Overland Romania Travel
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=Visiting Romania=Places to visit could be the Danube delta (very nice especially in the spring or summer), the Carpathian mountains (hiking or skiing). There are many caves too, which could be very interesting. Nice cities are Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara.
- 1 Entering Romania with a Car or Motorbike
- 2 Driving in Romania
- 3 Gas and Diesel price in Romania
- 4 Safety and Security Considerations
- 5 Camping in Romania
- 6 Navigation
- 7 Special Overland Travel interests
- 8 Vehicle Maintenance
- 9 Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Romania
- 10 References
- 11 Helpful External links
Entering Romania with a Car or Motorbike
Correct as of: (date last confirmed correct)
(To check if you need a travel Visa for Romania, application instructions and fees see: Romania Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
For motor vehicles (except motorbikes) an electronic toll vignette (rovinieta) is compulsory on these roads.’’
Process at border
Entering the border by car is not difficult at all. You might be asked for the car papers and an international assurance for the car (also called green card).
Cost of entry
No Entry tax
Permitted length of stay
A foreign registered vehicle can stay up to 6 months in any country within EU. EU includes: Austria, Italy, Belgium, Latvia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Croatia, Luxembourg, Cyprus Malta, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Portugal, Finland, Romania, France, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Sweden & Ireland However, you must pay extra attention and study carefully your stay in the Schengen Zone which allows only 3 months every 6 months per year. The Schengen Member States include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & Liechtenstein. More info about Schengen Zone Visa at: 1 For example Switzerland, Norway or Liechtenstein belong to the Schengen Zone (which literally means free movement) but in the EU. Also countries like Serbia, Albania, FYROM, Bosnia or Belarus do not belong to any group (EU or Schengen Zone)
Extension of stay
Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.
Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country
Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.
Exiting with a vehicle
No paperwork, nothing special to do.
Driving in Romania
Recommended books for Overlanding in Romania
Travel insurance for Romania
Vehicle insurance requirements
Insurance is mandatory.
Cost of vehicle insurance
State the price of insurance and a time period.
Where to purchase vehicle insurance
Describe where insurance can be purchased.
Any EU issued Driving License. International Driving Permit is mandatory for non-EU issued Driving Licenses (USA, Canada, Australia ..) and must be shown in case of control from traffic police..
Driving side of road
RHD vehicles can be driven (can also be registered) in Romania.
Mandatory items in vehicle
These items must be carried in the vehicle: safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher.
General Road quality
Give a brief description of the general road quality. Mention if one way streets are common.
Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.
No Toll Roads
A valid Vignette (Rovinieta) is mandatory for driving on all the roads in Romania, it can be purchased at most gas stations, PayPoints or online https://www.roviniete.ro/
Bribery in Romania
Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.
No regular check points.
Traveling with pets
List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.
Gas and Diesel price in Romania
Last updated: February 2021
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|Unleaded||$1.23 USD per Liter|
|Diesel||$1.23 USD per Liter|
Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency
Gas and Diesel availability is not a problem at all. Gas stations are all over the place, every 20-50 km.
Gas and Diesel Quality
Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.
Safety and Security Considerations
Driving at night
Driving at night is as safe as everywhere in Europe, no particularly reason to avoid it.
Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.
Special driving considerations
A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.
Security advisories and information
- Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State
- Travel Reports and Warnings - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Travel advice by country - Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
- Travel Advice for Romania - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Camping in Romania
Organized camping is common.https://cucortu.ro/toate?lang=en. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.https://cucortu.ro/toate?lang=en /> Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.
Camping guide books
List and link to books specifically for camping.
Almost all over the country, the water quality is fair, no caution is needed, even if the taste of the water in the plain is not the same as in the mountains.
Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Romania
GPS Maps of Romania
Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).
GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Romania
- iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.
Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.
Special Overland Travel interests
List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders
4x4s / Trucks
- Toyota Global Dealer Locator
- Land Rover International Dealer Locator
- Mercedes Benz International (select country on bottom right)
- Jeep International site locator
Add known good mechanics here.
Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Romania
A foreigner can not register a vehicle in Romania. You need to have residence in Romania in order to register a vehicle. A foreigner can buy a vehicle but he needs to export it out of Romania in 30 days. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'
Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.
Add any helpful external links here.