COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: November 9, 2020 Country-Specific Information: The Department of State has issued a  Level 3 Travel Advisory for Romania  recommending that U.S. citizens reconsider travel to Romania due to COVID 19. Since February 26, 2020, Romania has confirmed 306,991 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There are 8,009 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19. Post suspended all routine consular …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (November 9, 2020)  Location:  Romania  Event:   Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Romania announced additional restrictions that will go into effect November 9, 2020.  These restrictions will remain in place for 30 days and are subject to being renewed. New COVID-19 restrictions as of November 9, 2020: Masks covering the mouth and nose are …

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Message to U.S. Citizens:  Launch of Online Fee Payments for Adult Passport Renewals on November 1, 2020 

The Department of State is pleased to announce that U.S. Embassy Bucharest has been selected to provide for payment of DS-82 passport renewal fees online.  Beginning November 1, 2020, passport applicants wishing to renew their passport by mail and pay for their DS-82 renewal application online may visit our Adult Passport Renewal page to determine eligibility to use this option.  …

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Message to U.S. Citizens:  Coming Soon:  Online Fee Payment for Adult Passport Renewals 

Currently, nearly all U.S. passport applicants in Romania — including adults renewing their passports through the “mail-in” form DS-82 — must arrange for in-person payment of their passport renewal fee at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.  We understand that this situation is inconvenient for U.S. citizens residing outside Bucharest and have been working on a solution.  The Department of State is pleased to announce that U.S. Embassy Bucharest has been selected to provide for payment of DS-82 passport renewal fees …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

 Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (October 9, 2020) Location:  Romania Event:   Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the Institution of the Prefect of the Municipality of Bucharest introduced precautionary COVID-19 restrictions on Oct 7, 2020. These restrictions will remain in place until the cumulative incidence rate of cases drops below 1.5/1,000 inhabitants over a 14-day …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away!  Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

 Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (September 17, 2020) Location:  Romania Event:   Effective September 21, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest will resume processing a limited number of services for American citizens in Romania. Passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad Effective September 21, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest will offer a very limited number of appointments for routine applications for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs). …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (July 30, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On July 29, the Government of Romania approved new restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures require the mandatory use of face coverings in public outdoor spaces such as bus stops, open air markets, outdoor events, crowded urban and tourist areas, …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (July 24, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On July 15, the Government of Romania (GOR) approved a decision to extend the nationwide state of alert for an additional 30 days without imposing further restrictions. This comes as new cases of COVID-19 have increased week-over-week since the beginning of June. On …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (July 17, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On July 15, the Government of Romania (GOR) approved a decision to extend the nationwide state of alert for an additional 30 days without imposing further restrictions. This comes as new cases of COVID-19 have increased week-over-week since the beginning of June. On …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (July 10, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: Romania remains in an extended 30-day state of alert, which began June 17. After a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Romania announced that relaxation measures previously scheduled for July 1 would be postponed due to scientific and technical data showing …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (June 30, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: Romania remains in an extended 30-day state of alert, which began June 17. After a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Romania announced that relaxation measures previously scheduled for July 1 would be postponed due to scientific and technical data showing …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (June 26, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On June 16, the Government of Romania announced the extension of the nationwide COVID-19 state of alert for another 30 days, starting June 17. As communicated in previous messages, a number of relaxation measures entered into force on June 15, which permitted the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (June 19, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On June 16, the Government of Romania announced the extension of the nationwide COVID-19 state of alert for another 30 days, starting June 17. As communicated in previous messages, a number of relaxation measures entered into force on June 15, which permitted the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (June 12, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: Romania remains in a 30-day state of alert, which began May 15. On June 9, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis announced his intent to extend the state of alert beyond June 15, while relaxing more restrictions. The Romanian Cabinet has approved some of these …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (June 5, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: Romania remains in a 30-day state of alert, which began May 15. The state of alert represents a gradual lifting of some previously imposed restrictions, but it maintains a number of limitations. It discourages gatherings of three or more people, except for certain …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (May 29, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: Romania remains in a 30-day state of alert, which began May 15. The state of alert represents a gradual lifting of some previously imposed restrictions, but it maintains many limitations on movement and public gatherings. It discourages gatherings of three or more people, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (May 18, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On May 15, the Government of Romania announced the end of the state of emergency and the beginning of a 30-day state of alert. The Government of Romania also released new guidance with regard to visa and resident permit validity, available here . Under …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (May 15, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On May 15, the Government of Romania announced the end of the state of emergency and the beginning of a 30-day state of alert. The state of alert represents a gradual lifting of some previously imposed restrictions, but it maintains many limitations on …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (May 6, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On May 4, President Klaus Iohannis announced that the nationwide state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will end on May 14.  The government will implement a state of alert beginning May 15.  Iohannis announced that the government will move toward …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 28, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On April 27, 2020, the Government of Romania announced Military Ordinance 10, which permits people over age 65 to leave their home any time during the day for professional activities, medical treatment or procedures that cannot be postponed, or to deliver agricultural products. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 23, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: In an April 21 address, President Iohannis said a gradual relaxation of restrictions could be possible after May 15 if there is a decrease in cases and death rates. He said the measures would only be revised based on scientific and medical evidence. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 17, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: The Government of Romania (GOR) issued Military Ordinance 9 on April 16th. A Romanian language version of the ordinance is here (.PDF file, unknown size). This ordinance extends the suspension of flights between Romania, UK, Northern Ireland, U.S., Belgium, Netherlands, Turkey, Iran, Italy, France, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 14, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: Today, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis officially announced an extension of Romania’s state of emergency for 30 additional days from April 15, which Parliament is expected to vote to confirm on April 16. Accordingly, he urged residents to stay home and indicated the government …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 13, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The most recent CDC guidance is here: …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 11, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: The Government of Romania (GOR) issued Military Ordinance 8, which revised travel restrictions, agricultural measures, and healthcare requirements under the state of emergency. An English language version of the ordinance is here (.PDF file, unknown size). A Romanian language version of the ordinance is …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 10, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government has recently authorized a $2 trillion federal stimulus package, which provides for a stimulus check for most U.S. taxpayers. To determine whether you qualify, visit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website for more information. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 9, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: As of March 30, 2020, the Romanian Immigration Office postponed all expiration dates for U.S. citizens present in Romania on a temporary, or 90-day, visa. The visas are automatically extended until the end of the state of emergency or official notification. Any documents …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 8, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. passport agencies have suspended processing and shipping overseas regular passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) until further notice. We will accept and transmit passports when normal operations resume. However, because of public health measures to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 7, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: Military Ordinance 7 remains in effect. Commercial flights to and from Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, the U.S., the U.K. and Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Iran are suspended.  This is in addition to the earlier suspension of commercial flights to and from Italy, Spain, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 6, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: The Government of Romania has announced Military Ordinance 7, which went into effect on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at 23:00. This ordinance suspends commercial flights to and from Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, the U.S., the U.K. and Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Iran …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 4, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On April 4, 2020, the Government of Romania announced Military Ordinance 7, which will suspend commercial flights to and from Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, the U.S., the U.K. and Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Iran for 14 days beginning April 5, 2020 at …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 3, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: International commercial flight options currently exist in Romania. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 2, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: The National Public Health Institute of Romania has announced that the United States will be placed on the Red Zone list of nations affected by COVID-19. Anyone traveling from the United States entering Romania will be subject to an institutional quarantine for 14 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 2, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: In his remarks on Tuesday , U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated our steadfast commitment to Americans abroad, but emphasized that “all Americans who wish to return home should do so immediately and make arrangements to accomplish that.” He said that the U.S. government cannot guarantee …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 1, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: TAROM and Wizz Air continue to offer flights from Bucharest to Amsterdam. British Airways has flights available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to London Heathrow. British Airways does not show any flights after Saturday. From either Amsterdam or London, travelers can then connect …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (March 31, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: U.S. citizens seeking to return to the United States should arrange for their immediate return while commercial departure options remain available. Otherwise, U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline directly. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (March 30, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: On 29 March, the Ministry of the Interior published Military Ordinance Number 4. Military Ordinance 4 clarifies movements for persons over 65 years of age. Persons over 65 can leave their homes at any time for medical treatment, but they may not travel …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (March 28, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: Effective immediately, the Government of Turkey has suspended all passenger flights to and from Romania until 17 April 2020. The government of Bucharest has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. All parks in the city are now closed. Visit the local …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (March 27, 2020) Location:  Romania Event: U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements as soon as possible, while flights are still available. British Airways has announced that it plans to schedule several flights from Bucharest …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (March 26, 2020) Location:  Romania Event:  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  The Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, and Swiss Air) announced that they have suspended flights until April …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

March 22, 2020 Location: Romania Event:  The Romanian Minister of Interior Marcel Vela announced Military Ordinance 2, which takes effect March 22 at 10 p.m. local time. Retail establishments, with the exception of pharmacies, establishments that sell food or veterinary products, and cleaning services are closed. A curfew is in place between 10 p.m. and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

March 18, 2020 Location: Romania Event:  Due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and the Presidential Proclamations banning entrance into the United States of foreigners who have been in certain areas in the 14 days prior to proposed entrance, we are proving updated information on which services we are currently providing. The American Citizen Services …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

