UPDATE November 17: List of European countries with travel restrictions for Romania
Update November 20, 2020: OFFICIAL - Romania's yellow list of countries considered to be at high epidemiological risk, valid from November 21, 2020.
Update November 17, 2020: Wave 2 of COVID-19 hit Europe hard. Most European countries have implemented new restrictive measures in the hope of reducing the number of people infected with the new coronavirus. Many measures are applied domestically, but also internationally.
Romania's yellow list, which includes countries with a high epidemiological risk, valid from 13 November 2020, includes many European countries. Self-isolation is applied at home for all those who travel from the yellow zone to Romania.
We remind you that The State of Alert in Romania was extended by 30 days, of 14 November 2020. At the same time, Europe has been quarantined. See measures taken in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy.
And the most important update comes from Spain. As of November 23, Spain requires a negative COVID-19 test upon entry into its territory, including those traveling from Romania. But let's see what news we have for each European country.
On the plus side, Switzerland has removed Romania from the list of countries at high epidemiological risk. Quarantine is no longer required.
List of European countries with restrictions for Romania
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - From 15 August 2020, Serbia requests the presentation of a negative COVID-19 test for all those traveling from Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Northern Macedonia.
Exceptions to the requirement to submit a negative PCR test: foreign nationals entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia from Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia or Northern Macedonia and transit not exceeding 12 hours.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Partial lockdown in Germany: Travel for tourist purposes is prohibited.
The German authorities have decided the inclusion of Romania, with the entire national territory, on the list of "risk areas", thus giving up the differentiation of the risk status for each county.
Romanian citizens, as well as other citizens of EU member states, does not apply to them limitation proper as regards entry into German territory. The German authorities, on the other hand, a number of obligations specific in a pandemic context, especially for people coming from risk areas.
Germany has changed the period for mandatory quarantine upon entry into the country and the conditions for exemption from the quarantine measure.
All persons, regardless of nationality, who enter the Federal Republic of Germany after being in one of the "risk areas" at any time during the last 10 days before arrival they are obliged to travel directly, minimizing contacts - and to isolate themselves at home or in other suitable accommodation for a period of 10 days of arrival (the legal term used is "quarantine"). Compliance with this self-isolation obligation is verified by the Land authorities both randomly and in the usual epidemiological investigations.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Austria has updated the entry and transit conditions. The measures will be applied starting with September 30 at 00.00, valid until December 31, 2020. The flights between Austria and Romania are open!
Entry into Austria is allowed if they have a negative molecular test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, not older than 72 hours (from the date of sampling), in German or English. In its absence, those persons and those with whom they live together are obliged to submit for a period of time 10 days of home quarantine (or in an appropriate location), immediately after entering Austria, the costs of which must be borne by the person concerned. If a molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 infection performed during the isolation / quarantine period is negative, the isolation / quarantine instituted during the 10 days is suspended. Minors up to 6 years of age are exempted from performing the molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 infection. This regime applies including Romanian tourists.
If the result of the test or proof of adequate accommodation cannot be presented, entry into Austria is prohibited.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Traffic restrictions during the night until 13 December 2020 (between 22.00 -06.00 in Wallonia and the Brussels Capital Region and between 00.00 and 05.00 in Flanders).
From Sunday, November 1, until December 13, Belgium has entered total quarantine. Authorities made the decision after a long meeting of more than 6 hours, which took place on Friday, October 30. Analyzing the figures of the last days, the Belgian officials decided to apply the general quarantine as a last answer to the 2nd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All persons entering the Kingdom of Belgium by air or sea are required to complete an online form no later than 48 hours before arrival, regardless of status, country of origin, Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which can be found at https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/fr/public-health-passenger-locator-form. Careful! The information requested through the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) has changed.
- Passengers are asked to follow the Belgian authorities' instructions regarding self-isolation received by e-mail / sms, following the completion of the form. Passenger Locator Form.
- The measure on self-isolation and testing is the responsibility of the regional authorities.
⛔️Bosnia şi Herţegovina
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - All foreign nationals, including Romanians, are allowed to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina provided they submit a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, performed within the last 48 hours prior to entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Sightseeing is prohibited in the Czech Republic. New measures have been announced regarding the conditions for entry into its territory for people arriving from states considered as red zones (including Romania). The measures entered into force on 9 November 2020 at 00:00.
Thus, ppersons arriving from countries considered as red zones (including Romania) must complete, prior to entering the territory of the Czech Republic, a public health form, available at: https://plf.uzis.cz/.
