"Crossing Transnistria Border" Moldova Transportation Tip by travel2europe
Moldova Transportation: 24 reviews and 28 photos
Technically, it may be true that you don't need a letter of invitation by LAW to pass thru or enter Transnistria, but the customs officers on the Transnistria border are so corrupted, they'll give problems most of the time, they'll just start coming up with different stories (ranging from "you DO need an invitation letter" to we can't let you pass thru because there's no official Moldovan border with Transnistria" and other BS), anything to make you pay, usually 20 euros or so to just cross border once. I recently had a really hard time helping EU citizens, I was acompanying, just pass thru Transnistria to get to Odessa. So my recommendation is to always have someone, who is both local and knows how to deal with the boarder guys, accompany you or be prepared to be ripped off :(
BTW after negotiations we only paid the total of 10 euros for crossing the border 4 times.
PS Also if you need to get to Odessa, you can just take a longer route, avoiding Transnistria. You'll lose an hour or so, but save nerve and money.
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