First actions after Omicron confirmation: Mandatory PCR test upon entry into Romania and quarantine for unvaccinated for those coming from non-EU states

People entering Romania from countries outside the European Union – including those vaccinated against COVID – will have the obligation to present, upon entering Romania, a PCR test obtained no more than 48 hours before the trip. Those who are not vaccinated will be automatically quarantined for 10 days.

People coming from EU countries – not the vaccinated ones – must present a PCR test done 72 hours before the trip, and the unvaccinated ones will also be quarantined.

Also, a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) will be implemented in Romania. The measures were decided by the authorities after the first two cases of COVID-19 with the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV2 had been confirmed in Romania.

The decisions were taken on Sunday, in a meeting convened by the government by Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, which was attended by the Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, the head of Emergency Situations Department (DSU), Raed Arafat, and the director of the National Center for the Monitoring and Control of Communicable Diseases, Adriana Pistol.

“The situation of the Romanian citizens infected with the new Omicron strain was discussed first of all. Fortunately, it is good, but one obvious conclusion after this was that vaccination remains the best form of protection against disease, complications and death. Therefore, we strongly recommend further vaccination”, said Health minister Alexandru Rafila.

In his turn, the DSU chief, Raed Arafat said that another aspect is related to enforcing the Passenger Locator Form, which is already implemented in several countries, particularly on entry in airports, and which passengers must fill in before the trip and present at the border. “This form is to be enforced in Romania starting Decemeber 20″, Arafat announced.

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