Country: Moldova, a land of friendly people, exquisite wines, and picturesque farmlands, is formally known as the Republic of Moldova. It is located in eastern Europe and is bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine on the north, east, and south.
Moldova is home to 3.5 million people and its capital is Chișinău. The official language of Moldova is Romanian with Ukrainian, Russian, and Gagauz recognized as regional languages.
To access emergency services: Dial 901
Currency: Moldovan leu (MDL)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Moldova, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Moldovan hospital: Generally, medical care is beneath United States standards throughout Moldova. Private hospitals and clinics, if available, offer a higher level of care than public hospitals, but at much greater expense. It is recommended that if you are sick or injured, medical evacuation to western Europe is appropriate.
English-speaking doctors are rare in Moldova. Doctors and hospitals expect cash payment when services are rendered.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Moldova: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Moldova-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.