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I have travelled three times to Transnistria and I have always used the train Odessa-Tiraspol, which runs frequently. I have heard of infrequent disruption of trains between Moldova and Transnistria, but as far as I'm aware the trains between Odessa and Transnistria run.

About bribes: During my time in Transnistria (altogether more than two months) I had never needed to bribe any policemen, soldiers etc. The situation is much worse in Ukraine or Moldova.


I'd suggest restoring the infobox -- regardless of legal niceties, Transnistria is as de-facto independent as, say, Northern Cyprus. Jpatokal 10:04, 2 July 2006 (EDT)


Currently, this article is not listed on the Eastern Europe page, but is listed under Moldova#Regions as a "territorial unit" together with the explanation "...break-away region east of the Dniester River, on the Ukrainian border, where Russian forces are supporting the Slavic minority population, mostly Ukrainians and Russians, who have proclaimed a unrecognized "Transnistria" republic."

So I changed the isIn back from {{isIn|Eastern_Europe}} to {{isIn|Moldova}} for hierarchical (and geographic?) consistency - if this isn't appropriate, maybe Transnistria could/should be added to the Eastern Europe page. ~ 06:28, 21 December 2006 (EST)

Mf. I hate issues like this, but my thinking is that while some Transnistrians would violently object to being "in" Romania, pretty much everybody can agree that it is in Eastern Europe. De facto, for the traveller, it is a separate country — but as Moldova claims it, it should also be listed under Moldova. Jpatokal 10:03, 21 December 2006 (EST)

I just performed a very lengthy update of the entire page. I'm a volunteer with an NGO stationed in Moldova, and I travel to Transnistria quite a bit. It's a great place, but it also presents a lot of problems for travellers. I've added quite a bit about the border crossings to the page, and have fleshed out many of the other sections based on my experiences and on the experiences of others foreign nationals who have attempted to travel in Transnistria. I don't normally edit Wikipedia, so I have no account. But you can check this IP! It's Moldova! 08:37, 5 February 2007 (EST)

I hope you (or someone else) can update the article again. The following sentences are contradictory — it's a strain to see how both quotes could be true: "Due to the ongoing hostilities with Moldova proper (since July 2004), it is generally not advisable to travel there," and "And despite the political situation with Moldova, there is essentially no threat of being caught in a military action. As of this writing (Feb. 2007), there has not been fighting in Transnistria for almost 15 years." 00:37, 21 September 2007 (EDT)

Problems with missing Moldovan entry/exit stamps due to entry/exit through Transnistria[edit]

I could not find any reports people have ever had problems because of this. If there are, please point them out! After all, there will be an entry/exit stamp from Ukraine, containing date and name of the Ukraine/Transnistria border crossing so it is obvious how the passport holder has entered/left the country. I have traveled UA-PMR-MD-UA this January (2011) and wasn't even asked any questions on leaving MD. That said, I'd like to remove/rephrase this "warning" accordingly as it'll only worry people needlessly. T 18:05, 15 January 2011 (EST)

Though de facto it isn´t problem, legally Moldovian authorities have limited number of border crossing and officially only those can be used for entry of Moldova. As PMR crossings are not such they can make problems, but probably only if they want bribe. But I would add that if someone really wants to be safe rather than sorry, all he/she has to do is go to Chisinau ministry of interior and register his/hers arrival. 10:04, 18 March 2013 (EDT)

Transnistrian Flag[edit]

The Transnistrian flag is mising the hammer and sickle, i dont know how to change it but it does needs to be fixed at some point. It remains the last state to have Soviet symbols and i think its a very interesting and defining part of the place. Thanks. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) on 29 December 2013‎

I agree. See this article for a very perceptive take on the situation... --Ttcf (talk) 02:16, 25 February 2014 (EST)
I've swapped the flag now... --Ttcf (talk) 02:23, 25 February 2014 (EST)


I'm probably one of the few Kiwis that has actually visited the Transdniestrian Republic more than once and I thought these verified sources might be interesting for some editors in improving our own article by giving some flavour and background:

--Ttcf (talk) 02:27, 25 February 2014 (EST)

Entry/Exit Card[edit]

As of May 2014 (at least), there is no card anymore to be filled out, but instead one receives the already printed exit card part based on scanned passport information. This was experienced with an EU passport, may be different with others. If anybody could comment on their experience, we could update this section accordingly.

