Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (November 9, 2020)
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 mandatory nationwide in indoor and outdoor public areas for individuals who have reached the age of five and above;
- Teleworking or staggered hours for employees;
- All schools will close and move to online;
- Public and private parties are banned;
- Indoor markets and fairs are closed;
- Stores will only open from 0500 to 2100, with the exception of food delivery, pharmacies, and gas stations.
- Nighttime curfew from 2300 to 0500, with the exception of transport to/from work, seeking medical assistance, purchasing medicine, or providing care to children/elderly;
- Required professional or personal declaration forms for movement during this time; you can present a self-declaration for both personal and professional purposes, but you can also present a service card and employer declaration for professional travel;
Alerts and advisories
The Embassy’s highest priority remains supporting U.S. citizens in Romania. Romania remains in a nationwide state of alert. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel for Romania. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Romania.
Please continue to monitor all security alerts from the U.S. Embassy and obey all ordinances imposed by the Government of Romania. The latest updates and further details on the state of alert are available on the Romanian Ministry of Interior’s website here.
U.S. citizens are not permitted to enter Romania unless they meet one of the specified exceptions. U.S. citizens wishing to know if they meet an exception for entry may consult the Ministry of Interior’s website here (Romanian language only), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website here, or the Romanian Border Police’s website here. For quarantine requirements, travelers may consult the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) for a list of affected countries.
Actions to take:
Review and follow newly imposed restrictions.
- Check with airlines and visit the Otopeni “Henri Coanda” International Airport website for updated information about your travel plans.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive Alerts and to ensure you can be located in an emergency.
- Consult the CDC websitefor the most up-to-date information and the CDC’s latest recommendations on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 Information on conditions in Romania.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.