Omicron variant brings new restrictions in Romania

Romania confirmed Saturday that the Omicron variant was found in two patients who arrived last week on a special flight from South Africa. [Shutterstock / angellodeco]

The first cases of Omicron infection were confirmed in Romania, prompting the government to adopt new measures for travellers.

Romania confirmed Saturday that the Omicron variant was found in two patients who arrived last week on a special flight from South Africa.

The health authorities decided to enforce new rules for people arriving in Romania following an emergency meeting.

People arriving from outside the EU must present a negative RT-PCR test, taken within 48 hours of the journey, and the unvaccinated will be subject to a 10-day quarantine. For people arriving from another EU state, the green pass will be enough to allow entry into Romania. However, unvaccinated persons from a red-zone country will still have to quarantine.

Moreover, people who did not receive a vaccine or have been sick in the past six months need to present an RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of the trip or will have to quarantine for 14 days.

Health minister Alexandru Rafila said the government would adopt the new measures after the national emergency situations committee approves them, and they will not be enforced overnight. “The idea is to protect public health and citizens to participate in this effort, not to create further tensions. People need to have a period to know about and adapt to these new requirements,” Rafila said.

He mentioned that the RT-PCR test would not be required for children under 12-years old.

(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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