Romania: Travel Advisory

Romania is a country which has many things to offer, and whether you prefer the sun or the slopes, there is no such thing as the perfect timing to visit the country. Wintertime is ideal for enjoying the heavy snow and winter sports and the ideal time for enjoying mulled wine and gazing at the magical views. If you decide to go there during the spring, you will see how nature is reborn, the forests return to emerald green, and the fields are covered in colourful flowers. One should keep up with the travel requirements for Romania, and it is advised to take personal and security precautions, especially at night.

Following are some things you should take into consideration before travelling to Romania-

1. Safety

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing, and security continues to be volatile. You should take care of your belongings and lock the hotel and the train compartment doors from the inside. It is advisable not to accept food, drinks or cigarettes from the people you have just met. One should only use ATMs in banks, shopping centres and shops. People should keep their credit cards in sight.

2. Health

Covid-19 is a risk in Romania, and you should monitor the media for information on the latest developments. People should follow the advice of the local authorities. Rabies is a widespread disease, and if you have lower immunity, you should strictly get vaccinated before you travel. Some other infectious diseases that are common are waterborne and foodborne. One should see that he drinks boiled water and avoids eating undercooked food.

3. Rules and regulations related to road safety

If you plan on staying in the country for a maximum period of 90 days, you are allowed to drive with any kind of international driving license you have. You do not need a Romanian license. While travelling, if you are looking for a road trip and want to admire the surrounding stunning nature and the beauty of the countryside, you should take the national roads. The speed limits you should be aware of are-

  • 50 km/h- Inside the villages or cities.
  • 100 km/h- On the express highways/ national highways.

In Romania, you should strictly drive on the right side of the road. Hence, before venturing on your next trip, you should know all the rules and regulations.

4. Local laws

There are penalties for a drug offence, which are very severe. They also include jail sentences for up to twenty years. A tourist is always advised to carry a photo ID and keep the passport in a safe place. Taking photos of military sites is prohibited and could result in a penalty.

5. Travel

One does not need a visa if they are a tourist staying for less than 90 days, and for other kinds of travel, one needs a visa. If Romania becomes a part of the Schengen area, the entry and exit conditions may change. One can contact the Embassy or the Consulate of Romania to get details about Visas, customs, and quarantine rules.

One can refer to the European Commission if one wants to get hold of the country-specific information for each EU Member state. Face masks are not mandatory anymore in the indoor locations such as shops and airports. You are automatically exempted from the Visa requirements if you are transiting through Romania.

6. Feedback about tour operators and travel agencies

The tour operators and the travel agencies you avail of any service from must be licensed by the Romanian Ministry of Economy and Tourism. If you have a terrible experience with any company or their staff, you can email the Ministry of Economy and Tourism Department.

One should be cautious if-

  • The website of any travel company does not indicate their physical address.
  • The hotel rates and prices are significantly lower than the ones offered by the other companies.
  • If you are a tourist, full payment in cash or a wire transfer is asked when you make a reservation before scheduling your trip or planning your itinerary.

7. Travel insurance

It is important to get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave for the trip and your policy compulsorily needs to cover all the overseas medical costs. This also includes the medical evacuation. If you are not insured, you will have to pay money up front for medical care. It is your job to make sure what activities and care your policy covers.

8. Travelling with children.

There are some rules which have been imposed by the government and special entry rules apply to children who are ages under 18 years. The minor should be accompanied by a guardian who is an adult and they should have their own passport.

9. Money

The local currency in this country is the Romanian Leu (RON). This country is the member of the European Union. Romania is a cash economy. However, the use of debit card and credit card is increasing. One should not exchange money on the streets. However, it is allowed to exchange money at banks, exchange bureaus and large hotels.