – the Moldova-Romanian state border is closed to foreign citizens entering Moldova through border crossing points.  

This restriction does not apply to foreign citizens and individuals without citizenship residing or permanently/temporarily residing in Moldova, drivers and maintenance staff of goods vehicles, crews of aircraft/ships and crews of railway trains. Exceptions are also applied to members of diplomatic missions and consular posts, accredited in the Republic of Moldova, international organisations/representative offices and members of their families.

Individuals entering Moldova must fill in a medical card and sign a declaration of personal liability for compliance with the self-isolation regime for 14 days at specified locations.

As an exception, car drivers and transport service personnel that carry cargo, crews of aircraft/ships and train crews, are not required to comply with self-isolation in the absence of clinical signs of respiratory infection or fever.

Source: State customs committee of Moldova, Government of Moldova, AITA.

Remarks from the International Road Transport Union


From 7 April 2020, the border crossing points of Criva-Mamaliga and Mirnoe-Tabaki are closed to passenger and goods traffic.

Consequently, as from 7 April the open border crossing points are:

Moldova-Romania border

Leușeni (MD) - Albița (RO)    

Sculeni (MD) - Sculeni (RO)            

Giurgiulești (MD) - Galați (RO)          

Moldova-Ukraine border

Otaci (MD) - Moghilev-Podolsk (UA)          

Giurgiuleşti (MD) - Reni (UA)

Palanca(MD) - Maiaki-Udobnoe (UA)

Tudora (MD) - Starokazacie (UA)     

Companies should be aware that until 10 April the movement of vehicles with trailers or semi-trailers entering Moldova at Otaci - Moghilev-Podolsk will be limited due to roadworks.

Source: AITA, Customs Service of Moldov



According to PROVISION No.6 of 26 March 2020 from the Commission for Exceptional Situations of the Republic of Moldova, there will be a temporary closure of border crossing points "Costești-Stanca" (Moldo-Romanian border) and "Briceni-Rossoșanî" (Moldo-Ukrainian border), from 29 March 2020 at 08:00.

Source: AITA


In the Republic of Moldova, several state border crossing points are closed for an indefinite period. At present, only 17 border crossing points are operating normally:

At the border with Romania:

PTF Leușeni - Albița (road / international)

PTF Sculeni - Sculeni (road / international)

PTF Giurgiulești - Galați (road / international)

PTF Costești- Rock (road / international)

At the border with Ukraine:

PTF Otaci-Moghilev-Podolsk (road / international)

PTF Briceni-Rossoşanî (road / international)

PTF Criva-Mamalîga (road / international)

PTF Giurgiuleşti-Reni (road / international)

PTF Mirnoe-Tabaki (road / international)

PTF Palanca-Maiaki - Udobnoe (road / international)

PTF Tudora-Starokazacie (road / international)

Additionally, from 17 March 2020 at 00:00, it is prohibited to cross the Moldovan-Ukrainian state border, and from 17 March 17, 2020 at 20.00, foreign nationals are prohibited from entering the Republic of Moldova from Romania using state border crossing points open to traffic.

This restriction does not apply to foreign nationals and stateless persons domiciled or permanently / temporarily living in the Republic of Moldova, drivers and service personnel involved in the transport of freight, aircraft / ship crews and train crews. In addition, staff of diplomatic missions and consular offices based in the Republic of Moldova, and staff working at international organisations / missions and their family members are also exempted.

Source: AITA (from Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova)

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