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 Romania - Profile

Facts

  • Romania is situated in the southeastern part of Central Europe and shares borders with Hungary to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast, Ukraine to the east and to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east. The river Danube separates it from the Balkans.
  • The population of Romania is 19.5 million and the official language, used by all, is Romanian.
  • The currency used is the Romanian Leu. For details see General Info.
  • Romania is in the Eastern European Time Zone. For specifics see General Info.
  • The climate is temperate but influenced by Scandinavian-Baltic weather. For more details see the Weather section below.
  • The Black Sea coast is flat and lacks natural harbours and anchorages, so from the cruising point of view, Romania has very little to offer with the possible exception of cruising the Danube Delta, one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Europe. The Danube itself is navigable along most of its length and yachts have successfully cruised down the Danube from Austria through the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania. Sailing the river in the opposite direction is difficult and slow because of the strong current. Boats coming from the Black Sea should enter the Danube at Sulina, from where a dredged branch of the river leads to Tulcea, 40 miles upriver. The trip offers a unique opportunity to see some of the Danube Delta.
  • As the only Latin people in Eastern Europe, Romanians have always regarded themselves as different from their neighbours, but nearly half a century of communist rule has almost destroyed traditional life. The profound changes that followed the collapse of the former Soviet empire have allowed Romania to return to the European fold.
  • Cruising information for Bulgaria and Romania is difficult to find. Cruisers report that Romania has changed a lot since "Cruising Bulgaria and Romania" by Nicky Allardice was published in 2006 and much of the information is out of date. A better, more up to date source is to be found in the RCCPF guide, The Black Sea. See publications.
  • The Main-Danube and the Danube-Black Sea canals offer good alternative routes to Romania. In addition facilities for yachts are improving every year. For more details see Yachting Essentials

Security

Overall Crime and Safety:

There is very little crime against visitors in Romania, which is limited to crimes of opportunity.

For travel advisories see the following websites:

Specific Areas of Concern:

Be aware of the risk of distraction theft, often using children and bogus policemen asking to see documents and money. Real plainclothes police officers might only ask to check personal documents, but never your credit cards or your cash.

The copying of credit or debit cards, when used for payment in some bars and restaurants, can be a problem.

Maritime Issues:

The usual safety and security precautions should be taken to protect equipment and dinghies and prevent access to the boat when absent.

General Emergency Numbers:

For more details see General Info.

Weather

The climate is typically temperate with hot summers and cold winters. The winds along the Black Sea coast are very much influenced by the surrounding landmass and in summer there is a daily pattern of land and sea breezes. An onshore breeze comes up around midday and usually dies by dusk to be followed by a land breeze during the night.

Weather broadcasts are at 10:04, 16:04, 20:04, and 04:04 local time on VHF 25.

Romania Weather Forecast

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

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