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Romania Opens Borders June 1, Ends Ban on Foreign Arrivals

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Romania has reopened for tourism on June 1, 2021, now allowing visitors from all countries to enter, with different rules applying based on risk. The Romanian government suspended the ban on foreign nationals entering the country effective June 1st.

Romania Opens Borders June 1, Ends Ban on Foreign Arrivals

“It is a beneficial measure for all of us and is, in fact, the signal to restart international tourism in Romania. From now on, foreign tourists can come to visit us, in compliance with CNSU decisions on access to our country depending on the country where they arrive”, stated a representative from the AIR (Incoming Romania Association) quoted to Agerpress, Romania’s oldest news agency.

Prior to June 1, 2021, entry from foreign nationals outside of the EU was only possible for select categories of travelers, like immediate family of Romanian nationals, students, and those on business visas. Now with the lift of the ban for foreign arrivals, all countries now have access to Romania providing they comply with the entry rules and regulations based on their country of arrival.

“We look forward with confidence to the continuation of the relaxation measures, which will bring us closer to normality and to the optimal conditions for the development of tourism services in Romania. Now it is our responsibility, of all actors in the hospitality industry, to get involved, to offer services in Romania, of quality, in safe conditions for our clients. Romania is waiting for its guests, with confidence, to discover a beautiful country, inspired by traditions and alive, with a view to the future! Country, Country, we want foreign tourists.”, the representatives of AIR told Agerpress.

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Countries are sorted by epidemiological risk and divided into three categories; green, yellow, and red. Green nations have cumulative incidence rates of new cases over the past 14 days of less than 1.5 per 1000 population. Yellow is between 1.5 and 3 per 1000, and Red is over 3 per 1000.

Green, yellow and red countries are all permitted to enter Romania as of June 1, 2021, but with very different entry requirements. Below we have the country lists (which are expected to be updated weekly) plus the entry rules for each color.

Red Countries

  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • France ***
  • Georgia  
  • India
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Paraguay
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa **
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK**
  • Uruguay

Countries with a ** are based on having variants and not necessarily the cumulative case rate.

Yellow Countries

  • Andorra
  • Bahamas
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • East Timor
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Guyana
  • Iran
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovenia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates

Green Countries

All other countries not listed under the RED and YELLOW lists are considered ‘GREEN’.

romania tourism 2021

Rules for Red Countries

14-day quarantine

All travelers arriving from a RED country will be expected to quarantine for 14 days. They will have to enter the address of the intended quarantine location on the online form. There is an option to shorten the 14-day quarantine down to 10 days if the passenger takes a PCR test on Day 8. *Please note, depending on the airline, passengers from RED countries may also need to provide a 72-hour negative PCR test to board.

Exemptions to the 14-day quarantine:

  • Proof of vaccination (at least 10 days from the final shot)
  • Proof of recovery (positive test from 14-90 days prior to entry)
bucharest romania

Rules for Yellow Countries

72-Hour PCR test

All travelers arriving from a YELLOW country will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test, performed no longer than 72 hours before arrival. If the passenger doesn’t provide the negative test proof, and the airline allows boarding, the passenger will have to complete a 14-day quarantine with the same guidance as for RED countries.

Exemptions to the 14-day quarantine for yellow nations:

  • Proof of vaccination (at least 10 days from the final shot)
  • Proof of recovery (positive test from 14-90 days prior to entry)
contanta romania beach

Rules for Green Countries

None.

Passengers from GREEN countries, who have been in a green country for at least 14 days and have not transited through a yellow or red country, can enter Romania without any tests or quarantine obligations.

Although Romania is now allowing travelers from outside the EU to enter, tourism isn’t yet back to pre-pandemic levels of openness. There are still some restrictions and rules within Romania’s borders that every passenger should know about. This includes mandatory mask rules for indoor public places for all those over 5 years of age, a daily curfew from 10:00 pm to 5:00am, hotels limited to 30-50% capacity rates, and private gathering limits of 6 people maximum. Restaurants, shops, beaches, parks, and even cinemas are open, but with capacity limits and shorter hours than normal.

Bran castle transylvania romania

Country lists, entry requirements and internal rules will change frequently throughout 2021. We will frequently update our ‘Romania’s Covid-19 Entry Requirements’ guide.

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Sammy

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Hi i think the UK is actually on Romania's yellow list not red. Please see link, there's a pdf attachment that shows published list of countries as at 27.05.21 and GB has been allocated on the yellow list section (link)

Alain

Friday 4th of June 2021

@Sammy,

Kashlee is right, although UK cases are low (yellow list) India variant counts for 80% of all new infections in U.K. We all know now that this variant has the capabilities to be the dominant variant in any country. UK govt made the error of not banning Indian travelers soon enough. Romania therefore moved U.K.to a higher risk position.

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Hi Sammy, Yes we did see that, however on the UK Embassy site, they claim as of June 1st they have been placed on Romania's 'red' list due to variants concerns. The published list you linked to was last updated on May 27, so it seems there might have been a last-minute change. We will leave the UK on the red list until the next update, expected in a few days (link)

JP

Tuesday 1st of June 2021

Hi guys,

Is it it true Spain delayed its reopening to US tourists? Had a flight booked for June 24. So upset.

WC

Tuesday 1st of June 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, I'm glad Spain got mentioned here because I was thinking of booking a flight there (tired of waiting for France to announce a firm date). Now I have a feeling I won't be buying a ticket anywhere until a day or two in advance.

Speaking of Romania, Bucharest is a fascinating city and I would love to see how it's changed in the 15 years since I was last there.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 1st of June 2021

Even though you commented this on a Romania news story, I will give you the Spain update. Long story short = it's unknown. Last week the PM said everyone can come on June 7th. Today they renewed the travel ban until June 30, so people are assuming that its staying closed, although others say they still expect the PM to make an amendment for June 7. So everyone will just have to wait and see