March 15, 2020 Location: Romania Event:  Romanian Interior Minister Vela announced on March 15 that the National Committee for Special Emergency Situations decided on March 14 that all asymptomatic individuals arriving in Romania through land or air points of entry and originating from or transiting within the previous 14 days any country with at least …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Location: Piata Victoriei, Bucharest, Romania. Event: Large protests are expected to occur in and around Piata Victoriei, Saturday, August 10, 2019 between 1700-2200.  The group intends to mark the one year anniversary of the August 10, 2018 demonstrations. The Romanian Government and law enforcement entities are aware of the impending protest and are prepared to take all …

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Demonstrations Alert

Location: In and around Piata Victoriei, Bucharest, Romania Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place this weekend including one on Saturday, 11 August 2018, beginning at 1700.  Road closures expected. Actions to Take: Avoid Piata Victoriei and the surrounding area during the above time and during other demonstrations. Avoid crowds. Monitor local media for updates. …

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Demonstrations Alert

Information for U.S. Citizens Location: Piata Victoriei, Bucharest, Romania Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on Friday, 10 August 2018 between 1500-2300. Actions to Take: Avoid Piata Victoriei and the surrounding area. Monitor local media for updates. Be aware of your surroundings. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania Phone number: +40-21-270-6000 Email address:  AcsBucharest@state.gov Embassy website:  https://ro.usembassy.gov State Department …

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Demonstrations Alert

Location: Victoria Square, Bucharest and possibly other cities in Romania Event: Demonstrations are reported as taking place the evening of 20 June 2018 in Victoria Square, Bucharest. Media reports protests in other cities in Romania. Actions to Take: ·         Monitor local media for updates. ·         Be aware of your surroundings. Assistance: U.S. Embassy/Consulate Bucharest, Romania Phone number: +40-21-270-6000 …

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Demonstrations Alert

Location: Downtown Bucharest, Romania Event: Four separate demonstrations and protests are expected to take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The locations and timing of these events overlap to some degree and the number of attendees is expected to be large.  It is expected that normal pedestrian and vehicular traffic in these areas will be …

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Worldwide Caution – December 6, 2017

United States Embassy in Romania Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and …

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Nationwide Emergency Siren and Notification Drill, April 18-21

Nationwide Emergency Siren and Notification Drill The Romanian Department for Emergency Situations will test Emergency Notification/Public Announcement Systems via emplaced loud speakers from April 18 and April 21 between 10AM and 3PM in Bucharest and in all counties across Romania.  The tests will consist of loud warning sounds (5 different tones) for a duration of …

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Measles Outbreak in Romania – April 10, 2017

United States Embassy Bucharest, Romania Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Measles Outbreak in Romania April 10, 2017 U.S. Embassy Bucharest informs U.S. citizens that Romania is experiencing a measles outbreak, though the majority of cases are concentrated in areas where immunization coverage is especially low.  Regardless, Romania has reported over 4,000 cases and 18 deaths from …

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Worldwide Caution – March 3, 2017

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Read the full text of the Worldwide Caution message on the …

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Worldwide Caution – December 6, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September …

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Protests Expected To Continue Over The Coming Weekend

Anti-government protests are expected to continue through the coming weekend. A large scale protest is planned for Sunday, February 12 at Piaţa Victoriei beginning at 6 p.m. Organizers are hoping for a million participants. Government supporters also continue to meet at the Presidential Palace.  Their numbers are expected to reach two or three thousand. Expect …

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Large Scale Anti-government Protests Continue Throughout Romania

Large scale anti-government protests are expected this evening and through the coming weekend at Piaţa Victoriei and other locations to include, but not limited to, the Ombudsman’s Office, Ministry of Justice, and PSD Party Headquarters.  Large protests are also expected in other cities across Romania. Romanian government passed a decree to de-criminalize certain forms of …

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Expected Protests

Regional Security Office SECURITY NOTICE February 2, 2017 Expected Protests Large scale anti-government protests are expected this evening and through the coming weekend at Piaţa Victoriei and other locations to include, but not limited to, the Ombudsman Office, Ministry of Justice, and PSD Party Headquarters. Large protests are expected to continue taking place in other cities …

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Planned Protest in Bucharest

February 1, 2017 Planned Protest Protests related to recent events in Romania are scheduled for this evening at Piaţa Victoriei with the possibility of protesters moving to the Ombudsman Office, Ministry of Justice, and PSD Party Headquarters. Protesting is currently underway with a small number of protesters. Numbers are expected to increase in size to …

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Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets.  This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017. Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, …

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