IMPORTANT NOTE. Moldova’s Citizenship by Investment programme has been temporarily suspended by the Government. Investors are advised to look at suitable alternatives in Europe including programmes such as Portugal and Greece. Contact La Vida for futher advice.
Moldova previously offered one of the lowest priced passport investment options in Europe through its Citizenship by Investment programme (MCBI). Originally launched on 5th November 2018 the east-European country was offering citizenship through donation from €135,000, plus costs. To keep up to date with the programme, register here.
Although not part of the EU, Moldova is in Europe and offered an alternative to the Caribbean passport programmes with residency a potentially attractive option and a passport offering visa free access to 122 countries.
Moldova declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 but remains one of Europe’s poorest countries. It has very close ties with neighbouring Romania and the government of Moldova recently ruled out any reunification with Romania despite growing calls from within the country.
Moldova signed an association agreement with the EU back in 2014 creating a free trade area and the EU seems committed to strengthening its political and economic ties with the country. It is not clear at this stage what benefits a citizenship or residency programme from Moldova will offer although future strengthening ties with the European Union could enhance any such benefits.