If you intend to travel to Moldova, you should first check whether or not you need a visa. If you happen to be among the 103 visa-exempt nationalities, then all you need is a valid passport or national ID card, but if not, you will need to apply for a visa. Now, you may have read that one of the requirements for a Moldova visa is an invitation letter. While that is true, there are some other details to keep in mind.
First of all, not all people who apply for a Moldova visa need an invitation letter. Only the citizens of the following 35 countries must meet this requirement:
- Burkina Faso
- Republic of Congo
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Côte d'Ivoire
- North Korea
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
However, if you originate from one of the countries listed above, you do not need an invitation letter if you have a valid visa or a residence permit that is issued by an EU or Schengen country.
How to get an invitation letter for a Moldova visa
The invitation letter needed to apply for a Moldova visa is issued by the Migration and Asylum Office of Moldova. This is the authority that examines the visa applications. Here are the steps involved in the process:
- You must submit an application to the Migration and Asylum Office of Moldova. There is a unique model you have to use. Complete three copies on the computer.
- Make sure to attach a copy of your passport to the application. It is also necessary to attach a copy of the ID card of the person who is inviting you, or a State Register Extract of the organization issued by the State Registration's Chamber if you are invited for business purposes.
- If you apply on someone else's behalf, make sure to attach a legal authorization.
- If you must leave for Moldova urgently, you'll have to submit a special acceleration application.
- The issuing authority examines your document, upon which a decision to issue or refuse the invitation letter is made. If approved, it is signed by the responsible person of the Migration and Asylum Office of Moldova. The seal of the issuing authority will appear on the document, as well as the State Emblem of the Republic of Moldova.
- The invitation letter is then sent to the applicant or the legal representative. The document is not valid unless there is a signature on the back of the original copy.
Once you receive the invitation letter, you are free to apply for a Moldova visa at the nearest Moldovan embassy, or you can apply for a Moldova eVisa online. You can only use the original copy for the application process.
The application for a Moldova visa invitation letter is usually examined in 30 days, but for urgent matters, the process can be rushed, and you can get an answer in 3 to 7 business days.
If you need further information about the Moldova eVisa and the online application process, please do not hesitate to contact iVisa's customer support. The service is available 24/7 and free of charge. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.