Take a look at the beautiful, interesting and fun to be accommodations that we use for our holidays, adventure and luxury tours.
For Dracula & Halloween tours
Arad – Continental Hotel
The four stars Continental Hotel situated in the centre of the border town Arad is the highest building in town, located on the main avenue, in the vicinity of the most important administrative, financial and cultural institutions. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, telephone, cable T.V., internet. You can also find here executive rooms and rooms for non-smokers. Services: parking, bowling, night club.
Arieseni – Casa Noastra Country Inn
Close to the Vartop ski slope, Casa Noastra Country-inn is an ideal place for tourists who love a beautiful rustic environment. The country-inn has remarkable architecture that interweaves with its mountain surroundings. The comfortable and hospitable country-inn is ideal for a little relaxing after an eventful day in the mountains or after a traditional “motz” meal!
Classified with four daisies the country – inn is endowed with private bathrooms (shower cabin), colour TV, rustic furniture made of massive oak wood, cosy mattresses and soundproof windows.
Other facilities: barbecue possibilities, children playground and parking.
Baia Mare – Mara Hotel
Located in the heart of Baia-Mare, Mara Hotel 3* is right in the middle of the shopping, business, financial and entertainment areas.
Facilities: AC, mini bar, colour TV, satellite programs, international phones, hair dryer
Services: room service, excursion desk, fax, internet, safety deposit box, safe parking area, rent-a-car.
Baile Olanesti – Supreme Hotel
Situated in Baile Olanesti spa, Suprem is a 3 stars complex is located in an area with wide panoramic view onto the wooded hills, closely unfolding, neighbouring a sacred wooden edifice with outstanding history. The therapeutic properties of the waters in the Baile Olanesti spa, rank this resort among the first in Europe, at equal standards with some famous reputed: Baden Baden, Karlovy Vary, Aix les Bains or Vichy.
The rooms are fitted with dial phone, cable T.V., mini bar/fridge.
Services: guarded car parking, safe keeping of values, room service
Bistrita – Golden Crown Hotel Golden Crown is situated in the heart of Bistrita and offers you all the comfort and services you may expect. The hotel has a famous saloon – Jonathan Harker, the very place where Bram Stoker’s hero had his dinner! A unique place to enjoy a special meal.
Each room has the following facilities: mini bar, telephone with international line and cable colour TV. Services: restaurant, parking lot.
Brasov – Capitol Hotel
Located in the centre of Brasov, just across the street from the main park and the city hall.
Facilities: colour TV, cable, mini bar, and international phone
Services: safety box, luggage transport, message transmittal, cultural and tourist information, room service, clothes washing, cleaning and ironing, game rental, parking reservation
Bucharest – Proconfort Traian Hotel
Hotel Proconfort Traian is located in the centre of the capital, in the neighborhood of Traian market, within 5 min distance from Unirea Square. 90 rooms. Services: Parking (fee required), 24 hour Front Desk, Non Smoking Rooms, Safety Deposit Box, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, Luggage Storage.
Budapest – City Ring Hotel
The relaxed, family-style City Ring Hotel close to the Western Railway Station and Margaret Island is within arm’s reach of Budapest’s business district and major malls. In fact, Central Europe’s largest shopping centre the “Westend City Centre” – excellent for shopping, entertainment and eating out – is only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Each room is fitted with air-conditioning, telephone, radio, TV with satellite channels, pay TV, mini bar. Non smoking rooms are also available on request. Other services: safe internet terminal, and laundry services.
Gura Humorului – Best Western
A place of long-forgotten customs, situated in the hill-mountain area of Bucovina and offering scenic landscapes, the hotel is also very close to the famous outside-painted monasteries. 84 doubles, 60 twins, 24 double-bedded rooms, 38 single rooms, 4 Junior Suites, 2VIP Rooms, 2 Suites. Other facilities: Cable TV; Direct Phone Line; Internet Connection; Mini-Bar in rooms; Parking-Lot; Safe deposit available at the reception.
