Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania (May 6, 2020)
Event: On May 4, President Klaus Iohannis announced that the nationwide state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will end on May 14. The government will implement a state of alert beginning May 15. Iohannis announced that the government will move toward easing travel restrictions, but many of the restrictions on public gatherings and inter-city travel will remain in place. Iohannis noted that “the epidemic has not passed” and the situation required a gradual easing of restrictions over several weeks.
Beginning on May 15, the following changes will occur:
- People will be allowed to move within city limits for reasonable purposes.
- Travel declaration forms will no longer be required.
- Salons, barber shops, dental offices, and museums will reopen, provided that they can take proper action to ensure social distancing measures.
- Masks or face covers will still be MANDATORY in public spaces.
This information is still preliminary, and may change in the coming days. President Iohannis’ full statement can be read here.
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, as well as personal and employment declaration forms, 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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