PM Orban: No other restrictions lifted as of July 1. What happens to the Romanians planning to go on holiday?

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Asked about the next relaxation stage that would have included the potential re-opening of the restaurants, PM Ludovic Orban said on Monday that it could be delayed due to the existing evolution of the new COVID-19 cases.

“The evolution of the pandemic in the past 10 days prompts us to be very cautious regarding the subsequent relaxation measures. The plan to lift further restrictions is gradual, every 15 days and we need assessments to see how things have been going“, the premier explained.

Sources from the Government revealed that the specialist rejoined in the meeting of the technical COVID group had decided to lift no more restrictions as of July 1. A meeting of the National Council for Emergency Situations is scheduled this evening. Restaurant owners and hotels were hoping to be allowed to open their units also indoors as of July 1.

At the same time, in terms of travel restrictions, PM Orban said that bans could be enforced only in the case of the countries where the rate of infection for 15 days exceeds the 5 index. Moreover, the Romanian PM stated that it also depends on the travel bans agreed within the European Commission. So, the evolution will be revised every 15 days.

At present, there are 22 countries where Romanians can travel without being compelled to stay under 14-day isolation or quarantine upon their return. These countries are: Austria, Bulgaria, Czechia, Cyprus, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, the European territory of France, Hungary, Germany (except for the Kreis Gutersloh district), Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland.

On the other hand, several European states have recently included Romania back on the restrictions list, due to the high rise of new COVID cases in our country. Romania ranks third in Europe on new infections, with Malta, Slovakia, Denmark and Estonia including our country in the yellow area, meaning that Romanians’ access in restricted on their territory.

New travel rules in Greece

Meanwhile, Greece has announced new rules for the tourists entering its territory. More precisely, tourists reaching Greece starting July 1 will have to fill in an online questionnaire 48 hours before entering the country and they will receive barcode to determine if they will have to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

The Greek Government has introduced a new protocol asking tourists to fill in an online form 48 hours before arriving in Greece, containing their personal ID, the country of origin and the states crossed in the past 15 days. The questionnaire is mandatory until August 31.

Until this weekend Greece used to randomly test tourists depending on their country of origin, which caused confusion among travelers, as they did not know if they had to spend a night at the hotel in order to be tested or they will be placed under quarantine right after landing in Athens or Thessaloniki.

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