A citation without penalty.

An M.O.A. citation is a document given to the inspector should they violate immigration protocol. This document is generated only in the following cases:

The inspector can choose to violate protocol and receive a citation on purpose to receive tokens, bribes, or to trigger or to avoid certain events. For example, permitting Elisa Katsenja to enter (even though she only has her passport) will allow her to reunite with Sergiu, and the inspector may receive a gift of 100 credits at the end of the following day.

Citations cannot be completely avoided because the encounter with Jorji Costava on day 29 will always lead to a citation.[1]

The citation is given approximately 5 seconds after the entrant departs the booth, should the inspector mess up.


Receiving a citation means the inspector will not get paid the usual five credits for that entrant. The first two citations given each day are warnings and carry no sanctions beyond the loss of salary. After two citations, the inspector will be penalized for each visitor processed wrongly. The next two citations will lead to a penalty of five credits. After that, each subsequent citation will increase the penalty by five credits (so the pattern is 0, 0, 5, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and so on). The citations reset every morning. The number of citations alone does not end the game, but the game will end if the inspector cannot pay the penalties and goes into debt (ending 1).

The number of citations affects the plaques the inspector will receive on days 10 and 20 but this has no effect on actual gameplay.


Not an exhaustive list.

Citation text Notes
Passport not confiscated Can only be received on days 2431.
No entry from Antegria/Kolechia/Obristan/Republia Can only be received on day 1.
No entry from United Fed Can only be received on days 1 and 25.
No entry from Impor Can only be received on days 1 and 19.
Invalid weight- Possible smuggler admitted
Denial reason not given Day 18 and after.
Wanted criminal admitted Day 14 and after.
Incorrect purpose response
Incorrect visit duration response
Entrant holds conflicting passports When Nathan Cykelek is approved.
Passport: Non-matching photo
Id Card: Non-matching photo
Invalid thumbprint
Forged entry permit
Forged work pass
Forged access permit
No diplomatic access to Arstotzka
Forged diplomatic auth
Forged asylum grant seal
Necessary vaccine expired
Missing necessary vaccine
Name does not match record
Alias does not match record
Fingerprints do not match record
Cobrastan is not a real country If Jorji Costava is approved on day 4.