What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Romania?

If you are living and working in Romania, then you may need to access healthcare services there. The quality of the provision you receive will depend on whether you choose to access the public or the private sector. We will look at all aspects of the Romanian healthcare system below and consider some of your … Read more

What Options Are Available For Chronically Ill Expats In Romania?

If you are an expat in Romania and suffer from a chronic illness, your treatment options and healthcare expenses will depend on your level of health insurance. You will be able to sign up for the national system, as long as you are paying contributions into it.  These will be deducted from your salary if … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In Romania

Romania has a universal healthcare system, which operates on a two-tier model, with both public medical insurance and optional private healthcare. Everyone who makes contributions into the social security system, including expats, are eligible for state care. You must be registered with a doctor in order to qualify.However, the Romanian public health system is experiencing … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Romania

Everyone who makes contributions into the Romanian social security system, including expats, are eligible for state health insurance and can access the public healthcare system. However, the Romanian public health system is experiencing a number of serious challenges and has been ranked as the weakest in Europe, according to the European Health Consumer Index.As a … Read more

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Romania

Romania is a beautiful country, and you will find a number of opportunities to maintain your fitness and health there.Romanians are interested in sports. Association football is the most popular sport, and Steaua Bucharest were the first Eastern European side to win both the European Cup and the European Supercup in 1986. The sport has … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Romania?

If you are registered with the national health insurance system in Romania, then your treatment will theoretically be free or low cost. We say ‘theoretically’, because, unfortunately, corruption remains rife in Romanian public healthcare, with many people offering bribes. This is also not unknown in the private sector, although it is less common.Given that the … Read more

Complementary Therapies In Romania And How To Access Them

Romania has been a centre for spas and thermal springs for generations, perhaps even since before Roman times.Aqua Herculis – the Roman name of Baile Herculane – is even named after the Greek hero/god Hercules, who is said to have bathed in the thermal water there. The inscription “Ad Aquas Herculis Sacras”, from 153 AD, … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In Romania

The Romanian banking system has proven to be remarkably resilient, even through the tumultuous financial crisis. The banking system in Romania has been aligned with EU standards. Most banks are now branches of foreign banking groups, which ensure the stability of the Romanian banking system. The level of service is generally considered to be of … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Romania

Romania is a Southeastern European country, infamous for the forest covered region of Transylvania, which was the birthplace of modern vampire novels and home to fictitious Count Dracula. Overlooked by the Carpathian Mountains, Romania boasts perfectly preserved medieval towns, fortified churches and castles, and various iconic landmarks that seem like they’ve come straight out of … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Romania

Romania is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination and it is also home to a number of working expats. Whether or not you will need a visa to travel there will depend on your nationality, as well as your reason for visiting. We will look at some of your options below. Will I need a … Read more

How To Find A Job In Romania

Romania is an intriguing option for expats seeking work in Eastern Europe: it might not be your first choice but it is definitely worth considering, as the country is the new home to some big multinationals, has a relatively low cost of living, and a currently low rate of unemployment which suggests that the economy … Read more

How To Apply For Residency In Romania

If you are an EU or US citizen and your planned stay in Romania doesn’t exceed 90 days, then things will be pretty straightforward for you. It is recommended that you make your presence known at the nearest police precinct if you planning to remain in the country for a period longer than 10 days; … Read more

Aldous Mina, Iasi

Who are you? My name is Aldous Mina, I am a former US Peace Corps volunteer in Romania, and have worked in capacity building and market development.I am now engaged in economic development, foreign direct investments, and market entry in Central and Eastern Europe. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I was posted … Read more

An Expat Guide To Romanian Residency Visas

Romania joined the European Union (EU) on 1 January 2007, but has yet to join the Schengen Area, which it is legally obliged to do. The Schengen Area allows borderless travel between the 26 countries who are members of the agreement. These include all the EU countries, except the UK and Ireland (Eire) which maintain … Read more

Andrea Carman, Bucharest

Who are you? My name is Andrea Carman (Canadian) and I’ve been living in Bucharest, Romania for close to 8 years. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Bucharest because I wanted more international experiences, having lived in Mexico prior to my European move.As Thoreau wrote once upon a time, “I … Read more

How Not To Offend The Locals In Romania

The people of Romania are known for being warm, friendly and hospitable. They readily accept foreigners not just into their country but also their homes. Many of the locals act as host families to tourists as well as expats. While they treat their guests like royalty, they also expect to receive a fair amount of … Read more

Romania – Top Expat Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Romania and some of the bloggers who write about living there. Expat In Romaniahttp://expatro.blogspot.co.uk/ Matt was actually born in Romania, but spent most of … Read more

Interviewing For A Job In Romania: Five Things You Need To Know

Bordered by the Black Sea and located between Ukraine and Bulgaria, Romania is an important business destination in Eastern Europe. It is also a popular tourist hub, with abundant natural beauty such as the Carpathian Mountains and the beautiful beaches along the Black Sea coast. The capital city of Bucharest is especially attractive to expats … Read more

Moving To Romania With Children

Romania, with its rich culture, natural beauty and fairly high standard of living, has a lot to offer expats of all ages. However, many people are apprehensive about moving to this country, especially if they have children of school-going ages. These are usually the formative years for children, and all parents want their kids to … Read more

A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Romania

Public transport in Romania has developed greatly over the past few years. The country now has a fairly good network of trains, buses, trams, taxis, trolley buses and subways, at least in the bigger cities. However, statistics show that more than 60% of the tourist and expat population prefer to get around using private cars, … Read more