Covid-19 travel. Romanians face travel restrictions in 20 European countries

With the holiday season underway, summer travel plans are being thrown into disarray by a spike in coronavirus cases which has to a number European countries banning arrivals from Romania or imposing travel restrictions.

By Monday, there were 20 European countries, including 14 EU members, which have placed restrictions on Romanians.

The countries which have imposed new rules are: Austria, Bosnia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Britain, the Netherlands, Moldova, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

On Sunday, Hungary announced that Romanians need to undergo a medical test before they enter the country and if they have Covid-19 infection symptoms, they won’t be allowed in.

Even if they don’t have symptoms, they need to self-isolate for 14 days. Travelers who provide two consecutive, negative Covid-19 tests in the past five days can enter without isolating. Tests need  to be carried out 48-hours apart, and certificates must be in Hungarian or English, the foreign ministry said.

Hungary’s western neighbor Austria has also imposed restrictions. Romanians can enter provided they show a negative Covid-19 test, not older than four days, in English or German. If they don’t have a certificate, they are obliged to isolate for 14 days. Romanians are allowed to transit Austria.

For the popular tourist destination of Greece, tourists and travelers must fill out a form at least 24 hours before the start of their trip, and they may  undergo random testing at the border.

Starting July 15, travelers will be allowed into Greece if they present a negative Covid-19 test, not older than three days, as well as the form.

Travelers to Cyprus need to show a negative SARS-CoV-2 test, not older than 72 hours.

Romanians traveling to Estonia or Latvia need to isolate for 14 days.

Lithuania and Finland are banning Romanians from July 13. Finland will allow allow Romanians with a residence permit, with a work contract, to visit a close relative or to study. Romanians are allowed to transit the country.

Malta has banned Romanian citizens, while Denmark only allows access to people if they can show they have a reservation of at least six nights, and the address of the place.

Ireland requires Romanians to quarantine for 14 days. The Netherlands is recommending Romanians self-isolate for 14 days, while Slovakia asks arrivals to take a Covid-19 test after the fifth day. If the test is negative, they continue their stay. Romanians are allowed to transit the country but not allowed to stop.

Romanians entering  Slovenia need to isolate for 14 days. They are allowed to transit provided they don’t spend more than 12 hours on Slovenian territory.

For the latest information and updates, please consult  RE-open EU which covers travel advice in the EU, plus Switzerland and Norway.


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