Authorities in Romania have extended the countries state of alert and introduced additional measures to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for 30 days as of Oct. 15. The measure had previously been scheduled to expire on this date. New restrictions include prohibiting all private events such as weddings, baptisms, anniversaries, and the mandatory use of facemasks in all outdoor areas in counties with more than three cases per 1,000 inhabitants over the previous 14 days, including Bucharest. Most businesses are permitted to operate provided they implement strict hygiene and social distancing requirements; bars and clubs are closed nationwide, and catering and entertainment venues are closed in districts with over three cases per 1,000 inhabitants. Facemasks are mandatory in enclosed public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces nationwide.
Authorities regularly update the country's international travel restrictions. As of Oct. 14, travelers from Andorra, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, and the UK must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Travelers arriving from other European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay, may enter without restriction. Most arrivals from other destinations remain prohibited from the 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 three 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 before arrival.
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.