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About the crime, Romania is a civilized EU country and you are safe. The border officers are susceptible to bribes, especially since you have foreign plates. There were recent controls/arrests, one of the measures in order for Romania to qualify for Schengen (which didn't happen yet). There are very few sections of highway (1), so the traffic might be ...


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Easy. If you're taking a laptop, Skype is the answer. Romania has the second fastest internet speeds in the world (I know, I was shocked when I read it two months ago, which is why it stuck in my head). Hostels have wifi as well, some hotels will too, so that's really probably your best option, if price is your primary factor to consider. Others may well ...


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I've crossed the border last year traveling by bus. The checks were nothing special. Just a basic quick check. HOWEVER! It probably depends on where the passengers are from. When I was traveling, everyone in the bus was from the EU and even the bus had an EU license plate. Since September 2014, EU citizens don't even need passports to enter Moldova. On the ...


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Wild camping is not allowed in Romania, there is a law (Legea 54/2012 privind desfasurarea activitatilor de picnic) which does not allow it. But... yes, it is still tolerated. A special attention at the natural reservations (The Danube Delta in particular). An interactive map with camping sites in Romania as well as a downloadable guide can be found here: ...


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Can I apply for schengen visa from the embassy of The Netherlands? Not only that but you must apply for a Dutch Schengen visa to go to the Netherlands (if you need a visa to enter the Schengen area, obviously). Romania isn't part of the Schengen area yet and cannot issue a short-stay visa that would allow you to travel to the Netherlands. Will it permit ...


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Speaking of Poland, where I live, I'd say there's nothing to worry about regarding safety. No wild tribes living in the forests, no pirates and no horse stealers gangs are there nowadays :) Of course if you leave your expensive bike outside without any lock, it can happen that someone will pay more interest to it and eventually take it, but I'm sure it's ...


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The most comfortable and popular way is by train. There are trains toward most of the cities/villages. The train station in Bucharest is called "Gara de Nord" You can go fast from Bucharest to mountain cities such as Brasov, Sinaia, Predeal (all these in the same zone) or farther to Sibiu. I think you may hire guides for mountain trips. Young Romanians also ...


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Your first choice is Skype. Skype has a helpful list of minimum and recommended network bandwidth needed for various types of calls. As you can see there, the recommended minimum for voice calls is 100kbps, which you should find easily at most WiFi hotspots. And this is a bit anecdotal, but if you have a smartphone then install Skype on it and use over WiFi: ...


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Difficult to give an answer with hard data on this question, but I can talk from personal experience of cycling multiple Eastern European countries (not Romania, but Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo...) Traffic, especially out of the cities, is in general pleasant. This is mainly because the traffic is less dense in Eastern ...


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A Romanian friend who used to stay in the US told me recently that she purchased a cheap pre-pay card from the carrier Orange that included many minutes of free calls to the US. Perhaps this is something to look into if you don't have reliable internet access (in which case communication is a non-issue). I suggest you find an Orange shop where they speak ...


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Good to hear you like Romania so far, my suggestion is you visit more of the west part, Transilvania (Sibiu, Brasov, Sighisoara or Cluj) than Bucharest. I don't think you should feel obliged to tip at all. Romania in not a third world country although it is the second poorest in the EU. Tipping in hotels, I do not know about, as a Romanian. Do the same you ...


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Answers to both questions are found on the website of the Romanian embassy in the UK under the section "consular services, visas" In short they are: 1 - yes that's correct. 2: You may apply for or collect the Romanian Visa, in person, based on prior appointment, TUESDAY from 14.00 to 15.00 hrs or FRIDAY from 10.00 to 11.00 hrs (excluding public ...


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My experience with Serbian Railways tells me that such a service could be introduced or cancelled without much notice, it'd be a good idea to check in again closer to when you're travelling. I've emailed Mr. Popvic at the Wasteels Travel Agency Office in Belgrade station, since he tends to be in the know on such matters. I'll post here if he responds. I ...


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As of now, Romania is not a part of the Schengen area. Coming implementation should be in March, 2015. It is also worth mentioning that this is not the first implementation plan, other ones were delayed before, and it's also worth mentioning not to expect Romania to be part of the Schengen area by March as it is a long process. Regarding visiting Romania, ...


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For Croatia and Romania, it depends on your citizenship and possibly on your country of residence and a few other details but not really on where you are currently travelling from. These two countries are EU member states and they should not stamp EU passports (nor even require EU citizens from travelling with a passport, if they hold an ID card). I guess ...


