AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING ROMANIA
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in Romania starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Romania. All tourists entering Romanian territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Romanian authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Australia who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Romanian custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Romanian territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), loose tobacco (250g).
- Alcohol: 1L of spirits with more than 22% alcohol by volume (1L), light liquor (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
- Perfume: Perfume (50g) and of eau de toilette (0.25L)
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (10L), fortified wine or spirits up to 22% (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Romania with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.
Australia and Romania
The post-World War II years saw Romanians join the influx of European migrants to Australia. Many initially arrived assisted by the International Refugee Organization scheme only to be followed by thousands more once the communist government was instated in 1947. Emigration was restricted between the 1970s and early 1990s under Romania’s repressive government, but many Romanians fled illegally and sought asylum.
Diplomatic relations between Australia and Romania were established in 1968. Bilateral agreements between the two countries include an Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, a Trade and Economic Agreement and an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion. Australia’s Department of Infrastructure has signed an inaugural air services MOU for a codeshare with the aeronautical authorities of Romania. International security, disarmament and non-proliferation are shared interests. The countries have worked together as part of the UN Missions in Afghanistan and Southern Sudan.
Australia’s two-way merchandise trade with Romania has increased by 67%. Exports to Romania are mainly telecommunications equipment and parts, while imports include ships and boats, mechanical handling equipment and parts, women’s clothing, and plywood and veneers. Bilateral investment heavily favours Romania.
Australian residents include 14,051 who are Romanian-born while 20,994 claim Romanian ancestry.
Australia has long had their own visa-waiver system, known as Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). Romanians need to apply for this before travelling to Australia. Australians can travel to Romania with only a valid passport at the moment. When ETIAS is rolled out in 2021, Australians will have to complete the online ETIAS application before embarking on travel to Romania, whether by land, air or sea.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Romania
Australian Consulate in Bucharest, Romania
Address: The Group, 3 Praga St, District 1, Bucharest 011801, Romania
Phone: +4 0212 062 200, +4 0374 060 845
Fax: +4 021 230 1905, +4 031 107 1378
List of Romanian diplomatic offices in Australia
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