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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 ==
===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 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.
* '''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 [[Edineț]], [[Briceni]] towards [[Lipcani]] and to take the [[Criva-Mamalyha border crossing]]. Walking over by foot is no problem there.
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