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Travel & Tourism . Tourist Guide to the Country

Romania Travel Requirements

Travellers Essentials

Duty Free
The following items may be imported into Romania without incurring customs duty:
(a)200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 200g of tobacco
(b) 2 litres of spirits
(c) 4 litres of wine and 4 litres of beer
(d)gifts up to a value of US$1000.

Prohibited Imports:
The prohibited items are ammunition, explosives, narcotics, pornographic material, uncanned meats, animal and dairy products.

Prohibited Exports
The prohibited items are articles of cultural, historical or artistic value.

The currency of Romania is: Leu (plural Lei) = 100 bani. Notes are in denominations of Lei50,000; 10,000; 5000; 1000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of Lei100, 50 and 20.

Currency Exchange
It is recommended that visitors bring hard currency, particularly US Dollars, as this can be easily and even eagerly exchanged by shops, restaurants and hotels. Pound Sterling can be easily exchanged in most resorts. All hard foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and authorised exchange offices. Rates can vary from one place to another, so visitors are advised to shop around for the best rate of exchange.

Exchanges on the black market are frequently made, but visitors are advised to exchange money through proper exchange channels and to receive a currency exchange receipt, as certain services require visitors to show the receipt as proof of having made at least one financial transaction. The receipt for currency exchange has to be presented to settle hotel bills, unless the payment is made by voucher, credit card or travellers cheque.

Credit Cards
The credit cards that are accepted are: MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa accepted in large hotels.

Travelers' Cheques
Like credit cards, these are usually only useful in hotels and for obtaining cash at the Tourist Office. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take travelers cheques in US Dollars.

Banking Hours
The hours are from 0900-1200 Monday to Friday for business transactions matters)and 0900-1200 and 1300-1500 Monday to Friday for currency exchange.

Getting There

Romania's national airline is Tarom (RO). Other airlines that fly to Bucharest includes Delta, Air France, Lufthansa, Alitalia and Swissair.

The main international passenger port is Constanta on the Black Sea. There is a ferry service on the Danube, starting from Orsova, to Bulgaria. Passenger boats also operate on the new European riverway from Rotterdam to Constanta. For further information, contact the Romanian Tourism Promotion Office.

The main international train from Western Europe to Romania (Bucharest) is the Wiener Waltzer, which runs to Bucharest during summer only.

The most direct international routes to Romania are via Germany, Austria and Hungary.

A passport valid for a minimum of 3 months is required for all visitors.

All visitors are required to have visas, except the following:
(a)Nationals of Croatia and Moldova.
(b)Nationals of other CIS countries, Cyprus, and San Marino for stays of up to 90 days.
(c)Nationals of Turkey for stays of up to 60 days.
(d)Nationals of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and USA for stays of up to 30 days.
(e)Transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.

Social Conventions
Romanians are very Latin in their behaviour. Handshaking is the most common form of greeting, but it is customary for men to kiss a woman's hand when being introduced. Visitors should follow normal European courtesies on social occasions. Dress tends to be rather conservative but casual wear is suitable. Beachwear should not be worn away from the beach or poolside. Smoking is prohibited on public transport, in cinemas and theatres. Many Romanians are smokers and gifts of Western cigarettes are greatly appreciated. Other well-appreciated gifts include toiletries and Western clothing.

Photography Restrictions
Sensitive installations of military importance should not be photographed. Some tourist attractions require visitors to pay a fee of approximately Lei2000 for taking photographs.

A 12% service charge is added in most restaurants. Porters, chambermaids and taxi drivers usualy expect tips.


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