Hunedoara – Rusca Hotel
Located in the centre of Hunedoara, Hotel Rusca is surrounded by parks. The hotel offers accommodation and services which combine hospitality with high performance.
Facilities: colour TV, mini bar service. Services: guarded parking lot, laundry service, telephone/fax is available on demand, internet.
Ketpo – Almasy Castel
A reconstructed Castle which now runs as a hotel. The hospitable management of the hotel and the politeness of the staff dressed in period costumes ensure you undisturbed relaxation. The 3 stars Count Almassy Castle is the place where many scenes of English Patient movie were filmed. Facilities: television with satellite programs, mini bar and telephone.
Services: parking lot, function rooms, rent-a-car, air conditioning, children-friendly hotel.
Oradea – Continental Hotel Oradea
The four stars Continental Hotel is located in the centre of the city, on the shores of Crisu Repede River, surrounded by a large green area.
The rooms are fitted with: air conditioning, mini bar, hairdryer, phone, internet, cable T.V.
Services: parking lot, swimming pool, sauna, treatment with geothermal water.
Piatra Neamt – Central Hotel
Central Hotel is placed in the heart of Moldavia. The hotel has a perfect location being a point of start for tourists not only for visiting the well-known monasteries, but also to initiate trips to the beautiful landscapes which surrounds the historical city of Piatra Neamt.
Facilities: mini-bar, cable T.V., direct dial telephone, hairdryer.
Services: laundry service, parking lot, room-service, safe deposit box at the front desk.
Poiana Brasov – Zorile Villa
The four star villa in Poiana Brasov has a welcoming interior with Tyrolean influences which creates an unforgettable environment.
The rooms are fitted with cable TV, mini bar, and modern bathrooms; the villa is fitted with sauna. Villa Zorile was the accommodation place of the famous actress Nicole Kidman during the production of Cold Mountain
Satu Mare – Dacia Hotel
Belonging to the Secession style, the building of the Dacia Hotel is one of the most beautiful buildings ever built in this style in Transylvania. The project of the building was prized in a competition in architecture in Vienna.
Facilities: AC, phonic isolated rooms, international telephone line, cable-TV, refrigerating bar.
Services: transport and custody of luggage and values, waking the clients at the requested hour, receiving and distributing correspondence, booking of tickets for performances, plane, train.
Sibiel – Country Inns
The country-inns situated in the splendid scenery of Sibiel surrounded by thick forests, welcome the tourist longing for a little relaxing. The village’s serene environment with an abundance of fresh air provides an unforgettable experience for the guests.
The country-inns provide a variety of services that include telephone, cable TV in the lounge or room, equipped kitchen, non-stop hot water, central heating or with terracotta stoves, garden with outdoor eating and barbecue facilities.
Some country-inns have one bathroom for two rooms
Sibiu – The Romans Emperor Hotel
The exquisite three stars “Romans Emperor” Hotel is located in the historical centre of the city, close to the most important tourist attractions. The Hotel has been the host of many famous personalities such as Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss, King Carol the XII of Sweden, and even Prince Charles.
The rooms are fitted with central heating, fridge, mini bar, cable T.V. and telephone.
Services: 24 hours reception, parking lot, massage, sauna, fitness room.
The stylish hotel is distinguished by elegance, hospitality and gastronomic specialties and the restaurant features a gliding ceiling.
Sighisoara – Wagner House
The 3* hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of the romantic Sighisoara citadel, on the edge of the main square. 17 guest rooms and 5 spacious suites, differently decorated, mainly large and spacious, and uniquely decorated with genuine antique furniture. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, cable TV and telephone.
Szeged – Tisza Hotel
Impressive setting, glamorous atmosphere, feel like a VIP!
Tisza Hotel lies in the heart of Szeged in a 120-year-old building, as one of the most luxurious hotels of the city.
The hotel welcomes the guests with air conditioned apartments and rooms, furnished with contemporary colonial style furniture, colour TV, telephone and mini bar.
