COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   06/10/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. 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.

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. The Centers for Disease Control issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for Romania.
  • Since February 26, 2020, Romania has confirmed 1,074,297 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There are 29,777 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.
  • Post suspended all routine consular services in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently the Consular Section is able to provide U.S. citizen services as well as emergency and mission critical visa services. Additional information is available below in “Consular Operations”.
  • Due to the recent decrease in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Romania announced new relaxation measures.  The new restrictions generally increase capacity and participant limits for public and private events, restaurants and resorts, and other entertainment activities.  In general, events and venues may accommodate clients at full capacity if all participants are vaccinated.  Otherwise, the measures reflect a gradual relaxation of restrictions. They include the following:
    • Masks are no longer mandatory in closed workplaces if the maximum number in a location is five vaccinated people.
    • People not of the same family may walk in groups of eight people, as opposed to six.
    • Private events (weddings, baptisms, and birthdays) may accommodate a maximum of 70 guests outdoor, 50 guests indoor, or unlimited guests if those attending are all vaccinated.
    • Restaurants and cafés may open between 0500-2400 at 70% capacity or full capacity if all guests are vaccinated.
    • Gyms and fitness facilities may open at 70% capacity with seven meters distance between clients or full capacity if all clients are vaccinated.  In certain localities with low incident rates, masks may not be required.

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.
  • 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 testing, vaccination, or proof of recovery requirements.  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? No.
  • 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, 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). Travelers with requests for temporary suspension of quarantine due to special circumstances should contact the county Public Health Department’s office.
  • The Government of Romania passed a law authorizing the government to direct individuals into quarantine or home isolation.  Isolation applies to confirmed cases, including for asymptomatic individuals and patients exhibiting symptoms.  Quarantine applies to suspected contacts of confirmed cases and individuals who are traveling to Romania and are not part of the exemptions listed here.
  • The Government of Romania defined “close contact” with COVID-19 infected individuals to facilitate epidemiological investigations. The purpose of defining close contact to identify individuals designated for 14-day self-isolation following close contact with a COVID-19 confirmed infection. During the period of self-isolation, “close contact” individuals will be tested at the beginning and end of the two-week period. The epidemiological investigation should not lead to the supervised isolation of other individuals not meeting “close contact” criteria. This includes:
    • Persons living in the same household as a confirmed COVID-19 patient.
    • Persons with direct physical contact with confirmed patients.
    • Persons with unprotected direct contact (i.e. coughing)
    • Persons in the same room (i.e. students) with a confirmed patient for a minimum of 15 minutes at a distance less than 2 meters.
    • Medical personnel providing direct care to confirmed patients without proper protective equipment.

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 U.S. citizens only.  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.
  • Post is currently processing emergency and mission critical immigrant visas (spouses and children of U.S. citizens, age out cases, and fiancé visas with a documented emergency). For non-immigrant visas post is processing emergency and mission critical C1/D crew, Hs in food production or health care providers, students, medical emergencies, and interview waiver cases.  Some other non-immigrant visas may be accepted for emergency appointments on a case-by-case basis.  For more information, please visit our visa webpages.

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