COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  11/22/2021

***  Effective Novembe 8, 2021, all airline passengers traveling to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel for fully vaccinated passengers, or within one day of travel for unvaccinated passengers. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. For further information on waivers to testing please visit the following page: Waiver Process for CDC Order on pre-Flight Testing. For information regarding testing availability in Romania, please review the “Covid-19 Testing” section below.

All travelers to the United States should continue to monitor the CDC website for testing and quarantine requirements, including state and local regulations related to travel.

Country-Specific Information

  • The Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory recommending that U.S. citizens do not travel to Romania due to a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.
  • Since February 26, 2020, Romania has confirmed 1,764,251 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There are 55,113 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.
  • Effective October 22, 2021, a European Union Digital COVID Certificate or Romanian-issued “Digital Green Certificate/Green Pass” is necessary to access many public locations and to participate in certain activities such as: indoor or outdoor seated dining at restaurants, access to shopping malls, museums, exhibitions, cultural sites, non-essential stores, swimming pools, gyms and other venues. The Green Pass is not required for locations that provide essential services, such as food stores, pharmacies with direct access, or religious services.
      • The Digital Green Certificate/Green Pass may be obtained by individuals who were vaccinated in Romania, and by Romanian citizens and their foreign spouses who were vaccinated abroad or in Romania. U.S. citizens with legal residence in Romania who were vaccinated in the United States and wish to obtain a Green Pass should contact the Romanian Ministry of Health (tel:  021-414-4425, email: certificat-covid@ms.ro). Additional information about the Green Pass is available here.
      • Please note that while Romanian authorities will accept a CDC vaccination card as proof of vaccination upon entry into Romania to avoid quarantine, it may not be accepted by all the venues within the country. The Government of Romania has not issued an explicit policy for acceptance of vaccine documentation issued outside of the European Union, so the decision has been left to individual venues to verify the vaccination status to avoid a fine. If you are told that you cannot enter the venue, consider asking if there is another staff member who might recognize and accept your vaccination card. You may visit the website of CDC for information on generating a vaccination QR code from VAMS: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/reporting/vams/recipient-certificate.html

