Moldova Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

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Driving In Moldova
Roads in Chisinau are pretty good and its an easy City to navigate.Once you get out of the Capital , the roads get worse, and are badly lit, if at all.  Driving standards may also be erratic and you’re likely to encounter animals, carts, tractors and pedestrians in the road A separatist regime controls the Transnistria region, east of the Dniester River. There are many checkpoints along roads leading into and out of Transnistria and border guards are somewhat legendary in travelling circles for their tendency to extract bribes. If you intend taking a car to Transnistria check with the rental company first that they’ll allow this and that they can provide all necessary paperwork. However, as a foreigner its likely you’ll still attract the border guards attention and have to pay to get through…or back!

For more info on driving in Moldova, and importing a car into the country, read the Roadtrip tale on the subject…

Moldova Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, have outlets here.Moldova also seems to be included on the main broker sites such as Argus Car Hire.

Local companies in Chisinau-
This one mentions taking the car out of the country with permission of the company…

Moldova Self Drive Rules-
Sixt don’t allow cars to be taken out of Moldova. Europcar mention restrictions to certain countries but don’t say which. Hertz seems to be a franchise which doesn’t publish rules. Of the local companies the top one above is the only one which mentions taking cars across borders and says this is forbidden without permission which indicates it may be possible WITH permission.

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