Romania is a country that lies in the western portion of the Black Sea. It possesses great biodiversity, natural beauty, and a wealth of cultural legacy. The country attracts visitors with some of the most picturesque mountain scenery in the world. It also has some of the most pristine landscapes that clash beautifully with its storied cities and the busyness of its capital, Bucharest. The last decade saw Romania undergoing drastic changes and substantial improvement, particularly in its tourism industry. The country became one of the most recent members of the European Union. Romania still offers some surprises when it comes to activities that tourists can enjoy when they visit the country. It is a fairly large nation with some of the most contradicting features, especially on the natural and architectural fronts. Some of the cities in Romania are typically Western European (read modern), while some parts, especially many of the smaller villages, look like they have been dug up from a time capsule dated hundreds of years in the past. There are many things that make Romania stand out from other countries in Europe and the world. One of these is the most popular fictional character of all time, Count Dracula. Others include Eugene Ionesco, George Enescu, sculptor Constantin Brancusi, Nadia Comaneci, Gheorghe Hagi, the Black Sea, the Carpathian Mountains, the Danube Delta, salt mines, "Dacia" cars, stuffed cabbage leaves, painted monasteries, medieval fortresses, twine, wolves and bears, and sunflower fields. Get a great view of all these attractions when you enter Romania with your Health Declaration Form. In 2018, the National Tourism Statistics recorded a total of 15.7 million international and domestic tourists stayed in overnight lodgings. Of the recorded total, 2.2 million were logged as foreign tourists. In the same year, the tourism industry contributed € 5.21 billion directly to the country’s gross domestic product, just a slight improvement from the previous year. That figure is enough to rank Romania in 32nd place in the world, behind the Czech Republic and Greece but ahead of Bulgaria and Slovakia. The total contribution of the tourism sector to the economy, which takes into account spending and investments, was around €15.3 billion, an 8.4% improvement in 2017 numbers. The cities most visited by tourists are Brașov, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Sighișoara, Alba-Iulia, Timișoara, Constanța, and Bucharest. The Carpathian Mountains, the Black Sea and the Danube River and its delta are the most popular natural tourist attractions in Romania. Take a walk through the picturesque cities and sites in Romania by using a Medical Declaration Form to enter the country. Romania is divided into several regions, some of which can be recognized by most people in the world. Perhaps the most famous region of the country is Transylvania. The uninitiated imagine a gloomy place, probably due to the large number of medieval castles and towns dotting the region, surrounded by snowy peaks and dark forests. This scenery has been romanticized in the film version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. What many don’t realize is that the region is experiencing a period of rapid economic growth with modern cities containing huge shopping centers. Banat is the westernmost province of Romania and has arguably the most developed economy. The region has cities dominated by Baroque architecture, as well as German villages in the traditional style located in the western portion, with huge forests in the eastern portion. Another famous region is Muntenia, more commonly known as Wallachia. This is where Bucharest, the national capital, is located. It lends its name to the old kingdom of infamous rulers like Vlad (the Impaler) Ţepeş, with his infamy (or fame, depending on your point of view) transcending cultural and geographical boundaries because of games like Castlevania, and the hit Netflix animated show based on the same game. Other regions include Oltenia with its monasteries, health resorts and caves; Southern Bukovina, the location of the famous Painted Monasteries situated in the middle of scenic rolling hills; Crisana which is the point of entry for most visitors to the country, many of whom ironically ignore the region’s medieval tourist sites and resorts; Maramureş is the northernmost region and the home of timeless villages, beautiful mountainscapes, and wooden churches set in the traditional style; Dobrogea where ancient Greek and Roman ruined cities are located, along with untouched natural surroundings in the lagoons of the Black Sea and the Danube Delta (all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves); and Moldavia with its unusual but lovely blend medieval castles, churches, historical cities, great wine, and friendly locals. A self-declaration form is necessary for you to enter this tourist-friendly country. Some of the primary tourist attractions include the mining museums in Brad. There is also the Aviation Museum and the Dimitrie Leonida National Technical Museum located in Bucharest. You can also go to the largest hydropower plant museum in Europe on the banks of the Danube called the Iron Gates. Children can also enjoy factory tours in food manufacturing and other businesses. Tourists also come to purchase traditional crafts like pottery, embroidery, glass, weaving, and wood carving. Many of them only sell their products in local markets, but they are beginning to organize themselves and are opening their workshops to interested tourists. These craftsmen preserve their traditions especially those from villages in Oltenia, Moldavia, and Transylvania. In order to purchase one of these, you need a Travel Health Card for you to be allowed to enter the country. Winemaking is a well-established tradition that has gone on for a long time. Wine tourism is one of the more developed tourist activities in Romania and includes a presentation of the technology and the caves where the wines are stored. Some of the bigger and more famous wineries include Cotnari, Recas, Odobesti, Prahova Valley, Dragasani, Murfatlar, Husi, and Cricova, which has a network of over 80 kilometers of caves and tunnels for storing wine. There are a lot of things to do and places to see in Romania and tourists will be very pleasantly surprised at every turn. So book your holiday now, make sure that you have all the necessary travel documents with you, and enjoy the natural beauty and rich history of Romania.