Getting to Romania is easy from nearly all parts of the world, due to its position, as well as the fact that it is served by an array of transport types and companies.
Transport is probably the most important means in planning the travel in any countries. Of course, everybody wants the transport to be predictable, comfortable and available.
Romania is a member of the Schengen Agreement but has not yet fully implemented it. For EU and EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) citizens, together with those of Switzerland, an officially approved ID card (or a passport) is sufficient for entry.
Travel to/from any other country (Schengen or not) from/to Romania will (as of now) result in the normal immigration checks, but travelling to/from another EU country you will not have to pass customs.
You can read more about this topic on Ministry of Foreign Affairs website here.
There is no Entry or Departure Tax.
Romanian Customs Regulations are in line with those of most European countries. So, a traveler can enter and leave Romania with up to 10,000 Euros in cash or traveler’s checks. Amounts over 10,000 Euros have to be declared at Customs. Items that must be declared at customs also include: art objects, historic artifacts, weapons, ammunition, explosive materials, toxic and hazadous substances.
- Tobacco: 200 cigarettes (one carton) or 40 cigars
- Liquor: 4 litres of wine or 2 litres of liquor or two litres of wine and one litre of liquor (one litre = 33.8 fl. oz)
- A reasonable quantity of gifts
- Medicines for own use
Customs officers do not usually check the luggage of individual travelers or tour groups. However, you must know that, as in any other country, custom officers have the authority to check passports and to conduct enforcement examinations without a warrant, ranging from a single luggage examination to a personal search.
Romania Health Care and Vaccinations
No immunizations or unusual health precautions are necessary while travelling to Romania. There are no infectious risks and malaria is not present 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 and is recommended to wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers. Tap water is safe to drink but if you are in doubt buy bottled water. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.
European travellers carrying the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free or reduced cost medical care. Nationals of countries who do not have a reciprocal health agreement with Romania are expected to pay immediate cash for health services. Health insurance is strongly advised.
Smoking is banned in public spaces in Romania, and this law is slowly catching on; you will frequently have to put up with smoke in enclosed spaces, including restaurants and even the lobbies of five-star hotels. Most high-end hotels now have nonsmoking rooms.
Getting to Romania by plane:
Austrian Airlines — the preferred airline for travel from North America to Romania — offers daily connections to Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, Sibiu and Timisoara from several cities in the USA and Canada. Bucharest is no more than 2 hours by plane from most cities in Central Europe. Other cities in Romania including Timisoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Oradea, Arad, and Bacau are connected with destinations in Austria, Germany, Italy and Hungary by flights with Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, CarpatAir and Tarom. Tarom is the Romania’s national carrier. It has connections to most of the European destinations, but most of the flights are only to Bucharest. In the past few years many low cost airlines ( Blue Air, Wizz Air, Germanwings etc.) have started flights between various cities in Romania and destinations in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the UK and Hungary . Read more about airports.
Getting to Romania by train:
Traveling by train from other European countries to Romania takes from 4 hours (Budapest to Oradea or Arad) to about 46 hours (London to Bucharest). Most train tickets allow several stopovers en route so train travel can be an affordable and relaxing way to include Romania in a European trip.
Romanian National Railways (SNCFR) operate service from Bucharest to many European cities. First and second-class sleepers are available for journeys longer than 10 hours and for overnight trains. Read more about romanian railways.
Getting to Romania by car:
Border crossing between Romania and its western neighbors is just a formality. When renting a car in Europe please check with the car rental company about its policy regarding taking the car across national borders. Insurance can be purchased at any Romanian border crossing point. Documents required by Romanian Customs are the vehicle’s registration, proof of insurance, the road toll badge (Rovigneta) and a valid driver’s license from the driver’s home country.
There are many bus routes that connect Bucharest and Romania’s main cities with Athens, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Vienna. Read more about romanian roads.
Getting to Romania by boat:
Several river cruise companies from Germany and Austria offer cruises on the Danube River through to the Danube Delta and the Black Sea Coast. Also Constanta on the Black Sea Sea is the country’s major port.