Germany has added new counties in Romania to the “red zone” because of COVID-19

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that, during the evening of August 12, the German authorities updated the list of “risk areas” in Romania established in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of this update, the city of Bucharest, along with 10 other counties in Romania, respectively Bacău, Brăila, Brașov, Dâmbovița, Galați, Gorj, Ilfov, Prahova, Vaslui, Vrancea were added to the list of risk areas. This measure entered into force on 12 August 2020, the date of publication of the decision.

The counties of Argeș, Bihor, Buzău, Neamț, Ialomița, Mehedinți and Timiș have already been declared risk areas since August 7.

Thus, in total, at this moment, 17 counties together with the city of Bucharest are on the list of risk areas.

According to the information publicly provided by the German authorities, all persons, regardless of their nationality, who enter the Federal Republic of Germany after being in one of the risk areas must present a negative COVID-19 test, carried out with a maximum of 48 hours before arrival (translated into German or English) or, alternatively, to be tested, free of charge, for a maximum of 72 hours after arrival on German territory.

The test can be performed directly at the airport or, within 72 hours of entering Germany, at the family doctor or local health authorities. In this regard, passengers should contact the emergency medical telephone number 116 117. In the event of non-compliance with the test obligation, the German authorities may impose penalties of up to EUR 25,000.

Testing is mandatory for people coming from “risk areas” and recommended to all other travelers entering German territory.

If the test is performed on arrival in Germany, passengers are required to self-isolate until a negative test result is received. The measure of self-isolation at home does not apply to those who present a negative COVID-19 test, performed no more than 48 hours before arrival in Germany.

Also, people entering the Federal Republic of Germany coming from a risk area (including the above-mentioned ones) are required to fill in a location form – Public Health Passenger Locator Form – whose English version can be found at the following link: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/IGV/Aussteigekarte_Fluggast_EN.pdf?__blob=publicationFile.

The mere transit through German territory is not conditional on the above-mentioned obligations. During transit, it is necessary to avoid any close contact with other people and to observe specific protection measures (social distance, hygiene, mask) being allowed short stops for food or fuel, but not those of tourism or visits.

Information on the new measure to update the “risk areas” by including in the list of some counties in Romania are available at: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html.

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