Romania Business Travel Guide

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The Romania Business Travel Guide contains a selection of travel resources and tools aimed at assisting business travellers on their trips. The travel guide highlights some useful information such as business customs, culture, tips, facts on Romania, visa information and more. A thorough understanding of other cultures, languages, customs and traditions can be a great advantage for business travellers helping to create better understanding, avoid cultural misunderstandings and helping to create a successful business trip.

Romania has an upper middle income economy with a number of business opportunities. Located in south east central Europe, it is a member of the EU, NATO and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Major trading partners include EU neighbours Germany, UK, Italy, France and Turkey. Romania shares borders with Ukraine in the north, Moldova in the north east, Bulgaria in the south, Serbia in the south west and Hungary in the north west.

The country has a variety of landscapes including mountains, hills, plains and coastline. Famous attractions include the Palace of the Parliament, Romanian Athenaeum, Herăstrău, Village Museum, Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, Cotroceni Palace and Stavropoleos Monastery in the capital Bucharest and the Black Sea Resorts, Bran Castle, Biertan Fortified Church, Calnic Fortified Church and the Dunube Delta.

Romania Guide

Quick Facts on Romania
Romania Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Romania Map
Romania Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on Romania

Country: Romania

Capital: Bucharest

Currency: Leu (1 leu = 100 bani)

Population: 21.4 Million (UN, 2012)

Area total: 238,000 sq km

Languages: Romanian

Time Zone: GMT +2

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 230V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 40

GDP: USD 189.6 billion (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant.

Political System: Republic

Internet Domain: .ro

Romania Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to Romania. You can find more information on entry requirements for Romania, advice on local laws and customs, health considerations, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British Embassy in Romania. With the information updated regularly, it is a useful resource to check for business and leisure travellers, prior to starting their trips to Romania. For more information please see: Romania Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Romania Embassy UK

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business meetings need to be made in advance. Business dress is conservative, with greetings usually consisting of a handshake with eye contact, business cards are often then exchanged. People should be addressed with their proper titles and wait for the hosts to determine a more informal approach. There is a high level of bureaucracy and protocols that are followed, decisions can take time and doing business will take patience as the correct procedure is followed. There are high standards of etiquette that everyone is expected to follow.

Punctuality is important especially in the private sector. Expect to be kept waiting in the state sector. Business may be conducted over business lunches or dinners that take place in restaurants and work socialising may involve going to a bar with work colleagues. A number of business people in Romania speak English, however there are translators available if needed. Many companies are closed during Easter, Christmas and the peak summer season, therefore it is generally best to avoid these times when conducting business.

Travel Advice and Tips

Most trips to Romania by business travellers and tourists pass by trouble free. You should be aware of incidents of pick pocket theft and bag snatching. Passports and credit cards are sought after and like any other valuables you may have should not be displayed in public. It is important to remain alert and vigilant to your surroundings and environment to help stay away from any incidents.

Travel Checklist: See our Things to Remember Checklist containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: It is recommended you check with your GP whether you require any travel vaccinations up to eight weeks before you travel. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Businesses:
09.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday (some have longer hours)

For Shops:
08.30 to 16.00 Monday to Friday
09.00 to 14.00 Saturdays

NOTE: Some supermarkets are open longer hours than is the norm for other shops, including on Sundays and some are open 24 hours.

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

January 1:New Year's Day
January 6: Epiphany
April 13:Othodox Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
May 25: Whit Monday
December 1: National Day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Second Christmas Day

Romania Map

Map of Bucharest, Romania

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Romania Weather & Climate

Romania's geographical location gives it a climate that ranges from temperate to continental. Generally summers tend to be warm to hot with cold winters, the north of the country tends to be colder than the south with Bucharest and the Black Sea coast famous for its tourist beaches getting temperatures of up to 40°C. The best times to visit include Spring and summer with warm to hot temperatures. The winter months bring cold temperatures across Romania with the coldest temperatures found in the Carpathian Mountains, snowfall is a regular occurrence in winter. The skiing season is usually from December to March with Christmas time the busiest.

Lightweight cotton and linen clothing can be warn in the summer months; Mountain/Alpine wear clothing is required in the mountain regions throughout the year. Additional layers and warmer clothing is required during the autumn and winter months. Rain wear is recommended throughout the year.

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