ELECTRICITY: 230 V / 50 Hz
CURRENCY: Leu (plural "Lei"), 1 leu = 100 bani
PASSPORT / VISA:
Citizens of the countries of the European Union can enter Romania with their National Identity Card.
Citizens of any other country should check the visa regulations that apply to them with the nearest Romanian Consulate. More entry and visa information as well as a list of Romanian Consulates abroad is available at http://mae.ro/en/node/2040.
Tap water is safe to drink but if you are in doubt buy bottled water. Romania is home to more than 1/3 of the natural mineral springs in Europe.
SHOP OPENING HOURS:
Normal shopping hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Special purchases include embroideries, ceramics, pottery, porcelain, crystal, glassware, silverware, carpets, rugs, fabrics, wool jumpers, woodcarvings, glass paintings and more. Antiques ("Antichitati") and Consigned Goods stores ("Consignatia") deserve shoppers' attention.
BANKS / CREDIT CARDS / ATMs:
Banks: are usually open 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
ATM machines are available at main banks and at airports and shopping centres. There are very, very few ATMs in remote areas or villages.
Major credit cards including American Express, Mastercard and Visa are accepted in large hotels, car rental companies and stores in the main cities. However, credit cards are unlikely to prove useful in small towns or away from tourist areas.
Taxi drivers do not expect tips but courteous service can be rewarded.
Hotel maid - the equivalent of 4 Lei/ day or 25 Lei for one week or longer stays.
Hotel Concierge - tipping for the answer to a simple question is not necessary but 10 Lei to 15 Lei is suitable for help making reservations or getting tickets to a show.
Restaurants - although service is included a 5% to 10% tip will be appreciated.
Documents needed to take your pet into Romania include a Veterinary Health Certificate and a proof of rabies vaccination, not older than six months. Translation of documents is not needed if they are in English, French or German.
General emergency phone number: 112