Volunteers in Romania listen to a Projects Abroad staff member during an induction tour.

Romania Arrival Procedures

Airport pickup, flights and visas for your trip to Romania

We have all the information you need to know for your trip, from helping with visa queries to walking you through a placement induction on your first day in Romania. Our hassle-free approach means you can concentrate on what really matters, making a difference at your placement.

Arrival airport and pickup in Romania

A member of Projects Abroad staff will be waiting for you at Otopeni Airport when you arrive. You will then drive from Bucharest to Brasov. This two and a half hour journey is very picturesque as you’ll be driving through the Carpathian Mountains. You’ll get a feel of the Romanian countryside while winding through tree-lined roads and passing horse-drawn carriages.


The cost of getting to Brasov from the airport in Bucharest is fully covered by your programme fees.

Booking your flights with us to Romania

Projects Abroad has over 20 years of experience arranging flights for thousands of volunteers around the world. Searching for flights online can be a time-consuming, overwhelming, and frustrating process. Let us do the work for you!


We can help you book the best return flights, making sure you have the safest, most convenient, and cost-effective flight options, no matter how complex your travel plans. Find out more about booking your flights through us.

Visa requirements for your volunteer project or internship in Romania

One of the perks of volunteering with us is the visa guidance we give you. We have a dedicated visa team who have up-to-date information on visa requirements for all of our destinations around the world. You can get in touch with us if you have any visa queries, big or small, and we will talk you through the process. Once you apply, you’ll also get a link to your own MyProjectsAbroad webpage, which will include all the necessary visa information.


Most visitors to Romania will not need to prearrange a visa, as a 90 day tourist visa can usually be secured upon arrival. However, if you are staying for longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a temporary residence permit before arrival.


Please note that Romania is not part of the Schengen visa agreement. Despite this, Schengen visa holders don’t have to get a special Romanian visa to visit the country. This is as long as their Schengen visa allows at least two entries into a Schengen area, and these entries haven’t been exhausted.

Your induction and orientation in Romania

On the morning of your first full day in Brasov, a Projects Abroad staff member will pick you up to show you around the city and give you an introduction to life in Transylvania. You will be shown how to navigate the bus network, as well as the location of:


  • Banks
  • Shops
  • Post offices
  • Projects Abroad Romania office


You will also get to hear more about the way in which we run our projects in Romania. This way, you can feel fully prepared for your volunteer adventure.

Your first day at your volunteer or internship placement in Romania

Your first day of work will serve as an introductory day. Depending on where you are staying and working, you’ll either walk or take the bus. A Projects Abroad staff member will show you what you need to do and how to get to your placement. If you’re working on a Standard Project, all of your work-related transportation costs will be covered by Projects Abroad.


Our staff will take you to your placement and introduce you to your supervisor. You’ll then be shown around and get an introduction to how things are run. You’ll also meet your colleagues on your first day. You’ll only start your project work on your second working day.

Support, safety, and backup

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.