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Last Updated: September 20, 2016

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Bucharest

B-dul Dr. Liviu Librescu Nr. 4-6,
Sector 1, Bucharest
015118 Romania

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U.S. Embassy Bucharest

B-dul, Dr. Liviu Librescu Nr. 4-6,
Sector 1, Bucharest
015118 Romania

Telephone: +(40) (21) 200-3300 and/or +(40) (21) 270-6000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(40) (21) 200-3300

Fax: +(40) (21) 200-3578

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on U.S.-Romania relations for information. 

Visit the Embassy of Romania for most current entry and visa information. 

  • U.S. citizens may stay in Romania for up to 90 days without a visa within a six-month period.
  • U.S. citizens who stay longer than 90 days must obtain an extension from the Romanian Immigration Office in the area of their residence in Romania.
  • If you hold dual U.S.-Romanian citizenship, see the Romanian Border Police website for information on exit requirements. 
  • If you hold a temporary or permanent residence permit be ready to present it upon request from local competent authorities.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Romania.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Europe. All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

  • Avoid public demonstrations
  • Check the U.S. Embassy Demonstration page for information


  • Robbery, pick pocketing, confidence and internet scams, and credit card fraud are the most commonly reported crimes. 
  • Organized groups of criminals, sometimes including minors, operate in train stations, trains, subways, and busses.
  • Money exchange schemes often involve individuals posing as plainclothes policemen who approach you, flashing a badge, and ask for your passport and wallet. Insist on the presence of a uniformed police officer and request that any issues be resolved at the police station.
  • If traveling on an overnight train, travel with a companion and in the highest class available
  • Do not leave your personal belongings unattended; stow them securely out of sight
  • Use ATMs located inside banks. You should check ATM machine for any evidence of tampering before use.
  • Be extra cautious of your surrounding if using internet café
  • Use cash wherever possible in lieu of credit cards

Be cautious about entering into contracts with Romanian businesses and/or organizations without legal assistance. Both official and societal corruption remains problematic in Romania. The Romanian legal system is difficult for foreigners to navigate, making the assistance of a local attorney nearly essential.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

  • U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy. 
  • Report crimes to the local police at 112 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (40) 21 200-3300. 
  • Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

  • Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

  • Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
  • Basic medical supplies are limited in Romania, especially outside of major cities.
  • Hospitals often lack nursing care and assistance for the elderly.
  • Most prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are available in Romania but are often sold under different names.
  • Response times for emergency services vary widely depending on the region of the country and nature of emergency.

Romania has helicopter services available for the most critical medical evacuation situations. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation

A list of hospitals and physicians is available on the Embassy website.

Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in Romania. For further information, please consult the CDC's information on TB.

Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For further health information, go to:

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Special Circumstances:

Romania is situated in a seismically active region and has a history of devastating earthquakes, with the greatest risk occurring in Bucharest.

  • Mountainous areas of the country can be subject to torrential rains and flash floods, especially in the spring and summer months.

  • Streets and sidewalks are icy and hazardous during winter

  • Avoid contact with stray dogs.
  • Travelers’ checks are of limited use but ATMs (“bancomats” in Romanian) are widely available. 

Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Romania. However, an annual gay pride parade in Bucharest has been the scene of violent protests in past years.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details

Persons with Mobility Issues: Romanian laws and regulations require that public places, the outdoor environment, means of transportation, and housing to be accessible for persons with mobility issues. Although there is progress, accessibility varies greatly. While large cultural institutions and supermarkets are generally accessible, many public places, including sidewalks, hotels, and public transportation, access remain problematic. 

  • Sidewalks and streets are uneven even in major cities.
  • Small hotels and tourist sites often do not have elevators or ramps.
  • Access to public transportation is not adequately marked for people with visual impairments and other disabilities.
  • Platforms at subway stations may be narrow, steep, and slippery.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety: Though Romanian traffic laws are very strict, road accidents are a real and dangerous threat for U.S. citizens visiting Romania. According to the European Union Road Federation, Romania has the highest per-vehicle rate of road fatalities of any country in the EU.

If you chose to drive in Romania, practice defensive driving techniques.

While major streets in larger cities and major inter-city roads are generally in fair to good condition, many secondary roads are in poor repair, unpaved, poorly lit, narrow, and lacking marked lanes.

  • Mountain roads are particularly dangerous when wet or covered with snow or ice. Winter snow removal is intermittent.
  • It is common for pedestrians, animals, cyclists, and horse-drawn carts to share a road with motor vehicles, especially in rural areas.
  • Parked vehicles often block sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to walk in the streets.
  • Cross only at crosswalks and exercise vigilance as crosswalks are generally poorly marked.
  • Local drivers often ignore traffic lights and crosswalk signs.

Maintain vigilance when driving to avoid hitting those who are walking in the streets.

Traffic Laws: Romanian traffic laws are very strict.

  • The traffic police can confiscate any form of a driver's license or permit for 1-3 months and request payment of fines at the time of the infraction.
  • Police are required to give all drivers involved in an accident a breathalyzer test on the scene.
  • Refusal to take a breathalyzer test may result in criminal penalties regardless of whether or not alcohol was involved.
  •  Wearing a seat belt is mandatory.
  • Children under 12 years of age may not be transported in the front seat.
  • Use of mobile phones while driving is banned, with exception of hands free systems.

U.S. driver's licenses are only valid in Romania for up to 90 days. Before the 90-day period expires, U.S. citizens must either obtain an International Driving Permit in addition to their U.S. driver's license or a Romanian driver's license.

For current traffic regulations and speed limits in Romania please visit the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

If entering Romania by vehicle you need to purchase a road tax badge known as “rovinieta” at the border crossing point. Proof of insurance and a car registration document is required when purchasing the "rovinieta."  Drivers of vehicles registered abroad who are not in possession of a valid international insurance document must buy short-term insurance at the border.

Roadside help, vehicle assistance, towing services:  9271
Ambulance, fire brigade, police: 112.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.

Also, we suggest that you visit the website of the Bucharest Metropolitan Police Department website and Romania's National Tourist Office for information on road safety.

Public Transportation: Public transportation in Romania is inexpensive and reliable. Inter-city travel consists of a variety of buses, trams, trolleybuses, and “maxitaxis” (shared taxis). 

  • You can purchase bus or tram tickets at newsstands or street kiosks before boarding and validate the ticket once aboard.
  • For “maxitaxis” you may buy a ticket directly from the driver.
  • Bucharest is the only Romania city with an underground metro

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Romania’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Romania’s air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.


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