Travel guide to Romania
Romania is a country rich with history and tales of heroic princes battling Ottoman warriors. It’s a country with natural beauty, scenic mountain landscapes and unspoiled countryside.
Romania is famous for its castles. One such castle is Bran Castle, made famous in connection to Bram Stokers fictional Count Dracula.
Although tourism is relatively new to Romania you’ll find Romanians in every region to be very friendly, proud of their history and eager to share it with visitors.
For stays of up to three months all you need is a valid passport for the duration of your stay. You don’t need a visa to enter Romania. If you intend to stay longer than three months you can apply for a registration certificate issued by the Romanian office for immigration either as self employed, an employee, self supported or as a student.
Buses, trams and trolleybuses provide transport within most towns and cities in Romania, although many are crowded. They usually run from about 5am to midnight, although services can be limited after 7pm in more remote areas. You can buy tickets at street kiosks marked bilete or casă de bilete before boarding, and validate them once aboard. Some tickets are good for one trip; others are for two trips, each end of the ticket being valid for one ride. Tickets cost from €0.20 to €0.35.
Trains are run by Caile Ferate Romane. The train is the most popular way by far of travelling around Romania.
There are three types of trains varying in levels of comfort and price to the same destination. Local personal trains are the cheapest but they are painfully slow.
Accelerat are faster and more expensive but they are less crowded.
There is little difference between rapid and express trains they are both fairly fast. The most expensive InterCity trains are the most comfortable but they are no faster than the express trains.
Romanian cities are safe from violent crime. Violent crime is rare and almost always between rival gangs who often fight for territory in certain dodgy areas of Bucharest and other major cities.
Pickpockets are everywhere you should be particularly careful on crowded buses, and always watch your bag in busy pubs and clubs, petty thieves are a cowardly lot in Romania and will run a mile at the first sign of any resistance.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks, although unlikely, could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by expatriates and foreign travellers.
You should contact your GP around eight weeks before your trip to check if you need vaccinations or to take any other preventative measures.
If you’re visiting Romania you should get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This is not meant to replace your health travel insurance. It entitles you to necessary medical treatment during your trip on the same terms as a Romanian National. If you don’t have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate. Use the official website to order one free online as other websites will charge you: www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx.
The EHIC won’t cover medical repatriation, on going medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. You should make sure you have adequate travel insurance and access to enough money to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation.
Romania is not prone to natural hazards
Drink Driving is against the law, there is zero tolerance of drink driving. You could be imprisoned or have your licence take away for at least 90 days.
It’s highly illegal to smoke/own/sell marijuana in Romania. The legislation is conservative and everything linked to any kind of drug is a criminal offence. You can’t be arrested for consumption but 1g in your pocket and you’ll be put in jail.
Homosexuality is no longer illegal, but attitudes are conservative and the gay community keeps a low profile.
Venture Top Tips
- Attitudes towards women can be very different in other cultures.
- Read up on local customs and conventions before you arrive.