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    You can travel from Ukraine to Transdniestria (and back) without a visa to the best of my knowledge, but don’t try to go out of Transdniestria into areas controlled by the government of Moldova, as your lack of a Moldovan entry stamp or visa (while being present on what they consider to be Moldovan territory) could be considered by them to be a cause for concern.

    But, as with almost anything, it may greatly depend on the individual person checking your travel docs.

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    You don’t get any stamps going into or leaving Transnistria so I don’t think you would need a visa. No bribes or anything when I was there, the border guards were really nice and recommend things to visit for me.

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    • Jerome Mante
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      That’s nice to hear. I think most online accounts of Transnistria were written years ago. So your recent experience helps a lot 🙂

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    Yes, it’s fine. I’ve been there a few times and lived for over two years in Rezina, a border town to there as a peace corps volunteer. If you overnight in Transnistria you need to register with the local police but it’s no biggie.

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    I think you need a visa for Moldova to visit Transnistria. It’s still part of Moldova in a sense. I went to Transnistria from Chisinau since I needed the entry stamp from Moldova. It was hassle free. You get 3 days at the border upon request.

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    Good question! How about the train from Transnistria to Odessa, coming from Moldova? Would have come thru Chisinău complicate things? As I imagine I wouldn’t get a Moldovan exit stamp? (I’m an EU citizen if that helps)

    • Helen Lloyd
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      You don’t need an exit stamp if you are going to Ukraine from Transnistria I guess. You need it only if you are exiting from Moldova.

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    .I was in Moldova and Transnistria a couple of months ago and my advice is not to stay too long in Transnistria… people were trying to bullshit us about everything (to get money obviously), oh and they don’t know how Airbnb works, so even though we booked the place (and paid) the host was still asking us for money ????????‍♀️
    Chisinau can be not the nicest city in the world, but people there are the way more helpful and nice, to stay there was a better joy than in Tiraspol.

    • Helen Lloyd
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      That’s unfortunate to hear… I was lucky and CouchSurfed so I had a great experience…

      • Marlo Gokhale
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        I’ll be visiting soon there and a friend in Odessa connected me with someone holding an official title in Tiraspol, and this is what I found out:

        I don’t need any kind of visa if I am travelling directly from Odessa to Tiraspol. Neither Transnistrian nor Moldovan visa. However, what I DO NEED is a multiple-entry Ukraine visa, so that I can return back from Tiraspol to Odessa. Being an Indian citizen, I was planning on getting visa-on-arrival in Ukraine, but this option is only available at Boryspil airport. Not at the borders 🙁

        So most probably, I wont be doing Tiraspol on this trip. Just Ukraine 🙂

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