Moldova Travel Information

The Basics

Local Customs

Visitors to Moldova should not be unduly concerned with transgressing social mores. Moldovans are for the most part polite and friendly, and tend to go out of their way to ingratiate themselves with foreigners. In the more rural areas, women travellers who are smokers might want to light up in private, as there is a social stigma attached to the act. Travellers, and especially those who speak English, are advised to carry their passports with them at all times, as police officials in Moldova have been known to extract bribes from tourists who do not have 'proper identification' on hand. Finally, it seems as though chivalry is alive and well in Moldova - if you really want to fit in, be sure to offer your seat to the elderly on trains and buses, allow others to pass through doorways before you, and be willing to lend a hand if you see someone struggling with heavy luggage.

Duty Free

Travellers to Moldova 18 and older may import up to 200 cigarettes, one litre of wine or spirits, and perfume and gifts in amounts reasonable for personal use.

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