Updated April 1, 2020, 13:00
- The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens not to travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.
- Since February 26, 2020, Romania has confirmed 2,460 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There are 85 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.
- 12,218 people are quarantined and over 119,000 are in self-isolation at home.
- President Iohannis declared a nationwide state of emergency beginning March 16, 2020. (Video and transcript statement, in Romanian)
- The Romanian Minister of Interior announced Military Ordinance 4, which takes effect March 25 at noon local time. Under this ordinance, citizens 65 and older are only allowed to leave home between 1100 and 1300 for activities are restricted to shopping, caring for a minor or elder and individual walks, and between 2000 and 2100 to walk pets near their residence. Citizens 65 and older may leave home anytime their require medical assistance, such as planned treatments or dialysis, with prearranged transportation. The restrictions under Military Ordinance 3 and 4 regarding restrictions of movement with exceptions including for necessary work, provision of goods, and medical care, are obligations. Employees will need to show declaration with basic details and reason for travel (can show electronic version.) Exception are the cargo transports, humanitarian, technical, and mail transports. For more information also see the English translation of Military Ordinance 3: https://www.mai.gov.ro/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ordinance-3-EN-1.pdf.
- 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.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Romania suspended all flights to Italy or from Italy to Romania through April 20, for all the airlines and all the airports in Romania. All flights to and from Spain are suspended through April 13. All commercial flights to and from Germany and France are suspended for 14 days, effective March 25.
- Non-Romanian citizens are prohibited from entering the country after the Military Ordinance 2 ordinance takes effect, March 22, with some exceptions, including for diplomats or passengers part of a well-defined transit itinerary. Transit corridors to maintain freight will also be allowed.
- The Ministry of Internal Affairs has advised travelers that failure to disclose travel to an affected area upon entry in Romania could incur criminal liability.
- 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 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, must self-isolate at home for 14 days.
- The new measure, which adds to Romania’s existing requirement that travelers arriving from countries on its “yellow zone” list self-isolate at home, takes effect as of 2100 on March 15.
- If you were in any of the affected areas in the last 14 days and feel sick while in Romania with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, dial 112 to seek medical advice.
- If you feel any symptoms, call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. The National Institute of Infectious Disease has advised affected individuals to maintain self-quarantine until they receive evaluation from a public health professional.
- The official Romanian toll-free number for COVID-19 information (in Romanian) is 0800800358.
- Other local resources that can provide useful information:
- Government of Romania’s official COVID-19 page
- Ministry of Public Health (http://www.ms.ro)
- Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 Guidance (http://www.ms.ro/coronavirus-covid-19/)
- Romanian National Institute of Public Health (https://instnsp.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/5eced796595b4ee585bcdba03e30c127)
- Department of Public Health (http://www.dspb.ro/)
- Department of Emergency Situations (http://www.dsu.mai.gov.ro/)
- Matei Bals National Institute of Infectious Disease – Bucharest (https://www.mateibals.ro/)
- Romanian Border Police (https://www.politiadefrontiera.ro/en/main/home.html)
- European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china)
- Ministry of Interior Affairs, Military Ordinances (https://www.mai.gov.ro/utile/, click on “Starea de urgențǎ”).
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- Global Health Advisory
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