Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (March 26, 2021)
Event: Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Romania announced new restrictions based on a locality’s COVID-19 incidence rate. The new restrictions are as follows:
- For localities with a COVID-19 incidence rate of over 4 per 1,000 residents, a curfew will be imposed starting at 2000 (8:00PM) Friday through Sunday and commercial establishments, such as supermarkets and shopping malls, will close at 1800 (6:00PM) Friday through Sunday.
- For localities with a COVID-19 incidence rate of over 7.5 per 1,000 residents, a curfew will be imposed starting at 2000 (8:00PM) for the entire week and commercial establishments will close at 1800 (6:00PM) every day.
- Activities in closed fitness gyms will be suspended in all localities in which the cumulated COVID-19 incidence rate in the last 14 days is larger than 4 per 1,000 of residents.
- Exceptions to these curfews will be made for participation in religious services during 1800-2200 (6:00PM-10:00PM) between 27 March to 28 March 2021 and during 2000-0200 (8:00PM-2:00AM) between 3 April to 4 April and 1 May to 2 May 2021.
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 4 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 (.PDF file, unknown size, 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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an increase in cases in the Bucharest area the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Bucharest is currently able to offer emergency consular services only. This includes death services, victim assistance, welfare and whereabouts assistance, and emergency citizenship services for U.S. citizens who require a U.S. passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad. For additional information on American Citizen services please visit the U.S. citizen services page or the pages related to passport services or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.
For updates on COVID-19 in Romania please visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage here.
Actions to take:
- Review and follow newly imposed restrictions.
- Check with airlines and visit the Otopeni “Henri Coanda” International Airport website 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 United States.
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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