Romania is on the list of red zone states. Consequently, Romanian citizens wishing to travel to the Czech Republic have the obligation that, in addition to the general conditions applicable to all foreign nationals wishing to enter the Czech Republic (good reason, namely work, family, medical services, wedding or funeral), complete the public health form prior to entry into the Czech Republic and submit a PCR type molecular test to the public health directorates in the locality / region of residence / place of accommodation within 5 days of entry into the Czech Republic (in case of a molecular test PCR type performed in the Czech Republic) or immediately upon arrival, if the test was performed in another EU or Schengen country and was taken no later than 72 hours before arrival.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - The conditions applicable to nationals entering the territory of the Republic of Cyprus are determined according to the countries of origin, which are classified into three categories, namely:
- category C: EU MS and / or Schengen area: Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary; small European states: Andorra, Monaco; third countries: Algeria, Georgia, Morocco, Montenegro, Tunisia. - for which access is allowed only to certain categories of people (not tourists).
Passengers from category C countries are required to remain in self-isolation at their declared home for 14 days and to perform, at their own expense, a new molecular RT-PCR test 48 hours before the end of the self-isolation period. The maximum price of the test is 85 euros. The test result must be sent to the email address [email protected] It will only come out of self-isolation if the test result is negative.
All persons entering the Republic of Cyprus must present a travel authorization, completed 24 hours before travel, obtained through the portal www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy. The authorization involves the electronic completion of a COVID-19 questionnaire and the entry of flight data.
Children under the age of 12, regardless of the country of origin, are no longer required to take the Covid-19 test with a negative result upon entry into Cyprus.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - From 26 October 2020, the Danish authorities introduced the obligation to present a negative molecular test for COVID-19 infection upon entry into Denmark, carried out no later than 72 hours before the border presentation, for persons residing in Member States of very high risk category (including Romania).
Regarding tranzit, the Danish authorities have stated that this is permitted under the following conditions:
- Travel for tourism purposes in a country other than Denmark; proof of a reservation at an accommodation outside Denmark will be required.
- Travel to another country for one of the reasons set out in the list of "substantiated reasons" indicated above.
- People with clear symptoms of infection (dry cough, fever, etc.) are not allowed to transit through Denmark.
- Further information on the new measures is available at the following link (English): https://politi.dk/en/coronavirus-in-denmark/travelling-in-or-out-of-denmark/persons-in-transit
UPDATE 17.11.2020 -For period 16 - 22 November 2020, citizens of the following European states are required to self-isolate for 10 days upon entry into Estonia: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Netherlands, Poland , Portugal, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Hungary.
The restriction on free movement shall not apply to asymptomatic persons who have been in the territory of Finland, Latvia or Lithuania for the last 10 days and who travel to Estonia directly from Finland, Latvia or Lithuania if they meet the following conditions:
(1) performed a test for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to arrival in Estonia with a negative result.
(2) persons arrive in Estonia for profit, study or medical services, for family reasons or are in transit. In these cases, it is not necessary to perform a test for COVID-19 prior to arrival in Estonia.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - As of March 30, 2020, the access of foreign nationals to the territory of the Russian Federation is temporarily prohibited (except for citizens with the right of residence, citizens of the states with which the Russian Federation has resumed direct flights, or special cases provided below) and the application of the measure of isolation at home for 14 days is established for all Russian and foreign citizens entering this state long term (more than 72 hours / 3 days).
Quarantine / self-isolation is no longer required for Russian and foreign citizens entering the territory of the Russian Federation (less than 72 hours / 3 days), but it is mandatory to present a test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, performed with at most 72 hours before entering the territory of the Russian Federation.
Starting with March 30, 2020 and until new provisions, the state of increased alert was announced on the territory of the Russian Federation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flights between Romania and Russia are suspended!
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - In accordance with the decision of the Finnish Institute of Public Health (THL), Romania was included in the group of "red states", with an incidence of COVID-19 cases of over 25 per 100.000 inhabitants. Thus, passengers arriving from these "red states" are recommended to be tested on entry into Finland and voluntary quarantine for 10 days, at the address of residence or residence. Passengers with visible symptoms will be quarantined for 14 days.
As of 1 October, the Finnish authorities strongly recommend that citizens traveling to Finland from countries with a confirmed COVID-19 case rate of over 25 per 100.000 inhabitants, including Romania, take a first test for COVID-19. free, at the airport.
From 12 October, strongly recommended self-isolation period foreign nationals arriving from countries with an infection rate of over 25 per 100.000 inhabitants, including Romania, be reduced from 14 to 10 days. Voluntary self-isolation strongly recommended by the authorities can be interrupted after two negative tests, the second performed at least 72 hours after entering the country. Foreign nationals who spend less than 72 hours in Finland must not enter self-isolation or take a second test.
Passengers arriving in Finland are informed about the Finnish hygiene and social distance guidelines, the recommendation to avoid physical contact with risk groups for 10 days, as well as the treatment if necessary and the instructions for installing a mobile application.
