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Is Romania a Safe or Dangerous country?All crimes against visitors are crimes of opportunity or scams. Violent crime is very rare, though the chances exist. Each visitor must be aware of the scams, that are numerous in Romania. The most common scams: involving individuals posing themselves as police officers; “quick friendship” on bus train stations. Money exchange scams are very common, thus negotiate in advance all fees, and hidden commissions in an exchange office, as the designated exchange rates, might be only to attract your attention. Groups of teenagers might cause a concern as they might be intoxicated and very aggressive, which aim is to steal something valuable from you. Be vigilant and pay attention to suspicious activity, precisely on train stations, and public transport. Extreme care should be taking while visiting bars, nightclubs or any similar night entertaining activities. Drink spiking is not common, though there are known reports on it. Do not travel alone if possible and avoid remote and poorly lit areas of the big cities like Bucharest. For example, it is better to avoid visiting the areas with a high frequency of crime in southwest Bucharest such as the “Ferentari” neighborhood. Other areas of concern:
- Vehicle thefts are a concern. We advise avoiding renting cars of the following producers in Romania because they are in the top of the list of the carjacking: Volkswagen, Opel, Mercedes. Never leave any valuables in the plain sight in the vehicle and use special parking zones if wants to leave a car overnight.
- A high rate of corruption. Bribery common in a healthcare system and in the political party system. Generally, tourists are not likely to enforce this dark
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Romania is a very safe country. It is ranked 30th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
Pickpocketing and bag snatching are the main crimes in Bucharest, especially in tourist areas in the capital and big transportation hubs.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Kidnapping is not existing. Mugging is rare and rarely committed against foreigners.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
The most common scams are ripping off in the bars and drink spiking in the strip clubs.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Overall, transportation in Romania is safe. Dishonest drivers, might take an advantage of unsuspecting visitors and rip them off. Uber or Black cab are reputable and reliable.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
Several cities in the country including Bucharest, are located in active seismic zone. Flooding and snowfall in winter might make some parts of the country inaccessible.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg. The threat of terrorist attacks exists, but relatively low. Be vigilant to possible threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Romania is safe for women travellers. The assaults are rare and almost doesn’t exist, though worth to be aware of your surrounding and avoid visiting any places alone if possible. Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.