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|country = of Moldova
|map = <map lat='47' lng='29' zoom='6' view='0' float='right' />
|language = Moldovan, Russian, Ukrainian, Gagauz
|capital = [[Chişinău]]
|pop = 4,128,047
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. In order Even within the capital [[Chişinău]] it's possible to hitchhike you must stay hitch rides.  ''Hitchhiking'' while standing on the side of the road and raise raising your hand (so that the hand should be 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 it is not usedas ''autostopp'' and barely ever ask for money, although the driver, possibly, will understand what if you mean. Don't hesitate to stop any car re a foreign traveler it could be more common that drivers buy you see, just don't create some car accident situationfood or drinks.
== Language controversy ==
Though the official language of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldovan_language Moldova] is called ''Moldovan'', it is really Romanian, identical to the Romanian spoken in [[Romania]]. Most people will understand and speak Russian as well. == Border Crossing==Since 2007 visitors from the US, EU, Norway, Iceland, Canada, Russia, [[Switzerland]] and [[Japan]] do not require a [http://www.mfa.gov.md/consular-information/ visa]. More controversal is that Moldovans now need visa e.g. for [[Romania]] (since 04/09) and also have heavy regulations for entering [[Ukraine]] since August 2009. 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 get an entry stamp when entering Moldova here. This can cause a lot of problems when leaving Moldova via other border checkpoint than Transnistrian. ===From/Into [[Ukraine]]===*'''South-East''': If you are traveling e.g. from [[Odesa]] into [[Moldova]], best option is to take the Ukrainian M-15 highway 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.*'''North-West''': When traveling from '''Moldova''' towards [[Ivano-Frankivsk]] or [[Lviv]], you have two border crossings to choose. Best option could be to hitchhike via [[Edinet]], [[Briceni]] towards [[Lipcani]] and to take the [[Criva-Mamalyha border crossing]]. Walking over by foot is no problem here.
== Visa regulations ==Since 2007 visitors from the US, EU, Norway, Iceland, Canada, Russia, From/Into [[SwitzerlandRomania]] and [[Japan]] do not require a [http://www.mfa.gov.md/consular-information/ visa].===
== Cities ==
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