Two more countries have joined the worldwide clamor to remove entry requirements in the past few days, with the countries of Mongolia and Moldova now completely removing their entry rules for travelers.
In doing so, Mongolia and Moldova – located in Asia and Europe respectively – have become the 17th and 18th such countries around the world to remove Covid-19 related restrictions, and return to ‘normal’.
Compared to last year, 2022 has been a much brighter one for travelers, with a growing number of worldwide destinations taking steps to make it much easier for travelers to visit once again.
Here’s a look at the updates made by Mongolia and Moldova, plus other information that travelers should know before choosing to visit these countries.
Mongolia Eases Entry Requirements – What Travelers Should Know
Located between Russia and China, Mongolia is a melting pot of culture and history that travelers heading to the country can experience at every corner of its vast expanse – and it’s suddenly become extremely easy for travelers to be able to enter.
Mongolia has now joined the ever-growing list of countries to completely remove their Covid-19 related entry requirements, making visiting the country a much more affordable and attractive proposition.
Mongolia’s government updated its entry requirements for foreign travelers on Monday 14th March 2022, with the new rules coming to effect from that date. The update now means that all travelers, regardless of age, vaccination status, or country of departure, will no longer have to take a PCR or rapid test to enter Mongolia – nor will they have to test upon arrival or go into quarantine or self-isolation.
The update comes just a few weeks after the country opened for the first time in two years. Of course, travelers may still have to jump through some hoops in order to visit. American travelers don’t need a visit in order to visit for less than 90 days, whilst Canadians can stay visa-free in Mongolia for up to 30 days. Flights may also be longer than usual given the restrictions over Russian airspace as a result of their invasion of Ukraine.
Moldova’s Entry Requirements Eased – Information for Travelers
Moldova is another that is set to join the likes of Norway, England, and Mongolia in removing all of their Covid-19 related restrictions. The European Union member state – located between Ukraine and Romania and known for its vineyards, wine, and rolling countryside views – saw changes to its Covid-19 related entry restrictions go live on March 16, 2022, making it much easier for travelers to be able to enter.
The ministry of the interior of Moldova posted an announcement on their website stating:
“CNESP DECIDED TO RELAX PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES
During the state of emergency declared by the Parliament Decision no. 41/2022, Crossing state borders to enter the Republic of Moldova is allowed without epidemiological restrictions.
All planned relaxation measures will take effect on March 16 at 24:00″
Moldova may not be the easiest country to visit at present due to its airspace being closed due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, foreign nationals planning on visiting Moldova will not be required to present any Covid-19 documentation to enter – seeing travel to the country go back to how it was prior to the pandemic.
Entering Moldova prior to the March 16th update required showing one of the following: proof of vaccination, a 72-hour PCR test, a 48-hour antigen test, or proof or recovery within 180 days.
Both US and Canadian citizens are able to enter the country visa-free for a stay of up to 90 days. Moldova currently has a Level 4 travel advisory warning level from the US Department of States – the most severe warning level available – due to high levels of Covid-19 within the country.
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