Customs and import to Bucharest


Imports in Romania

Although Romania is a member of the European Union, it is not in the Schengen space. All citizens who enter the country must pass before border control, regardless of whether they are entering the country from another EU state or not.

There are two desks at any border check point when entering Romania: "Nothing to Declare" and "Goods to Declare". If you do not carry with you items that are either prohibited or above the maximum permissible limits, you can go through "Nothing to Declare". Keep in mind that authorities will perform random checks of the persons in the "Nothing to Declare" line and inspect the luggage they are bringing to the country.

Restricted Items:

  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Explosive, radioactive and nuclear substances
  • Drugs or psychotropic substances, potential biological weapons, medicine containing psychotropic substances
  • Toxic material
  • Endangered animal species or plants

Prohibited Items:

  • Unlicensed drugs
  • Meat, milk and other animal products
  • Pornographic material
  • Offensive weapons
  • Counterfeit and pirated goods

Permissible Imports:

  • Items of personal use
  • Tobacco products - 40 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos (weighing a maximum of 3 grams each) or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco
  • Alcohol - 1 liter of spirits over 22 % vol or 80% ethylic alcohol, or 2 liters of alcoholic beverages below 22% vol, or 4 liters of unfortified wine, or 16 liters of beer
  • Currency up to 10,000 euro (or its equivalent in other currencies)
  • Other goods - Up to a value of 430 Euro for citizens coming into the country by plane (300 euro for other means of transport)

Bringing Pets to Romania

Pets may be brought into Romania, but this requires additional preparation and expense.

First of all, if you plan to bring your pet you must ensure that the Border Inspection Post you plan to go through has a veterinarian checkpoint. A list of the Border Inspection Posts with veterinarian checkpoints can be found on the Romanian Customs website.

A notification should be sent 24 hours prior to arrival. You should call the Border Inspection Post through which you will be entering the country and arrange for the veterinarian checkpoint personnel to be there at the time you will be arriving. Once at the border, you must prove that the animal is in good health.

Documentation to Import a Pet to Romania

  • Microchip - Verifies the pet's identity, including the owner's name and address.
  • Vaccination Certificate - Pets entering Romania must be vaccinated against rabies no sooner than 21 days before entering the country. If you are coming from a high-rabies country, regulations differ and your pet may be quarantined.
  • Pet Passport, including veterinary certificate - The format of the passport differs from country to country. The EU Blue Pet Passport is required for pets coming from another EU country. An important part of the pet passport is the veterinary certificate, issued after the veterinary inspection at the border.

Customs Resources

U.S. Citizens: The free pamphlet "Know Before You Go" at is very helpful. (Click on "Travel" and then click on "Know Before You Go!").
You can also contact:

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20229
Tel. 877/287-8667

Canadian Citizens: "I Declare", issued by the Canada Border Services Agency (tel. 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500 ).

U.K. Citizens: HM Customs & Excise at tel. 0845/010-9000 (from outside the U.K., 020/8929-0152).

Australian Citizens: A helpful brochure is available at Australian consulates or Customs offices called "Know Before You Go". Call the Australian Customs Service at tel. 1300/363-263, or log on to

Update 24/04/2017


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