Weather in Maramures

Formal procedures.

To enter Romania, the following papers are needed:

  • valid passport;
  • entrance visa (payable at border points);
  • declaration of goods and values;
  • insurance for cars (green card);

Not allowedThere are some things that are not allowed to be brought into Romania:

  • weapons, ammunitions, paralysing sprayes, drugs;
  • precious metals, merchandise, except for personal goods (they can be brought if paying the customs fees for them);
  • animals brought to the country must have a veterinary medical orderly certificate and a vaccination certificate (entrance to the country is without quarantine).

Tourist Visas. Foreign citizens who travel to Romania shall obtain a visa from a Romanian embassy or consulate, unless they are short-term visitors, citizens of the countries that concluded with Romania agreements concerning abolition of visas. Visas can also be obtained at the border, by the citizens of EU and NATO member states, as well as by the citizens coming from Australia, Switzerland, Japan and Israel. In order to get a visa, the applicant shall apply personally to any Romanian embassy or consulate. The delay of issuance is between 2 and 30 days to obtain a visa. Visa is issued for single or multiple entries. Visa is issued in the passport or in any other travel document, if it is valid and recognized by the Romanian state. More details, like the types of visas, how to apply, where to apply, visa fees and the list of states whose citizens can travel to Romania without visas / receive visas without invitation / have to present a letter of invitation to obtain a visa, can be obtained at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Afairs.

Customs Information. Romania applies the international regulations of Convention for the Customs Facilities for Tourist Traffic. Highly valuable goodwill and foreign currency (over the value of $ 1,000 per person) must be declared when entering the country. Endorsed customs declarations must be kept as they are required when leaving the country. It is forbidden to import, unless with a special license, lei (the Romanian currency), ammunition, explosives, narcotics, pornographic material. It is forbidden to export items of cultural, historic, or artistic value. Car drivers must be in possession of relevant car documents including green card and personal driving license. Anti-rabbics vaccination certificates are required for cats and dogs. More details on Romanian customs can be found on the Romanian Customs Administration.

Currency Information. The national currency is the LEU (plural LEI). Coins come with denominations of 50, 100 and 500 lei. Notes in denominations of 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000, 50.000 and 100.000 lei. Foreign currency can only be exchanged at banks and authorized exchange offices. As rates can vary from one place to another it is wise to shop around. Keep the exchange vouchers as they may be required when you, pay for things in lei. Dollar bills are the most readily negotiated currency in Romania and it is a good idea to take some with you, preferably in small denominations.

Credic Cards. There are a few credit cards used in Romania and the general acceptance is still quite low. Credit cards can be used for paying touristic services (hotel, restaurant, rent a car), for payment goods from certain shops, and in cafe, bar, disco or exchange house (IDM Exchange, Trust House Exchange).

Time Zone. Romanian time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean time and one hour ahead Western Europe mean time.

Climate. The climate varies from temperate-continental in Eastern Maramures (under the influence of subpolar air masses), to moderate in western part of the country (under oceanic influences). To find out the weather, go here (updated every half an hour).

Average annual precipitation ranges from 700 mm to 1500 mm. The average number of days with rainfall and snowfall is of 140 and 30 respectively. Rainfall is more frequent in the area around Baia Mare.

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