A noncommercial collection of information about citizenship, dual citizenship and multiple citizenship

[Please refer to How to Read a Country Entry for help interpreting this material. It was produced prior to March 2001 as part of a US government report entitled Citizenship Laws of the World. The accuracy and depth of these country listings varies significantly, and some information may be incorrect. At best, this page presents only part of the story for a particular country. Additional information for this country may be available in Country Information]


CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Law of Citizenship, dated June 23, 1990. All who resided in the territory of Moldova before June 23, 1990, and have a viable means of support, may obtain citizenship automatically upon request.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Moldova does not automatically confer citizenship.

BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Moldova, regardless of the child's country of birth.

REGISTRATION: Citizenship may be granted by registration for the following persons: Foreign national who has been married to a citizen of Moldova for at least three years. Child, 18 and under, who has been adopted by citizens of Moldova.

BY NATURALIZATION: Moldovan citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person must be at least 19 years old, have renounced previous citizenship, and have resided in the country for at least 10 years.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: A foreign citizen can be granted Moldovan citizenship by Special Presidential Decree without renouncing former citizenship.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Moldovan citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: No information was provided. The Law on Citizenship states that Moldovan citizenship may be revoked for certain (unspecified) reasons.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of the Republic of Moldova 2101 S Street, NW Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: 202-667-1130 FAX: 202-667-1204


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