There have also been somewhat conflicting statements about the maximum non-registration stay, 10 and 24 hours. I can confirm that the maximum is 10 hours, and included in the information on the printed exit card.

2017 report - you'll pay up to 25EUR for entering Transdnistria[edit]

Just wanted to mention my experience from my trip to Transdnistria last week. I was entering through Bendery. The officer pulled me aside and told me that I have to pay a "road tax", "customs on vehicle" and "car insurance premiums". All in all - 25 EUR. He showed me an official looking paper stating the charges. I asked a German guy at the border who was a frequent visitor (he had family there) if this is normal. He said it is. I couldn't reach any of the phone numbers stated in this article. I tried multiple times with multiple phones. It took me an hour to negotiate the price down to 18 EUR. Not a nice experience. —The preceding comment was added by (talkcontribs)

August 2017 Visit to Tiraspol/Bendery[edit]

I've just returned from two days and nights in Transnistria. Here is a little updated information. First, when crossing at the migration post (coming from Chisinau), I told the authorities that I would be staying for three days in the territory (to also include the day of my return). Without filling out any form, I was issued with a printed migration slip that was valid for the three-day period. Then another official asked for my passport and took it to an office for several minutes before returning it without further comment -- I'm not sure how common this is.

I was unsure whether I should still be seeking to register with the police when I arrived in Tiraspol. However, at my hotel (the Sofia), the desk clerk told me it was not necessary as I already had permission for the extra time (i.e. beyond a ten-hour daytrip). The desk clerk at the biggest hotel, the Russia, confirmed this, as did a representative of Transnistrian tours. And indeed, returning on the minibus from Tiraspol, an official came on board, looked at my passport and migration slip -- and that was it, I was on my way. He didn't even remove the slip, so I have that as a souvenir.

At no time were any fees, official or unofficial, demanded for this process, whether entering or leaving. Taking a vehicle in might be more complicated, but it's hardly necessary.

I spent my time in Tiraspol and Bendery. The Sofia Hotel was adequate for the budget price, with something approaching air-conditioning, and a decent breakfast included. The Russia Hotel is the more upmarket option. There were several good restaurants/cafes, mostly clustered on western October 25 Street, just before you reach the riverfront park along the Dniester. I especially recommend the Casta restaurant; the Mafia (yes, really) and Andy's Pizza are adjacent. Prices in general were maybe 30% lower than in Chisinau. High-quality Kvint brandy can be bought in the well-stocked supermarkets, and is a great bargain.

Bendery, reachable on the #19 trolleybus or by maxitaxi, is very green and leafy compared to Tiraspol, and feels more prosperous and architecturally pleasing. The 16th-century Bendery Fortress is open to visitors, 50 Transnistrian rubles for entry and well worth it. There are exchange offices dotted around both Tiraspol and Bendery, all offering the same rate (15.70 rubles to the US dollar at the time of writing). You can only use rubles for purchases in Transnistria, but it's easy to change any unspent ones for Moldovan, US/Euro, or Ukrainian currency as you're leaving. Some ATMs had Visa/Mastercard signs on them and may allow withdrawals on your credit card, but I didn't test this.

I'm an avid photographer and took probably a hundred photos during my two days in the "country." I avoided obvious subjects like the Russian peacekeeping post on the bridge across to Bendery. At no time was I hassled or looked at askance. The vibe in general was calm and people were helpful when necessary, though be aware that little English is spoken.

Internet is widely available and surprisingly fast.

Of the photos I took in Transnistria, 72 are posted to Flickr, if you want to get a feel for the place before your visit. The link is here.