UPDATED: 15.06.2020
From May 15th, 2020, Romania’s “State of Emergency” was downgraded to a “State of Alert”. This means that there are changes to the various restrictions that were observed in the first period of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the government has warned, that these changes will be in response to the evolution of the epidemic and number of recorded cases.

Travel within Romania

If you are planning to travel, you are no longer required to carry the “Declaration of Individual Liability”, even if you are traveling outside of the municipality.

Railway and road transport services have been resumed, however, commuters are expected to respect their individual obligations.

Traveling To Romania

People traveling to Romania, may be required to self-isolate or enter quarantine and are encouraged to check with their travel agency or advice bureau before traveling to Romania.

In the event that someone does not have the ability to adhere to the home isolation requirements, or prefer to segregate themselves, can opt for institutional quarantine.

Other than countries which have been exempted from the travel restrictions, technically, entry into Romania is forbidden, unless one or more of the following conditions are satisfied:

  • Family members of Romanian citizens;
  • Family members of citizens of other EU Member States or of the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation, with residence in Romania;
  • Persons holding a long-stay visa, a residence permit or a document equivalent to a residence permit issued by the authorities, or a document equivalent to them issued by the authorities of other states, according to EU law;
  • Persons traveling in the professional interest, evidenced by a visa, residence permit or other equivalent document;
  • Diplomatic or consular personnel, personnel of international organizations, military personnel or personnel who can provide humanitarian aid;
  • Passengers in transit, including those repatriated as a result of consular protection;
  • Passengers traveling for imperative reasons;
  • People in need of international protection or other humanitarian reasons.

Individuals who do not comply with the quarantine / isolation measures at home, will be placed in institutionalized quarantine for a period of 14 days, and obliged to bear the value of accommodation and food during the institutionalized quarantine.

Individual Obligations

You are required to wear a face mask in any enclosed public places, such as stores, supermarkets, public transport, places of work, governmental buildings and other similar locations.

Masks should be worn properly and social distancing rules should be observed with at least 1.5m distance between other people whenever outside or in public closed-spaces.

Gatherings can not exceed 6 people, who are not members of the same family.

Obligations for Institutions and Companies

Public institutions and authorities, as well as public and private economic operators, have the obligation to organize the activity, so that the work is carried out from the employees’ homes, and if the activity carried out does not allow this, to take measures for:

  • Ensuring that preventative measures are taken to control the amount of staff and visitors with access to the premises;
  • Mandatory disinfection of hands before entering work spaces;
  • Observance of the rules regarding the activity in the offices with common spaces (open space) and of the rules regarding the operation of the accommodation units in hotels;
  • Shifting the work schedule, for entities with more than 50 employees, so that the beginning or end of the work schedule is done at intervals of at least 1 hour, during a minimum of 3 hours, in tranches of at least 20% of staff;
  • Access must be organized in such a way as to ensure a minimum area of 4 sqm for each client / person and a minimum distance of 2 m between any two close persons;
  • Do not allow access for individuals, whose body temperature, measured at the entrance to the premises, exceeds 37.3°C;
  • To ensure the disinfection of exposed surfaces and to avoid crowding of people, especially in the areas of cash registers / counters.

Services and Closures

Certain locations across Romania will open, with more expected to follow, as the situation improves.

Parks are open to the public, however, children’s playgrounds are not.

Bars, cafes, clubs, restaurants and terraces who serve products which will be consumed outside in the open air are permitted to open, ensuring that people keep a minimum distance of 2m served items and a maximum of 4 people at a table, if those participants are from different families. In door services will remain closed, however, drive-in and takeaway services will be permitted to operate, as they have been during the State of Emergency.

Shopping malls are open, however cinemas and playgrounds within shopping malls will remain closed.

Dental and out-patient care has now been resumed, providing that it is performed with respect to the measures of prevention and control of the spread of infections.

Beaches have been opened. however, it is compulsory to provide sunbeds for each person present, ensuring a minimum distance of 2m between groups of different families.

Educational Institutions

The measure of suspending courses of all units and educational institutions is maintained until the end of the school / university year. However, it is permitted that after 02.06.2020, some preparatory activities can be performed, for a period of 2 weeks, for the students of the final classes (8th, 12th and 13th), as well as for the organisation of national exams in conditions for compliance with prevention measures.

Events and Gatherings

In order to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections, it is forbidden to organise and hold rallies, demonstrations, concerts or any other gatherings in open spaces, as well as cultural, scientific, artistic, sports, entertainment, gambling, fitness activities. , activities in swimming pools and spa treatment carried out indoors.

However, there are some exceptions:

  • Indoor private events are permitted, providing no more than 20 people are in attendance;
  • Outdoor private events are permitted, providing that there are no more than 50 participants;
  • Sports competitions / events, without participation of spectators;
  • Swimming pools and gyms are open, providing that measures are implemented in-line with the prevention and protection measures;
  • Personal care activities carried out in specially designated areas and in compliance with prevention and protection measures;
  • Training activities for performance athletes in training camps, which are carried out in compliance with prevention and protection measures with at least 7sqm distance per person;
  • Cultural activities carried out in specially designated spaces, respectively at the level of museums, libraries and exhibition halls are carried out in compliance with prevention and protection measures;
  • Outdoor recreational and sports activities, such as cycling, hiking, running, boating, mountaineering, hunting, fishing and the like, which take place with the participation of up to 6 people who do not live together;
  • Contact-sports are still forbidden;
  • Spa activity has been resumed as of June 15th;
  • “Drive-in” shows are permitted, as long as all occupants of the car belong to the same family.

Other factors

There are still some areas in Romania where the conditions of the “State of Emergency” are still in affect.

It’s important to also understand, that these precautions will remain in place and are monitored carefully by the Health Ministry, as well as local authorities.

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