Country: Romania is located in southeastern Europe. It borders the Black Sea between the Ukraine and Bulgaria. It also borders Hungary, Serbia and Moldova. Its capital is Bucharest and the population is approximately 20 million. Romanian is the country’s official language.
To access emergency services: Dial 112
Currency: Romanian leu (RON)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Romania, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in a Romanian hospital: The Romanian word for hospital is 'spital' and paramedic services are known by the acronym SMURD (Serviciul Mobil de Urgenţǎ, Reanimare şi Descarcerare) – the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication. Private hospitals are the best option for visitors looking for world-class healthcare in Romania, while private clinics are a good option for less serious conditions. Staff are well-trained and can usually speak English. Three of the largest providers of private healthcare in Romania are MedLife, Regina Maria and Sanador.
Most common over-the-counter and prescription medications are available in Romania; however, visitors who prefer a specific brand should bring a supply with them, as generics may be the only option.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Romania: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Romania - specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO or the World Health for up-to-date travel notices.