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Travel advise: payments in Moldova
Jet off well-informed to Moldova. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in the Republic of Moldova.
Card payments with international debit and credit cards are not widely accepted in Moldova. In the country's capital, Chisinau, you can generally pay by card in international hotels and chain restaurants.
However in most local shops and in villages outside of the capital, you won't be able to pay with a British card. Moldova is very much a cash-based economy.
If you are going to pay by card in Moldova: Be aware of steep currency conversion fees and bank fees for card payments: Your bank's MDL to GBP exchange rate may be quite bad. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Moldova, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
Yes, most certainly so. Moldova's economy is cash-based and you will need Moldovan Leu for every day purchases.
Except for the international hotels and chain restaurants in Chisinau, most vendors in Moldova will only accept cash payments.
Prices in Moldova are very cheap compared to the UK. The overall cost of living in Moldova is 49% lower than the cost of living in the UK.
A coffee in a cafe in Chisinau will cost around 20-25 MDL. For a three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant expect to pay around 200-250 MDL.
Tipping is not required in Moldova. However now more and more tourists are visiting the country, tipping is becoming more common. A 5-10% tip is a good guideline if you like the service.
Banknotes in Moldova
All Moldovan banknotes have a similar design, featuring the legendary prince of Moldavia, Stephen III the Great. The MDL banknotes in circulation are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Lei.
Coins in Moldova
Moldovan coins range from 1 ban (0.01 MDL) to 50 bani (0.50 MDL). The ban is the subunit of the leu, with 100 bani in one leu.
Moldova's currency import and export regulations
Non-residents must declare foreign cash when entering Moldova. When exiting Moldova, travelers are allowed to take up to 2500 Moldovan Leu, along with the amount of foreign currency declared upon arrival.
Currency with a value of over $50,000 USD must not be taken out of Moldova without the written permission from the National Bank of Moldova or other authorized bank.
Ordering Moldovan Lei online
Order Moldovan Lei online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Moldovan Lei online.
Selling back Moldovan Lei
If you have Moldovan Lei to sell, follow this link to exchange Moldovan Lei to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'MDL Moldovan Leu'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Moldovan Lei.