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Romania has officially reopened its borders for tourism, allowing tourists from EU nations, as well as countries outside of the EU to visit.

Romania started to relax border restrictions in June, but mostly to neighbouring countries and a few low-risk EU nations. Now, as of July 7, 2020, Romania is open to receiving tourists from many more countries.

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Which countries can travel to Romania?

We have all the countries that can currently visit Romania listed below, separated into two lists: EU nations, and third-party nations outside the EU.

Romania has developed a ‘Green Zone’ categorization of countries that do not have to quarantine or be tested upon arrival into the country. The below ‘Green Zone’ lists are valid as of Dec 13th and will be re-evaluated frequently.

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EU nation ‘Green Zone’ countries that can visit Romania:

(as Of Jan 19, 2021)

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg 
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

*Countries in RED now need a 14-day quarantine due to high case numbers

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Third-Party ‘Green Zone’ countries that can visit Romania:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay

The updated list of ‘Green Zone’ countries will be posted weekly directly on the National Institute of Public Health of Romania page.

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Yellow Zone Countries

Countries not included on either ‘Green Zone’ list are considered to be in the ‘Yellow Zone’.

These countries are in the EU/EEA or part of the approved third-party list suggested by the EU, but have higher case numbers than the countries listed above.

Any Yellow Zone country is still permitted to enter, as long as they have no symptoms, but they are required to quarantine for 14-days.

Yellow Zone Update August 1

More countries outside the EU have been added to Romania’s ‘Yellow Zone’ as of August 1, however the below countries are only granted entry into Romania, WITH QUARANTINE, if they are essential travelers. (Ex: Romanian citizens returning home from these areas.) 

The Romanian government states: 

“The quarantine measure applies to all persons arriving on an international journey
from countries / areas with high epidemiological risk and have the right to enter the national territory, respectively:
Roman citizens, citizens of the Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area or
of the Swiss Confederation, or to persons falling within one of the exceptions provided for by
GD no. 553 / 15.07.2020, Annex 3, art. 2, paragraph 2, letters a) – l).”

(Yellow list as of Jan 19, 2021)

Gibraltar, Czech Republic, Andorra, Ireland, Slovenia, San Marino, United Kingdom, Panama, Israel, Lithuania, United States, Montenegro, Portugal, Cyprus, Sweden, Monaco , Slovakia, Aruba, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Estonia, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Georgia, Malta, Colombia, Sint Maarten, Italy, Turks and Caicos Islands, South Africa , Croatia, Luxembourg, Poland, France, Germany, Austria, Seychelles, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Canada, Palestine, Brazil, Jersey.

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Testing and Quarantine Rules for Romania

No Testing / No Quarantine = If you are an asymptomatic traveler arriving from one of the ‘Green Zone’ countries listed above.

No Testing / Yes Quarantine = If you are an asymptomatic traveler arriving from one of the ‘Yellow Zone’ countries. (EU/EEA nations not on the Green list.)

Update October 10th: Travellers planning to stay in Romania for 3 days or less are exempt from quarantine 

Other Rules for Entry into Romania

Romania has reopened for tourism

What’s Open in Romania

Compared to other countries in Europe, Romania has been much slower to reopen things like restaurants and shopping centers. Some things are now open, or partially open, but there are still some businesses that have not yet fully reopened. Romania states they anticipate all restrictions will be lifted and all businesses will be reopened by July 15th.

Open:

  • Hotels and inns
  • Museums and galleries
  • Tourist attractions
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies and small shops
  • Restaurants with patios or take-out
  • Social gatherings of up to 8 people

Closed:

  • Indoor dining spaces for restaurants (expected opening July 15)
  • Large shopping centers (expected opening July 15)
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Have Flights Resumed to Romania?

Yes. Bucharest is the major airport in Romania and many European cities are flying to and from Romania daily.

The airlines that offer the most selection for direct flights into Bucharest are: WizzAir, TAROM, RyanAir, and Blue Air.

Romania’s Vaccine Rules For Entry 

Romania has lifted all travel restrictions for tourists who have been vaccinated within the EU. Previously, all incoming travelers had to quarantine for 14 days but a recent announcement by Romanian authorities states that travelers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will bypass the quarantine. 

Travelers will need to wait a minimum of 10 day after their second shot of the Covid-19 vaccine before traveling to Romania. 

Want to know more about visiting Romania?

Our friend Aurelia is a Romanian travel blogger and she has many great articles about getting around Romania, safety, tipping, hotels, markets, and more!

Read More: See our complete list of countries now reopen for international tourism, and which cruise lines have reopened for sailings. 

Disclaimer: Romania’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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Originally published: July 7, with updates


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Jeff

Monday 29th of March 2021

My family and I have tickets to go to Romania in July from the United States. Is there any word on when we will be allowed to travel there and if there is talk of the borders opening up soon?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 1st of April 2021

July is still very far away in terms of 'covid-time', so I would just hang tight for a few more months as much will change between now and then

Devinron Ready

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Can Americans now enter Romania? The other websites are so unclear. Can you give us clarity on this. There is no website that says yes or no.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

No, we do not believe it is permitted at this time

Coni

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Hello there! I am a chilean citizen with a chilean passport and I would like to travel to Romania. As far as I know Chile is in the Yellow List therefore quarantine is mandatory. However, I do not see Chile in the list here , could you please clarify this information? I am allowed to enter Romania as a tourist holding a chilean passport? Thank you!

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

No sorry, not at this time. Romania is still only allowing in EU citizens.

John

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Hi, any thoughts on this news?

(link) it says there is no quarantine if you have received both doses of the vaccine. However, I'm unclear if US citizens who have been vaccinated would be able to enter Romania. Any help you can find would be amazing, love the site!

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Hey John, We have seen a few whispers about this ;) We are looking into it!

Troy

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

I am a US citizen hoping to visit a friend of mine in Romania soon. Everything I have read elsewhere seems to stipulate that US citizens cannot travel into Romania at this time, even for short visits and even if we are asymptomatic, unless one of the “exceptions” under Romania’s current policy applies. But do I understand that I can travel there as a tourist for a 3-day visit, as long as I am asymptomatic (which I am)?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

No sorry, US residents are not permitted to enter Romania at this time