Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (April 17, 2020)
Event: The Government of Romania (GOR) issued Military Ordinance 9 on April 16th. A Romanian language version of the ordinance is here (.PDF file, unknown size). This ordinance extends the suspension of flights between Romania, UK, Northern Ireland, U.S., Belgium, Netherlands, Turkey, Iran, Italy, France, Germany. During the state of emergency, food markets remain open and their managers shall see that protection measures concerning the use of gloves, masks and social distancing are enforced inside the market and outside near the entrance. When announcing the new ordinance, the Interior Minister emphasized that diaspora returning to Romania will be placed in supervised quarantine.
Commercial flights remain suspended through May 3rd 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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