Passports & Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. Check with the Romanian Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. Securing required documents is the responsibility of the traveler. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.
The official currency is New Leu (RON; plural Lei). It is divided into bani (1 New Leu = 100 bani). Coins are issued in bani 50, 10, 5 and 1, and notes in Lei 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1.
Romania has 230 V at 50 Hz, with a type C and F socket. America's electrical currents are 120 V at 60 Hz, with a type A or B socket, so you'll need a converter and an adapter.
Romania has several Internet access providers offering advanced services such as Internet messaging via mobile telephone, Internet paging, international roaming and more. A number of Internet retail outlets and cyber-cafes in almost every town offer convenient Internet access. An increasing number of hotels offer data ports with high-speed modem connections for guests to access the Internet and retrieve e-mail in the comfort of their rooms.
The country code is +40 (dialing in) and international access 00 (dialing out). Public telephones are widely available and can be used for direct international calls. Hotels often impose a high-service charge for long-distance calls, but usually do not charge for local calls.
Specialist purchases include embroideries, pottery, porcelain, silverware, carpets, fabrics, wool, jumpers, woodcarvings, metal, leather goods, rugs, glass paintings and silk dresses.
A 10% service tip is customary in restaurants. Porters, chambermaids, and taxi drivers also expect tips.
Romania has a well-developed railway network that covers virtually the whole country. Trains are one of the most popular means of getting around Romania.
They are inexpensive and generally on time.
Lightweights are worn in summer on the coast and in low inland areas. Warmer clothes are needed in winter and throughout the year in the highlands. Rainwear is recommended throughout the year.