Updated July 10, 2020, 13:30
- 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 31,398 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There are 1,874 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.
- The Romanian Government’s decision no. 476 of June 16 extended the state of alert in Romania by 30 days starting June 17.
- The state of alert establishes the following:
- Mandatory wearing of “protection masks” in closed public spaces, stores, public transportation, and at the workplace;
- Resumption of routine health care by appointment and opening of dental offices;
- Opening of hotels, small commercial centers, groceries, cleaners, opticians, stores with direct access to the outside, shopping malls, fitness clubs and outdoor swimming pools;
- Opening of parks (but not playgrounds);
- Private indoor events or no more than 20 people and outdoor events of no more than 50 people.
- 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:
- The Government has eased commercial flight and travel restrictions to 22 countries with documented COVID-19 case reduction as of June 22, as determined by the National Institute of Public Health: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland. Air carriers TAROM and Wizz Air have resumed operations to regional destinations with daily flights to most destinations. European national carriers have resumed flights to airport hubs with connections to the United States as of June 16. Travelers should continue to be prepared for last minute cancellations and are advised to consult the European Commission’s recently launched website called “Re-open EU” for more information regarding travel restrictions throughout Europe. Please check the Otopeni “Henri Coanda” International Airport website for a schedule of departing flights and check with airlines for updated information about your travel plans.
- Non-Romanian citizens are prohibited from entering the country under the state of alert with some exceptions, including for legal residents, family members, professional reasons or transit. U.S. citizens wishing to know if they meet an exception for entry should contact the nearest Romanian Embassy or the Romanian Border Police prior to departure. The Government of Romania has released guidance with regards to visa and resident permit validity, available here. The right to stay in Romania of any visitor or resident or Romania that expired during the initial state of emergency is extended for an additional 90 days from the end of the state of emergency (until August 12). The right to stay in Romania of any visitor or resident of Romania that will expire during the state of alert will be extended by 90 days from the end of the current state of alert (until October 14). Visitors are encouraged to leave Romania as soon as it is safe to do so and 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 the local authorities.
- On July 6 the Government of Romania approved a revised framework for travel-related isolation and quarantine requirements. Travelers arriving from EEA countries with per capita case growth equal to or less than Romania’s will be exempt from 14 days of isolation. Travelers may consult the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) for a list of these countries.
- 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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