Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 11, 2020)
Event: The Government of Romania (GOR) issued Military Ordinance 8, which revised travel restrictions, agricultural measures, and healthcare requirements under the state of emergency. An English language version of the ordinance is here (.PDF file, unknown size). A Romanian language version of the ordinance is here (.PDF file, unknown size).
Ordinance 8 permits movement outside the home to purchase vehicles, spare parts and auto repair services. The flight ban with Spain was extended through April 28, with exceptions for state-owned aircraft, cargo flights, humanitarian and medical flights. Cross-border workers from Hungary will not be required to enter quarantine if they are asymptomatic and live within 30km of the border. The measure also exempts personnel involved in medical, scientific, economic, and national security activities related to COVID-19 response from quarantine measures upon arrival in Romania. Farmer’s markets will remain open through the state of emergency and the GOR relaxed movement restrictions for certain commercial fishing and agricultural activities. The GOR will prohibit the export of most cereal crops during the state of emergency. The ordinance prohibited disruptions or suspensions of social services at residential care and assisted living centers, senior centers, and other care services for vulnerable populations.
Commercial flights are suspended through April 20 to and from most European connections (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium) as well as Turkey. TAROM suspended international and domestic service through May 1. Wizz Air still operates flights to Lisbon, Malmo, Stockholm, and Oslo. Additional one-time flights are available when demand is sufficient to support a flight but they occur with little to no notice.
Please continue to monitor all security alerts from the U.S. Embassy and obey all ordinances currently put in place by the Romanian government. The latest updates from the Romanian Ministry of Interior are available here.
Actions to Take:
- Reschedule your appointments with the American Citizen Services section at U.S. Embassy Bucharest, unless you have an emergency.
- Arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless you are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
- Visit the Otopeni “Henri Coanda” International Airport website for a schedule of departing flights and check with airlines for updated information about your travel plans.
- Consult the CDC website for 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 U.S.
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