So, you’ve decided that you’re going to visit Romania? That’s great! With Cluj-Napoca fast becoming one of Romania’s most diverse cities, it’s now more important than ever to ensure that you have a nice smooth experience arriving in Romania.

This article applies to all international airports in Romania, so even if you’re not arriving directly in Cluj, this information can still save you time and money.

Generally speaking, visits to Romania should be pretty easy providing that you:

  • have a valid travel document accepted in Romania, such as a passport
  • have a visa, stay permit or other authorisation of stay or transit in Romania
  • are able to provide supporting documentation of any conditions of stay in Romania
  • prove that you have the ability to return to your original country
  • have not been declared as a “persona non grata” (undesirable person) on Romanian territory
  • have not been banned from entering through a Schengen Information System warning
  • are not considered a risk to public health, law internal security or national defense

Visa Requirements

Romania has a number of arrangements with countries around the world, to ensure that their citizens can experience as little inconvenience as possible when visiting Romania. After all, Romania’s beautiful scenery, incredible history and expanding economy is enticing people from all over the globe.

Canadian Passport

The good news is, if you’re from any of the below countries, you do not need an Entry Visa to visit Romania for a period equal to or shorter than 90 days.

  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Most European Countries

If you’re a national of a European Union countries and of the EEA (European Economic Area), you are allowed to stay for a maximum of 90 days. In the event that you wish to stay beyond 90 days, you will need to apply for a registration certificate at the Romanian Immigration Office. For Cluj, that’s Serviciul pentru Imigrări al județului Cluj. For those who are travelling to Romania from EU countries, you can simply enter with your government issued ID card or Passport.

If you’re a citizen of a country which does not reside within the European Union, you will need a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months from the day that you arrive in Romania and must have been issued within the last 10 years. .

If you are not a citizen of the previously mentioned countries, you will also need to obtain a visa. To learn more about visa’s see this article.

Travelling with Cash or Goods

People travel to Romania for a number of reasons, some for work, others for leisure. Obviously, during your time passing through one country or another, there’s always opportunities to bring or leave with some extras. However, it’s important to know what the limits are, so that you don’t encounter any issues at customs.

Each country has it’s own rules, so you should always check the departing and destination country’s stance on bringing goods or money across the border.

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You can enter and leave Romania with a maximum of $10,000 in cash or cheques. If you are carrying anymore, you will need to declare this at customs.

Cigarettes

You’re allowed to bring a maximum of 200 cigarettes, 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars.

Alcohol

Maximum 4 litres of any of wine and beer or two litres of liqueur.

Medicine

Only medicine for your own personal use is permitted, do not carry excess or bulk quantities of medicine.

 

Travelling with Pets

We love our pets and we’d love to take them everywhere with us, after all, don’t they deserve a holiday too? If you are planning to travel with your pet, here’s some important information you must know.

You will need to bring a Veterinary Health Certificate and proof that your animal has been vaccinated against the rabies virus, not older than 6 months. Unless the document is in English, French or German, you will be required to obtain an officially translated version.

You may also take your pet on trains and busses across Romania and owners of large dogs should ensure that the dog is wearing a muzzle. Also, if your pet is likely to become intimidated or exhibit any form of threatening behaviour, you should ensure that all measures are taken to secure your animal to prevent harm to it or others.

Immunisations

There aren’t any required immunisations for people who are travelling to Romania, however, you should ensure that you’re up-to-date on all your standard vaccinations for diseases such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

It’s worth knowing that rabies can be found in dogs, bats and other mammals in Romania. If during your time in Romania, you or your children are planning to travel take part in outdoor activities such as caving or overnight camping, you can certainly receive a rabies vaccination as a pre-caution.

If one of your primary activities in Romania will be working with animals, especially wildlife, a rabies vaccination is definitely recommended.

 

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