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Romanian Academy - Oceanology and Limnological Commission
Faculty of Biology - "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, Iasi
Babes - Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Danube Delta National Institute
Bucharest Institute of Biology
University of Pitesti
National Environmental Protection Agency 

General Information

Symposium Venue
International Conferences Centre and Palace Hotel, Sinaia, Romania
The Symposium will take place in the International Conferences Centre and in the Palace Hotel.
Inaugurated in 1913 as a replica of the Monte Carlo Casino, all  the architectural elements of the International Conferences Centre breathe an aristocratic air, which flows over the whole resort. During the 1930s, the Casino (as it used to be referred to) was at its zenith, shadowing the fame of the Peles Castle itself. Special trains would bring players to Sinaia from all over the country and beyond. An impressive income accrued to the city, supporting its development. In 1947, the “social magnet” diminished when the Casino was closed for a very long period of time. From 1955, it was re-opened as a culture house. Today, with its spectacular past, with its uniquely elegant and stately architecture, and with the benefit of its recent renovations, the monument now re-opens its gates as an International Center of Conferences, inviting the success of all the events convened there!
The Palace Hotel is located in the central park of Sinaia, near the Conferences Centre and it is generally known to provide its worldwide guests the scent of history, marked by peacefulness and hospitality. Buit in 1911, the hotel delights through its special architecture that reminds of an age of elegance and refinement.
The town of Sinaia is situated on the Bucharest - Brasov railway. There are plenty of trains leaving from Bucharest North (Bucuresti Nord) station and the trip takes 1h30 to 2h. For a railway timetable, see www.cfr.ro. Bucharest North can easily be reached from Bucharest Henri Coanda (Otopeni) international airport by taking the RATB express bus 780 directly to Bucharest North train station ("Gara de Nord"). More information about airport access is available here.
Getting to Romania 
1/ By air - www.otp-airport.ro
Regular and charter flights of Romanian air carriers (notably TAROM the national airline), or the foreign airlines (Air France, British Airways, Austrian Airlines, Alitalia, Lufthansa etc.) connect Bucharest to the world’s major airports. The most important airport from Bucharest is Henri Coanda.
2/ By train  - www.cfr.ro
International express trains connect the main central European capitals with Bucharest. The most important train station in Bucharest is North Train Station. Traveling by train from other European countries to Romania takes from 6 hours ( Budapest to Timisoara) to about 46 hours ( London to Bucharest). Most train tickets allow several stopovers en route so train travel can be an affordable and relaxing way to include Romania in a European trip.
First and second-class sleepers are available for journeys longer than 10 hours and for overnight trains.
3/ By car:
Border crossing between Romania and its western neighbors is just a formality. When renting a car in Europe please check with the car rental company about its policy regarding taking the car across national borders. Insurance can be purchased at any Romanian border crossing point. Documents required by Romanian Customs are the vehicle's registration, proof of insurance and a valid driver's license from the driver's home country.
There are many bus routes that connect Bucharest and Romania's main cities with Athens, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Vienna.
Whilst Romanian (a Latin family language) is spoken throughout Romania, you will easily find English speakers. Most of the hotel and restaurant staff speak English.
Bank and Exchange
Most Romanian banks will change traveller’s cheques as well as cash. Banking hours in general are from Monday to Friday, 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM. Automated cash dispensers are located outside most banks, cash can be withdrawn there 24 hours a day. Mastercard, American Express, Visa and Diners are accepted. Credit cards are also accepted by numerous hotels, restaurants, shops and gas stations. Money can be changed at the airport, at banks, exchange bureaus and larger hotels. You should ask about the charges before changing money, as charges can vary considerably. Foreign exchange facilities are available at the Henri Coanda (Otopeni) International Airport, in the railway stations, and in most hotels in Sinaia.
The local currency is Romanian Leu (RON). Current exchange rates are as follows: 1 EUR ~ 4.2 RON and 1 US$= 3.2 RON.  For various transactions and money exchange, we strongly recommend that you contact only authorized institutions, such as banks or exchange offices.
Local time
The local standard time zone in Romania is GMT + 2 hours.
Romanian networks supply 220 volts and a frequency of 50 Hz. Plugs are continental-style two-pin. A plug adaptor should be taken along, if incompatible elcetric/electronic gadgets are to be used.  
Service is not included in restaurants and it is customary to add a 10% tip of the total. Taxi drivers, hairdressers etc. are also normally tipped 10%. Bellhops, porters, doormen, parking boys etc. generally receive at least 10 LEI per suitcase or per service rendered.  
Other useful information
The climate is temperate-continental of transitional type, specific to Central Europe, with local differences caused by altitude and by slight oceanic (to the West), Mediterranean (to the South-West) and continental (to the East) influences.
Foreigners who travel to Romania have the prior obligation to apply for a visa at a Romanian diplomatic mission or consular post, with the exception of the citizens arriving from those countries with which Romania concluded agreements on the abolition of visa requirements or has unilaterally renounced the visa requirement (see lists below). The foreigners visiting Romania for scientific purposes will have to apply for a short-stay visa, identified by the C/ZA symbol.
