What You Need to Know about COVID and Traveling to Romania
The current coronavirus pandemic has not only led to significant changes in our daily lives, but also to major travel restrictions and international border closures in many countries worldwide, including Romania. Therefore, before you visit the stunning Romanian landscapes and enjoy the diverse wildlife, you need to be aware of the current COVID restrictions going on in the country. Currently, Romania is in an ongoing State of Alert and the British Government advises to avoid all non-essential travel to and within the country; however, if you are still planning to travel to Romania, you should take under consideration the following restrictions:
Who is allowed to enter the country?
Currently, all travellers are prohibited from entering the country except:
- People arriving from countries that are members of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
- Romanian citizens or residents of the country.
- Individuals that have a valid reason for visiting such as education, essential work, and other urgent reasons.
If you plan on entering Romania via car, make sure before that you check the border crossings as some have already been closed by the Romanian Border Police to control visitors. Closed border crossings include Rădăuți Prut on the north-eastern side, affecting the entry from Moldova, and Dobromir and Lipnița on the south-eastern, obstructing the entry from Bulgaria. You can find further information and updates on border crossings here.
Do you need to self-quarantine on arrival?
Every visitor arriving in Romania from a country or area with high epidemiological risk (“Yellow Zone”) has to self-quarantine for 14 days at a declared location or at a site designated by the local authorities. The Yellow Zone countries, classified by the National Institute of Public Health Romania, as of 20th December 2020 include Serbia, Georgia, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Montenegro, San Marino, Slovenia, Belize, USA, Andorra, Jersey, Curaçao, Sweden, Hungary, Panama, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Czechia, Azerbaijan, Puerto Rico, Palestine, Netherlands, French Polynesia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Portugal, Denmark, Slovakia, Turkey, Moldova, Austria, Armenia, Estonia, Jordan, Latvia, United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland.
However, you can end the self-quarantine on the 10th day if you test negative on a PCR test after the 8th day of self-isolation.
It is worth noting that if you are planning to stay fewer than three days in Romania, self-quarantine is not required if you present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, taken less than 48 hours before your trip.
What other restrictions within the country do you need to consider?
After you have already arrived in Romania you still need to consider some other restrictions so that you safely enjoy your holiday. These include:
- Individuals at the age of 5 and above must wear a mask covering the mouth and the nose in both outdoor and indoor public areas to prevent the spread of the virus. Violating these requirements can result in fines varying between 500 – 2,500 lei ($120 – $600).
- There is a night-time curfew between 11 pm and 5 am, during which travel is not allowed except for individuals that can prove it is essential such as traveling for work, seeking immediate medical attention, and caring for the elderly or children.
- You can still use public transport and taxis to reach your destination, however, it is mandatory to wear a mask at all times while inside the vehicle.
- Depending on the region, restaurants might be open with social-distancing measures in place or be entirely closed. Therefore, if you would like to try the local food you might need to check the region you will be visiting or shop at local stores, which are only open between 5 am and 9 pm.
The coronavirus pandemic had an immense global impact and significantly interfered with travel plans. As a result, those who are still traveling often choose to visit remote and less crowded areas.
While you might not be planning to travel today, many people are beginning to dream about their next trip. Therefore, if you would like to enjoy breathtaking natural landscapes away from crowded tourist hubs, add Angofa Wildlife Centre (Romania) to your list. The Angofa Wildlife Centre, located at the heart of Romania, provides visitors the opportunity to experience the local culture and cuisine, closely observe the Transylvanian wildlife and enjoy the tranquillity of nature, while supporting local communities.
You can find more information about the tours and activities you can do in Angofa Wildlife Centre here: