Smoking at Chisinau International Airport (KIV)

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Before Security Smoking

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals.

After Security Smoking

Update from Ken, May 2023: I was here in November 2022. To update the previous post from 2019, the IQOS area is closed and no smoking or e-cigarette use is allowed anywhere inside the airport, including the business lounge. Passengers should also be aware that if they go outside to smoke, there is a long single-file security line with metal detectors and baggage check just to re-enter the airport. (I am not sure if this is the norm for Moldova, or heightened security due to the situation in nearby Ukraine.)

Update from Rene F, Nov 2019:

I can confirm the smoking area is closed (November 2019).

Also, there is no smoking area in the business lounge.

There is now an IQOS smoking area and store in the same place (upper floor, far corner from the restaurant).

However: I was told by a bar owner in the city center that smoking IQOS inside (e.g. in bars) will also be banned at some point during 2020, which will probably mean the IQOS lounge will be closed.

For connecting flights you may need to leave the terminal and enter Moldova and smoke outside the terminal then going through Security again for your flight.

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