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How to get to Moldova

How to get to Moldova

Get in

Citizens of US, EU, CIS countries, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Japan do not need a visa to enter Moldova and can stay in the country for up to 90 days within a six month period without registration. Citizens of other countries must either obtain visa in the nearest Moldovan embassy or alternatively could obtain visa on arrival in Chisinau airport and on some land border crossings provided that officially endorsed invitation letter from Moldova is obtained beforehand.

If, being a motivated person, you are coming into Moldova via Ukraine, be careful about crossing Transnistria. Buses from Odessa go through Tiraspol. Transnistria is an unrecognised "state" between Moldova and Ukraine, which broke off from the country after a war in 1992. Foreign travellers have in the past experienced problems, although as of this year (2010) there are few issues for Westerners in crossing Transnistrian borders by bus. Also, there is no Moldovan border check between Transnistria and Moldova as Moldova does not recognise Transnistria as a state, so you might have some explaining to do when you try and leave Moldova without an entrance stamp.

By plane

Busiest air connections exist to Bucharest, Budapest, Istanbul, Moscow, Timisoara and Vienna. Prices are relatively high. The cheapest tickets can be bought to Bucharest, Istanbul, Kiev and Moscow. Moldova has three air companies.

By train

The cheapest way to get into the country is to take the overnight train from Bucharest which is about 30 Euro. Since flights into Bucharest cost approx. 90 Euro, this is the best option if you have the time.

By car

When coming by car one should be sure to use a border crossing with a (non-stop) visa issuing office.

By bus

There are regular buses connecting Chişinău with Bucharest, Kiev and most major Romanian and Ukrainian cities. There are 5 to six buses per day to and from Bucharest. Due to a longer stay at the border the trip takes around 10 hours. You will also be able to travel to most European cities by bus with Moldovan bus companies. When coming by bus one should be sure to use a frontier with a (non-stop) visa issuing office.