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Tips for Traveling to Romania
Seasons Health & Safety Money Language Communications Electricity Wgts. & Meas. Food FAQs


Seasons - When to Go
Climate: The climate is similar to the Northeast U.S., temperate with very distinct seasons including hot summers and cold winters. There are abundant snowfalls, especially in the mountain regions. Evenings in the mountains can be very cool even during the summer.

Health, Comfort and Safety
Romania has no infectious diseases requiring pre-visit vaccination.
Romania's water is safe to drink, but you may prefer to drink bottled water.
Hot summers bring mosquitos, especially in the Danube Delta; pack some repellant.
Stray dogs are a problem in Bucharest. Steer clear of any packs and try not to act afraid.

Money
Romania's currency is called lei (pronounced "lay"). Banknotes come in amounts of 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, and 50,000; coins for 50 and 100 lei. Currency can be exchanged at offices called Casa de Schimb, or at commercial banks. Banks will also cash travelers' checks and give cash advances on VISA cards. Most banks close at 1p.m. You must show your passport to change money. There are also ATM (called bancomats) in most cities that will give cash advances on VISA cards. For the current exchange rate, go to:

Language
The Romanian language is a Latin language, somewhat similar to Italian and Portuguese. Romania's second language is French. However, in Transylvania, the second language is German, and some folks also speak Hungarian. In the larger cities, English is becoming very popular—especially with young people. If you need help translating, ask a college-age person.
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Communications
Coming soon.

Electricity
Romania uses 220V AC, 50Hz, with a 2-pronged plug.
a transformer and adaptor for any western appliances.

Weights & Measures
Romania uses the Metric system.

Food - Local Specialities
Coming soon.

Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a visa? U.S. citizens and Europeans do not need a visa for stays under 30 days; visas are required for stays longer than 30 days. Others should contact our office or their nearest consulate to inquire about visa requirements.

Is it difficult to get around?
Romania has internal airline routes and a train system that goes virtually everywhere.
There are also many western car rental companies operating in Bucharest. Bucharest has a very good metrou system, plus city buses. But the best way to see the city is on foot!

Is it safe?
Quite safe. There is little violent crime in Romania. As drugs become more prevalent, though, it will probably increase. As in all major world cities, however, tourists should be aware of potential pick-pockets and scam artists. There are lots of them!

Do I need to understand Romania language?
It helps, but many people now speak English, especially in the cities. Fewer country folk speak English. French is Romania's second language, followed by German and Hungarian. Romanian is a Latin language, similar to Latin or Italian; if you know some French or Spanish, it will help you to communicate.

Where can I stay in the countryside?
There are chalets in the mountains for hikers and skiers. Romania also has a wonderful network of rural accommodations in the homes of participating families.

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