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Moldova

Moldova: At a glance

Capital: Chisinau

Population: 3.55 million

Official languages: Moldovan, Romanian

Time zone: Eastern European Standard Time, Eastern European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Moldova: Travel Health Information

Moldova is known for its rocky hills and forested landscapes, vineyards, and Soviet-style architecture. Travellers can visit one of the country’s 140 heritage sites and explore Moldavian wine country.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Moldova may differ from your home country. Moldova has a public healthcare system as well as a small private sector. Access to services in urban areas is generally good, but despite healthcare reforms in recent years, healthcare access in rural areas is limited and does not meet international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Moldova require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Western Europe may be required for serious medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Moldova.

Pharmacies and medications

Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained by a local doctor. Pharmacies are widespread in urban areas, but can be limited in rural regions. Many medicines that may require a prescription in your home country can be purchased over-the-counter in Moldova. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Moldova’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Consult a doctor before taking a new medication or making changes to your current prescription medication.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Moldova’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Major roads in Moldova are generally well maintained but road quality varies by region. Roads may be unlit and poorly maintained in rural regions. Seat belts are required for the driver and passengers of a vehicle at all times. Helmets are recommended for cyclists.



Moldova: At a glance

Capital: Chisinau

Population: 3.55 million

Official languages: Moldovan, Romanian

Time zone: Eastern European Standard Time, Eastern European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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