Romanian Travel Restrictions
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Romania has implemented travel restrictions for the Non-European Union citizens or foreigners out of the European Economic Area. The same restrictions apply to the citizens that do not belong to the Swiss Confederation or to any stateless persons.
The Romanian Government allows the travels to Romania only for the persons that have a real or imperative reason or a long-term Visa. And if this reason is admitted then you can enter Romania, with or without staying in quarantine for 14 days.
The quarantine measures are required based on the list that is constantly updated with the Covid-19 cases of each country. You can find the official list here:
Having a Romanian Company can be an imperative reason to enter the country, but this is something that only the Romanian Border Police can admit. And this admission has to take place before your arrival in Romania.
Even if you are a Non-European citizen, you can obtain a long-term Visa for business or commercial activities from the Embassy of Romania in your country.
The legal provision that requires the travel restrictions states the following:
Foreign citizens from Non-E.U. states, respectively those who do not belong to the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation, as well as stateless persons are prohibited from entry to the territory of Romania, through the state border crossing points.
The following foreign nationals are exempted from these stipulations:
- family members of Romanian citizens,
- family members of nationals of other E.U. Member States or of the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation, with residence in Romania,
- persons holding a long-stay Visa, a residence permit or a document equivalent to a residence permit, issued by the authorities or a document equivalent issued by the authorities of other states, according to E.U. law,
- persons traveling for work, proven by a Visa, residence permit or other equivalent document, medical staff, medical researchers, geriatric care medical staff, as well as carriers and other categories of staff involved in the transport of goods which provide such necessary transports,
- diplomatic or consular personnel, personnel of international organizations, military personnel or personnel who can provide humanitarian aid,
- persons in transit, including those repatriated as a result of the granting of consular protection,
- passengers traveling for imperative reasons,
- people in need of international protection or other humanitarian reasons,
- stateless persons or foreigners traveling for study purposes,
- foreigners and stateless persons, highly qualified workers, if their employment is economically necessary and the activity cannot be postponed or carried out abroad,
- any foreigner and stateless persons, cross-border workers, seasonal agricultural workers, maritime and river navigators,
- members of international sports delegations participating in sports competitions organized in Romania, in accordance with the law.
This list can be checked for updates here: https://www.politiadefrontiera.ro/en/main/i-restrictions-for-foreign-nationals-in-accordance-with-art-no-2-paragraph-1-point-2-annex-no3-of-the-government-decision-no-53315th-of-july-2020-7598.html
Remember that if you have a Romanian Residence Permit you can enter the country even if the date of the Permit is expired, because the validity of the Residence Permit is extended for the entire period of the Romanian Alert State. Just be sure that Immigration Office did not canceled the Residence Permit for other reasons.
You can find more details about the Romanian Residence during the Alert State here: