Time zone: GMT + 2
Telephone services: Country Code: 373
Outgoing Code: International calls go through the operator
Emergency telephone numbers: Consult hotel on arrival.
Tourist information: Moldova – Tur, 4 Stefan cel Mare, 2058 Chisinãu, Moldova Tel: (2) 262 569 Fax: (2) 262 586.
Passport information: Valid passport required by all – must be valid for 6 months from date of arrival required by all. In certain cases additional documentation may be required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa information: Required by all except nationals of the former Soviet Union.
Health information: Other Health Risks: Rabies, Hepatitis B.
Food & drink: Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food
Currency: 1 Leu (l) = 100 bani Exchange: Foreign currencies can be exchanged in hotels or bureaux de change. Moldova is essentially a-cash only economy.
Credit cards and travellers cheques (US$) are accepted on a limited basis
ATM availability: Unavailable
Cost of living: Reasonably inexpensive
Languages: Russian. Romanian.
Weather: The climate is pleasant and mild. The autumns are crisp and sunny and there is sometimes snow in the winter.
Electricity: 1220 volts AC, 50 Hz.
Post: All mail to and from Moldova is subjected to long delays of up to 6 weeks. It is advisable to send recorded delivery to avoid loss.
Transport: ROAD: the road network covers 10 000km. TAXI: These can be found in front of the main hotels housing foreigners. Fares should be negotiated in advance although drivers prefer to charge per hour. Taxis run mostly on liquid gas hence the bottles, which are stored in the boot leave little room for luggage. CAR HIRE: Is available. DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required.
Special information: Dress should be casual but conservative. Expensive jewellery and cameras should be kept out of sight. Travel to Transdniestria should be avoided, since it is not under Moldovan government control and the security situation is not under control. Do not share taxis with strangers.