The British government on Tuesday advised Britons to leave Romania „while they can” and advised nationals not to plan trips to the country in the immediate future due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office „advised against all non-essential travel to Romania, and for UK nationals who are considering leaving to do so while they still can.”
„The situation is developing quickly, and new restrictions on travel both from and within Romania may come at any time,” a statement said.
The statement said the government made the recommendations „due to measures introduced by the Romanian government in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”
President Klaus Iohannis declared a one-month state of emergency on Monday, and said authorities may close borders to contain the spread of the virus. The number of cases soared to 222 on Tuesday, 49 more than the previous day.
Travelers from the UK and other countries are expected to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival as of Sunday.
There are about 2,000 Britons living in Romania, but the message was directed to people visiting the country or on short-term stays.
The statement advised travelers to check news outlets regularly for up to date information.