Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (June 19, 2020)
Event: On June 16, the Government of Romania announced the extension of the nationwide COVID-19 state of alert for another 30 days, starting June 17. As communicated in previous messages, a number of relaxation measures entered into force on June 15, which 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. Effective June 17, the Government of Romania announced additional relaxation measures, including 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. The Government of Romania has warned that a possible surge in the number of COVID-19 cases could lead to additional new restrictions.
The state of alert continues to prohibit the entry of non-Romanian citizens, with some exceptions for legal residents, family members, and professional reasons. It also requires at-home quarantine for all persons arriving in Romania except for certain professional categories and people entering after spending at least 14 days in certain countries with low COVID-19 case growth, as determined by the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) on a weekly basis. U.S. citizens wishing to know if they meet an exception for entry are advised to contact the Romanian Embassy in their country of origin or the Romanian Border Police prior to departure. The Government of Romania has released guidance with regard to visa and resident permit validity, available here (.PDF file, unkown size). Any visitor or resident of Romania who entered the country with the appropriate documentation will be deemed “legally present” for an additional 90 days starting on May 14. This is a grace period granted by the Government of Romania, and visitors are still highly encouraged to depart Romania as soon as it is safe to do so.
Relaxation measures have permitted the reopening of several border crossings with Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, and Serbia. They have also permitted the gradual resumption of flights with 17 European countries with low COVID-19 case growth as determined by the NIPH on a weekly basis: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. The suspension of flights to and from the following countries remains in effect with some special flight exceptions: Belgium, France, Iran, Italy, the U.K., the Netherlands, Spain, the United States, and Turkey. 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 as of June 16. Travelers should continue to be prepared for last minute cancellations and are advised to consult the European Commission’s recently launched webpage called “Re-open EU” for more information regarding travel restrictions throughout Europe. Please also 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.
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.
Actions to Take:
- U.S. citizens who live abroad should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they 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.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and to ensure you can be located in an emergency.
- 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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