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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador: Dumitru Sorin DUCARU
Embassy: 1607 23rd Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: [1] (202) 232-3694
Fax [1] (202) 232-4748

Consulate(s) General are in:
Los Angeles
11766 Wilshire Bl., Suite 560,
Los Angeles, CA 90025.
(310) 444-0043

Chicago
737 N. Michigan Av., Suite 2105
Chicago, IL 60611

New York
200 E. 38th St., 3rd Floor,
New York, NY 10016.

US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador: Mark Gitenstein
Embassy: Strada Tudor Arghezi 7-9, Bucharest
Mailing Address: American Embassy Bucharest, Department of State, Washington, DC 20521-5260 (pouch)
Telephone: [40] (1) 200-3300
Fax: [40] (1) 200-3442
Branch Office: Cluj-Napoca

Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Romania

Embassy of Romania in Washington, DC USA
U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania
Embassy of Romania in Tokyo, Japan
Embassy of Romania in Oslo, Norway
Consulate General of Romania in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


FOREIGN RELATIONS

Romania is a steadfast strategic partner in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and it has provided significant contributions of troops, equipment, and other assistance in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Romania’s efforts to promote greater cooperation among its Black Sea neighbors in the areas of defense, law enforcement, energy, economic development, and environment, complement the U.S. goal of enhancing stability in this sensitive and important region. In addition, the United States and Romania have a mutual commitment to supporting human rights, the rule of law, and peace and freedom for all. The two countries are bound together through myriad people-to-people contacts in business, the arts, scholarship, and a host of other exchanges.

Romania continues to improve its capabilities for NATO and multinational operations, and has repeatedly demonstrated its willingness to provide forces and assets in support of shared national security interests.

Romania has agreed to host elements of the U.S. Phased Adaptive Approach to European missile defense in the 2015 timeframe. The two countries signed a ballistic missile defense agreement in 2011 allowing the deployment of U.S. personnel, equipment, and anti-missile interceptors to Romania over the next five years. The United States and Romania also have adopted the bilateral Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century.

The United States established diplomatic relations with Romania in 1880 following its independence from the Ottoman Empire. Diplomatic relations were severed when Romania declared war on the United States in 1941 during World War II; they were reestablished following the war in 1946. A communist regime took power in 1947, and U.S. relations with Romania were cold during the early post-war period. A 1989 revolution ended communist rule in Romania. As Romania's policies became unequivocally pro-Western, the United States moved to deepen relationsby increasing cooperation on shared goals, including economic and political development, defense reform, and non-traditional threats such as transborder crime and non-proliferation.

U.S. Assistance to Romania

U.S. assistance seeks to support Romania in completing its military modernization, improving its interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces, and increasing its expeditionary deployment capabilities in support of NATO’s collective defense and coalition operations with the United States.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Following the 1989 revolution that ended communist rule, Romania's economy began a transition from state control. The country has worked to create a legal framework consistent with a market economy and investment promotion; it became a member of the European Union (EU) in 2007. The United States and Romania have a bilateral investment treaty, which was amended prior to Romania's accession to the EU. Favored areas for U.S. investment include information technology and telecommunications, energy, services, manufacturing, and consumer products. Major Romanian exports to the United States include chemicals, steel and metallic items, plastics and rubber items, and clothing.

Romania's Membership in International Organizations

Romania and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Romania also is an observer to the Organization of American States.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Romania is Mark Gitenstein; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Romania maintains an embassy in the United States at 1607 23rd St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-332-4846).

More information about Romania is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Romania Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Romania Page
U.S. Embassy: Romania
History of U.S. Relations With Romania
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information




TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Romania check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving U.S Driving Permit accepted
Currency (ROL) Leu
Electrical 230 Volts
Telephones Country Code 40, City Code, Bucharest 21+7D, Cimpulung Moldovenesc 230+6D, Botosani 231+6D



Time: GMT/UTC plus 2 hours (a further hour ahead in summer)

Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz

Weights & measures:
Metric

Tourism: 2.83 million visitors per year

Climate
Romania has a temperate climate, similar to the northeastern United States, with four distinct seasons.

Spring is pleasant with cool mornings and nights and warm days.

Summer is quite warm, with extended sunny days. The hottest areas in summer are the lowlands in southern and eastern Romania where 100 F is often reached in July and August. Temperatures are always cooler in the mountains.

Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing colorful foliage, much like New England.

Winters can be cold, especially in the mountains. While not the rule, abundant snowfalls may occur throughout the country, from December to mid-March.

Average winter temperature: 26°F
Average summer temperature: 75°F
Average annual rainfall: 26 inches

There are significant regional differences of the climate between different regions of Romania.

Tipping: A five to ten per cent service tip is customary in restaurants. Porters, chambermaids and taxi drivers expect tips.


CUSTOMS/DUTIES

Tobacco.....200 cigarettes or 50 cigars 200g of tobacco

Liquor.........2 litres of spirits; 4 litres of wine; 4 litres of beer

Perfume.....Reasonable for personal use

Cameras.....No restrictions

Film............Reasonable for personal use

Gifts............Up to a value of us$1000

Currency.....Should be declared on arrival

Prohibited Imports: Ammunition, explosives, narcotics, pornographic material, uncanned meats, animal and dairy products.

Prohibited Exports : Articles of cultural, historical or artistic value.

Note: Valuable goods, such as jewellery, art, electrical items and foreign currency should be declared on entry. Endorsed customs declarations must be kept, as they must be shown on leaving the country.



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