12.69 million arrivals of foreign visitors were registered at Romanian border checkpoints last year, an increase of 187% compared to 2021, according to the National Institute of Statistics data.
Foreign visitors came from Europe (94%), with the largest share being visitors from the European Union (34.6%). Thus, 4.397 million arrivals from EU countries were registered, an increase of 41.2%.
The total number of arrivals top is led by citizens of Ukraine (25.9%), followed by Moldova (20.5%), Bulgaria (12.1%), Hungary (6.8%), Turkey (5.7%), and Serbia (3.4%).
There was also a spectacular increase in arrivals from Australia, Oceania and Other Territories (+472.7%), Asia (+155.4%), America (+142.0%), Africa (+96.7%), and other European countries (+84.1%).
The most visitor arrivals were recorded at Otopeni (1660 thousand arrivals), Giurgiu (1196.1 thousand arrivals), Siret (1055.3 thousand arrivals), and Albiţa (1011.5 thousand arrivals) border checkpoints.
The most departures were registered at Otopeni (4116.6 thousand departures), Borş (1148 thousand departures), Nădlac II (963.7 thousand departures), and Cluj Napoca (903.5 thousand departures) border checkpoints.
Road transport was the most used way to travel to Romania by foreign visitors and is still preferred by Romanians going abroad.