Health & insurance
Before You Go
Bring any necessary prescriptions with you as there is no guarantee you'll be able to find them in Moldova.
Comprehensive travel insurance to cover medical problems (and theft and loss) is highly recommended. Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as motorcycling, rock climbing and even trekking: read the fine print. Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures. If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
No special vaccinations are required for travel to Moldova.
Availability & Cost of Health Care
In Moldova health care is still stuck in the Soviet era, which means inadequate, unmodernised hospitals and occasional shortages of medications and other supplies. If a serious health concern arises, we recommend leaving immediately to get it treated – either in Western Europe or in your home country.
On the flip side, local health care is dirt cheap by European standards, and hospitals are more than capable of dealing with minor ailments as well as broken bones and stitches.
Contact the US embassy for a list of English-speaking doctors.
The tap water in Moldova is generally OK to drink, but it's always better to be safe than sorry and bring your own water bottle, which you can usually fill with purified water for free at hotels and restaurants.