Services: safe, massage, solarium, luggage store, closed garage, valet service, transfer service, beer cellar.
Tulcea – Rex Hotel
The four stars Rex Hotel is situated in the economical centre of Tulcea. The interior decoration with modern furniture and the existing facilities create a pleasant environment and a unique comfort. The rooms are equipped with: air conditioning, T.V., mini bar, telephone with international line.
Services: room-service, dry cleaner, rent-a-car, guarded parking, safe keeping of values.
Turda – Hunter Prince Hotel
Hunter Prince Hotel is a genuine medieval fantasy. Situated in the heart of Turda city, the style and shape of the hotel is at the limits of archaic and modern. The hotel restaurant has three separate saloons: The Outlaw’s Hut, The Peasant House and Dracula Castle. The numerous special effects found in the miniature castle introduce the visitors in the medieval world of the Walah Prince Dracula. The hotel’s terrace was made by craftsmen from Maramures and it is a marvellous place where guests can enjoy the many house specialties.
Arieseni – Vank Villa
Arieseni village is ideal for tourist in the summer as well in the winter. The majestic sceneries, the hikes around the mountains, the caves, the rivers and other natural and cultural objectives await the tourist in the summer and the equipped ski slope in the winter. The comfortable and hospitable Vank Villa is ideal for resting out the excitements of the day. Facilities: private bathrooms and cable T.V. (on request). On the ground floor there is a restaurant where guests can enjoy a variety of meals including traditional „motzesc” meals, a mix shop, and conference hall.
Carpathian Mountain Huts
The mountain huts situated in the splendid scenery of Fagaras, Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains provide the tourist with an unforgettable perspective of the mountains. Due to their placements they provide a better hike around the mountains. The more secluded mountain huts may have fewer facilities; in some cases this means bunk beds in a common room, no bathrooms and only outdoor toilets.
Cluj Napoca – Sport Hotel
The two stars “Sport” hotel is situated near the central stadium of Cluj-Napoca city. It has accommodation with bathroom or shower, telephone, radio, TV, satellite programs. Services provided are: restaurant, bar, terrace, room service, hair-dresser’s, barber’s, information desk, exchange office, parking lot, open-aired swimming pool.
Deva – Decebal Hotel
The two star “Decebal” Hotel situated in Deva disposes of rooms fitted with telephone, colour TV and refrigerator. The hotel also has a restaurant, a modern equipped saloon for festivities, exchange office and disco.
Muntele Baisorii – Alpin Hotel
Muntele Baisorii Resort situated on the peak of Baisorii Mountain is an attractive place for winter sport lovers. The two star Alpin hotel situated at 1385 m, disposes of a restaurant, a day bar, a discotheque and ski slopes with ski lift.
Other facilities provided by the hotel are telephone, cable TV, central heating and hot water, and room service.
Rimetea – Country Inns
The village of Rimetea has an attractive image with its houses built in a specific style and scheme. The old traditions are well preserved even today. The ornaments, the painted furniture, traditional household items, traditional costumes, the embroideries and needlework, for which the village is famous for, can be admired at the country-inns as well.
The country-inns have covered resting place in the garden, fireplace, and sand pit for children. Some of the country-inns may have one bathroom for two rooms. The hosts also provide entertaining programmes like displaying traditional trades or cooking classes.
Delta Nature Resorts
A premium five star resort combining rich traditional style with contemporary luxury, the Delta Nature Resort is the perfect gateway to one of the most spectacular holiday experiences in Europe. Each of the 30 spacious villas offers a separate living room and lounge, an indulgent bathroom and a wide deck veranda with breathtaking views of the lake. Facilities: Room amenities include twin or king size beds, down duvets, cotton linen, fine toiletries, bathrobes, safe, mini-bar, fresh fruit basket, wine rack, tea & coffee making facility, television, wireless internet, IDD telephones, desk, comfortable sofas and fireplace. Services: Swimming pool, massage centre, indoor and outdoor sports activities.
