In Moldova, visa-free does not mean poverty-free

A short while ago, it was unaffordable for the family of Ecaterina Hauca (15) from the village of Tigheci in Moldova, to visit their relatives in Italy. Now it is just slightly less costly but much easier to go.

After Moldova was granted visa-free travel to European Union nations on April 28, Ukraine’s southwestern neighbours no longer have to go through a complicated application process or shell out a non-refundable visa fee of about 35 euro to travel to one of the bloc’s 28 nations.

Every little bit helps in a country of 3.6 million people that is the poorest in Europe, with a per capita gross domestic product of $2229.

For the full story, please visit The Kyiv Post.

(Photo of Chisinau, Moldova: Mirek237)