American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
U.S. and Canadian citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Romania for the most up-to-date visa information.
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
We recommend consulting the World Health Organization and your physician to help you make decisions about the right vaccinations for your travels.” Here is the link to the WHO’s vaccination recommendation info: http://apps.who.int/tools/geoserver/www/ith/index.html
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Romania experiences varying conditions depending on not only what time of year you visit, but also what part of the country you visit. Summers are warm and dry, while winters can be quite cold. In the mountains temperatures are much colder than the rest of the country. The average annual temperature for the south is 11°C, the north is 7°C, and just 2°C in the mountains. In the summer highs can reach up to 40 while in the winter it can be as cold as -35°C.
For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity in Romania is supplied at 220 to 230 volts. Sockets are designed to accept two round prongs. Some sockets will take the plugs with large prongs only; others will take the ones with small prongs. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Romania. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible).
Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels.
Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, zoom lens, a spare camera battery and charger, and dust-resistant case.
The currency in Romania is the Romanian Leu. Generally speaking, we advise bringing around 100 USD per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Romanian paper money comes in different colors and denominations (1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 lei notes). There are also coins: 1, 5, 10, and 50 bani pieces.
Romanian currency can only be purchased within the country’s national borders. We suggest getting money from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards in Europe.
Currency: Leu (RON)
Religion: 87% of the country is Eastern Orthodox
Time Zone: UTC +2 Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Romania is +40
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Romania: For Police 955, Medical 961, Fire 981, 112 for any type of emergency