travel  guide

Traveling to Romania is as easy as traveling to any other European destination. Romania offers a rich tapestry of tourist attractions, which are unique in Europe.

Travel formalities

American and Canadian citizens as well as citizens of Australia, New Zealand and most European countries do not need an entry visa to visit Romania (for stays up to 90 - ninety - days).
However, a valid passport is required for all international visitors except for citizens of the countries of the European Union who can enter Romania with their Identity Card.
No vaccinations are required/ necessary.
There is no Entry or Departure Tax.
Extensions of stays beyond 90 days can be obtained from the local passport office.
Citizens of other countries should check the visa regulations that apply to them with the nearest Romanian diplomatic office.
For more visa information and a list of Romanian diplomatic offices abroad please visit www.mae.ro.

Money and Budget Guide

Currency exchange
Romania's currency is Leu (plural "Lei") (pronunciation: lay).

Banknote denominations: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 lei
Coins: 1, 5, 10 and 50 bani pieces. (pronunciation: bahnee)
1leu = 100 bani

Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices (called: "casa de schimb" or "birou de schimb valutar"). International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services.
Official exchange rates are announced by the National Bank of Romania
Note: Although black market rates may seem good, please remember that it is illegal and you can be easily cheated.

ATM (Bancomat)
ATM machines are available at main banks and at airports and shopping centers. Do not expect to find ATMs in remote areas or villages.

Credit cards
Major credit cards including American Express, Mastercard and Visa are accepted in large hotels, car rental companies and stores in the main cities. However, credit cards are unlikely to prove useful in small towns or away from tourist areas.

Travelers' Checks
Preferably in US dollars or Euros, Travelers' Checks can be cashed in large banks, some hotels and selected exchange offices but most of them charge considerable commissions. Do not count on cashing such checks outside Bucharest and a few other major cities. For travel around the country it is a good idea to carry cash. Small stores and restaurants might accept U.S. Dollars in small denominations ($ 1, 5, 10 and 20) but the exchange rate offered will not be the best. Street handicraft vendors prefer Romanian currency.

Budget Guide

Entrance fees to historic buildings and attractions are rarely more than $3.00.

Hotels outside Bucharest range from $55 to $95 per night/double room, with full breakfast and taxes included.

A three-course dinner, for two, with wine and tip starts at $25.00 and can go up to $200.00 or more in some of the more upscale restaurants in Bucharest. However, less expensive does not mean not as good as a very expensive one.

Good to Know

General emergency phone number: 112


Emergency Contacts in Bucharest

US Embassy (021) 210 40 42
Embassy of Canada (021) 222 98 45
Embassy of the United Kingdom (021) 312 03 03
Embassy of Australia (021) 320 98 02
Embassy of New Zeeland in Vienna (0043 1) 318 8505

For a listing of diplomatic offices in Romania please visit:
www.mae.ro or www.embassyworld.com

Health

No immunizations or unusual health precautions are necessary. Romania has no infectious risks and there are no poisonous insects. There is no malaria in Romania. During the summer months there are mosquitoes in the Danube Delta and some low-lying regions. For your comfort take some mosquito repellent when traveling during summer season. Tap water is safe to drink but if you are in doubt buy bottled water. Romania is home to more that 1/3 of the natural mineral springs in Europe. Bottled water is inexpensive and widely available. Some Romanian bottled water is rated the best in the world for purity and taste and is exported to many foreign countries. Naturally, we hope that you will never need to use any medical facilities. However, Romania has good medical facilities and Romanian doctors are known for their high standard of medical education.

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 V; 50 cycles.
Outlets take plugs with two round prongs. A plug & power adapter is necessary for most appliances requiring 110 V.

Travel with Pets

Documents needed to take your pet into Romania include a Veterinary Health Certificate and a proof of rabies vaccination, not older than 1 year. Translation of documents is not needed if they are in English, French or German. There are no specific customs regarding pets.
Pets are allowed on trains and buses. However, large dogs must wear a muzzle.

Each hotel or restaurant has its own pet policy. In general pets are allowed in hotels and restaurants. Hotels usually charge a little bit extra for guests bringing their pets.

Romanians love pets and please don't be surprised or offended if someone you don't know tries to pet your dog or cat without asking permission.

Rules of the Road

Minimum driving age is 18.

U.S. and Canadian driver's licenses are valid for driving in Romania.

Driving is on the right side of the road.

Passengers in the front seat of a car must wear seatbelts at all times. Children under 12 years of age may not ride in the front seat.

Speed limits are 50 km/h (31 mph) in build-up areas, 90 km/h (56 mph) on main roads and 110 km/h (70 mph) on highway, unless posted otherwise.

Pedestrians have priority at all times at crossings without traffic lights.

Bring your car to a full stop at railway crossings without traffic lights.

Unless otherwise indicated (stop or yield sign) traffic coming from the right has the right of the way.

The use of cellular phones while driving is not allowed.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense and penalties are severe. Blood alcohol level should be 0.00 o/oo while driving. We strongly advise you not to drink and drive.

In case of a car accident call the police and make sure that you get a copy of the Police Report.

Bus
Most cities offer efficient and very inexpensive bus, trolleybus or tram transportation. There are several bus companies that offer fast and inexpensive connections between Romania's main cities. Inter-City bus stations are usually next to the train station and most buses have a stop in the centre of the city. Bus or taxi might be the only choice when choosing to explore some remote areas.

Car rental
Car is the best way to visit Romania as this allows visitors to admire the unique scenery and take advantage of the innumerable photo opportunities that they will encounter even during short drives. A hired car will save you a lot of time when visiting some remote attractions as the Painted Monasteries in Bucovina and the traditional villages in Maramures. Most major international auto rental companies and several local companies offer cars in the major cities and airports. Renters must be over 21 and have a valid driver's licence and an internationally valid credit card. Romania's major roads are safe and well maintained. As they pass through main cities and towns gas stations, food stores and hotels are easy to find. Road congestion is not an issue in Romania except in Bucharest. The Romanian Automobile Association (ACR or "Automobil Clubul Roman") offers 24 hour roadside assistance. Call: (021) 222 22 22 or (021) 222 15 52.

source: http://www.romaniatourism.com