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Travel advise: payments in MoldovaJet 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.