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Are there any differences in traffic rules in this country compared to Ukrainian ones?

Standard speed limits in Moldova (unless otherwise stated on signs).


  • in the village โ€“ 50 km / h
  • outside the village โ€“ 90 km / h
  • on the way โ€“ 110 km / h


Cars with trailers:

  • in the village โ€“ 50 km / h
  • outside the village โ€“ 70 km / h
  • on the way โ€“ 90 km / h


  • in the village โ€“ 50 km / h
  • outside the village โ€“ 90 km / h
  • on the way โ€“ 90 km / h


Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Moldova:

The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is 0.3 โ€ฐ .

If the blood alcohol level is between 0.3 โ€ฐ and 0.5 โ€ฐ, this is punished with a fine of 17,500 to 25,000 MDL (809 โ€“ 1,155 โ‚ฌ), whereby the right to drive a vehicle for a period of 2 to 3 years is withdrawn will.

If the blood alcohol level exceeds 0.5 โ€ฐ, the fine is 37,500 to 42,500 MDL (1,733-1,964 โ‚ฌ) or unpaid work in favor of the company for a period of 200 to 240 hours, both of which are deprived of the right to a vehicle for a period to drive from 3 to 5 years (Article 264 1 CCRM).

Refusal, resistance or evasion of a vehicle driver from a breathalyzer test โ€“ a fine of 45,000 to 50,000 MDL (2,079 โ€“ 2,311 โ‚ฌ) or unpaid work in favor of the company for a period of 200 to 240 hours with deprivation of the right to drive vehicles in both cases for one Period of 3 to 5 years to drive.

Transportation of children:

Children under the age of 12 may only be transported in a passenger vehicle that is equipped with a special child restraint system (or other devices: a special cushion, a height-adjustable seat on which you can wear standard seat belts) the following requirements:

  • The child restraint system meets the safety standards.
  • The child restraint system corresponds to the weight and height of the child.
  • Due to the position of the child on the seat, the seat belt can be put on correctly (relative to the shoulder and pelvis).

It is forbidden to transport children under the age of 12 in the front seat of a passenger car or in the right front seat of a minibus or bus. The fine is between 450 and 600 MDL (โ‚ฌ 21-28).

Is it possible to drive a car with a Ukrainian driver's license?

Yes, itโ€™s possible.

Is it necessary to register the car in the new country of residence?

No, if it gets the regime of temporary stay. In accordance with Art. 184, Customs Code and art.10, Law 1569/2002, the term of presence on the territory of the country of the transport placed under the customs regime of temporary admission cannot exceed 180 days of a period of 12 consecutive months.

Is it possible to drive a car that has Ukrainian registration, but is registered not to the driver, but to another person? What documents are needed for this?

The driver would need a letter of attorney notarized by an Ukrainian notary and apostilled, or notarized by a Moldovan notary.

Is it necessary to insure the car in the host country? Is Ukrainian insurance enough?

The driver has to have the green card for Moldova, issued by an Ukrainian insurer.

What is a vignette? Do Ukrainian drivers need to buy it? How and where can they buy it?

Vignette is the tax for roads. Generally, all foreign drivers have to buy vignette. It can be bought at any checkpoint at Moldovan border, or online mceclip0.png.

The cost of a vignette (EUR) in Moldova for 2021 for cars and trailers: 7 days - 4 โ‚ฌ; 15 days - 8 โ‚ฌ; 30 days - 16 โ‚ฌ; 90 days - 45 โ‚ฌ; 180 days - 85 euros.

The minimum period for which you can buy a vignette for a car is 7 days. Even if the trip lasts only 1 day.

However, in accordance with no. 3 of 27.02.2022 of the Commission for Exceptional Situations of the Republic of Moldova in point 25 stipulates that persons possessing motor vehicles not registered in the Republic of Moldova, entering the territory of the Republic of Moldova or transiting it from Ukraine are not subject to the tax for using the roads of the Republic of Moldova (vignette), during the state of emergency.

What are the parking rules?

The parking rules are common as in Ukraine.

What are the most common fines? How and where can Ukrainians pay them?

Common fines relate to wrong parking, or exceed of speed limit.

Fines for violating traffic rules in Moldova:

    • Driving vehicles with tinted windshields or front door windows, or on which various objects are placed that limit the driver's view in violation of traffic rules - from 600 to 1,200 lei (28-55 euros)
    • Speeding by 10-20 km/h - 300-600 (14-28 euros)
    • Failure to use seat belts for front and rear passengers - from 450 to 600 lei (21-28 euros)
    • Exceeding the speed limit from 20 to 40 km / h - 600-900 (โ‚ฌ 28-42)
    • Speeding over 40 km / h - 1200 - 1500 (55 - 69 euros)
    • Failure to comply with the law on priority for pedestrians - 150-300 (7-14 euros)
    • Violation of driving rules through a railway crossing - 3000-3750 (139-173 euros)
    • Driving through a red light - 750-900 (35-42 euros)
    • Traffic accidents with minor injuries - 1,500 - 2,000 (69-92 euros)
    • Violations that threatened traffic accidents - 900-1,500 (42-69 euros)
    • Stopping and parking in prohibited places - 150-300 (7-14 euros)
    • Failure to comply with the requirements of signs, road markings - 600-750 (28-35 euros)
    • Failure to keep headlights, license plates and glass clean - 50-100 (2-5 euros)
    • Failure to use winter tires - 500 lei (23 euros).
    • Use of radar detectors - from 600 to 1200 lei (28-55 euros).
    • Failure to turn on dipped headlights when driving through a tunnel or fog, snow, rain - 50-100 (2-5 euros)
    • Using a telephone device while driving a car that is not equipped with a technical device that allows for hands-free conversations - from 450 to 600 lei (21-28 euros).
    • Operation of a vehicle without mandatory liability insurance - 150-300 (7-14 euros).

All fines can be paid at any commercial bank or online here mceclip0.png.

What documents are required for registration of trailers/cargo (equipment, furniture, etc.)?

The procedure depends on the content of equipment. Please consult the customs office representative, or please contact the representatives at this link mceclip0.png for more information.

Do Ukrainians need to declare what they bought in Europe?

Yes, please consult this link mceclip0.png.