There is a large congestion at the border points between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. For several days now, the authorities have been trying to cope with the large influx of travelers heading to Ukraine for old-fashioned Christmas shopping for a mountain holiday. Many tourists choose this destination because the anti-Covid restrictions imposed by the Ukrainian authorities are more relaxed than those announced by European countries.
“Yesterday I read on the internet that Romania has new rules regarding the pandemic and I didn’t want to try my luck anymore, so I decided to go to Bucovel. How much does this rest cost you? – The hotel for five nights at around 250 euros, plus fuel and mountain expenses. ”
“We go to our relatives for a day or two, and then we want to get to Bukovel if the snow doesn’t melt. The PCR test is no longer needed here, a vaccination certificate is enough. “
The Criva-Mămăliga crossing point has been stormed in recent days. Customs officers mobilized to deal with the influx of tourists.
DAN LOGHIN, Acting Chief, Criva Border Crossing Point: “Traffic starts somewhere around three in the morning, the peak starts from three in the morning until three in the day, in the direction of leaving the country, entering Ukraine. After two o’clock, the traffic starts at the entrance to the Republic of Moldova, the people who take care of the market, the doctors, the travelers. ”
The Border Police announces that, during the old-fashioned Christmas period, there will be more work. An increase in the number of crossings is expected, especially at Leuseni, Sculeni, Criva, Otaci and Chisinau International Airport.
VALENTIN FIODOROV, Deputy Chief, Border Police: “In this regard, video cameras are available on the official website of the Border Police, which transmit the situation at some checkpoints online. If the crossing is crowded, such as Leuseni, which borders Romania, or Criva, which borders on Ukraine, the crossing is overcrowded. . or Larga. ”
In 2022, the flow of passengers at land borders increased by 60 percent compared to last year.