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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing around Romania.

46°57.195'N, 023°26.396'E Chart icon.png
Capital Buchrest
Language Romanian
Currency Romanian Leu (RON)
Time zone EET (UTC+2) , DST: Summer (DST) EETS (UTC+3)
Calling code +40

Romania (dated spellings Roumania and Rumania; Romanian: România romɨˈni.a is a country located at the intersection of Central and Southeastern Europe, bordering on the Black Sea. Romania shares a border with Hungary and Serbia to the west, Ukraine and Moldova to the northeast and east, and Bulgaria to the south. At 238,400 km2 (92,000 sq mi), Romania is the eighth largest country of the European Union by area, and has the seventh largest population of the European Union with more than 19 million people. Its capital and biggest city is Bucharest, the tenth largest city in the EU.

Romania can now be reached by a more direct way than through the Mediterranean thanks to the opening of the 107 mile long Main-Danube Canal. This new canal has made it possible to sail across the entire continent of Europe, from the mouth of the Rhine, on the North Sea, to the mouth of the Danube, on the Black Sea. The 2179 mile long waterway can be used by boats drawing not more than 8 ft (2.5 m) and with an air clearance of 19.5 ft (6 m), so as to be able to pass under the many bridges. Some of the bridges in Yugoslavia were destroyed during the NATO bombing of 1999 and until the situation returns to normal river traffic has been severely restricted.

Cruising yachts may use the Danube-Black Sea Canal, which starts near Constanta and bypasses the Danube Delta. There are certain height restrictions both in the Canal and on the Danube and most yachts will have to lower their masts before entering the Canal.

The Romania coast includes the delta of the river Danube. It is about 100 nM and has only a few harbors.


British Admiralty
2231 Cape Kaliakra to Odessa
2282 Black Sea. Plans in Roumania
2284 Portul Constanta and approaches
10A Bati Kara Deniz (West Black Sea)
17 Kara Deniz; Romanya to Bulgaristan


The climate is typically temperate with hot summers and cold winters. The winds along the Black Sea coast are very much influenced by the surrounding landmass and in summer there is a daily pattern of land and sea breezes. An onshore breeze comes up around midday and usually dies by dusk to be followed by a land breeze during the night.

Sources for Weather forecasts:

3 Maps to choose from - Wind Direction and Speed, Wave Direction and Height, Wave Period.
This map is produced by the Turkish State Meteorological Service which also produces maps for the whole Black Sea and Mediterranean. Map of Regions


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


List islands and island groups belonging to this country. If there is more then 2 paragraphs for a given island, create a dedicated page for it (Island Template and/or Island Group Template).


Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


A yacht must stay several miles off the shore, especially at the Danube delta, because of shallow depths.


An agent is not required. Yachts must clear in and out of each port. Crew should remain on board until formalities have been completed.


On arrival at any of the ports a yacht will be visited by Border Police (Immigration), Customs and Health. They will want to see a completed crew list in duplicate in addition to the ships registration and valid insurance, plus the Customs declaration. It is helpful to have a ship’s stamp with the ships' particulars on it.

Once the formalities are completed a Clearance Permit is given by Harbourmaster to sail from each port to the next port or country.


On departure for the next port in Romania, or on leaving the country, all the visits are repeated and an exit stamp added.

Customs and Immigration


Firearms must be declared and will be detained.

A customs declaration must be completed on arrival, where video cameras, personal computers and other valuables should be detailed.

The export of articles of cultural, historical or artistic value is prohibited.


All visitors must have a passport valid for 6 months.

No visa is required for visits of up to 90 days by nationals of the EU and certain other countries. See [ Customs Anex 2] for an up todate list.

Extensions of stays beyond 90 days may be obtained from the local passport office.

For a current list of countries whose nationals do require a visa to enter Romania, see Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Fees and Charges

There are no extra fees other then visa (if required) and harbor dues.


Reports on the firing ranges and dates of activity are given following the weather on VHF ch. 12. The firing area can be very close to the coast and on direct the path to/from Constanta.

Pets must have a Pet Passport, a current Health Certificate and Rabies Vaccination Certificate (valid at least 30 days prior to and not more than 6 months) and be be microchipped.

Health and Security


There is a hepatitis risk.


Be aware of the risk of distraction theft and bogus policemen asking to see documents. Also the copying of credit cards.



Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data ||
  • Constanta (Port Tomis)Constanta (Port Tomis)/wiki/Constanta Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |
  • Eforie Nord¹Eforie Nord¹/wiki/Eforie_Nord Marina icon – marina |
  • Sulina Sulina /wiki/Sulina Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |


Marinas & Yacht Clubs


There are no secure anchorages anywhere along the Romanian coast.


  • International flights only from Bucharest
  • Domestic flights between major cities
  • Trains need advance reservations to secure a seat
  • Buses are slow, disty, and unreliable
  • Metered taxis in major ciries


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Black Sea.


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