Romania has updated its list of countries and citizens from Spain, one of the main sources of medical travellers, may now enter without quarantine. Problems with fake COVID-19 certificates being issued to Romanians have also been uncovered.
One in four medical tourists to Romania are estimated to be Romanian diaspora, and most patients are from Italy and Spain, two countries with large Romanian communities. Inbound international patients also include people from Israel, Germany, the UK, and Switzerland.
Romania’s Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) has rules in operation for those arriving from countries with a high number of coronavirus cases. Countries are classified as red, yellow or green. Green, yellow and red countries are all permitted to enter Romania but with very different entry requirements.
Travellers who arrive from countries on the yellow or green countries do not need to quarantine. People from yellow countries need to provide a 72-hour negative PCR test to board an airline. People from green countries do not need a test or quarantine.
All travellers arriving from a red country are expected to quarantine for 14 days, although exemptions to the 14-day quarantine are:
- Proof of vaccination (at least 10 days from the final shot)
- Proof of recovery (positive test from 14-90 days prior to entry)
CNSU updated the list of countries on September 2, and Spain was moved from the red to the yellow list following a decrease in the COVID-19 incidence rate.
Italy and Germany remain on the green list, but Israel and the UK remain on the red list.
A journalistic investigation carried out by a Romanian news channel, Digi24 revealed a network of counterfeiters of vaccination certificates, based on a hospital in Bucharest. This forced authorities to investigate and initial findings led to 400 cases of citizens having certificates without being vaccinated. A family doctor has been accused of issuing fake certificates.