ROMANIA TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

Romania is a southeastern European country known for the forested region of Transylvania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains.

 

Romania is traversed by the waters of the Danube, bound by the peaks of the impressive Carpathian Mountains, and enhanced by the sizzling beaches along the Black Sea. Romania, a land with a long and distinguished history is a goldmine of culture, art and natural beauty. Despite the hardships and challenges of being a developing country, the splendour of Romania’s days of glory is resplendent in its many monuments and relics of Roman, Greek and Byzantine vintage, and the raw beauty of the deeper country will slowly envelop you.

 

Rich in culture and tradition, this east European republic has much to offer the unsuspecting visitor. Romania is putting behind its recent past of Communist command that cast its iron hand on sports, the arts, academics and politics with undiscriminating ardour. Romania is a country in transition, renewing itself as fertile soil for discourse and discos, gymnasts and gipsies, travel and tourism.

 

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Romania has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom.Romanian nationals and their families, residence permit holders, and long-stay visa holders may still enter the country.Nationals of EEA Member States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom with a residence in Romania may also enter the country.Diplomats, transport personnel, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers, travelers in family emergencies, and travelers in need of international or other humanitarian protection may also enter the country. For more information on the exceptions for travel to Romania, check here.The Romanian Government is issuing and updating a list of countries for which COVID-19 travel restrictions have been lifted, as well as those with high risk. Information on this can be found here (in Romanian). People traveling from high risk countries must enter a 14-day quarantine on arrival, while those arriving from low risk areas are exempted from quarantine.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Bucharest
  • Currency: leu (RON)
  • Area: 37,500 sq km
  • Population: 19,41 million (2019)
  • Language: Romanian
  • Religion: Eastern Orthodox 87%, Protestant (mostly Calvinist, Unitarian and Lutheran) 6.8%, Catholic 5.6%
  • Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 24 January, Unification Day
  • 1 May, Labor Day
  • 15 August, Dormition of the Virgin Mary
  • 30 November, Feast of Saint Andrew
  • 1 December, National Day
  • 26 December, Second Day of Christmas

Also, Orthodox Easter, Orthodox Easter Monday, Pentecost, and Pentecost Monday.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Romania experiences rainfall throughout the year, with peak temperatures and precipitation occurring in the summer months (May to August). Climate variability is linked with its geological sub-state, which includes coastal, plain areas and mountains. Romania has a heavy reliance upon its aquatic facilities: rivers and streams, lakes, groundwater, and marine waters. Its hydro-graphical and hydro-logical variability are determined mainly by its geographic position within the temperate continental climate and the presence of the Carpathian Arch. Projected decrease in precipitation (rainfall and snow pack) is a high-risk for Romania.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Romania is as long as from November until April.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Romania is from April to October, although some trails only open in July.

BEACH:

You can enjoy the beaches of Romania from May to September, with the months of June to August being the warmest.

WIND:

The best wind in Romania is usually from October to April, although it can be really cold. More pleasant, but less consistent conditions can be found from May to September. Of course, you could also try snow kiting!

SURFING:

In between the inconsistency in summer and very cold waters in winter, Romania can offers some surf throughout the year, albeit a little challenging.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Romania may face legal challenges and discrimination not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Romania does not allow same-sex marriage or civil unions, though it does recognise the right of residence of same-sex married couples if one partner is an EU citizen.

 

Attitudes in Romania are generally conservative, with regard to the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens. Only a very small minority of the population are LBGTQ accepting. Open homosexuality is still uncommon outside of major urban centres, and rural gay and lesbian Romanians typically remain closeted. The largest and most visible LGBT communities exist in Bucharest and in Cluj-Napoca. Bucharest Pride has been held in Bucharest annually since 2005.

 

HEALTH

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