Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Romania extends coronavirus disease-related state of alert until at least Oct. 15; significant business and travel disruptions remain.

Alert Begins 15 Sep 2020 04:50 PM UTC
Alert Expires 15 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions likely

Romanian authorities extended the state of alert and constitutional measures introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) until at least Oct. 15. The measure had previously been scheduled to expire Sept. 15. Most nonessential businesses are permitted to operate provided they implement strict hygiene and social-distancing requirements. As of Sept. 1, in counties with fewer than 1.5 COVID-19 infections per 1,000 inhabitants, authorities will allow restaurants and cafes inside buildings, including accommodation units, to reopen. Additionally, authorities are increasing the maximum attendance at private events to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Furthermore, cinemas, theaters, and concert halls will be allowed to resume operations at a reduced 50-percent capacity. Wearing a protective face covering in places of work, when in enclosed public spaces, and while on public transport is mandatory.

Authorities regularly update the country's international travel restrictions. As of Sept. 15, with the exception of Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gibraltar, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, and several regions in Spain, including Basque Country, Castile-La Mancha, Catalonia, Castile and Leon, and Community of Madrid, travelers arriving from other European Economic Area (EEA) members states can enter the country without restriction, as can those arriving from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK, and Uruguay. Most arrivals from other destinations remain prohibited from entry with some exceptions including Romanian citizens or residents and their immediate families, individuals traveling for essential work or study, individuals in transit, and individuals traveling for urgent reasons. All permitted individuals arriving from nonexempted countries are required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the government correspond with similar actions taken by other regional governments in response to changing COVID-19 infection rates.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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