A place of mythic legends and dark tales, modern-day Romania impresses with its fine collection of ancient monasteries, age-old churches and character-filled castles.

But it's the unexpected delights that also shine bright. Majestic mountains, forests made for hiking, a sophisticated capital brimming with architectural beauty and chic coastal resorts ensure Romania has plenty of aces up its sleeve.

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Trips on or before 31 December 2022

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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Tipping is expected by service workers who generally earn low wages and rely on tips for their livelihood. A tip of around 10% is sufficient for taxi drivers, wait and hotel staff but feel free to tip more for good service.

Travellers will be able to access the internet at cyber cafes and hotels in Romania's cities. Regional and rural areas may have less internet access but, overall, Romania is well connected to the web.

Mobile phone coverage is good in most parts of Romania but mountainous and remote areas may have patchy coverage. Be sure to activate global roaming on your phone before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile.

Most toilets in Romania are of the flushable variety. Public toilets are quite scarce in Romania and expect to pay a small fee when visiting one, as is standard practice in many other European countries.

Local transport ticket = 1.50-2 RON
Glass of local beer = 2-5 RON
Cup of coffee = 5-6 RON
Bottle of imported beer = 5-8 RON
Simple lunch in a cafe = 20 RON
Dinner at a nice restaurant = 40-50 RON

The tap water in Romania is considered safe to drink in most parts of the country unless otherwise marked. Ask your leader if you're unsure of the water quality of the region you're travelling in.

Major credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels, restaurants, boutiques and shops. Smaller retailers like family-run restaurants, market stalls and small shops may not accept credit cards so always carry enough cash to cover smaller purchases.

Travellers will be able to find ATMs throughout most of Romania, especially in large cities and tourist areas.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 2 Jan New Year's Holiday
  • 24 Jan Union of the Romanian Principalities
  • 16 Apr Orthodox Easter Sunday
  • 17 Apr Orthodox Easter Monday
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 4 Jun Orthodox Pentecost
  • 5 Jun Orthodox Whit Monday
  • 15 Aug Assumption Day
  • 30 Nov Feast of Saint Andrew
  • 1 Dec Great Union Day / National Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec 2nd Day of Christmas

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Romania go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/romania/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Aerial view of Transylvania at dusk, Romania

How we're giving back

In Romania, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.