The Moldova (also called Moldova), is part of list D, which is one of those countries to which one can travel freely for tourism from Italy and without the need for quarantine upon return. A destination that is not only unmissable, but also reveals itself therea new emerging destination this fall 2021.
The small eastern European republic is, in fact, in the spotlight of the international press thanks to the city of Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria. But then again, it is not surprising, this is a country that offers several good reasons for a trip: from nature to culture, from food and wine to crafts.
What to do in Moldova in the fall
In fact, there are many experiences that can be done during this warm and colorful season. Just think of the wine tourism that makes Moldova an ideal destination thanks to its wineries of all sizes, from the labyritic underground cellars of Cricova and Mileştii Mici to the boutique winery such as Crama Mircesti and Tronciu Winery, passing through historic houses such as Castel Mimi and Château Purcari, rustic farms like Asconi and Château Vartely and modern ones like Poiana.
It is no secret that the best wineries in Moldova, included in the Wine Route, offer high-level services to visitors. There are many wine bars and restaurants in the capital that offer a pleasant food and wine stop while visiting the historic center, among monuments, museums and city parks.
But there are also wonders outside the capital: ancient Orthodox monasteries, rock churches and the landscape-archaeological site of Orheiul Vechi, which are part of the Stefan Cel Mare Cultural and Tourist Route. A journey in the footsteps of Prince Stephen the Great, a national hero of the second half of the 15th century, which winds through 54 sites (30 in the Republic of Moldova and 24 in Romania). The most exciting experiences are lived, on the other hand, in contact with people, immersing oneself in traditions and craftsmanship or staying overnight in a welcoming guest house to savor the legendary Moldovan hospitality.
How to get to Moldova from Italy
There are several direct flights, lasting about two hours, which connect ten Italian airports to the capital Chişinău. Another reason why Moldova is also becoming a perfect destination for an autumn city break. There are three airlines that operate direct flights to Moldova and from 10 Italian airports: Air Moldova (from Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino, Bologna, Verona, Venice), Wizz Air (from Milan Bergamo, Rome Ciampino, Bologna, Turin, Verona, Venice, Treviso) and FlyOne (from Verona and Parma).
Travel rules for Moldova
Starting from August 16, 2021, entry into the Republic of Moldova is allowed without any restrictions for those who:
- is in possession of a certificate of vaccination, provided that the vaccination is complete and that at least 14 days have elapsed on the date of entry since the completion of the vaccination cycle. The vaccination certificate must be written in one of the following languages: Romanian, English, Italian, French, German or Russian;
- submit a test RT-PCR Covid-19 negativo carried out within 72 hours of the date of entry or boarding if traveling by plane, or of a rapid antigen test carried out within 48 hours of the date of entry or boarding and always if traveling by plane. The test certificate must be written in one of the following languages: Romanian, English, Italian, French, German or Russian;
- is in possession of a medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID19, occurred in the period between the 15th and 180th day of the date of entry, written in the following languages: Romanian, English, Italian, French, German or Russian;
- is in possession of a certificate certifying the presence of antibodies, written in the following languages: Romanian, English, Italian, French, German or Russian. The certificate is valid for 90 days from the time of collection.
People who do not have the aforementioned conditions will have to fill out an epidemiological form and observe a self-isolation period of 14 days. Self-isolation can be stopped on day 7 if a Covid-19 RT-PCR test or rapid antigen test is performed, both fail.
Furthermore, for entry into Moldova an electronic identity card is required (paper is not accepted) or a passport with a residual validity of at least three months, while to reach Tiraspol in the breakaway region of Transnistria, it is necessary to passport to be shown at the land border.
Finally, it is necessary to fill in a short form in two copies to be delivered with the passport to the border police. The police stamp one of the copies of the form, but not the passport, and return the documents to the visitor. The form with the stamp must be kept and shown to the border authorities at the exit.
What to do when returning to Italy
Until 25 October 2021 (without prejudice to the possibility of adopting different measures in this period of time), upon entering / returning to Italy, if in the previous fourteen days you have stayed / transited in Moldova, it is mandatory:
- fill in an online localization form (also called digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) and present it, on your mobile device or in paper version, to the carrier at the time of boarding, and to anyone in charge of carrying out the checks;
- present to the airline, upon boarding, and to anyone appointed to carry out the checks, the “green” COVID-19 certification issued upon completion of the vaccination cycle, or an equivalent certification issued by the competent health authorities following validated vaccination by the EMA (European Medicines Agency);
- present to the carrier, at the time of embarkation, and to whoever is responsible for carrying out the checks, a certificate attesting to the negative result of a molecular or antigen test, conducted with a swab, carried out in the seventy-two hours prior to entry into Italy, to be shown to anyone responsible for carrying out this verification. The deadline is reduced to forty-eight 48 hours for entries from the UK.
In case of non-presentation of the indicated certifications it is still possible to enter Italy but it is required to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance (informing the ASL competent to activate the surveillance) at the address indicated in the dPLF, reachable only by private vehicle, for a period of five days. Finally, it is mandatory to make a further molecular or antigenic test, conducted with a swab, at the end of the five days of isolation.
Children from 0 to 5 years old (therefore up to 6 years old) are exempt from carrying out the molecular or antigen test.
However, please note that the rules are constantly changing. For this reason, before leaving for Moldova, we invite you to view the institutional websites of the country of destination and the web page of the ViaggiareSicuri Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Old Orhei monastery in Moldova