Romania does NOT necessarily require the presentation of a negative PCR test upon entry into the country
UPDATE June 4, 2021: OFFICIAL: Romania has updated the red, yellow, green list. The Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia are on the yellow list, and Croatia, Cyprus, Turkey, Switzerland are on the green list!
UPDATE May 27, 2021: Romania has updated the red, yellow, green lists. Cyprus, Croatia, Belgium, Slovenia are on the yellow list; Italy, Germany, Austria and Spain are on the green list! Britain has been downgraded to red!
Starting with May 15, Romania does NOT necessarily require the presentation of a negative PCR test upon entry into the country. Specifically, on May 14, decision 28 was adopted the classification system of countries has changed.
Romania does NOT require a negative PCR test
Thus, Romania now has a traffic light: green list, yellow list and red list. A number of rules and a number of exceptions have been established for each list. Obviously, if you travel to Romania from a green area, you do not need a negative PCR test and you will NOT be quarantined.
For trips in the yellow zone, Romania does not necessarily require a negative PCR test, but it is recommended that you have the test to avoid quarantine.
Problems and confusions arise for those who want to travel in the red and yellow areas. In the current context of the pandemic and following the new classifications, Romania does NOT require the presentation of a negative PCR test upon entering the country. But travelers coming from the yellow and red areas will be quarantined for 14 days, says Article 3.
Art.3 - Depending on the classification of the countries / territories of epidemiological risk provided in art. 2, at the entry of persons on the territory of Romania, the following measures shall be applied:
- For the persons arriving on the Romanian territory from the area provided in art. 2 lit. a) (green area) no quarantine measure is established;
- For the persons arriving on the Romanian territory from the areas provided in art. 2 lit. b) (yellow zone) and c) (red zone) the quarantine measure is established at home, at the declared location or the special space intended for a period of 14 days.
Article 4 of Decision 28 refers to quarantine exceptions for those traveling in the yellow zone.
It's just that, as I mentioned above, there is a list of exceptions for each area. Article 4 of Decision 28 refers to quarantine exceptions for those traveling in the yellow zone.
La point w) it is noted that people who show a negative RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed no later than 72 hours before boarding (for those traveling by public transport) are exempted from the quarantine measure. - plane, train, minibus / bus) or entry into the national territory (for those traveling with their own means - the car driven personally).
Also in Article 4 of H28 appears aline x) stating that persons who have been vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus are also exempted from quarantine, including the second dose for the types of vaccine administered in two doses and for which at least 2 days have elapsed upon entering Romania.
For travel in the red zone, Romania does not necessarily require a negative PCR test. Even if you have it, it does NOT help you get rid of quarantine
For those who choose to travel from the red zone to Romania, the presentation of a negative PCR test does NOT help to avoid quarantine. In any case, the 14-day quarantine is inevitable if you do not find yourself on the list of categories that are an exception to the rule.
According to Decision 28, in addition to those occupational categories, exceptions to quarantine are also those vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including the second dose for the types of vaccine administered in two doses and for which the at least 2 days before entering Romania.
Decision 28, which was approved on May 14, 2021 and applicable from May 15, 2021
The answers from DSP Bucharest and the airlines TAROM and Blue Air
Because we saw many contradictory discussions, with passengers accusing the companies of refusing them boarding on the grounds that they did not have a negative PCR test, we began a short investigation. I called DSP Bucharest and asked for clarifications from the airlines Wizz Air, Blue Air and TAROM.
DSP Bucharest mentioned that Romania does NOT necessarily require the presentation of a negative PCR test upon entry into the country, but in theory each airline could apply some internally established measures. According to the law, Romania no longer requires the mandatory negative PCR test at boarding. Obviously, I was explained the measures I presented above and the advantage of presenting the negative PCR test if traveling from the yellow zone.
TAROM he told me that the state air operator does NOT request anything in addition to the legal provisions established by the authorities. In the current context, TAROM does not refuse boarding passengers who do NOT have a negative PCR test, each assuming a 14-day quarantine if traveling from the red or yellow zone. At the same time, the TAROM representative explained to me the measures adopted and the existing exceptions that I also presented to you above according to the Decision 28.
Blue Air's answer
Blue Air has updated the boarding procedures and the existing legislation has been aligned with them.
Answer Wizz Air
According to the information received, Wizz Air does not apply any measures other than those established by law by each country of destination.
Each country sets its own rules of entry
In my personal opinion, blocking the passenger boarding SPRE Romania on the grounds that it does NOT have a negative PCR test can be an abuse on the part of the airlines. I agree with the hygiene and sanitary prevention measures, but conditioning the trip based on the PCR test to Romania, in the context in which Romania does NOT require this anymore, can be an abuse.
CAREFUL!!! Each country sets its own rules of entry. For example, if you are traveling FROM Italy TO Romania, Italy being in the green zone, the negative PCR test is not mandatory. But if you travel from Romania TO Italy, you have the obligation to present a negative PCR / antigen test during boarding (maximum 48 hours) and do not quarantine in Italy.
We recommend that you constantly check the travel arrangements and conditions in each destination country. Do not apply uniformly and make a difference in direction. One is when you fly to Romania and another is when you fly from Romania to any European country or on another continent.