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Moldova lifts visa requirements for citizens of 33 states

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17 January 2018- The Government of Moldova approved a decision of the Foreign Minister Tudor Ulianovschi to lift the visa regime for entering, leaving or transiting Moldovan territory for citizens of 33 states.

The regarded states are:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda,
  2. The Republic of Argentina,
  3. The Federative Republic of Brazil,
  4. Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace,
  5. The Republic of Colombia,
  6. The Republic of Costa Rica,
  7. The Commonwealth of Dominica,
  8. Grenada,
  9. The Republic of Guatemala,
  10. The Republic of Honduras,
  11. The Republic of Kiribati,
  12. The Republic of Marshall Islands,
  13. Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis,
  14. The United Mexican States,
  15. The Federal States of Micronesia,
  16. The Republic of Mauritius,
  17. The Republic of Nicaragua,
  18. The Republic of Palau
  19. The Republic of Panama,
  20. The Republic of Paraguay,
  21. The Republic of Peru,
  22. Saint Lucia,
  23. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
  24. The Republic of El Salvador,
  25. Independent State Samoa,
  26. The Solomon Islands,
  27. The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste,
  28. The Kingdom of Tonga,
  29. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,
  30. Tuvalu,
  31. The Oriental Republic of Uruguay,
  32. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,
  33. The Republic of Vanuatu.

In addition, citizens of Costa Rica will not need visas for transiting through the Chișinău International Airport.

Seven of the 33 above-mentioned states unilaterally lifted the visa regime for the Moldovan citizens: Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Micronesia, Peru, Panama, St.Vincent and the Grenadines, and Samoa.

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On January 20, all winter traditions in Moldova are gathered at “GERAR FESTIVAL”

On January 20th, from 12:00 to 19:00, an unforgettable festival dedicated to the winter traditions and rituals from all corners of our country will take place on the territory of the Milestii Mici Quality Wine Complex.

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Besides the benefits of folk groups and folk ensembles and the oldest winter traditions, the program of the festival promises to impress even the most versatile spectator.

12:00 – 12:30 – Santa’s Fanfare

12:00 – 19:00 – Free tasting of the brewery

12:00 – 19:00 – Excursion to the largest wine collection in the world

12:30 – 18:00 – Popular southern, northern and central choices with Christmas carols and shows

15:00 – 15:15 – Parade of Traditions

18:00 – 18:45 – Concert with Igor Cuciuc

Every guest will receive a ceramic cup and can taste some types of beer and even vote for the best recipe. At the end of the event, the organizers will designate the winning recipe and will give prizes to the raffle that will take place at the event.

The festival ticket will also provide an exciting trip, where our talented guides will tell everything about the 1.5 million bottle collection introduced in the Guinness Book of Records – in a few languages – as well as other curiosities about the Milestii Mici winery.

On January 20, from 11:30 until the end of the event, minibuses marked with the “GERAR FEST” sticker will go to the Mileştii Mici winery from the Gaudeamus cinema in Chișinău. The travel price is included in the cost of the ticket.

The event takes place with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.

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Moldova’s new tourism promotion video: “Be our guest!”

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A new tourism promotion video was recently published by the Moldovan Tourism Agency.

The 2 minutes and 40 seconds video features a foreigner who gets lost while taking a simple walk in Moldova’s countryside. The bored foreigner finds mild hills, bending rivers, shepherds with their herds of sheep and the villagers working on their autumn duties. As expected, in the end, he finds Moldovan homemade wine, traditional cuisine, and warm people.

Moldova’s slogan in tourism promotion is: “Discover the routes of life”.

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First Tourist Information Center was inaugurated in Chișinău

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Located on the ground floor of the City Hall, the first Tourist Information Center was opened on November 9th, in Chișinău. The center provides visitors with information about events, accommodation facilities, itineraries, and tours, including wineries. Moreover, through Virtual Reality technology, visitors will be able to “walk” through some locations before purchasing travel services.

The Tourist Information Center was created with the financial support of the European Union under the “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Program, implemented by UNDP, as well as by USAID and the Government of Sweden through the Competitiveness Project of Moldova.

The implementation of the project cost about 1.5 million lei, out of which 235 thousand lei were offered by the European Union and 1.3 million lei by the USAID and the Government of Sweden. The Chișinău City Hall offers the space of 100 m2 and will support the space maintenance expenses for a 5 year period.

James D. Pettit, US Ambassador to Moldova, attended the event as well:

“The US Government has been supporting Moldova’s tourism sector for more than five years and the launch of the Tourist Information Center in Chisinau comes to complete the tourist ecosystem and cover the greatest necessity of tourists – access to information. According to surveys, 71% of the interviewed tourists at the exit from the country noticed the lack of information as the biggest challenge during their trip to the Republic of Moldova.”

The tourism sector has a big potential for development and is a key factor for socio-economic progress, contributing to the reduction of poverty and migration.

Currently, the tourism sector contributes 2% -3.5% to GDP, along with related industries. Last year, 3.2 million foreign visitors visited our country, 19% more than last year. In 2014, the country’s tourism brand “The Tree of Life: Discover the ways of life” was launched, through which foreign tourists are invited to “discover the unknown.”

READ MORE ABOUT MOLDOVAN TOURISM IN AN INTERVIEW WITH MARC PILKINGTON, FOUNDER OF MOLDOVA TOURS 2.0

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