Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (September 17, 2020)
Event: Effective September 21, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest will resume processing a limited number of services for American citizens in Romania.
Passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad
Effective September 21, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest will offer a very limited number of appointments for routine applications for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs).
The Embassy has also resumed processing mail-in passport applications for routine renewals for applications with appropriate form of payment (U.S. postal money order or cashier’s check issued by an American bank). Please view instructions here for mail-in passport applications.
For those in need of a passport for documented immediate international travel or for reasons relating to immigration, the Embassy is also able to process emergency passports for qualifying applicants.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a CRBA, a routine passport, or an emergency passport, please email the American Citizen Services unit at ACSBucharest@state.gov. Emergency requests will be given priority. Your request should include the full name of the passport applicant, date of birth, telephone number, email address, the accompanying parents’ names if the application is for a minor, and the applicant’s travel date.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are offering a limited number of notarial appointments to U.S. citizens for urgent needs and encourage you to pursue other options when possible. Please see our website here to make an appointment or view additional details about alternatives.
If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through U.S. Embassy Bucharest’s diplomatic pouch. Please be aware that COVID-19 travel disruptions have impacted the Embassy’s current pouch operations, which could delay the arrival of your ballot. The Embassy will accept ballots by mail or by drop-off in a Voting Ballot Drop-Box located at the Consular Section entrance. This Voting Ballot Drop-Box will be available from 08:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00 Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
The Embassy will date-stamp voting materials upon receipt, but we cannot provide postage for the ballot envelopes. You can print a postage paid envelope using the template from the website of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, FVAP.gov, under “Election Forms and Materials.”
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.
U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania
B-dul Dr. Liviu Librescu, nr 4-6
Section 1, 014118, Bucuresti
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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