Last updated: February 14, 2022
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*** Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- The Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory recommending that U.S. citizens do not travel to Romania due to a high level of COVID-19 in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Romania 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.
- Since February 26, 2020, Romania has confirmed 2,325,016 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There are 60,353 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.
- 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. citizens with legal residence in Romania who were vaccinated in the United States and wish to obtain a Green Pass should contact the Romanian Ministry of Health (tel: 021-414-4425, email: email@example.com). Additional information about the Green Pass 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. You may visit the website of CDC for information on generating a vaccination QR code from VAMS: daypg.com/vaccines/covid-19/reporting/vams/recipient-certificate.html
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- Are either PCR or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Romania? Yes.
- If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes.
- The list of accredited facilities in Romania certified for RT-PCT COVID-19 testing can be found on the website of the Romanian Ministry of Health at daypg.com/centre-testare/. These facilities will prioritize tests for hospitalized patients, individuals suspected of being infected with COVID-19 and individuals who are in a high risk group. Depending on their availability, they may perform testing on demand and may set the cost of the tests performed on demand. The cost of COVID-19 testing on demand varies between $15 – $70 and is paid for by the U.S. citizen.
- Test results are delivered by email and text message. Positive test results are also included in the database of the Romanian Department of Public Health.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Romania approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
- Are vaccines available in Romania for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
- COVID-19 vaccines are available for U.S. citizens with legal residence in Romania who are old enough to receive an approved vaccine.
- Which vaccines are available in Romania? The government of Romania has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID- 19 vaccines. Additional information is available here.
- The government of Romania launched an online platform dedicated to the vaccination campaign, where people can find information about the vaccination centers and will be able to register themselves for taking the vaccine. U.S. citizens with legal residence in Romania can schedule an appointment for vaccination with the call center at 021 414 44 25 or online on the ROVACCINARE platform. The registration may also be done by a family physician.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, with exception of passengers traveling from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
- On November 30 the Government of Romania issued a measure barring entry of non EU citizens traveling from these African countries due to concerns about the COVID Omicron variant. This measure will be in effect until February 6, 2022, and may be extended.
- All passengers arriving in Romania are required to complete a digital Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arriving in the country. It can also be completed at the point of entry.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No. Foreign citizens may enter Romania without a negative COVID-19 test, but are subject to quarantine requirements if proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test is not presented upon arrival.
- According to Decision No. 6 of the National Committee for Emergency Situations travelers arriving in Romania must quarantine for 5 days with exception of travelers who present proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the previous 180 days or a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding. Other exceptions from quarantine requirements are listed here and include children age 12 and under, and travelers in transit (less than 24 hours in the country).
- Proof of vaccination is represented by the EU Digital COVID-19 certificate or a paper/electronic document attesting to vaccination, issued in the language of the country where the vaccine was administered and in English. For proof of recovery, the documents accepted are the EU Digital COVID-19 certificate or a positive COVID-19 test in the language of the country where the positive test was confirmed and in English. The negative COVID-19 test result must be presented in the country of testing and in English.
- Requests for exemption from the quarantine requirements may be filed with the local Department of Public Health (DSP) in exceptional circumstances involving family events (birth, death, marriage) or medical emergencies.
- Regulations continue to change so before traveling to Romania, please consult your airline as well as the Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C. (here) or in the country of your departure for entry requirements.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Screening procedures are in place at the Otopeni “Henri Coanda” International Airport. The airport has three thermo scanners and partners with the Border Police and the Department of Public Health to collect questionnaires from the passengers arriving in the country and disseminate information concerning local measures and restrictions (https://www.bucharestairports.ro/en/coronavirus-recommandations).
- The Government of Romania released guidance with regard to visa and resident permit validity. Visitors are also encouraged to contact the Romanian authorities for any questions regarding their specific circumstances and interpretation of this guidance, the application of which rests solely under the purview of local authorities.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes.
- Night curfew is in place between 22:00 – 5:00.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- There are no restrictions on intercity travel with the exception of areas placed under localized quarantine. Information about the localities placed under lock down can be found on the website of the Romanian Ministry of Interior here.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
- There are some exceptions but in general, U.S. citizens must quarantine.
- According to Romania’s National Committee for Emergency Situations Decision no. 2 of January 7, 2022, beginning January 9, 2022, foreign citizens arriving in Romania must quarantine for 5 days if they cannot present proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 within 180 days of travel, or a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding.
- Close contacts of COVID-19 positive people must quarantine for 5 days.
- Travelers with requests for temporary suspension of quarantine due to special circumstances should contact the county Public Health Department’s office.
