Considering the events that have happened around the world in the last period of time, maybe you now have doubts about how safe to travel is the country that you are thinking of visiting next. If you read this article, it means that the country that you may want to visit next is Romania. We understand your concern, and we want to assure you that Romania is safe for tourists! Although it is never too much to take all the traveling safety tips into consideration, Romania has a low overall risk of danger towards tourists and is quite a safe country.
Source: Vision of Humanity.
In the image above, you can find an interactive map of how the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) is calculated for every country and what aspects are taken into consideration. Data figured in this image are from 2018.
GTD (Global Terrorism Database) ranks the countries in the world based on the level of terrorist activity. The GTD is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), and it is based on data from the Global Terrorism Database.
Romania ranks 138 out of 163 countries and indicates no terrorist attacks. Countries with a higher incoming tourism rate such as France, Spain, Italy, UK, China, and Mexico have a higher terrorism attack risk than Romania. According to Global Terrorism Index (2018) the most dangerous countries with the highest terrorism impact are countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Syria.
According to the Global Peace Index, Romania is a peaceful country ranking 25 out of 163 countries. We do not exaggerate when we say that Romania is among the safest countries in Europe, terrorism in Romania being non-existent.
Source: Vision of Humanity
The Global Peace Index (GPI) measures the relative position of nations' and regions' peacefulness. It is produced by the Institute of Economics and Peace and combines 3 significant factors:
As it appears in the Global Peace Index 2019 Report, Romania has reduced rank indicators, which is a good thing. It means there is no travel warning in Romania.
Therefore, despite everything that is going on in the world, Romania remains one of the safest countries in Central and Eastern Europe, with a crime rate below the European average. The level of corruption stays nevertheless high, unfortunately, prompted by the population as well, who looks for quick fixes against bureaucracy. To avoid incidents, you should always request legal justification along with evidence and not encourage those who represent authority to find a solution outside the law. If you travel by car, you must know that finding available parking spots might be a problem, but only in the cities. On the other hand, once you reach the countryside, don’t be surprised if you come across carts and animals on the road – just slow down and use your horn to draw their attention.
Traveling to Romania can be done by booking a flight to Bucharest Otopeni, or to one of the cities in Romania that you wish to visit first.
If you are planning to start your journey from Bucharest Romania, you have to know that traffic in Bucharest is not light at all, therefore if you plan to drive around the city, just do it with patience, carefulness and by following the traffic rules. If you plan to go around the city by public transportation, the quickest way is by metro. The metro can take you almost anywhere in Bucharest, and it has quite good links if you change in Piata Unirii. Bucharest’s train station has connections with all the major cities in Romania; hence, you can consider this as well.
Traveling around the country is quite safe; however, Romania is lacking when talking about road infrastructure. The road conditions in Romania, if compared with other infrastructural developed countries, are lacking. Most of the main roads that are linking the main cities, are quite small and they pass through lots of little villages; therefore, traffic gems exist sometimes.
If you plan to take a taxi around a city in Romania, you can go on ahead! Taxis in Romania are quite safe and cheap as well. Just be aware of scams. Some taxi drivers can take advantage of naive tourists and set an excessive fee. To avoid these scams risk, just ask the driver what the price for your trip is before departing. You can as well take an Uber or just call for a taxi, which is usually safer.
Pickpocketing is a general problem when traveling in any country; therefore, you must stay alert at all times. Romania is safe enough for tourists, and Romanian people are quite welcoming towards them. However, to stay safe, especially in crowded places, keep your valuable belongings in a bag always in front of you so that you won’t have any trouble.
When talking about women travelers, the overall risk is low, as Romania is a safe country to visit for any genre. At the same time, the mugging risk is non-existing towards tourists. That being said, it is never too much to be aware of your surroundings in any situation
All this being said, wondering if Romania is safe to travel should be the least of your problems. You should instead think about what you want to do here, either taking Romania by step off the beaten tracks and observe the wildlife, or having a relaxing day at SPA, or maybe taking a biking and/or hiking trip on the highest peaks in Romania.
We have such a range of destinations that it is impossible not to like at least one! You can go sea sight as we have the Black Sea in the Southeast of the country. Combine it with a visit to Delta Dunarii (Danube Delta), and you will have the perfect itinerary.
You can as well start your journey in Romania by visiting Bucharest and heading further north to discover the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania, or Moldova. Some of the most popular attractions in Romania, such as Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), Turda Salt Mine, the city of Brasov, Corvin Castle, and so many other destinations are all in the itineraries and day tours on our website so make sure to check them out.
Meanwhile in Romania, you have to try the Romanian food as well and you have plenty of places to choose from. Another important point for tourists could be the water in Romania. Although the tap water is drinkable in Romania, the majority of the people are buying bottled water. The reason is that the water is highly chlorinated and, depending on the city that you travel in, the water system could be quite old. Therefore, if you travel for a couple of days or for a longer period you can buy water from every shop and supermarket to stay safe, as in most of the countries.
Concluding, Romania is a safe country to travel posing no threat to personal safety. You can just travel around the country enjoying the breathtaking sceneries and cultural landmarks.