Travel guide

Entering Moldova/Visa
You may require a visa when entering Moldova. Citizens of the following states do NOT need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Holland, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Canada, Georgia, Holy See, Iceland, Japan, Principality of Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Principality of Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, State of Israel, Swiss Confederation, USA, Georgia, CIS member states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan). The updated list of countries not requiring visa may be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Anyone staying in the country for a period longer than 90 days requires a visa. One cannot get a Moldovan visa at the airport or at the border, you need to apply and get your visa in person at one of the diplomatic missions of Moldova abroad. If you need a visa, view the list of consular missions, and contact the one that is closer or suits your itinerary.


Traveling to Moldova
Moldova borders with Ukraine and Romania, being a bridge between West and East, which makes it attractive for doing business. The easiest and fastest way to reach Moldova is by plane. There is one main passenger airport in Chisinau City, which ensures good connection with the rest of the world. Several air carriers operate in Moldova and perform regular flights. The biggest air carriers are Air Moldova and Moldavian Airlines. There are many foreign airlines present in Moldova, including Austrian Airlines, Carpatair, Air Baltic, Turkish Airlines, S7 Airlines, Tarom and Lufthansa.

Domestic travel is fastest and most convenient by car. There are several car rental companies, such as www.car4rent.md or www.rentacar.md, www.hotels.md and the vehicle can be delivered to the airport at no cost. Prices average from 30-50 Euro per day for short-term rentals to 200-400 Euro for rentals over 20 days.

Travelling to Transnistria is relatively easy, however, one needs to reserve about 20-30 minutes for crossing the border.


Lodging
For short term travels, the easiest way is to stay in a hotel. While Chisinau is relatively small and taxis are cheap, you may choose a hotel downtown or in the suburbs. There are few international hotel chains, most being built and operated by domestic businesses.

For longer term stays, you can rent an apartment. Make sure that the apartment is centrally located; close to a main street and that the building is clean and has easy access. 

Useful link for hotels, apartment and car rentals www.hotels.md


Places to see
While in Moldova, make sure to visit some of the country’s touristic attractions and taste Moldovan national food and wine. Winemaking is a dedicated chapter in Moldova’s history and the country takes pride in its wines. Visit the world’s largest wine cellar and Europe's largest wine collection at Milestii Mici winery, located 20 kilometers south of Chisinau with an underground wine city made of limestone stretching for 250 kilometers, the Cricova winery located 30 min distance away from Chisinau and representing an entire underground “city of wine” with “Cabernet”, “Feteasca”, “Pinot” streets and outstanding tasting rooms, the picturesque Chateau Vartely to enjoy a fine wine tasting and a good dinner, or the legendary estate of Purcari that has one of the oldest wine galleries in Moldova since 1827.

If you are interested in historical sites, visit the amazing ruins of Orheiul Vechi, about 50 kilometers northeast of Chisinau, and the nearby orthodox cave monastery, dating back to the 12th century, that is still in use.

Inquire about a tour at your hotel or one of the local touristic agencies, such as Tatrabis.

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