A/ The list of the countries whose nationals are exempted from the Romanian visa requirement
1. Andorra
18. Malaysia
2. Antigua and Barbuda
19. Mauritius*
3. Argentina
20. Mexico
4. Australia
21. Monaco
5. Bahamas*
22. New Zealand
6. Barbados*
23. Nicaragua
7. Brazil
24. Panama
8. Brunei
25. Paraguay
9. Canada
26. Saint Kitts and Nevis*
10. Chile
27. Salvador
11. Costa Rica
28. San Marino
12. Croatia
29. Seychelle*
13. Guatemala
30. Singapore
14. Holy See
31. South Korea
15. Honduras
32. United States of America
16. Israel
33. Uruguay
17. Japan
34. Venezuela
1. Hong Kong SAR(1)
2. Macao SAR(2)
(1) The visa requirement exemption applies only to holders of a "Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" passport.
(2) The visa requirement exemption applies only to holders of a "Região Administrativa Especial de Macau" passport.
British Nationals (Overseas)".
* The exemption from the visa requirement will apply from the date of entry into force
of an agreement on visa exemption to be concluded with the European Community.
B/ The list of the countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when enter Romania
1. Afghanistan**
44. Grenada
87. Papua New Guinea
2. Albania
45. Guinea
88. Peru*
3. Algeria*
46. Guinea-Bissau
89. Philippines*
4. Angola
47. Guyana
90. Qatar
5. Armenia
48. Haiti
91. Russia
6. Azerbaijan*
49. India*
92. Rwanda*
7. Bahrain
50. Indonesia
93. Saint Lucia
8. Bangladesh**
51. Iran**
94. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
9. Belarus*
52. Iraq**
95. São Tomé and Príncipe
10. Belize
53. Jamaica
96. Saudi Arabia
11. Benin
54. Jordan*
97. Senegal
12. Bhutan
55. Kazakhstan
98. Serbia
13. Bolivia
56. Kenya
99. Sierra Leone*
14. Bosnia and Herzegovina
57. Kiribati
100. Solomon Islands
15. Botswana
58. Kuwait
101. Somalia**
16. Burkina Faso
59. Kyrgyzstan
102. South Africa
17. Burma/Myanmar
60. Laos
103. Sri Lanka**
18. Burundi*
61. Lebanon*
104. Sudan*
19. Cambodia*
62. Lesotho
105. Surinam*
20. Cameroon
63. Liberia*
106. Swaziland
21. Cape Verde
64. Libya*
107. Syria*
22. Central African Republic*
65. Madagascar
108. Tajikistan*
23. Chad*
66. Malawi
109. Tanzania
24. China*
67. Maldives
110. Thailand
25. Colombia*
68. Mali*
111. Timor-Leste
26. Congo
69. Marshall Islands
112. The Comoros
27. Côte d'Ivoire
70. Mauritania
113. Togo*
28. Cuba*
71. Micronesia
114. Tonga
29. Democratic Republic of the Congo**    
72. Moldova
115. Trinidad and Tobago
30. Djijbouti
73. Mongolia
116. Tunisia*
31. Dominica
74. Morocco*
117. Turkey
32. Dominican Republic*
75. Mozambique
118. Turkmenistan*
33. Ecuador
76. Muntenegru
119. Tuvalu
34. Egypt*
77. Namibia
120. Uganda
35. Equatorial Guinea*
78. Nauru
121. Ukraine
36. Eritrea**
79. Nepal
122. United Arab Emirates
37. Ethiopia**
80. Niger*
123. Uzbekistan*
38. Fiji
81. Nigeria**
124. Vanuatu
39. Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
82. North Korea*
125. Vietnam
40. Gabon
83. Northern Marianas
126. Western Samoa
41. Gambia
84. Oman
127. Yemen*
42. Georgia
85. Pakistan**
128. Zambia
43. Ghana**
86. Palau
129. Zimbabwe
* The states whose nationals must be in possession of an invitation noticed by the Romanian Office for Immigration that they submit when they apply for the visa.
** The states whose nationals, besides this condition, they are subject to the airport visa requirement
1. Palestinian Authority*
2. Taiwan
* The states whose nationals must be in possession of an invitation noticed by the Romanian Office for Immigration that they submit when they apply for the visa.
** The states whose nationals, besides this condition, they are subject to the airport visa requirement
The Romanian law provides that the competent authorities shall grant Romanian entry visas as follows:
(1) The Romanian visa is granted by the Romanian diplomatic missions and consular posts abroad.
(2) Short-stay visas are granted by the Romanian diplomatic missions and consular posts abroad, according to the following provisions:
(a) without the prior approval of the Romanian National Visa Center, for foreigners arriving from the states mentioned at point A/ and for which the invitation procedure is not mandatory;
(b) with the prior approval of the Romanian National Visa Center, for foreigners arriving from the states enumerated in the from point B/.
(3) In view of the approval of short-stay visas applications, the Romanian National Visa Center claims the approval of the Romanian Immigration Office only in those cases established through the protocol endorsed by means of the common order of the Romanian Minister of External Affairs and the Romanian Minister of Home Affairs.
(4) The Romanian Immigration Office will give the approval within 7 working days’ time, starting from the date when the visa application is received from the Romanian National Visa Center. In highly justifiable occurrences, the term can be prolonged up to 7 working days. 
(5) Some foreigners may need official invitations from the organizers in order to apply for visa. These invitations are issued on request.
More information about the Romanian visa, as well as the application forms can be found on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, www.mae.ro.