The land where wines of all varieties and shades of taste flow like a river, cheerful gypsy tunes are heard here and there, the smell of fresh pastries comes from the kitchens, and mountain medieval monasteries are barely visible on the horizon – this is Moldova. Generous for its rich nature and hospitable people, the country has not yet been appreciated by Russian tourists, but there are all the prerequisites for this. Visa-free Moldova is just a couple of hours flight from Moscow – a great option for a short vacation or even a weekend!
Geography of Moldova
According to itypejob, the Republic of Moldova is located in the southeastern part of Europe on the East European Plain, has a land border with Ukraine in the north, south and east and with Romania in the west. The country has no access to the sea, it has access to the Danube River, but the length of the coastline is only 600 meters. The entire territory of the country, whose area is 33.7 thousand km², is represented by plains divided into sections by large rivers (Dniester and Prut). The highest point in Moldova is Mount Balanesti, its height is 429.5 meters above sea level.
The area of Moldova is 33,846 km2. sq., in terms of area, the country ranks 135th.
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The state currency is the Moldovan leu (MDL).
Official language – Moldovan, Romanian
Visa to Moldova
Moldova is open to all tourists from Russia, as well as Ukraine and Belarus, all of them will not need to apply for visas if they plan to stay in the country for no more than 90 days. To enter you will only need a foreign passport, registration upon arrival is not required.
Weather in Moldova
The country has a temperate continental climate. It is characterized by short and warm winters and long, hot summers. The average temperature of the coldest month of the year, January, is only -4ºС, and the hottest, July, +21ºС. In the spring, the weather in Moldova is very changeable, the heat can be abruptly replaced by cold within one day. The average air temperature in May is +15 ºС. Autumn in the country is warm and dry, only in the second half of November the temperature drops to +4.. 7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 380-550 mm. In general, there is no specific tourist season in Moldova, the country is comfortable for visiting at any time of the year.
Currency exchange in Moldova
The national currency of Moldova is the Moldovan leu. You can exchange money at banks, exchange offices, at check-in counters in hotels. Cashing out a bank card is also not difficult – ATMs in major cities of the country can be found everywhere, including shops and restaurants, but it will be difficult to pay with a card directly. Before traveling to the province, it is recommended to stock up on cash. All bank branches are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Mains voltage 220-230V, 50Hz. Sockets are standard European type C, with two round pins. Sometimes there are similar ones, but with two type F grounding plates.
93.3% of the local population of Moldova, according to the 2004 census, profess Orthodoxy.
The situation in Moldova is quite safe for foreign tourists. When going outside, it is recommended to take a copy of your passport with you, as it is not uncommon for law enforcement officers to check the documents of passers-by. During conversations with local residents, it is not recommended to discuss Romania and Transnistria for a number of ethical and political reasons. If you are planning a trip to Transnistria, or rather the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, you should contact the services of travel companies, when traveling alone, you may encounter border services and be denied entry.
In general, you will not have to take any special preventive measures before traveling to Moldova, however, as before any trip abroad, it will not hurt to take out medical insurance.