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Romania Removes Passenger Locator Form Requirement for Travellers

The government has announced that travelers to Romania are exempt from submitting an entry form or a passenger locator form (PLF).

According to the Official Gazette, the official legal publication of the Romanian state, the procedure requiring all arrivals regardless of vaccination and citizenship requirements to complete an entry form no later than 72 hours before entering Romania or within the first day after arrival, became effective immediately upon its publication last Friday, reports.

Regarding the decision, the Romanian government notes that continuing to implement the measure may lead to sanctions on the country and additional costs to the institutions involved.

>> Romania lifts all travel restrictions related to the novel coronavirus

The reporting of this measure caused confusion in the country as government spokesperson, Dan Serbonaro, said the emergency bill could be adopted that day. [March 10]at an official meeting.

“This week, the status of the use of the passenger locator form at the entrance to Romania will be clarified. On Thursday, Dan Serbonaro announced that it will likely be canceled tomorrow at a government meeting at which this provision will be practically repealed.

In the meantime, he called on the Romanians to continue to complete this form upon their arrival in the country. On the other hand, the Minister of Health, Alexandru Ravella, announced on March 8 that all restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 will be lifted, which means that there is no need to wear a mask, submit a COVID-19 certificate or complete a PLF form before arriving in Romania.

This unclear communication of the new measures could cost Romanian citizens from 500 lei (101 euros) to 3,000 lei (606 euros), with the minimum fine reduced from 2,000 lei (404 euros) to 500 lei.

According to data provided by the Romanian Ministry of Health to local media, a number of 149,560 fines were issued between December 25 and January 31, and the value of these fines amounted to 360,991,000 lei or 7,299,372 euros.

The decision to lift all measures was expected as the majority of EU member states announced a similar relaxation of the rules imposed by the coronavirus, but it was surprising, given the fact that Romania is the second least vaccinated country in the EU.

Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that 41.9 percent of Romanians have received a full series of vaccinations against COVID-19, which represents eight million people.

As the data of the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals, the country recorded about 22,632 positive cases in the past seven days, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 2,794,081.

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