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Road Conditions and Safety: Though Romanian traffic laws are very strict, road accidents are a real and dangerous threat for U.S. citizens visiting Romania. According to the European Union Road Federation, Romania has the highest per-vehicle rate of road fatalities of any country in the EU.

If you chose to drive in Romania, practice defensive driving techniques.

While major streets in larger cities and major inter-city roads are generally in fair to good condition, many secondary roads are in poor repair, unpaved, poorly lit, narrow, and lacking marked lanes.

  • Mountain roads are particularly dangerous when wet or covered with snow or ice. Winter snow removal is intermittent.
  • It is common for pedestrians, animals, cyclists, and horse-drawn carts to share a road with motor vehicles, especially in rural areas.
  • Parked vehicles often block sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to walk in the streets.
  • Cross only at crosswalks and exercise vigilance as crosswalks are generally poorly marked.
  • Local drivers often ignore traffic lights and crosswalk signs.

Maintain vigilance when driving to avoid hitting pedestrians in the streets.

Traffic Laws: Romanian traffic laws are very strict.

  • The traffic police can confiscate any form of a driver's license or permit for 1-3 months and request payment of fines at the time of the infraction.
  • Police are required to give all drivers involved in an accident a breathalyzer test on the scene.
  • Refusal to take a breathalyzer test may result in criminal penalties regardless of whether or not alcohol was involved.
  • Wearing a seat belt is mandatory.
  • Children under 12 years of age may not be transported in the front seat.
  • Use of mobile phones while driving is banned, with exception of hands free systems.

U.S. citizens arriving in Romania for stays up to 90 days may use their U.S. state drivers? licenses (DL) along with an International Driving Permit. The U.S. Department of State has authorized two organizations to issue international permits to those who hold valid U.S. driver?s licenses: the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Automobile Touring Alliance. U.S. citizens who obtain temporary or permanent residency permits in Romania can exchange their U.S. driver?s license for a Romanian driver?s license, which will be valid for driving in Romania as well as in other countries of the EU.?

For current traffic regulations and speed limits in Romania please visit the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If entering Romania by vehicle you need to purchase a road tax badge known as ?rovinieta? at the border crossing point. Proof of insurance and a car registration document are required when purchasing the "rovinieta." Drivers of vehicles registered abroad who are not in possession of a valid international insurance document must buy short-term insurance at the border.

Roadside help, vehicle assistance, towing services: Dial 9271
Ambulance, fire brigade, police: Dial 112.

Public Transportation:

Public transportation in Romania is inexpensive and reliable. Inter-city travel options include a variety of buses, trams, trolleybuses, and ?maxitaxis? (shared taxis).

  • You can purchase bus or tram tickets at newsstands or street kiosks before boarding and validate the ticket once aboard.
  • For ?maxitaxis? you may buy a ticket directly from the driver.
  • Bucharest is the only Romanian city with an underground metro.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Visit Romania's National Tourist Office and Bucharest Metropolitan Police Department, which is responsible for road safety.  

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Romania?s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Romania?s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA?s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Romania should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (, and the NGA broadcast warnings website select ?broadcast warnings?.

Iasi, Romania
Iasi, Romania
Iasi, Romania
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