Translated by: John Agrafiotis
Currency: Leu (RON), 1€=4.95 RON.
Visa – Passport: Visas are not required by visitors from the following countries for a visit up to 90 days.
Albania, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.
More info can be found here.
Driving Licence: EU driving license is accepted. Others must have an International Driving Permit (IDP).
Border Stations: Easy crossing between Hungary and Bulgaria, typical procedure at Serbian borders and be patient when you try to pass to Ukraine or Moldova. Romanian side crossing is always easy with pleasant and English speaking border guards.
Insurance: Green card is accepted.
Time Zone: GMT+2
Banks: There are lots of ATMs and most credit cards are accepted in big cities.
Fuel: Unleaded 95: 0,96€ (12/2020). Most fuel stations accept credit cards. According to the locals, Lukoil has the worst quality of fuel.
Lights: The use of headlights during the day is compulsory.
Equipment: Wearing helmets is compulsory for the driver and the passenger.
Maximum Allowed Blood Alcohol Level: 0,00%
Speed Limits: In built-up areas 50 km/h (31 mph), outside built-up areas 90 km/h (55 mph), 100 km/h (62mph) on dual carriageways and 130km/h (80mph) on Motorways.
Fines: Police can impose fines on the spot. If a fine is paid within 48 hours, there is a 50 % discount.
Speed traps: There are lots of speed traps usually at the entrance/exit of towns. Thankfully, most of them are destroyed. Vehicles coming from the opposite direction will warn you for hazards by flashing their lights.
Tolls: Only for cars (check here). Motorcycles do not pay 😉
Useful Phone Numbers:
European Emergency Number: 112
RoGASmaniacs (with quite a few Bulgarian touches) (In Greek language only)
Balkan Express the Black Ribbon Tour (in Greek language)
Ro-mania & around (in Greek language)
Balkan Express: the joy of the road (in Greek language)
Travelling to wonderful Romania (in Greek language)
Time Machines (in Greek language)
* If you are from Romania or have been recently in Romania and you would like to add some information or correct some of the above listed, do not hesitate to contact us.