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|currency = Moldovan leu (MDL)
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Hitchhiking is very easy in '''Moldova'''. You'll see many locals hitching rides between towns, who usually pay for it. Nevertheless, most travelers were never asked to pay.
To hitchhike in Moldova is not prohibited or outlawed, so you can freely hitchhike everywhere without any restrictions. Even within the capital [[Chişinău]] it's possible to hitch rides.
''Hitchhiking'' while standing on the side of the road and raising your hand (so that the hand is parallel with the ground) is used as the sign for locals hitching rides, mostly just some kilometres to the next village. Most drivers understand raising the thumb as ''autostoppautostop'' and barely ever ask for money, if you're a foreign traveler it could be more common that drivers will buy you food or drinks.
[[File:Copy of 5804049 l 184757140eda47f21f46f15435cbcba8.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Hitchhiker somewhere in Chişinău, August 2009]]
== Language controversy ==
Though the official language of [ Moldova] is called ''Moldovan'', it is really Romanian, identical to the Romanian spoken in [[Romania]]. Most Romanian language origins can be traced from the Latin language, so if you get to know any romanic language like French, Italian or Spanish you can communicate with people at a basic level. Also the majority of people understand and speak Russian as well- for some it's their only language.
== Border Crossing==Since 2007 visitors Travelers from the [[United States of America|US]], [[European Union|EU]], [[Norway]], [[Iceland]], [[Canada]], [[Russia]], [[Switzerland]] and [[Japan]] do not require a [ visa]for entering Moldova. More controversal is that Moldovans now need They are allowed to stay up to 90 days without visa e.g. for [[Romania]] (since 04/09) and also have heavy regulations for entering [[Ukraine]] since August 2009registration.
While entering '''Moldova''', you could face some problems when you entered from Ukraine via the autonomous [[Transnistria]] region. The Transnistrian border is not controlled by Moldovan authorities, which means you won't automatically get an entry stamp when entering Moldova here. This can cause a lot of problems when leaving Moldova via other border checkpoint than Transnistrian. For more information see the Transnistria page. At least on some border crossings (like [[Pervomaisk-Kuchurhan border crossing]]) it's possible to ask for a Moldovan entry stamp.
===From/Into [[Ukraine]]===*'''South-East''': If you are traveling e.g. from [[Odessa|Odesa]] into [[Moldova]], best option is to take the Ukrainian M-15 highway motorway south-west and cross borders at the [[Palanca-Maiaky border crossing]]. From the border, you could already try to get rides directly to [[Chişinău]] or further. Walking over the border checkpoint is no problem, just keep in mind that you have to walk 3 km from the Ukrainian to the Moldovan side, so best is to hitch a ride just after the first checkpoint towards the next. Another option is the [[Pervomaisk-Kuchurhan border crossing]]. This is a route used by many locals. It's also possible to cross on foot.*'''North-West''': When traveling from '''Moldova''' towards [[Ivano-Frankivsk]] or [[Lviv]], you have two border crossings to choose. Best The best option could be to hitchhike via [[EdinetEdineț]], [[Briceni]] towards [[Lipcani]] and to take the [[Criva-Mamalyha border crossing]] and go on via [[Chernivtsi|Chernovtsy]]. Walking over by foot is no problem herethere, but you might have to wait for a lift some time.
===From/Into [[Romania]]===
The * [[Galaţi-Giugiuleştiborder crossing‎]] border crossing is the southernmost border-crossing, located in the Danube Delta. It is only three kilometers from the nearest crossing into Ukraine. * [[Leușeni-Albița border crossing]] is one of the most used to enter into/exit Moldova. Is located in the center of Moldova, and it is located close to [[Chișinău]]. You can't walk across this border crossing, but the border guards will usually help you to find a lift.
== Cities ==
* [[Chişinău]]
* [[Tiraspol]]
* [[Cahul]]
* [[Comrat]]
* [[Ungheni]]
* [[Tighina]]
* [[Orhei]]
* [[Soroca]]
* [[Rezina]]
== Autonomous regions ==
* [[Transnistria]]
== Nomadwiki & Trashwiki ==
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