Romania tightens coronavirus-related entry restrictions from Oct. 7; some restrictions tightened in Bucharest.
Alert Begins 07 Oct 2020 07:47 PM UTC
Alert Expires 31 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Likely travel and business disruptions
Authorities in Romania have updated the country's international travel restrictions. Effective Oct. 7, all travelers arriving from Austria, Belgium Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Slovakia, Spain, Netherlands, Iceland, and UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Travelers arriving from other European Economic Area (EEA) member states, with the exception of Andorra, Gibraltar, Hungary, Luxembourg, and Malta, can enter the country without restriction, as can those arriving from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Most arrivals from other destinations remain prohibited from entry with some exceptions, such as 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 non-exempted countries are required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation. Travelers may end the self-isolation period after the 10th day, if they test negative on a COVID-19 test they have the option of taking on the 8th day of quarantine. Persons planning on staying less than 3 days in Romania will not be required to self-isolate if, upon entry, they can provide proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours prior to arrival.
Domestically, local authorities have tightened certain restrictions in Bucharest. Effective Oct. 7, cafes, bars, indoor restaurants, night clubs, and casinos must remain closed indefinitely. In addition, facemasks are mandatory outdoors within 50 meters (160 feet) of schools.
Previously authorities extended the state of alert and constitutional measures introduced to combat the spread of COVID-19 until at least Oct. 15. Most nonessential businesses are permitted to operate provided they implement strict hygiene and social distancing requirements. In counties with fewer than 1.5 COVID-19 infections per 1,000 inhabitants, indoor restaurants and cafes, as well as lodging units, are allowed to operate. The maximum attendance at private events is 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Wearing a protective face covering in places of work, when in enclosed public spaces, and while on public transport is mandatory.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
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.