Romania introduces Passenger Locator Form to limit the spread of Covid-19 outbreak

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People traveling to Romania need  to fill in a digital Passenger Locator Form starting Monday, authorities said.

The measure is already used in at least 18 other European Union member states and in other countries such as the UK.

PLFs are used by public health authorities to facilitate contact tracing in case travelers are exposed to an infectious disease such as Covid-19 during their travel by plane, ship rail, bus or automobile.

The passenger locator form shows where a person has traveled before entering a country, in this case Romania.

It aims to streamline epidemiological investigations and health measures during the pandemic.

It will allow public health authorities to identify and contact people who came in contact with someone infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus during their travels.

The PLF shows where the person traveled from previously to Romania and gives their address while they are in Romania.

It shows what transport they took and the date of entry. Accompanying minors are also listed.

The digital form can be accessed on the platform.

Authorities require an e-mail to release the form. The procedure is similar to generating an  EU Covid digital certificate.

The will be accessible to anyone, starting December 20, 2021.

The form  needs to filled out starting from 24 hours before entry and can be completed electronically.

Border police can see if someone has filled out the form when they check the person’s  identity card or passport in the computer system.

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