Logistics

About Romania

Language

The official language is Romanian. English and French are also spoken.
Please be informed that the working language of the conference is English. Therefore, no interpretation will be provided.

Visas

Citizens of the European Union or from the European Economic Area can enter Romania at any border checkpoint where they must present a valid identity document – passport or National Identity Card.

EU/EEA citizens may enter and stay within the territory of Romania in accordance with the right of free movement and residence granted under the Romanian legislation, according to European provisions. For a stay in Romania longer than 90 days, a registration certificate has to be obtained from the Romanian Immigration Office.

American and Canadian citizens as well as citizens of Australia, New Zealand and most European countries do not need an entry visa to visit Romania (for stays up to 90 days). However, a valid passport is required for all overseas / non-EU visitors. Your passport has to be valid for at least 90 days from the date of your intended departure from Romania (it will not expire sooner than three months from the date of departure).

More entry and visa information as well as a list of Non-EU citizens for whom a visa is required are available at the following addresses:

http://evisa.mae.ro/

https://www.mae.ro/anexa_1_ro.pdf

https://www.mae.ro/anexa_2_en.pdf

Please be aware that a valid press accreditation does not guarantee visa approval, nor vice-versa.

Currency

The official Romanian currency is the New Romanian Leu (RON), with its subdivision „ban“; for sums higher than 1 leu, the plural „lei“ is used.
Please be advised that shops do not accept Euros. Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices. Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted.
1 Euro = ~4.70 RON

Official time

The official time in Romania is EET (Eastern European Time), UTC/GMT +2.

The time changes to daylight saving (EEST) on 31 March 2019, when clocks will be set one hour forward (3 o’clock becomes 4 o’clock).

Weather

Climate in Romania is temperate continental in transition. The forecast for June is between a high of 25-28 degrees Celsius during the day and a low of 12-14 Celsius degrees during the night, but delegates should be prepared for lower temperatures.

Country code

The telephone country code for Romania is +40 or 0040

Electricity

Romania’s electricity is 230 V and sockets take the standard continental European dual round-pronged plugs.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in indoor public areas.

Medical Services

Medical assistance will be available at the meeting venue.

Emergency numbers

Dial 112, the EU-wide emergency number for police, the fire brigade or ambulance.

Border Police: +4021 / 9590

www.politiadefrontiera.ro

 

Henri Coandă International Airport: +4021 / 204.10.00

www.bucharestairports.ro

 

Railways Information: +4021 / 9521

www.cfrcalatori.ro

Bucharest

Addresses of the main hospitals in Bucharest:

The Emergency University Hospital: Splaiul Independenței 169, +4021 / 318.0523

The Floreasca Emergency Hospital: Calea Floreasca 8, +40 21 / 599.2300

 

Transport

Arrivals and Departues

Participants are kindly asked to make their own transport arrangements from/to the airport. Travel options from/to the airport include taxi, bus, and train. More details can be found at http://www.bucharestairports.ro/en/transport

From the airport

The national airline is Tarom. Here is a list of its European and national routes: https://www.tarom.ro

Situated 16.5 km North of the Bucharest city centre, the Henri Coandă International Airport is the largest Romanian airport, serving 67 external destinations and 9 domestic destinations.

Ways to get to Bucharest:

Express bus

24/7 schedule, with stops right outside the arrival and departure terminals:

  • 780 Express line, towards Bucharest North Railway Station (main railway station).
  • 783 Express line, towards the city centre.

A one-way trip on the express line costs 3.5 lei (0.75 Euro); tickets or rechargeable cards can be purchased at the bus stop.

Taxi

Inside the airport there are touch screen terminals, for taxi orders, should customers prefer a particular company. Licensed taxis are available for passengers arriving at Henri Coandă International Airport at the terminal exit and accept passengers in order of arrival. The taxi station is located at the exit of the terminal. The distance to the city centre is about 20km.

PRICES: a trip to Bucharest is around 10 – 15 Euros, depending on distance (taxis charge about 1.69 – 3.50 lei per kilometer, 0.4 – 0.8 Euro).

Car rental

There are several rent-a-car companies in the Henri Coandă International Airport, some of them 24/7. Prices are similar to other EU states.

The trip by car or by bus to the city takes 30 – 50 minutes, depending on traffic.

Train

The “Henri Coandă Express” trains connect Bucharest Airport with the North Railway Station. The passengers can reach the CFR “Airport Stop” by shuttle buses departing from the Arrivals Terminal. Tickets for the train/transfer bus are available at the ticket office located in the International Arrivals public area, as well as from all the railway station ticket offices. One ticket costs 6,8 lei.

Bucharest public transport

Trams, buses and trolleybuses

http://stbsa.ro/

Price for one trip: 1.3 lei (0.3 euro)

ONLY for Romanian pre-paid SIM cards or plans: a one day travel card can be purchased via SMS at 7464 (just text the letter „A”). Price – 9 lei (1.8 euro)

Operating hours: 05.00 a.m. – 11.30 p.m.

Various cards available in main stations

Metrorex Map

The subway / metro

http://www.metrorex.ro

Price for one trip: 2.5 lei (0,5 euro)

The ‘Metro’ is the fastest way around the Romanian capital, with central stations close to the main institutions and points of interest.

Operating hours: 05.00 a.m. – 11.30 p.m.

Access cards may be purchased at the stations.

Useful links:

The Romanian Presidency Website: https://www.romania2019.eu/home/
The link to the Romanian Presidency twitter account: https://twitter.com/ro2019eu