Travel conditions in Finland: free test of COVID-19 at the airport and voluntary quarantine for 10 days.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - As of 7 November this year, the total quarantine regime has been established (lockdown) for the entire territory of the Hellenic Republic, which shall be in force until 30 November 2020.
The Greek authorities shall maintain the measures imposed upon entry in Greece until 30 November 2020 (23:59), with the express mention that they can be modified at any time, without any notice, in case of increasing the number of people infected with SARS-CoV-2.
The measure of presentation of a negative molecular test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, taken 72 hours before the moment of entry into the territory of the Hellenic Republic, respectively of the obligation to complete the PLF form and presentation of the QR code upon entry into Greek territory, shall be maintained and applied all categories of persons entering the territory of Greece, through all border crossing points with the neighboring states of the Hellenic Republic, including Kulata-Promachonas.
The measure of presenting a negative molecular test for SARS-CoV-2 infection at the border does not apply to minors up to 10 years of age.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Following the adoption by the EU Council of a common system for mapping risk areas in the European Union * and coordinating travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ireland requires the following measures:
- People arriving in Ireland from the red, orange or gray areas must restrict their travel for two weeks.
- People arriving in Ireland from green areas or Northern Ireland are exempt from the isolation measure.
- Regardless of the level of the EU indicator for Denmark, any person arriving from Denmark to Ireland has the obligation to restrict their travel for 14 days.
Upon entering Ireland, by air or sea, passengers are required to complete a location form (available online or distributed by the airline or ferry company with which they are traveling). The correct and complete completion of the location form is mandatory. Failure to comply with the isolation measure for 14 days (including the declaration of false information) is a crime and is punishable by a fine of 2.500 euros or imprisonment for up to 6 months.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Entry and transit conditions in Iceland: Mandatory quarantine for 14 days or 2 negative tests for COVID-19.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Italy has extended the state of emergency. On 7 October 2020, the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic extended the state of emergency in order to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic until January 31 2021. Lockdown in Italy: it is recommended to avoid unnecessary travel during the day.
Persons who have been on or transited through the Romanian territory in the last 14 days prior to arrival in Italy are subject to the obligation of self-isolation and medical supervision for a period of 14 days upon arrival on Italian territory.
On 3 November 2020, the Italian authorities signed a new Decree extending these measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was applicable during the November 5 - December 3 this year
The flights are operational between Italy and Romania. All those who travel from Italy to Romania will go into isolation at home for 14 days, Italy being on Romania's yellow list.
UPDATE 30.09.2020 - Latvia is in a state of emergency until 6 December 202. Under current regulations, Latvian citizens and permanent residents of Latvia, citizens of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are allowed to enter Latvia. North, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, San Marino and the Holy See (Vatican City State), as well as from the states on the list drawn up by the European Commission comprising third countries whose residents may join the European Union, depending on the cumulative level of incidence COVID-19 registered in that state in the last 14 days, compared to the one registered in Latvia in the same interval.
All travelers, including citizens and permanent residents of Latvia, who have returned from countries where the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days exceeds the cumulative incidence of COVID-19 cases at 14 days in Latvia must make 10 days of self-isolation. Certain groups of people (eg health and social work workers, teachers) who are to work in Latvia have to isolate themselves for 14 days.
The Latvian Center for Disease Control and Prevention publishes on its website every Friday (https://www.spkc.gov.lv/lv/valstu-saslimstibas-raditaji-ar-covid-19-0), national COVID-19 incidence rates.
Given these criteria, Romanian citizens and permanent residents arriving in Latvia must complete a period of 10 days of self-isolation upon entering the territory of this state.
To remember: from 12.10.2020, all persons traveling to Latvia are required to fill in the form available at https://covidpass.lv/en/ with a maximum of 48 hours before entering the country, the provision being applicable also to children and guardians.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Starting with November 7, 2020, at 00:00, the state of quarantine is established on the entire territory of the state, until November 29, 2020, at 00:00.
The red group includes states with 50 or more cases of infection per 100.000 people in the last 14 days and the proportion of positive tests of 4% or more or states with an incidence of more than 150 cases per 100.000 people in the last 14 days. Currently, Romania is part of this group.
People arriving in Lithuania from countries in the red zone - category where Romania is also located - or gray must isolate themselves from the moment of entering this state for a period of 10 days or present a negative test for COVID-19, performed with no later than 48 hours before entering Lithuania. The test may also be performed in Lithuania, but until the negative result is received the person concerned must remain in solitary confinement.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Starting with November 9, 2020, 00.00, all persons entering the territory of Norway from countries in the red zone, including Romania, must present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival, performed a maximum of 72 hours before entry.
The approved test method is PCR or antigen molecular assay. The document must be written in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German. A form that can be used to certify a negative test is to be developed and provided (its use is not a requirement, however).