We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live – expert in Transylvania has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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Best selling tours in UK
7 days, escorted Dracula tour, HB, from € 1289 – Bucharest departure – code: RO7.BHADT
A literary Dracula Tour included by Fodor’s Travel Guide in Top 10 Must-Do Adventure, the tour includes the funniest Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace.
Attend happenings like The Ritual Killing of a Living Dead (as seen on Travel Channel),Vampiresa Hunting , sleeping in Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, and visit the most important historical places related with Vlad the Impaler, Bran Castle and Poenari Fortress. more»
from € 599 – Cluj Napoca, Transylvania, departure (tour code TR 4.3RoHa)
Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place! A 3 day short break including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace, Transylvania’s iconic image, Bran Castle and the Medieval city of Brasov.
The Halloween Party includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine and accompanied by a special programme including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampiresa Hunting, Romanian Folk Show and many dark surprises.
3 days from € 599- Bucharest departure (tour code Bu4 .3RoHa)
It’s time for the ultimate Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place! A 3 day short break including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace.
Furthermore, visit Transylvania’s iconic image, Bran Castle and one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov.
The itinerary is complimented by an excellent selection of medieval 3* hotels.
The Halloween Party includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine.
Enjoy a special programme including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampire Hunting, Romanian Folk Show and many dark surprises.
HB from € 569- Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca departure ( code: TR 4.3RoSh)
Intended for those willing to discover the best parts of Transylvania’s legendary realms in a shorter period time, this 3 day break includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Sighisoara, unique events which caught the attention of media world wide such as the live reenactment of the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead.
In addition, visit Transylvania’s most beautiful castle – Corvinesti Castle. The entertaining programme is complemented by the relaxing 4* accommodation, a medieval fantasy with beds and the mouth-watering vampire dinner! We bet our 9 lives you’ll love it. Direct flights from London to Cluj Napoca available.
- 5 day Private Dracula Tour from € 1299 -Bucharest departure (tour code: Ro4.3RoVa)
A private Dracula Tour in Transylvania departing from Bucharest. The tour includes historical and legendary places related with Dracula’s life and death.
Visit Vlad Dracula’s birth place in the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, the ruins of the Poienari Fortress – Dracula’s refugee place, Arefu village and Dracula’s tomb in Snagov Monastery.
Enjoy a mysterious trip in Dracula’s Realm!
HB from € 559 – Bucharest departure (code: TR 4.3RoBu)
Intended for those who would like a weekend getaway, this private escorted break is also an ideal after business programme. You only need a weekend to discover the very essence of Transylvania: the legendary Bran Castle, Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s birth place and the outstanding medieval city of Brasov. The trip is based on the low cost flights available from London to Bucharest, every Friday.
a party and 2 transfers from Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca
Enjoy the best Halloween ever in Dracula’s birth place – the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara! A 2 day self guided break departing from the Romanian airport of your choice, be it Bucharest, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca.
You can decide for yourself the level of classification for accommodation in the citadel, from hostel style dormitories to an exquisite 5* intimate medieval hotel.
The main highlight is the Halloween Party including a delicious traditional dinner, an excellent show and providing you with a truly memorable experience.
2 days Short break, HB, € 349 – Bucharest departure (tour code TRB.2RoHa)
Enjoy a relaxing break in Transylvania during Halloween ! A 2 days short break including a Halloween Party at Transylvania’s iconic image – Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle.
1 Day accommodation and Halloween Party at Bran Castle, starting from € 249 (code TRB.1RoHa)
Enjoy an unforgettable night tour of Bran Castle, meet the Wicked Fairies and get lost in their euphoric dance along with a glass of local red wine. Watch a horror movie projection and feel amazing being part of a great and dynamic Halloween After Party in the grounds of Bran Castle until 4:00 am.
Accommodate in a 3* hotel near Bran Castle. Enjoy a traditional dinner and then explore Bran Castle, Transylvania’s symbol. Experience the edifice’s unique charm and immerse yourselves in the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula.
