I am planning to visit Moldova and Romania in mid September to early October. My plan is to fly into Moldova first, visit Romania, and return to Moldova. How easy is it to cross the border between Moldova and Romania? I've been hearing about border officials charging all kinds of dodgy "taxes" and "fees" at the border. I will be traveling by land (bus, maxitaxis). I am not required to obtain a visa to enter Moldova or Romania.
On a different note, do you know if it will be too late to see sunflowers in Moldova or Romania in mid September?
At first we were planning to do that crossing the border from Romania to Moldovia. After we informed everything, seems not very easy. They said the police border were very corrupted, and the target is foreign visitors. We're a bit disappointed as this was already in our itinerary. We have to spent more time in Romania instead
The border is a piece of cake. I've done it several times and never had an issue. I'm not saying nothing ever happens, but it's not as bad as some make it out to be.
The border between Moldova (Transnistria) and Ukraine is another matter, though.
I can assure you they could not have been nicer with my American Passport. I assume you have the same.
I flew into Moldova and took a bus to Romania. Very nice folks at the border. Super easy.
Have a great time!
I can only agree with this 100%. I have crossed the boarder from Romania to Moldova around 30 times between 2010 and 2014. Never had a problem except had 160 cigarettes confiscated because you can only take 2 packets out of Moldova into Romania. I have UK passport. I even crossed in my own car once.
I recommend taking the nightbus from Chisinau to Bucharest, departure from central busstation (piata centrala). At the border you only will have passport check. Takes about 1 hour or less. When you are travelling around in Romania and you are about to return to Chisinau, you dont necesarilly have to go back from Bucharest. F.e. there are also busses leaving from Brasov or Iasi to Chisinau. Remember that Tiraspol unofficially is located in another “country.” (Transdnjestria). So, there is a checkpoint on the raod between Chisinau and Tirsapol. You must get out of the maxitaxi and get an immigration card. Or else, you can get in troubles on your way back. And, if your stay in Tiraspol is longer than 8 hours, you have to register at the OVIR office in Tiraspol. If you dont have these documents, border officials can bribe you, letting you pay a lot of money, if you’re unlucky.
Enjoy your trip!
Thanks everyone for the info! I greatly appreciate it. Happy traveling!