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Is wild camping allowed in Moldova?

No Tolerated! Yes

Wild camping, also known as boondocking, dry camping, or dispersed camping, is allowed in Moldova. Although there are no official laws allowing wild camping, it is not explicitly forbidden and the camping community reports positive experiences throughout.

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Last researched: Winter 2021/2022

Wild camping is allowed in Moldova. There is no legal prohibition against wild camping. Experiences within the camping community also show that there are few restrictions. Of course, you should follow the general rules of conduct for wild camping. Furthermore, you should:

  • Keep away from buildings and public facilities.
  • Stay overnight on private property only with permission.
  • Observe any site-specific prohibitions.

If you follow these guidelines, you should not have any problems with residents or authorities.

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Tips and tricks for wild camping in Moldova

Green forests, hilly plains, and extensive wine-growing areas, that is Moldova. Surrounded by Dnister and Pruth, this small country in Eastern Europe, officially called the Republic of Moldova, is still an insider tip among travelers. With its untouched landscape, it is becoming an increasingly popular destination, especially among campers. Here we have put together a few tips to help you on your journey through this wonderful country.

Number plates
A vehicle may not be driven on public roads without an official registration plate. The missing license plate must be purchased in the traveler's country of origin and attached to the vehicle before it can be used again. A fact more and more criminals are using to blackmail the vehicle owner. For this reason, you should make sure that your license plate is securely affixed or that you take it into your vehicle overnight.

Road conditions and traffic rules
As in many smaller countries in Eastern Europe, road conditions in Moldova are often very poor. Road markings may also be missing, or unforeseen road obstacles may occur, so you should avoid driving at night. A special feature is a fact that shared taxis can also use one-way streets in the wrong direction. In the case of traffic accidents, an exit ban of up to 30 days may be imposed.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Moldova

Located between Ukraine and Romania, the small country of Moldova is one of the most unpopular destinations in the world. But don't be afraid, because the untouched nature invites you to camp. So that you can get an impression of what awaits you, we have compiled a few facts for you here.

Fact #1 - Tourists
According to a study conducted by the World Tourism Organization in 2016, Moldova is one of the least visited countries in the world. It ranks third, behind Bangladesh and Guinea.

Fact #2 - Wine collection
The largest wine collection in the world is the Mileștii Mici. It consists of over 1.4 million bottles and was included in the 2005 Guinness Book of Records.

Fact #3 - Internet speed
Moldova has a faster Internet connection than the USA. In a ranking of the fastest Internet connections, the small country ranks third out of 152.

Fact #4 - Country name
The country is generally called Moldova, but its official name is the Republic of Moldova.

Fact #5 - Flag
Until 2010, the flag of Moldavia had only a coat of arms on the front. Since 2010 the backside has a mirror-inverted coat of arms.

 

Fact #6 - The Alphabet
In 1939 the Soviet Union changed the alphabet from Latin to Cyrillic. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, the Latin alphabet was reintroduced.

Fact #7 - Jewish Cemetery
The largest Jewish cemetery in Europe is located in the Moldovan capital, Chișinău. Some of the gravestones date back to the year 1820.

Fact #8 - Cleopatra Stratan
Cleopatra Stratan is a Moldovan singer. In 2006, her song Ghiță topped the Romanian charts for five weeks and won her an MTV Award. What's so special about that? She was only 4 years old.

Fact #9 - Language
Moldova's population is largely bi- or trilingual. In addition to Romanian, Russian and Gagauz are also spoken, although Gagauz is only spoken by 200,000 people.

Fact #10 - Miorița
Miorița is a well-known Romanian ballad about the sheep Miorița and is very popular in Moldova. The first two verses of the song are even printed on Moldova's money.

Everything you need to know for your trip

Equipment

  • Warning triangle Yes
  • Safety vest Yes
  • First aid kit Yes
  • Replacement lamp set Yes
  • Spare tyre / repair set No
  • Fire extinguisher Yes
  • Tow rope No
  • Tear rope for all trailers No

Driving

  • Do I need a vignette, or are there tolls? Yes
  • Right hand trafficTo avoid dazzling other road users, you need to readjust or mask your headlights if they have asymmetrical light and are right-hand drive
  • Is it compulsory to drive with lights on during the day? Yes, with special requirements
  • Daylight obligation special features: During the period from November to March, you must drive with daytime running lights or dipped headlights during the day.

Information

  • Is the tap water potable? No
  • Socket type: C+F
  • Energency numbers: 112
  • Currency: Moldauscher Leu (MDL)
  • Official Languages: Moldavian
  • Country licence plate code: MD

Average prices, in €

  • Price coffee rounded: 1.00
  • Price beer rounded: 1.00

Entry conditions for animals

  • You need a valid EU pet passport in which your animal is clearly identified (microchip or tattoo), as well as a rabies vaccination valid on entry. The rabies vaccination must be at least 21 days old, but not older than 6 months. Yes
  • If your entry is from a non-EU country with a reduced rabies status, you must have a rabies antibody test carried out approximately four weeks before you enter the country and have it entered on your EU pet passport. No
  • Your dog must be treated for tapeworms 24 to 120 hours before entry. Yes
  • In addition to a valid EU pet passport with all the required entries, you also need an official veterinary health certificate (max. 10 days old). No
  • The import of fighting dogs or breeds classified as dangerous is not permitted. No

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