Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (July 10, 2020)

Location:  Romania


Romania remains in an extended 30-day state of alert, which began June 17. After a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Romania announced that relaxation measures previously scheduled for July 1 would be postponed due to scientific and technical data showing a rise in COVID-19 cases. The government has continued to reemphasize compliance with existing restrictive measures and has not ruled out extending the current state of alert or implementing further restrictions based on current case growth.

As communicated in previous messages, relaxation measures have permitted the reopening of shopping malls, fitness clubs, outdoor pools, private indoor events of no more than 20 people, and outdoor events of no more than 50 people. Relaxations have also permitted the reopening of public and private kindergartens, after school programs, and indoor religious services, in compliance with social distancing health guidelines. Restrictions continue to mandate the wearing of protective masks in closed public spaces, stores, public transportation, and the workplace.

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 (.PDF file, unknown size) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website here. They are also advised to contact the Romanian Embassy in their country of origin or the Romanian Border Police prior to departure. The Government of Romania also implemented non-European Economic Area (EEA) travel requirements reflecting the Council of the European Union’s (EU’s) June 30th recommendations, which prohibit non-essential EU travel for U.S. residents. Travelers may consult the European Commission’s webpage called “Re-open EU” for more information regarding travel restrictions throughout Europe.

Separately, 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.

The Government of Romania released guidance with regard to visa and resident permit validity, available here. Documents of any visitor or resident of Romania that expired during the initial state of emergency will maintain validity for an additional 90 days from the end of the state of emergency (until August 12). Documents of any visitor or resident that expired during the state of alert will maintain validity for an additional 90 days from the end of the current state of alert (until October 14). Visitors are encouraged to depart Romania as soon as it is safe to do so. 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.

The government has eased commercial flight and travel restrictions to countries with documented COVID-19 case reductions. 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. Travelers should continue to be prepared for last minute cancellations. Travelers should also visit the Otopeni “Henri Coanda” International Airport website for a schedule of departing flights, and check with airlines for updated information about travel plans.

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.

The U.S. Department of State maintains a Global Level 4 Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for Romania as well as a Global Level 3 Travel Notice.

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