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Last update: January 17, 2022

The CoronaVirus outbreak is affecting, mildly, several areas in Romania.
There are no other events or situations - such as diseases, distress or unrest -
threatening the personal safety or well-being of travelers to Romania.

The following information may be of interest to travelers:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Like many countries in the world, Romania is being affected by the Covid-19 situation.
The National Centre for monitoring and control of transmissible diseases
and the local health authorities are monitoring the situation closely.
To reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on the health care system, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates,
the following rules / public health restrictions will be in effect, until February 8, 2022:
* Locals and visitors must wear a mask when in all indoor spaces
as well as in outdoor spaces, where physical distancing - at least 10 ft. - is not possible
(public transport stations, open-air markets, open-air concerts/ events)
* An EU covid digital certificate or proof of Covid infection in the past 180 days or a negative Covid test
is needed to access all public institutions and non-essential stores/ shopping malls/ performing arts centres.
Access to pharmacies and food stores (except those located in shopping malls)
does not require a proof of vaccination/ recent Covid recovery.

* Restaurants and entertainment/ recreation facilities
will operate at limited capacity and, only between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 p.m., as follows:
~ Restaurants and coffee shops - 30% capacity, for indoor and outdoor dining.
~ Peforming arts centres/ movie theatres, fitness facilities and playgrounds - 30% capacity.
Bars and clubs must stay closed, until further notice.
An EU covid digital certificate or proof of Covid infection in the past 180 days or a negative Covid test is needed
to check-in in hotels/ B&Bs or to have meals in restaurants.

Traveling to Romania from abroad:

Covid risk countries / zones (as of January 14, 2022):

"Red" (high-risk) zones:
Andorra, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria,
Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius & Saba, Bostwana, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria,
Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,
Feroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey,
Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jersey Island,
Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Maldives, Malta, Man Island, Monaco, Montenegro, Namibia, the Netherlands, Norway,
Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico,
San Marino, Seychelles, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden,
Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, U. S. Virgin Islands, United States of America, Uruguay.

"Yellow" (medium-risk) zones:
Albania, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Comore, Dominica,
Fiji, Guam, Jordan, Laos, Mauritius, Monserrat, Northern Macedonia, Mauritius, Monserrat, Qatar, Russia,
Saint Vincent si Grenadine, Serbia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Zambia.

The following border-crossing points will be closed, until further notice:
Carei (Romania - Hungary border), Lipnița and Dobromir (Romania - Bulgaria border.

The following Covid prevention measures will be in effect until February 8, 2022:

Visitors and residents arriving from a red EU / EU Economic Space country or Switzerland
must enter 14-day quarantine if cannot present one of the following:
-- proof of vaccination (complete scheme)
or
-- proof of Covid recovery within 180 days.

Visitors and residents arriving from a green or yellow EU / EU Economic Space country or Switzerland
must enter 14-day quarantine if cannot present one of the following:
-- proof of vaccination (complete scheme)
or
-- proof of Covid recovery within 180 days
or
-- a negative RT-PCT test,
performed no more than 72 hours before arrival into Romania.

Duration of quarantine for visitors and residents arriving from a red EU country -
who are not vaccinated or cannot show a proof of Covid recovery within 180 days
will be reduced to 10-days if a negative RT-PCT test,
performed no more than 72 hours before arrival into Romania, is presented.

Visitors and residents arriving from any non-EU / non-EU Economic Space country
must enter 14-day quarantine if cannot show a negative RT-PCT test
performed no more than 48 hours before arrival into Romania,
even if visitor has been vaccinated or recovered from Covid at least 15 days but no more 180 days from the date of which has been confirmed Covid positive.

Duration of quarantine for visitors and residents arriving from any non-EU country
will be reduced to 10-days if a RT-PCT test, performed no more than 48 hours before arrival into Romania, is presented.

Exceptions from mandatory quarantine:
~ children 0 to 12 y.o.,
~ youth 12 y.o. -- 16 y.o. who can show a negative RT-PCT test,
performed no more than 72 hours before arrival into Romania,
~ Romanian students studying abroad and foreign students studying in Romania
and can document their active student status,
~ visitors which are non-vaccinated or cannot show a proof of Covid recovery within 180 days
who can present a negative RT-PCT test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival into Romania
and will stay in Romania for no more than 72 hours (three days),
~ visitors, in transit, who will remain in Romania for less than 24 hours,
~ members of visiting sport teams who can show a negative RT-PCT test,
performed no more than 72 hours before arrival into Romania,
even if not-vaccinated or did not recover from Covid infections in the past 180 days.