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- Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
- European national carriers have resumed flights to airport hubs with connections to the United States, but some countries require a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter or transit. For additional information on travel restrictions when departing from Romania, travelers may consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website here. Travelers should continue to be prepared for last minute cancellations and may also consult the European Commission’s webpage called “Re-open EU” for more information regarding travel restrictions throughout Europe. A schedule of flights is available on the website of the Otopeni “Henri Coandă” International Airport.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
- Wearing of “protection masks” to cover the nose and mouth is mandatory in taxis, public transportation and public outdoor spaces such as bus stops, metro stops, train stations and airports. Taxi passengers may only sit in the back seats.
Fines for Non-Compliance
- The following penalties apply for violations of local rules and restrictions:
- Fines between 500 lei ($120) and 2,500 lei ($600) for violating the face mask requirements, quarantine or home isolation rules, movement restrictions, or restrictions concerning participation in indoor gatherings, concerts, meetings, cultural or religious events;
- Fines between 2,000 lei ($480) and 10,000 lei ($2,400) for conducting demonstrations, processions, concerts or other types of open space gatherings, as well as cultural, scientific, artistic, religious or entertainment activities in closed spaces;
- Fines between 3,000 lei ($720) and 15,000 lei ($3,600) for violation of restrictions in organizing demonstrations, processions, concerts or other types of open space gatherings, as well as cultural, scientific, artistic, religious or entertainment activities in closed spaces;
- State enforced quarantine in a state facility for individuals who violate the home isolation or home quarantine requirements, with expenses charged to the individual placed in state quarantine;
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Consular Section is currently able to provide U.S. citizen services as well as emergency and mission critical visa services.
- Services for U.S. citizens:
- The Consular Section is offering special consular services for U.S. citizens, such as online prison visits, death services, victim assistance, welfare and whereabouts assistance, as well as citizenship services.
- We can offer a limited number of appointments for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and U.S. passport applications requiring personal appearance at the embassy. For information on services and appointments, please visit our website: daypg.com/u-s-citizen-services/. The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest also resumed processing mail-in routine renewal passport applications with appropriate form of payment (U.S. Postal money order, or cashier’s check issued by an American bank.) Please click here for instructions for mail-in passport applications.
- U.S. embassies and consulates are still able to print emergency passports with limited validity. If you have an immediate need to travel and have a confirmed flight to the United States, please email AcsBucharest@daypg.com and request an emergency passport appointment.
- At this time, we can only provide emergency and critical notarial services. You may like to consider Remote Online Notarization (RON) as a resource. U.S. Embassies and/or Consulates do not provide remote notarial services. However, this method of notarization currently is permitted in some form in many U.S. states. Refer to your specific State Notary Handbook (generally available online) for more information. Remote Online Notarization allows notarial acts to be completed using audio-video communication with notaries public from the United States, including acts where the signer is located outside the state in which the notary is authorized to operate. Many states have put into place emergency measures to allow for RON. Contact your state’s public notary authority for more information on RON. Alternatively, you may wish to inquire if notarization by a local notary public in Romania followed by an authentication with an Apostille is acceptable.
- Visa Services at U.S. Embassy Bucharest:
- Currently we accept emergency appointment requests for essential travel. We will not consider requests for appointments for holidays, vacation, family visits, routine business meetings, etc. Essential travel is considered work in support of critical infrastructure in the United States, or a life or death health emergency. Please see the following website for information on our visa services: daypg.com/ro/index.html.
- Government of Romania’s official COVID-19 page
- Ministry of Public Health (http://www.ms.ro)
- Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 Guidance (http://www.ms.ro/coronavirus-covid-19/)
- Romanian National Institute of Public Health (https://instnsp.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/5eced796595b4ee585bcdba03e30c127)
- Department of Public Health county offices (http://www.ms.ro/directiile-de-sanatate-publica-judetene-respectiv-a-municipiului-bucuresti-servicii-publice-deconcentrate/)
- Department of Emergency Situations (http://www.dsu.mai.gov.ro/)
- Matei Bals National Institute of Infectious Disease – Bucharest (https://www.mateibals.ro/)
- Romanian Border Police (https://www.politiadefrontiera.ro/en/main/home.html)
- European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china)
- Ministry of Interior Affairs (https://www.mai.gov.ro/utile/ (click on “Starea de Alerta”).
- Other links:
- COVID-19 Traveler Information page on daypg.com
- CDC page on COVID-19
- daypg.com Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- Other links:
By U.S. Mission Romania | 14 January, 2021 | Topics: Alert, Messages for U.S. Citizens, News, Security & Emergency Messages | Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Health, Quarantine, Travel Restrictions, Virus