Language

The official language in Romania is Romanian. People in Bucharest and other tourist areas often understand English.

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Money

Romania’s official currency is the leu, or lei in plural. One leu equals 100 bani. You can exchange money at airports, hotels, banks or authorized exchange bureaus. Large banks, shopping centers and airports in Romania’s cities usually have ATMs, and major credit cards are accepted in the main cities. You can cash traveler’s checks in large banks, some exchange offices in Bucharest and some hotels. They’re most easily accepted in euros, but the commission is high regardless of the currency. It’s a good idea to carry some euros or US dollars, in case you have trouble getting cash.

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Communications

Romania’s international country code is 40. To call another country from Romania, dial 00 followed by the appropriate country code. Cities and larger towns have plenty of email and Internet access.

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Tipping

Even though restaurants include a service charge in the bill, it’s customary to tip an additional 5 to 10 percent. Tip taxi drivers for good, efficient service. Some large hotels and restaurants that cater to tourists expect tips between 10 and 20 percent.

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Safety

Scam artists and pickpockets operate in Romania’s major cities. Use common sense and keep your belongings close and valuables hidden. Be wary of police officers demanding fines or asking to see documents; police corruption is a serious problem in Romania. The best way to react is to offer to accompany them to the nearest police station before giving them any money or documents. Never leave any valuables or travel documents in your hotel room.

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Health

The quality of medical care differs greatly between the urban and rural centers of the country. Make sure you’re covered by health insurance. Consult your doctor about a vaccination for hepatitis A before you leave. Stick to bottled water and avoid stray dogs, which can carry rabies and tick-borne African Typhus disease.

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Electricity

Romania’s electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz and uses two-pinned, European-style plugs.

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A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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