Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania
Due to the large number of COVID-19 cases, the National Committee for Emergency Situations introduced COVID-19 restrictions on October 22, 2021. These restrictions will remain in place for 30 days. Learn more about the COVID situation in Romania on the U.S. embassy’s webpage here.
New COVID-19 Restrictions as of October 22, 2021:
- Night curfew between 22:00 – 5:00. During this time movement is allowed only for:
- People who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days and may present proof of vaccination or recovery
- Medical assistance that cannot postponed
- Scheduled travel by train or plane
- Providing care to children or elderly
- People who leave their home during curfew hours must carry proof of movement purpose (work ID, a certificate from the employer, valid train or plane ticket or a movement declaration).
- All venues, commercial or cultural, will be closed between 21:00- 5:00.
- Restaurants will be open at 50 percent capacity between 5:00 – 21:00.
- Pharmacies, gas stations and delivery services may keep their regular schedule.
- Discos, clubs, and casinos are closed.
- Private events (e.g., weddings, baptisms, or parties) are prohibited.
- Churches will be open, but must observe COVID-19 safety rules.
- Masks covering the nose and mouth are mandatory in public places both indoors and outdoor
The full text of Decision 91 in Romanian can be found here.
Effective October 22, 2021, a European Union Digital COVID Certificate or Romanian-issued “Digital Green Certificate/Green Pass” is necessary to access many public locations and to participate in certain activities such as: indoor or outdoor seated dining at restaurants, access to shopping malls, museums, exhibitions, cultural sites, non-essential stores, swimming pools, gyms and other venues. The Green Pass is not required for locations that provide essential services, such as food stores, pharmacies with direct access, or religious services.
The Digital Green Certificate/Green Pass may be obtained by individuals who were vaccinated in Romania, and by Romanian citizens and their foreign spouses who were vaccinated abroad or in Romania. U.S. citizen visitors cannot obtain a Green Pass in Romania. Additional information is available here.
Please note that while Romanian authorities will accept a CDC vaccination card as proof of vaccination upon entry into Romania to avoid quarantine, it may not be accepted by all the venues within the country. The Government of Romania has not issued an explicit policy for acceptance of vaccine documentation issued outside of the European Union, so the decision has been left to individual venues to verify the vaccination status to avoid a fine. If you are told that you cannot enter the venue, consider asking if there is another staff member who might recognize and accept your vaccination card.
The U.S. Embassy cannot help you obtain a Green Pass.
Alerts and Advisories
The Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory recommending that U.S. citizens do not travel to Romania due to a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
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.
Romania has reported record numbers of daily coronavirus deaths and infections this month and the hospital system is overwhelmed. Due to the high number of cases that require intensive care throughout the country, patients who arrive at the hospital and need an Intensive Care Bed are put on a waiting list.
Only legal residents of Romania may obtain COVID-19 vaccines from state vaccination facilities.
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