5 hours programme, from €264 / couple
Sightseeing of Bucharest and Dracula’s Tomb from Snagov Island. and an unforgettable evening in a Dracula Restaurant: indulge yourself with a Dracula dinner to find out why it’s worth killing for a meal!
The tours and are designed to show you the beautiful architecture and monuments of the so called “Little Paris”. The sidecar can carry two passengers, one in the sidecar and another riding pillion. We hope you’ll try the sidecar and pillion as they each offer a different perspective.
You will be chauffeured in a sightseeing tour of Bucharest with stops for pictures in the main points of attraction. This is a fabulously fun Dracula Tour from Bucharest viewed from the nostalgia of an original vintage sidecar.
Departures: from Monday to – Friday at 14.00; Saturday – Sunday at 10.30
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The prestigious Fodor’s Travel guide, placed Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler – Dracula Tour in Top Ten Must-Do-Adventures that will make 2007 a year to remember.
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The itinerary of the Vampire in Transylvania – Dracula tour was a major source of inspiration for a documentary that was broadcast-ed on Travel Channel.
Transylvania Live Dracula Tours -The world’s best vampire-spotting locations according to Lonely Planet.
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We had a wonderful time and are very happy that we chose Transylvania Live. I also wanted to let you know that it was really nice to meet the people from Transylvania Live during our party in Turda.
I will be sure to recommend you to any friends who might ask about Romania. Thank you again for all of your help, and most of all your patience with all of my many questions!!! Multumesc!!!!
Damon B, New York, USA
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Advice for British citizens traveling to Romania
According to British government most visits to Romania are trouble-free.
There were no cases of terrorism attacks in Romania but as the country is part of European Union terrorist attacks in Romania can’t be ruled out.
If you need to contact the emergency services in Romania call 112.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact
the British embassy from Bucharest
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General enquiries+40 (21) 201 7200
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If you’re in Romania and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +40 (21) 201 7200.
If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Romania, call 020 7008 1500.
Get an emergency travel document
You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.
You can apply online for an emergency travel document.
If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.
Safety and security for Transylvania travel
Maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in the UK. There is a risk of petty theft in large towns, especially Bucharest. Pickpockets and bag snatchers operate in crowded areas, particularly near exchange shops and hotels, on public transport (especially to the airport), in the main railway stations and inside airport terminals.
Organised attacks by groups can occur. The most common method by distracting victims while several people, often children, attempt to snatch watches and jewellery from pockets or from around the neck and wrist.
Valuables including passports have been stolen from hotel rooms. Use the hotel safe and carry a photocopy of the information pages of your passport as ID.
There have been reports of credit or debit cards being ‘copied’ when used for payment in some bars and restaurants.
Licences and documents
If driving in Romania, make sure you have with you all documentation, including your full, valid driving licence, proof of insurance/green card (third party or above), proof of ID (passport) and proof of ownership (V5C Certificate).
If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
If there’s no deal, you will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able to drive in some European countries as a visitor after the UK has left. Check this guidance page for full information. You should also check guidance on driving in the EU after Brexit for information on other additional documents you may need to carry.
If you’re living in Romania, check the Living in Guide for information on requirements for residents.
Driving regulations Transylvania travel
You’ll need to pay a road toll ‘Rovinieta’ to use the national roads. You can buy the vignette (sticker) at border points and at most petrol stations. The minimum cost is 3 euros for 7 days. Failure to display the sticker may lead to a heavy fine. You can find out more about prices by using the website Roviniete.ro.
Observe the speed limit at all times. Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy.
It’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. The drink drive limit is zero.
Carry the following equipment: first aid kit, fire extinguisher, red warning triangles and a fluorescent jacket.
If your vehicle is damaged before you arrive in Romania, ask a Romanian customs officer or police officer to write a report on the damage so that you have no problems when leaving. If any damage occurs inside the country, a report must be obtained at the scene of the accident.
In 2018 there were 1,867 road deaths in Romania (source: Department for Transport). This equates to 9.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population, (witch is similar with USA) and compares to the UK average of 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2018.