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Romania? Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
    • The list of accredited facilities in Romania certified for RT-PCT COVID-19 testing can be found on the website of the Romanian Ministry of Health at http://www.ms.ro/centre-testare/. These facilities will prioritize tests for hospitalized patients, individuals suspected of being infected with COVID-19 and individuals who are in a high risk group. Depending on their availability, they may perform testing on demand and may set the cost of the tests performed on demand. The cost of COVID-19 testing on demand varies between $70 – $100 and is paid for by the U.S. citizen. Test results are delivered by email and text message. Positive test results are also included in the database of the Romanian Department of Public Health.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Romania approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Romania for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
    • COVID-19 vaccines are available for U.S. citizens with legal residence in Romania who are old enough to receive an approved vaccine.
  • Which vaccines are available in Romania? The government of Romania has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID- 19 vaccines. Additional information is available here.
  • The government of Romania launched an online platform dedicated to the vaccination campaign, where people can find information about the vaccination centers and will be able to register themselves for taking the vaccine. U.S. citizens with legal residence in Romania can schedule an appointment for vaccination with the call center at 021 414 44 25 or online on the ROVACCINARE platform. The registration may also be done by a family physician.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
    • The Government Decision no. 580 of May 27, 2021 which removed entry restrictions can be accessed here (PDF file, Romanian language only). Foreign citizens may enter Romania but are subject to quarantine requirements, unless they present proof of vaccination or recovery. Romanian authorities will accept a CDC vaccination card as proof of vaccination upon entry into Romania. Regulations continue to change so before traveling to Romania, please consult your airline as well as the Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C. (here) or in the country of your departure for entry requirements.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No.
    • Travelers should consult with their airline, as some air companies require a negative test for boarding. A test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection is also required at some airports where the transit (stopover) takes place. According to Romania’s National Committee for Emergency Situations Decision no. 35 of May 29, 2021, foreign citizens arriving in Romania from third countries (countries that are not member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation) must enter quarantine for a period of 14 days regardless of the country/zone (Green, Yellow or Red) of arrival, with some exceptions listed on the website of the Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C. (here).
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
    • Screening procedures are in place at the Otopeni “Henri Coanda” International Airport. The airport has three thermo scanners and partners with the Border Police and the Department of Public Health to collect questionnaires from the passengers arriving in the country and disseminate information concerning local measures and restrictions (https://www.bucharestairports.ro/en/coronavirus-recommandations).
  • The Government of Romania released guidance with regard to visa and resident permit validity.   Visitors are also encouraged to contact the Romanian authorities for any questions regarding their specific circumstances and interpretation of this guidance, the application of which rests solely under the purview of local authorities.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.
    • Night curfew is in place between 22:00 – 5:00.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
    • There are no restrictions on intercity travel with the exception of areas placed under localized quarantine. Information about the localities placed under lock down can be found on the website of the Romanian Ministry of Interior here.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
    • There are some exceptions but in general, U.S. citizens must quarantine. According to Romania’s National Committee for Emergency Situations Decision no. 35 of May 29, 2021, U.S. citizens  arriving in Romania from third countries (countries that are not member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation) must enter quarantine for a period of 14 days regardless of the country/zone (Green, Yellow or Red) of arrival, with some exceptions listed on the website of the Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C. (here).
    • U.S. citizens who travel to Romania from a country member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation must quarantine if arriving from a yellow zone or red zone country. The list of countries included in the yellow or red zone is available here.
    • Quarantine can be ended on Day 10 if a COVID-19 test is taken on Day 8 and the test result is negative.
    • Children under the age of 6 are not required to quarantine.
    • Travelers with requests for temporary suspension of quarantine due to special circumstances should contact the county Public Health Department’s office.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
    • European national carriers have resumed flights to airport hubs with connections to the United States, but some countries require a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter or transit. For additional information on travel restrictions when departing from Romania, travelers may consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website here.  Travelers should continue to be prepared for last minute cancellations and may also consult the European Commission’s webpage called “Re-open EU” for more information regarding travel restrictions throughout Europe. A schedule of flights is available on the website of the Otopeni “Henri Coandă” International Airport.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
    • Wearing of “protection masks” to cover the nose and mouth is mandatory in taxis, public transportation and public outdoor spaces such as bus stops, metro stops, train stations and airports. Taxi passengers may only sit in the back seats.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • The following penalties apply for violations of local rules and restrictions:
    • Fines between 500 lei ($120) and 2,500 lei ($600) for violating the face mask requirements, quarantine or home isolation rules, movement restrictions, or restrictions concerning participation in indoor gatherings, concerts, meetings, cultural or religious events;
    • Fines between 2,000 lei ($480) and 10,000 lei ($2,400) for conducting demonstrations, processions, concerts or other types of open space gatherings, as well as cultural, scientific, artistic, religious or entertainment activities in closed spaces;
    • Fines between 3,000 lei ($720) and 15,000 lei ($3,600) for violation of restrictions in organizing demonstrations, processions, concerts or other types of open space gatherings, as well as cultural, scientific, artistic, religious or entertainment activities in closed spaces;
    • State enforced quarantine in a state facility for individuals who violate the home isolation or home quarantine requirements, with expenses charged to the individual placed in state quarantine;

Consular Operations

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Consular Section is currently able to provide U.S. citizen services as well as emergency and mission critical visa services.
  • The Consular Section is offering special consular services for U.S. citizens, such as online prison visits, death services, victim assistance, welfare and whereabouts assistance, routine citizenship services for U.S. citizens who require a U.S. passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notary services.  For additional information, please visit the U.S. citizen services page, or the pages related to passport servicesConsular Reports of Birth Abroad or notarial services.
  • Due to current local conditions and the rapid increase in COVID infections in Romania, we are unfortunately having to cancel appointments for Business/Tourism purposes.  We will continue to accept emergency appointments for essential travel for applicants who are Romanian citizens or who have proof of legal residence in Romania (eg, permis de ședere).   We will not consider requests for appointments for holidays, vacation, family visits, routine business meetings, etc…  Essential travel is considered work in support of critical infrastructure in the United States, or a life or death health emergency.    Please see the following website for information on our visa services:  https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ro/index.html.

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