Persons who are unable to take such a test may be refused entry into Norwegian territory.
⛔️Marea Britanie / Anglia
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - People arriving in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Jersey from Romania or from one of the States not included in the list of States exempted from travel restrictions - referred to as "travel corridors”(Listed below) - are forced to isolate themselves for a period of 14 days. At this moment, Romania is not part of the list exempt states from the mandatory measure on home isolation.
Lockdown in England: StayHome is back. Travel for tourism is not allowed.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Romania is considered a state of risk in terms of the epidemiological situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Romanian citizens can transit the territory of Slovakia for the purpose of repatriation or travel to the EU state of destination, without presenting a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, without prior approval from the Slovak authorities, provided that travel within the territory of Slovakia takes place without interruption during maximum 8 hours from entry into Slovakia, including refueling.
Romanian citizens arriving in Slovakia must present at the entrance a negative molecular test type RT-PCR for SARS-CoV-2 infection, not older than 72 hours or enter isolation at home or in temporary residence (hotel, accommodation unit, etc.) and perform an RT-PCR molecular test for SARS-CoV-2 infection in Slovakia no earlier than the 5th day of isolation. If the individuals are asymptomatic, they may be released after 10 days without performing the RT-PCR molecular test for SARS-CoV-2 infection.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - On 12 November 2020, the Slovenian Government adopted new restrictions on limiting the spread of COVID-19 infection. According to them, Italy, Ireland, Liechtenstein and Poland were added on red list with the whole territory, along with Denmark (excluding the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Lithuania (excluding Utena), Sweden (excluding Västernorrland), individual regions of Greece and Estonia (excluding Ida-Viru). Spain remains on red list, The Canary Islands were transferred to orange list. Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Italy (except Calabria), San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Hungary, Vatican red list. Romania is with the entire territory on the red list, along with 149 other states and territories.
Upon entry into Slovenia, persons residing in a state on the "orange" or "red" list will be obliged to submit to a quarantine period of 10 days at the declared address of residence, by decision communicated by the competent authority ( Ministry of Health) border authorities. The expenses incurred during the quarantine period are borne personally. Testing for COVID-19 infection is possible during the quarantine period, and if the result is negative, the competent authority will cancel the quarantine decision, but only after at least 5 days of quarantine.
Persons who present a negative molecular test for entry into Slovenia may be exempted from this obligation SARS-CoV-2 infection, not older than 48 hours, performed in an EU Member State, Schengen area or Slovenia, by an entity / person recognized / listed by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food (https://www.nlzoh.si/ ).
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - Entry restrictions in Hungary - applied from 1 September 2020 - were extended until 1 December 2020, based on the government decision of October 30, 2020.
In this regard, foreign nationals may not enter Hungary for tourism purposes, except in strictly regulated situations.
Categories of persons who can travel to Hungary without restrictions:
- holders of diplomatic / service passports or seaman's card;
- drivers in freight traffic;
- holders of simple passports in case they request entry in an official visit (certified by presenting official documents);
- persons who, on entry into Hungary, certify that they were infected with COVID-19 within 6 months before the date of the border crossing application and are currently cured.
UPDATE 17.11.2020 - When crossing the state border, it is mandatory to conclude / hold a health insurance policy, to cover the costs of a possible treatment for COVID-19 and / or the costs of quarantine expenses. The insurance policy must be issued by an insurance company registered in Ukraine or by a foreign company that has a representative office in Ukraine. The period of validity of the insurance policy must be at least equal to the length of stay in Ukraine.
Currently, according to the assessment of the Ukrainian authorities, Romania is on the list of states with high epidemiological risk - red category.
People who arrive from a state in the red category or who, in the last 14 days, have been in a country in the red category and intend to travel to Ukraine, will be quarantined for 14 days. As an alternative to quarantine, there is the option of self-isolation at home, if the person consents to this by registering in the application of the Government of Ukraine, "Active at home / Дій вдома"(a SIM card with a UA number + 380… is required to use the application.).
That being said, travel responsibly and be informed. Don't forget to wear a mask, sanitize yourself and follow all the measures taken to fight the pandemic.
European states that, in the context of COVID-19, impose restrictions for citizens coming from Romania:
Update October 29, 2020 - The Autonomous Communities of Spain have adopted restrictive measures. Partial lockdown in Spain! Total quarantine in France: people will not be able to leave their homes without a good reason.
Since mid-July, Romania has been on an upward trend in the number of new cases of COVID-19. Authorities seem outdated and more and more European countries are imposing new travel restrictions for Romania.
In just 2 weeks, a lot has changed about the freedom to travel through certain countries. Some countries have closed their borders for those traveling from Romania. Others began requesting a negative COVID-19 test. But most of them require quarantine / isolation at home once their border has been crossed.