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I only have anecdotal evidence for you as a Croat who frequently travels with a foreign non-euro passport through ex-Yugo countries. On some of the land borders the agents get quite lazy and will literally just look at the outside of the passport and wave you through. These guys you can quite easily ask for stamp if they don't automatically do it (mime it if ...


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According to this PDF document from the official site of the hall of Bacau the new name of the Filimon Sirbu street is GEORGE BACOVIA. I do not speak Romanian, but google translate says that "Denumire veche" means "old name". Also, it seems that this street had a few other old names beside Filimon Sirbu: "Gimnaziu", "Regina Maria" and "Calea Moinesti". ...


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It is a part of Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, part of which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany. Therefore The Nature Reserve Fund of Ukraine considers it a protected area and limits access to it.


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So having gotten back from this trip, I can give my experience as an answer: I went to visit Home Affairs, and they told me that I am allowed to use the old passport in Kenya as long as there is space for stamps, and indeed I used my old passport when I went to Kenya with no problems, using the new passport afterwards when I went to Romania. So it seems ...


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After years of driving in Romania, I would recommend : Do not forget to buy a "rovinieta" (vignette, road tax stamp), even for one day : it is mandatory not only on highways, but also on many "national roads". The control is automatically done with camera systems, and you could have problems when leaving Romania to Bulgaria if you have not recorded your car....


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Since all the romanian politicians agreed Romania does not need motorways/freeways, these are short and far apart. So, plan for an average of 60Km/h (37mph) on most roads. The main roads between larger cities were upgraded to expressways in the last 10 years but since it is an upgrade, you'll often find bicycles, tractors, horse-drawn carriages on them. If ...


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Officially at least, the information you've received seems to be completely wrong. As you're probably already aware, Romania is NOT a Schengen country. They do however have special provisions to allow people with a Schengen Visa to transit through the country for up to 5 days, but only where the intent of the travel is for transit to a third country. In ...


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Bing Maps shows a route to Sulina by car. However, you shouldn't trust it, because... The Sulina article on English Wikipedia says Sulina is only reachable by boat The Sulina article on Romanian Wikipedia says you can only reach it by way of the Black Sea or the Danube. (That article offers a link to what it claims is the official web site for the city, ...


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Yes you can! This is how to do: You have to have a valid Schengen Visa You are eligible to stay up to 5 days in Romania You have to show the immigration that your next destination is a Schengen Country (ex: Greece, France, etc.) and in this case your trip should be Dubai - Romania - Athens (for transit) - Dubai This type of visa is called a transit Visa ...


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If you hold a multiple-entry Schengen visa or a residence permit, you should be able to visit Romania legally for maximum 90 days stay. Read carefully here: Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Quoting from that site (taken on 2015-02-17): Can I travel to Romania without a visa if I hold a visa issued by a Schengen Member State? The holders of ...


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Being from Romania + using bike in the city + having 900 km long bike trip behind me, I can tell you the followings: Bike theft is indeed common in Romania, especially in cities (I myself had 2 bikes stolen, they were tied down in the flat's locked area, but still). I think that there is equal risk for your equipment to be stolen during the night, or your ...


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This is a matter that is not fully harmonized between the Schengen countries. Romania and some -- but not all! -- Schengen states are parties to the European Agreement on the Abolition of Visas for Refugees, created under the auspices of the Council of Europe. If you're going to one of the states that implement the Agreement, you should be allowed visits of ...


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According to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "the holders of Schengen visas with two or multiple entries, national visas or residence permits issued by Schengen Member States" can enter Romania without any additional visa. They don't mention anything about there being any problem with you visiting Romania before any Schengen country on the visa. ...


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No you do not need a separate visa to visit Romania. Please consult this link for more information. But make sure your visa does not expire when you are in Romania. V. Do I need a visa? NO ​The holders of Schengen visas with two or multiple entries, national visas or residence permits issued by Schengen Member States. Attention! The ...


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Rome2Rio shows two options, taxi or bus, from the city centre in Târgu Mureș, Romania, to the Tirgu Mures Airport (TGM) at Vidrasău, a distance of some 13.8 km/8.6 miles, which takes less than 25 minutes. The current Duda Trans bus schedule for the route is TG Mures to Vidrasău: Monday - Friday hours 6:30; 7:30; 8:30; 12:10; 2:10 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.; 5:10 p.m....


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