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.
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.
EU nation ‘Green Zone’ countries that can visit Romania:
(as Of Jan 19, 2021)
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
*Countries in RED now need a 14-day quarantine due to high case numbers
Third-Party ‘Green Zone’ countries that can visit Romania:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
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.
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
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.
- 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
- Indoor dining spaces for restaurants (expected opening July 15)
- Large shopping centers (expected opening July 15)
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.
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.
Originally published: July 7, with updates