American and Canadian citizens as well as citizens of Australia, New Zealand
and most European countries do not need an entry visa to visit Romania, for stays up to 90 (ninety) days, accumulated during a single visit - or multiple visits - within a six-month period.
However, a valid passport is required for all overseas/ non-EU visitors.
Your passport has to be valid for the entire duration of your visit (it will not expire sooner than your intended date of departure).
However, please check the expiration date on your passport carefully before traveling to Europe.
Although Romania is not part of the Schengen agreement, some airlines (i.e. Lufthansa) may refuse boarding at your point of origin or while transferring planes if your passport is not valid for at least three months beyond your intended date of departure. You could also be denied entry when you arrive in the Schengen area.
For this reason, the US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs recommends that your passport have at least six months' validity remaining whenever you travel abroad.
For stays longer than 90 days visitors need to need to apply for a temporary residence permit
(either before arriving into Romania or at least 30 days before the 90-day "no visa" stay expires).
To apply for an extended stay visa please visit eVisa.MAE.ro
For additional information please contact the Romanian Immigration Office
Citizens of the countries of the European Union can enter Romania with a valid passport or with their National Identity Card.
U.S. / Canadian/ Australian/ New Zealand and all European Driver licenses
are valid for driving in Romania for 90 days from the date of entry into Romania.
There is no Entry or Departure Tax.
Citizens of certain countries and territories need a visa to visit Romania.
Entry requirements and visa information are available at www.mae.ro.
Please send inquiries regarding visa and entry requirements to the nearest Consulate of Romania www.mae.ro.
The Romanian Tourist Office has no authority or expertise to answer questions regarding travel documents or visa.
The Schengen Visa:
Romania is not yet part of the Schengen visa agreement but Schengen Visa holders do not need to get a (special) Romanian visa to visit Romania as long as their visa allows at least two entries in Schengen space and the number of entries and/ or length of stay have not been not exhausted.
Please double-check all (Schengen) visa requirements with the nearest Consulate of Romania www.mae.ro
No immunizations or unusual health precautions are necessary or required.
Romania has no infectious risks and there are no poisonous insects.
There is no malaria in Romania.
During the summer months mosquitoes are present in the Danube Delta and some low-lying regions.
For your comfort take some mosquito repellent with you, if visiting Romania during the warm season.
Tap water is safe to drink but if you prefer buy bottled water; it is inexpensive and widely available.
Romania is home to more that 1/3 of the natural mineral springs in Europe.
Some Romanian bottled waters are rated the best in the world for purity and taste and are exported to many foreign countries.
Naturally, we hope that you will never need to use any medical facilities.
However, Romanian doctors are known for their high standard of medical education.
The embassy of your country, to Romania, can probably provide a list of preferred physicians or medical facilities.
Leisure travelers or soon-to-be expatriates (departing from non-EU countries) generally fall within the EU regulations for non-commercial pet travel to Europe.
The following EU regulations apply only to dogs, cats or ferrets.
Please contact your nearest U.S. Embassy (or the embassy of destination country) to determine what (if any) protocol to follow for other types of pets.
Documents needed to take your pet into Romania include:
1. Proof of rabies vaccinations - Rabbies Certificate
(Your veterinarian issued documentation that proves rabies vaccination and disproves the existence of rabies in your pet, specifying that this documentation is certified for your travel to the EU).
Your pet may not travel to Europe until at least 21 days after the primary rabies vaccine.
2. Official Health Certificate for your pet.
The health certificate must prove that your pet has had all its shots and is healthy enough to travel.
Although this certificate is technically valid for 4 months, it is recommended to be completed and endorsed by the USDA within 10 days of travel to avoid any customs issues upon arrival.
The results of a serological test and the pet's vaccination details must be attached to the health certificate.
Obtain this documentation within 10 days of travel.
For travel to Europe, an additional single-sheet EU Vet Health Certificate form must be filled out and certified by your vet.
3. Microchip Implantation Record
Get a microchip if your pet doesn't already have one. Microchips provide electronic identification on your pet.
All original documentation must travel with your pet.
Translation of documents is not needed if they are in English, French or German.
There are no specific customs regarding pets.
Pets are allowed on trains and buses. However, large dogs must wear a muzzle.
Each hotel or restaurant has its own pet policy.
In general pets are allowed in hotels and restaurants.
Hotels usually charge a little bit extra for guests bringing their pets.
Romanians love pets; please don't be surprised or offended if someone you don't know
tries to pet your dog or cat without asking permission.
Dogs: must be kept in leash and wear a muzzle.
Small pets and birds: must be kept in a cage at all times.
Some municipalities might have additional regulations regarding travel with pets in city buses or trams.
A small number of cities in Romania do not allow pets on board of their public transportation fleet.
Dogs: must be kept in leash and wear a muzzle at all times.
Small pets and birds: must be kept in a cage at all times.
Dogs are allowed in second-class cars only;
they must stay on the floor, in leash, and wear a muzzle at all times.
If a passenger is allergic to pet-hair or is not comfortable in the presence of a dog, the owner of the dog must find a seat / place in another car.
Dog's health certificate must be available for inspection by the train conductor.
A ticket is required for all (larger) dogs that do not travel in a pet-cage hold in the lap of the owner.
The cost of a train ticket for a dog is 50% of the price of a ticket for an adult traveler.
Dog breeds with aggressive tendencies/ history (Pittbull, Boerboer, Bandogge) are not allowed on trains.
Each bus company has its own rules regarding pet travel / transportation.
Each airline has its own rules regarding pet travel / transportation.
An international pet passport is required for pets traveling to EU / Schengen countries. Although there are uniform regulation within the EU, some European countries have additional/ own regulations regarding pets.
Romanian Customs regulations are in line with those of most European countries.
A traveler can enter and leave Romania with up to 10,000 Euros (or equivalent) in cash or traveler's checks.
Amounts over 10,000 Euros have to be declared when entering the country.
Items that must be declared at customs also include: art objects, historic artifacts, weapons, ammunition, explosive materials, toxic and hazadous substances.
- Tobacco: 40 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g (100 oz) tobacco.
- Liquor: 4 litres of still wine and 16 litres of beer or 2 litres of alcoholic drinks less than 45 proof or one litre of liquor stonger than 45 proof. (one litre = 33.8 fl. oz).
- A reasonable quantity of gifts with a total value of up to $450.
- Goods and medical products/ medicines for personal 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.
More information on customs regulations: www.ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs
Your U.S., Canadian, Australian driver's license is valid for driving in Romania, for 90-days from the date of entry into Romania.
Driving is on the right side of the road.
Independent travelers entering Romania by car (own or rental) need to obtain a road toll sticker, called RoVinieta.
RoVigneta is available on-line www.RoViniete.ro as well as at border-crossing points, postal offices and most gas stations.
Cost of RoVinieta for passenger cars is the Romanian currency equivalent of $3.50 (valid for 7 days) or $8.00 (valid for 30 days).
Romania's Main Rules of the Road are available at
General emergency phone # is 112