24 hours or less before entering Romania, visitors and residents
need to complete a Passenger Locator Form / Declaration
(available in Romanian and English, on-line, at the link above).

Entry requirements for children and teenagers:
(National Inspectorate for Emergency Situations - Decision # 43 / July 1, 2021)

Children 0 to 3 years-old:
there is no need for a negative RT-PCT test

Children and teenagers 3 to 16 years old:
a negative PCR test is required.
Test must have been performed no more that 72 hours
before the date of entry into Romania.

To qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption, visitors must:
• have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
• have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
• have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Romania
(i.e. if your last dose was on August 1, then August 16 would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition.
• meet all other Romania entry requirements (passport or EU ID, visa if needed).

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Romania:
• Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
• Moderna (mRNA-1273)
• AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
• Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

All other Covid vaccines are not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Romania.

There are no exemptions from testing or quarantine for partialy-vaccinated travelers
(travelers who haven't received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines
accepted by the Government of Romania).

Note:
All vaccinated visitors will still need to comply with any testing requirements imposed by airlines and/or
government of the contry of departure (and transit).

Digital Covid Certificates issued by the UK authorities cannot grant (are not accepted for)
entry into Romania via the "Green (Low-risk) Lane".

It is expected that most restrictions will be lifted by the end of January 2022.
The most up-to-date information concerning border-crossing / entry-requirements and conditions.
are available from your airline and/ or the nearest Consulate of Romania.

To get additional info, 'customized' based on your nationality
you might also want to check the
SkyTeam International Traveler Entry-Requirements Tool

Romania Travel Advisory

More about Romania Covid regulations from TravelBans.org

Romania adopts its own national classification of risk areas,
hence travel restrictions for Romania are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

“Green” areas: countries where the cumulative incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days
is less than or equal to 1,5 per 1000 inhabitants;

“Yellow” areas: countries where the cumulative incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days
is between 1,5 and 3 per 1000 inhabitants;

“Red” areas: countries where the cumulative incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days
is greater than or equal to 3 per 1000 inhabitants.

The distinction is defined as follows:
Travellers who have received their final vaccination for COVID-19 more than 10 days ago,
are exempt from quarantine. It is required to show proof of vaccination, including the dates.

Travellers arriving from countries classified as “green”
can enter Romania without being subject to any isolation or test requirement.

Travellers arriving from countries classified as “yellow“,
who do not provide a pre-departure negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival,
are subject to a 14-day quarantine.
Children under 6 years old are exempted from the PCR test requirement.
The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a PCR test no less than 8 days after arrival.
If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end on day 10.

Travellers coming from a “red” area (RO classification),
need to do 14 days of quarantine, even if they present a negative test
(even if it is an EU Digital Covid test certificate).
Children between 6 – 16 years old can be exempt from quarantine
if they present a test certificate (PCR, taken the latest 72h in advance).
Children under 3 are except from quarantine and testing requirements.
Some exceptions apply for short stays
(less than 72h, with a negative PCR test taken the latest 72h in advance),
imperative reasons, transit, cross-border workers.

Romania Travel Advisory

Romania Traffic Delays or Restrictions // Roads Closed

Route: TransFagarasan

National Road DN 7 C (Drumul National 7 C) crossing the Fagaras Mountains
Road Status: CLOSED

Section affected:
Piscu Negru --- Balea Cascada (km 104 to km 131)

Scheduled Dates: October 25, 2021 - July 1, 2022 (tentative date of re-opening for summer time)
Scheduled days: Monday - Sunday.

Romania Travel Advisory

Route: TransAlpina

National Road DN 67 C (Drumul National 67 C) crossing the Parang Mountains
Road Status: CLOSED

Section affected:
Ranca - Obarsia Lotrului (km 34 to km 60)

Scheduled Dates: October 23, 2021 -- May 31, 2022 (tentative date of of re-opening for summer time).
Scheduled days: Monday - Sunday.

Romania Travel Advisory

Information on Road Conditions can also be obtained directly from
Romania's Road Authority (Compania Nationala de Administrare a Infrastructurii Rutiere)
Telephone: + 4 021.264.33.33 ext. 4 or 0800 800.301 (local toll free)
E-mail

Money Exchange

Romania's currency (Lei) is not readily available abroad.
If you do not wish to keep your leftover Romanian Lei, please make sure that,
before leaving Romania, you have converted them into the currency of your choice.

Bucharest Taxi

In the past years, the RomaniaTourism has received quite a few complaints regarding Bucharest taxi drivers who overcharged customers by not using the meter or employing malfunctioning meters.
Drivers approaching you at the airport or at the train station (Gara de Nord) in Bucharest are likely to inflate their rates; please be aware and try to avoid them.

