Moldova Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Moldova

Where is it: Moldova is located in Eastern Europe, northeast of Romania.

Why do people go here: Moldova is stuggling to shrug off the heavy hand of Communism and those who make it now have the privilege of seeing the country in its infancy, void of heavy western influences.

What are the main entry points: The capital, Chinsinau, tends to be the only stop for travelers on their way to, or from, Romania, usually by bus.

Currency used: Moldovan leu

Country Code for Phones: 373

Area codes for Major Cities: Chisinau 2

Religion: Eastern Orthodox 98%, Jewish 1.5%, Baptist and other 0.5%

Population: 4.5 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Moldovan/Romanian 64.5%, Ukrainian 13.8%, Russian 13%, Jewish 1.5%, Bulgarian 2%, Gagauz and other 5.2%

Government: Parliamentary Republic

Languages: Moldovan (official, virtually the same as the Romanian language), Russian, Gagauz (a Turkish dialect)

Travel Information

Major Cities: Chisinau

Attractions: Countryside, Wine, Chisinau

Accommodation: Moldova Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Piata Marii Adunari 1, MD-2033, mun. Chisinau, Republica Moldova; Tel: + (373 22) 22 76 20; Fax: + (373 22) 23 23 88; E-mail: culture@turism.md – for cultural issues; E-mail: promo@turism.md – for tourism issues; Website: http://www.turism.md/

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Old Orhei, Japca Monastery, Stroesti

Health Issues: No vaccines are required to enter Moldova.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Late summer can have the best weather, and tourists are not a problem

Common Phrases: Yes = Da, No = Nu, Please = A face pe plac la, Thank you = Multumesc, Do you speak English? = Vorbiti englezeste? (This is Romanian, but the languages are very similar)

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 27 August (1991)

Getting Around: Bus it baby! (And expect to be crowded)

Good to know: The region of Transnistria has broken off from the rest of the country. Travel there is discouraged.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Moldova is the Chisinau International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Moldova travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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