Fly To Chișinău, Moldova
This lesser-visited European nation is one of the poorest countries in Europe, but it has a number of treasures, including beautiful old monasteries and ancient forests. Its capital, Chișinău, or Kishinev as it’s also known, is also the largest city in Moldova. It’s a historic place, full of beautiful old cathedrals, monuments and museums that have survived despite heavy bombing during the Second World War.
Despite its many historic buildings, Kishinev is also home to a number of modern structures that were built here after 1991, including shopping malls and skyscrapers.
Situated on the Bic River, today Chisinau is surrounded by vineyards, making it a popular destination for wine lovers. The city is also renowned for its cognac as well as its award-winning beer, so arrive thirsty!
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Chisinau do require a Visa for Moldova. SA citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of return from Moldova.
- The closest South African Embassy to Moldova is in Kiev, Ukraine: 9/2 Velyka Vasylkivska Street, 01004, Kiev. Phone: +380-44-289-8840. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See and do
In the centre of Chisinau you’ll find the Nativity Cathedral, the city’s main church, the Triumphal Arch, built in 1841 in Great National Assembly Square and the beautiful flower market on the north side of Cathedral Park. There’s also beautiful Rose Valley, a vast park with three lakes and several restaurants, the magnificent Riscani Park and the largest park of all, Botanica Park, which is also the most beautiful. With all these green areas it’s not surprising Chisinau has one of the highest proportions of natural spaces of any city in Europe.
The Village Museum, or ‘Muzeul Satului’, contains a 17th Century wooden church that was dismantled and brought here from the village of Hirisenia, 74km away. There are a number of excellent museums, including the Military Museum, the Pushkin Museum, where Pushkin lived in exile from 1820 to 1823, and the National Archaeology and History Museum. And then there’s Memorial Park, a memorial that commemorates the victory of the Soviet Army in the Second World War, which includes a memorial to those residents of Kishinev who perished in the Second World War.
Chișinău International Airport – KIV
Located 13km from the centre of Kishinev, Chisinau Airport serves flights within Europe and Asia including Athens, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Lisbon, Kiev, Madrid, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Rome and Vienna.
Wi-Fi Internet access is available in the terminal for free.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Chisinau Airport authorities. Phone: (+373 22) 525508 / (+373) 78880850.
Airport Hotels: None at the airport. Nearby: Budapest Hotel, Club Royal Park Hotel, Cosmos Hotel, Eden Hotel, Jolly Alon Hotel, Regency Hotel, Villa Iris.
Car Hire: 4Rent, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, Loran Car Rental and Gotur.
Airport Hub: Chisinau International Airport (code KIV) is a hub for Air Moldova, Carpatair and Moldavian Airlines.