Romania Lifts All Entry Covid Restrictions For International Visitors

Romania Lifts All Entry Covid Restrictions For International Visitors

Romania has removed all its entry and domestic restrictions for both locals and international travelers. The revision to the norm applies from March 9 onwards.

This means that travelers entering Romania, regardless of their vaccination status, will no longer need to present a Covid-19 test, a vaccine certificate, or self-isolate at their accommodation for 5 days.

Face coverings are no longer mandatory in open or indoor settings, and the “Green Pass” is no longer needed to enter the country, access restaurants, bars, malls, or attend scientific, artistic, sporting, or leisure events.

Nevertheless, authorities have encouraged citizens to keep it handy since it may still be needed in neighboring nations.

“Thus, starting at midnight, all restrictions are lifted, as well as the restriction or prohibition of certain activities as provided in the said normative act,” reads a press release dated March 8.

Restrictions to carry out events and gathering limits were also lifted.

On Tuesday, the government announced that travelers would not need to fill out the country’s Passenger Locator Form (PLF) but that decision was reversed on Wednesday.

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“As for the PLF, until GEO 129/2021 is repealed, it will remain necessary. Those who enter Romania must complete it,” government spokesman Dan Cărbunaru said on Wednesday.

Noncompliance can result in fines of up to USD 669.57.

Before March 8, travelers had only 24 hours to complete their PLF before boarding. They can now submit their details up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Romania.

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca cautioned that “the virus has not yet been eradicated”, emphasizing the importance of continuing to follow public health advice.

According to Health Minister Alexandru Rafila, people should even continue to wear face masks in indoor venues and overcrowded open places and on public transport.

In the last 24 hours, health officials have documented 4,176 new infections and 62 coronavirus-related deaths.

With a population of 19 million inhabitants, Romania has only managed to fully vaccinate 41.8 percent of its population as of today.