Walking through the streets of Romania, you can easily notice the differences between the buildings. While some of them belong to modern architecture, others have clearly survived over time and have continued on their shoulders, impressing with history. These diversities, among others, make the southeastern European country very unique and charming for international visitors.
The Parliament Palace in Bucharest and the Cărturești Carusel Library are also among the main attractions for tourists. The country is also famous for its amazing ways and delicious traditional food, especially for Sarmale and Muligo.
However, like all countries around the world, the travel and tourism sector in Romania was hit hard last year by the coronavirus outbreak. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the authorities in Romania have imposed entry bans and other restrictions in order to keep the COVID-19 situation under control.
According to figures provided by the World Health Organization, Romania has reported a total of 1,103,198 cases of COVID-19, and 34,650 deaths, so far. These statistics prompted the Romanian government to maintain the preventive measures imposed in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
Amid the ongoing pandemic, travelers are being urged to carefully follow entry requirements before entering the Balkan country.
Who can enter Romania amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
The authorities in Romania decided not to follow the common “EU Traffic Lights” map in order to rank countries based on their current COVID-19 situation; Instead, they apply their own classification of high-risk areas.
By this classification, other countries are divided into green, yellow and red categories.
However, the Romanian government has made it clear that fully vaccinated travelers who hold a valid vaccination certificate are not required to follow quarantine rules.
Green category – countries considered epidemiologically safe
Districts on the Green List must have a cumulative incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases of infections in the past two weeks, less than or equal to 1.5 per 1,000 population.
Citizens from countries on Romania’s green list are allowed to enter the latter without having to follow the rules of testing or quarantine.
As of August 29, the green category consists of the following territories among others: Austria, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Antigua and Barbuda, Norway, Vietnam, Luxembourg, Cape Verde, Croatia, Sweden, Qatar, Kuwait, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Namibia , Colombia, Germany, Bolivia, Luxembourg, El Salvador, Australia, Poland, Singapore.
Yellow List – Medium-risk countries
The countries on the yellow list have had a cumulative rate of new COVID-19 between 1.5 and 3 per 1,000 population in the past 14 days.
Yellow category travelers wishing to enter Romania must submit a negative PCR test result prior to departure, no older than 72 hours. In the event that travelers do not follow these requirements, they are required to remain in self-isolation for two weeks.
However, the quarantine period can be shortened by taking a PCR test on the eighth day of their arrival. If the test result is negative, the quarantine period for travelers can end on the tenth day.
The authorities in Romania have made it clear that children under the age of 6 are exempt from the requirement for a PCR test.
The yellow list includes the following countries; Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Brunei, Bulgaria, British Virgin Islands, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greenland, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guyana, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Ballestina, Panama, Philippines, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, East Timor, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos.
Red category – countries most affected by the virus
As for the countries in the red category, the cumulative rate of new COVID-19 cases is above or equal to three per 1,000 population in the past two weeks.
People arriving in Romania from countries included in the red category are required to remain self-isolating for 14 days, even if they have provided a negative result for any COVID-19 tests, as the red list consists of countries that have recently been severely affected by the virus.
Children between 6 and 16 years of age may be exempted from the quarantine rule provided they submit a negative PCR test result, and are not older than 72 hours.
Children under the age of 6 are exempted from the examination and quarantine requirements.
The countries included in the red list are Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Botswana, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Georgia, Great Britain, Gibraltar, Greece, Guam, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Jersey Island, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Maldives, Isle of Man, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, North Macedonia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Saint Martin, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, US Virgin Islands, USA
The authorities in Romania also made it clear that there are some exceptions that apply to short stays, transit, cross-border workers or other authorized grounds.
“Quarantine should take place at the person’s home, in an advertised location or, as the case may be, in a designated place designated by the authorities. The quarantine period can be shortened by taking a PCR test at least eight days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the quarantine can be That the quarantine period ends on the 10th day”, the announcement was made by REopen – the official website of the European Union, which provides detailed information regarding current travel restrictions amid COVID-19.
What vaccines are approved for use in Romania?
Romania has also implemented the EU Digital COVID Certificate which aims to facilitate the travel process for all citizens who have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus; Therefore, it accepts vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency as valid proof of entry into the country.
Besides the EMA approved vaccines, the authorities in Romania have decided to recognize the Kovishield vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.
Therefore, the above vaccinations are valid proof of immunity for travelers who wish to enter Romania.
Comirnaty – (BioNTech, Pfizer), Moderna Vaxzervria – AstraZeneca Janssen – Johnson & Johnson Covishield (AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India)
Despite the launch of the EU digital certificate in order to help travelers amid COVID-19, authorities in Romania have reported several cases of people buying fake vaccination documents as an easy way to escape quarantine requirements.
Last month, 69 people tried to enter Romania using false documents, as the Romanian government does not allow travelers who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the disease to enter its territory.
In order to be more protected during their travels, we urge travelers to purchase travel insurance when traveling to Romania.
Travel insurance will help passengers save most of their money if the flight is canceled due to COVID-19. It will also cover all costs if travelers need medical treatment, get sick during their trip or have an accident.
Travelers can find travel insurance, in Romania, from AXA Assistance, Europ Assistance or MondialCare.
What to expect when visiting Romania?
Nowadays, hotels, museums as well as tourist attractions are open, according to Tourism Romania.
The same source reveals that shops and malls are also open until 10pm. Restaurants, cafes and clubs also offer their services; However, they should close by 2 am. Concerts of up to 1,000 participants are allowed, provided that participants are fully vaccinated.
The current situation of COVID-19 in Romania
According to figures published by the World Health Organization, Romania reported 1,520 new cases of COVID-19 virus in the past 24 hours and 33 deaths.
The country has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the European Union, with only 33.1% of its population having received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 32.3% being fully vaccinated, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control Shows.
TheSchengen.com previously reported that Romania is among the European countries with the lowest vaccination rates, based on figures published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).