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State Department: Romania - Consular Information Sheet, November 4, 1994

Romania - Consular Information Sheet
November 4, 1994

Country Description: Romania has undergone profound political and economic changes since the 1989 revolution and is in a period of economic transition. Most tourist facilities, while being upgraded, have not yet reached Western European standards.

Entry Requirements: A passport and visa are required. Transit and tourist visas may be obtained on arrival at Romanian border points or the international airport in Bucharest. Prior to departure, travelers can obtain a visa and other information regarding entry requirements from the Romanian Embassy at 1607 23rd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 232-4747 or the Romanian Consulate in New York City, telephone (212) 682-9120.

Medical Facilities: Medical care in Romania is limited. There is a severe shortage of basic medical supplies. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage useful. There have been a number of confirmed cases of cholera, mainly in the Constanta region. Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control's international travelers hotline on (404) 332-4559.

Crime Information: Crimes against tourists (robbery, mugging, pickpocketing, and confidence scams perpetrated by black-market money changers) are a growing problem in Romania. Presently thefts are most likely to occur on trains and at railroad stations. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad is provided in the pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" which is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Currency Information: Credit cards and travelers checks are of limited utility in Romania.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.

Adoptions: Recent changes in the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's definition of an orphan are having a widespread effect on international adoptions. Before traveling to Romania, prospective parents may wish to obtain information about both American visa requirements and Romanian adoption law from the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest. Romanian adoption law mandates criminal penalties for offering money or goods to obtain the release of children for adoption. An information packet on Romanian adoptions is available by writing the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, Room 4817, Department of State, Washington, D.C. 20520, or by telephoning (202) 647-3444.

Other Information: Customs regulations prohibit the export of some items from Romania. At the time of departure, tourists may need all receipts for presentation to customs authorities. Persons who participate in or photograph demonstrations risk arrest.

Registration: U.S. citizens may register in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy and obtain updated information on travel and security within Romania.

Embassy Location: The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, is located at Strada Tudor Arghezi 7-9; telephone (401) 210-40-42. After hours a duty officer may be reached by calling (401) 210-63-84. Consular services for U.S. citizens are performed in the Consular Section located at Strada Filipescu No. 26 (formerly Strada Snagov), one block from the U.S. Embassy at the corner of Strada Batistei. The telephone number of the Consulate is (401) 210-40-42; the Consulate fax number is (401) 211- 33 -60.

No. 94-261

This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated April 26, 1994, to update the information on adoptions and to add information on cholera.

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