Visa exemption on diplomatic and official passports between India and Moldova

Recently, India and Moldova have signed an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passports.

Recently, India and Moldova have signed an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passports.

Key Points

  • Pawan Kapoor, Secretary (West), Indian Ministry of External Affairs, and Anna Taban, Ambassador of Moldova, representing their country, signed the agreement.
  • This agreement will allow holders of diplomatic and official passports between the two countries to visit each other without a visa.
  • This agreement will further advance the friendly and cordial relations between the two countries.

Relations between India and Moldova

  • Diplomatic relations between India and Moldova were established on 20 March 1992.
  • Political relations: India and Moldova both believe in the principles of democracy and peaceful co-existence. Both countries have supported each other at the United Nations and other international forums.
  • Economic Relations: Relations between the two countries have been limited in terms of trade and investment. However, Indian companies are showing interest in investing in pharmaceuticals, software and IT sectors in Moldova.
  • Science and Technology Cooperation: Both the countries have signed an agreement for cooperation in the fields of science, technology and education. Scholarships are provided to Moldovan students to study in Indian educational institutions.
  • Cultural Exchange: Interest towards Indian culture and traditions has increased in Moldova. India has also contributed to the promotion of Yoga and Ayurveda in Moldova.
  • Military or defense cooperation between the two countries is very limited.

About moldova

  • The Republic of Moldova is a landlocked country located in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east and south.
  • Capital: Chisinau
  • Currency: Leu

About diplomatic and official passports

Diplomatic passports are issued to diplomats and high-ranking government officials, granting them certain privileges and exemptions when traveling abroad, thereby facilitating their diplomatic duties. Official passports, on the other hand, are issued to government employees and officials who are traveling internationally for official purposes unrelated to diplomacy, such as attending conferences or conducting government business. Both types of passports reflect the holder’s affiliation with their respective governments and often grant them expedited entry into foreign countries and other courtesies.

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