Road conditions are variable and secondary roads can be in a bad state of repair. Driving standards can be poor. Look out for double parked cars, people suddenly braking to avoid a pothole, horse-drawn carts, livestock and stray dogs, particularly in rural areas, running in front of the vehicle. Equip your car for extreme conditions in winter.
Local laws and customs –Transylvania travel
It is illegal to change money on the streets. You should change money only in recognised exchange shops, banks and hotels.
The Romanian authorities treat all drug-related and sex offences very seriously. The age of consent is 18. If you are convicted, you can expect a prison sentence.
Homosexuality has been legal in Romania since 1996. The country has made significant progress in LGBT rights legislation since 2000 including wide–ranging anti-discriminatory laws, equalising the age of consent and laws against homophobic hate crimes.
Bucharest’s annual Pride, usually accompanied by a LGBT film and art festival, has grown in recent years and is gaining the support of more public figures. Since 2017, a Pride event has also been held in the city of Cluj. The country remains generally socially conservative resulting in the majority of LGBT people not being openly gay and there being very few gay bars or clubs in Bucharest or the other main cities. You can find local information on LGBT issues in Romania on the website of ACCEPT. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.
Most airports and military bases will have signs prohibiting photography. Ask permission before photographing anything potentially sensitive (eg official buildings, police cars).
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your Transylvania travel; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Romania.
Parental consent when travelling with minors
Some British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship (irrespective of whether they hold citizenship of other countries) are prevented from leaving the country without notarised parental consent from the minor’s non-travelling parent/s. While enforcement of this may vary at borders, British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship should obtain notarised parental consent before departure from Romania.
A list of the public notaries can be found on the website of the National Union of Public Notaries from Romania.
You should still get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK.
The EHIC entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Romanian nationals. If you don’t have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate.
The UK government has or is seeking agreements with countries on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals after the UK leaves the EU. The NHS website and this travel advice will be updated with further information on travelling to Romania as the circumstances change.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. If you are referred to a medical facility for treatment you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately.
Romania is increasingly a card economy. While a growing number of businesses do accept credit cards, it may be safer to use cash due to the risk of credit card fraud. There is now a large network of ATMs that accept standard international credit and debit cards. Check with your card provider whether you will be able to use these machines.
US dollars and sterling are not always easy to exchange for local currency, especially outside Bucharest. You may have difficulties using travellers’ cheques. Scottish and Northern Irish bank notes may not be accepted in banks and bureaux de change.
Before you travel abroad in Transylvania travel
• tell family and friends where you’re going and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details and itinerary. Store them securely online
• ensure you have access to funds to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card)
• find out if travellers cheques are appropriate for your destination and keep a separate record of their numbers
• invest in a good travel guide to help you plan your trip and consider using online travel forums for more detail about your destination
• check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad. Consider leaving your phone’s IMEI number with a friend or family member, to help block or locate the phone if there’s a problem
• if you’re going to be driving abroad, make sure your licence is current and valid and be aware of the driving laws in the country you are visiting
• if you’re travelling with children who are unaccompanied by one or both parents, check our guidance on permissions that you might need to get and check the policy of your airline or transport provider
When you’re abroad in Transylvania travel
• think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts. Don’t take risks that you wouldn’t in the UK
• don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks
• find out how to minimise your risk from terrorism and what to do if there’s a terrorist attack
• find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws. There may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home
• be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. These activities may be misunderstood by local authorities, especially near military installations.
• store useful numbers on your phone such as the local police and the nearest British embassy or consulate
• whether you’re living abroad or visiting, be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, just as you would in the UK; the ‘Be Alarmed’ campaign gives practical advice on how to stay safe and lists the symptoms to look out for
• if you intend to take part in any adventure sports or water sports during your trip, only use properly licensed and insured operators. Before taking part, make sure you fully understand the operating instructions and satisfy yourself that adequate safety precautions are in place
• check import regulations for food and plants before you attempt to bring them back to the UK
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