Traveling Luck for Moldova
Moldova is located in Eastern Europe, northeast of Romania.
Land in Moldova is rolling steppe, gradual slope south to Black Sea.
Moldovan land covers an area of 33843 square kilometers which is slightly larger than Maryland
As for the Moldovan climate; moderate winters, warm summers.
Moldovan(s) speak Moldovan (official, virtually the same as the Romanian language), Russian, Gagauz (a Turkish dialect).
Places of note in Moldova
- Bilicenii Vechi
- Anenii Noi
Moldovan National Map
Regions of Moldova
- Anenii Noi
- Moldova (general)
- Stînga Nistrului
Formerly part of Romania, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Dniester River supporting the Slavic majority population, mostly Ukrainians and Russians, who have proclaimed a "Transnistria" republic. The poorest nation in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist as its president in 2001.
Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe despite recent progress from its small economic base. It enjoys a favorable climate and good farmland but has no major mineral deposits. As a result, the economy depends heavily on agriculture, featuring fruits, vegetables, wine, and tobacco. Moldova must import almost all of its energy supplies. Energy shortages contributed to sharp production declines after the breakup of the Soviet Union in December 1991. As part of an ambitious reform effort after independence, Moldova introduced a convertible currency, freed prices, stopped issuing preferential credits to state enterprises, backed steady land privatization, removed export controls, and freed interest rates. The government entered into agreements with the World Bank and the IMF to promote growth and reduce poverty. The economy returned to positive growth in 2000, and has remained at or above 6% every year since. Further reforms will come slowly because of strong political forces backing government controls. The economy remains vulnerable to higher fuel prices, poor agricultural weather, and the skepticism of foreign investors.
Moldovan natural resources include lignite, phosphorites, gypsum, arable land, limestone
landlocked; well endowed with various sedimentary rocks and minerals including sand, gravel, gypsum, and limestone
Moldovan religion is Eastern Orthodox 98%, Jewish 1.5%, Baptist and other 0.5% (2000).
Natural hazards in Moldova include landslides (57 cases in 1998).
- The threat from terrorism is low. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
- We advise caution if considering travelling to Transnistria, where there is no official British representation and British consular services may be limited in their ability to help. You should consult the British Embassy, Chisinau for the most up-to-date information.
- The main type of incident for which British Nationals require consular assistance in Moldova is for medical emergencies.
- You should be vigilant to petty crime, particularly in Chisinau. Leave your passport, travel documents and other valuable items in a safe place. But you should always carry a photocopy of your passport for identification purposes, as police checks are frequent.
- There are strong penalties for possession or use of drugs.
- Avoid taking photographs of military or government installations.
- British citizens holding valid passports can enter Moldova for up to 90 days without requiring a visa.
- The Moldovan authorities are now strictly enforcing penalties (including deportation) against foreign visitors who overstay the terms of their visas. As a visitor you are allowed to spend no more than 90 days in a 6 months period in Moldova. Alternatively, you must regularise your stay by applying for a residence or work visa. Please see the Entry Requirements section of this travel advice for more details.
- We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. Please see: Travel Insurance
SAFETY AND SECURITY
LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS
- a written request for registration giving details of where your are staying, for how long and the reason for the visit; and
- your passport
The most widely accepted foreign currencies are the US Dollar and the Euro. We recommend that you carry some US Dollars cash. The Dollar notes should be in perfect condition or they may not be accepted. It is not always easy to exchange Sterling for the local currency. Credit cards are not widely accepted in Moldova, though Lei can be obtained from a number of ATM machines in Chisinau.