Taxis can be summoned by telephone or hailed on the street. Confirming the cost of the ride with the driver, before starting the trip, is always a good idea.

Taxi tariffs can vary from company to company.
Typical Bucharest Taxi tariffs:

  Lei (RON) U.S. Dollars*
Initial fee 1.99 Lei - 4.50 Lei $0.50 - $1.00
Trips within city limits 1.79 Lei - 4.50 Lei / km $0.50 - $1.00 / mile
Trips outside city limits 1.99 Lei - 7 Lei / km $0.50 - $1.75 / mile
Slow traffic or waiting time 0.50 Lei - 0.95 Lei / minute $0.15 - $0.25 / minute
Waiting time 19 Lei - 29 Lei / hour $4.75 - $6.50 / hour

* Tariffs in U.S. Dollars estimated at an exchange rate of 4.00 Lei / Dollar.

The average cost of the taxi trip from Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport to downtown Bucharest
is about 80.00 Lei ($20.00).

More information on transportation from/ to Bucharest international Airport
are available in our Bucharest info section.

If you run into a problem with any taxi in Bucharest
- or if you are suspecting that you have met a dishonest driver -
ask for a receipt and if possible try to write down the vehicle's license plate #.
To file a Taxi complaint please call:
021 201 32 42 (Transportation Bureau of the Police Department) and/or
021 97 52 (Bucharest City Hall - Complaints)
021 95 51 (Consumer Protection Authority).

Feedback about Bucharest taxi service can also be sent to:

Bucharest City Hall
(Primaria Municipiului Bucuresti)
Directia Transporturi, Drumuri, Sistematizarea Circulatiei
Serviciul Control Transporturi, Utilitati Publice)
Bd. Regina Elisabeta nr. 47
etajul 2, camera 237
050013 Bucharest 5 Romania
E-mail
Telephone: 021 305.55.00 x 1252

Bucharest International Airport
(Aeroportul International Bucuresti)
Contact Form

Bucharest Consumer Protection Agency
(Oficiul Municipal pentru Protectia Consumatorilor)
Str. Transilvaniei 2
010798 Bucharest 1 Romania
E-mail
Telephone: 021 310.63.75 or
021 95 51 (this is a valid 'short' phone #).

Ministry of Economy - Tourism Department
Calea Victoriei nr. 152,
Bucharest 1 - Romania
E-mail

Driving in Romania

Most major tourist attractions in Romania are easily accessible by public transportation but travel by car is perhaps the best way to discover Romania's charming villages and to reach attractions located in areas with limitted bus
or train service.

In some areas of Romania, conditions of roads, the number of slow moving vehicles and even the level of adherence to traffic regulations and common road courtesies may be different from what you are familiar with in the USA or Canada.

We are not aware of any major incidents regarding driving in Romania but feedback from a few U.S. and Canadian travelers have indicated that some Romanian drivers have a competitive driving style (improper passing / cutting into another car's path and tailgating flash of the headlamps are not uncommon).

While in North America flashing the headlamps is considered rude in Europe a quick flash of the headlamps is sufficient to get the car lead to move on the first lane of the (multi-lane) road.

In rural areas be ready to share the road with slow-moving vehicles, including horse-drawn wagons.

A number of roads are under construction.
Signage and safety studs may be inferior to those used in North America.

The numerous photo opportunities offered by Romania's scenic countryside may make you to stop more often than planned and driving to your destination may take longer than expected.

However, as long as you will drive cautiously we believe that you will enjoy your driving vacation in Romania.

A map of Romania's roads condition is available at the link below:
romaniatourism.com/romania-maps/romania-roads-condition.html

A map of road traffic intensity forecast (not real time traffic info) is available at:
romaniatourism.com/romania-maps/romania-road-traffic-intensity-forecast.html

Feedback about tour operators / travel agencies

We love positive feedback about travel to Romania and we are getting lots of it
from travelers who have visited recently.

All Romanian Tour Operators, Travel Agencies and Freelance Guides must be licensed
by the Romanian Ministry of Economy and Tourism.
If your Romania experience was flawed by a company and/or its staff,
or you wish to check the credentials of a Romanian tour company
please E-mail the Ministry of Economy - Tourism Department.

Be particularly cautious if:

- the Website of a travel company or a freelance guide does not indicate a physical address,
- hotel rates and prices for similar services are significantly lower then those offered by other companies,
- full payment - in cash / wire transfer - is being asked when making the reservation or long before the beginning of trip, especially for services that must not be paid in advance by the travel company (meals, guide services, ground transportation).