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Source: National Customs Authority
Closure of several border crossings
Several border crossings were closed to restrict trafic to certain points focussing screenings.
End date: not available
Further information: https://www.politiadefrontiera.ro/ro/traficonline/
Suspension of direct rail transport services between Italy and Romania (12.03.2020)
Romania has notified the Commission of its decision to suspend direct services of rail passenger transport between Italy and Romania.
Start date: 12.03.2020
End date: 31.03.2020
Temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles transporting goods.
Romania notifed a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times under Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. It will apply to those drivers involved in the transport of goods in all the Spanish territory. It will apply to those drivers involved in domestic and international transport.
Start date: 18.03.2020
End date: 16.04.2020
Further information: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/temporary-relaxatio...
Remarks from the International Road Transport Union
The Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs issued the Military Ordinance no. 7. New measures for road transport of persons and goods have been put in place and are as follows:
Article 11. - The international road transport of persons through regular services, special regular services and occasional services in international traffic is suspended until the end of the state of emergency. The provision applies to routes between Romania and Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Swiss Confederation, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and Turkey.
Article. 12. - Upon entering Romania, drivers of goods vehicles heavier than 2.4 tonnes that do not have symptoms associated with COVID-19 shall fill out a declaration on their own responsibility whose model is established by the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communication where they assume the location where they can be contacted during the period between two transports. They do not undergo isolation at home measure/quarantine provided that the employer ensures the protective materials against COVID-19.
Article. 13. - The provision of article 12 shall apply accordingly to drivers of goods vehicles heavier than 2.4 tonnes which are moving for professional reasons from Romania to another European Union Member State or from another EU Member State to Romania, to the state of residence of the driver, regardless of whether the trip is on board of the freight vehicle or by individual means of transport or on its own. Upon entrance to Romania they must present an employee certificate signed by the employer.
Article. 14.1 - Drivers of goods vehicles heavier than 2.4 tonnes which transit Romanian territory are not required to complete the epidemiological statement, upon entry into Romania, if they meet the following minimum conditions:
a) They only use transit corridors and border crossing points at the ends of these corridors approved by the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communication and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, deviation from these being forbidden.
b) The transit through Romanian territory shall be done in a minimum time frame without exceeding 48 hours from entering Romania including periods of stationary for the daily rest.
c) Parking of the vehicle is done exclusively in parking lots located on the identified transit corridors.
Drivers transiting Romania have to fill out this form when entering the country. The form must be handed over at the border of exit.
Article 14.2 - In case of non-compliance with the conditions provided in paragraph 1, the driver of the vehicle will be obliged to enter quarantine for 14 days, bearing the expenses incurred with his quarantine.
Article 14.3 - Upon entering Romania the driver is required to apply on the glazed parts of the vehicle (windshield) a special sticker made available by the State Inspectorate for Control of Road Transport, respectively to keep the transit form whose model is established by the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications.
Romanian authorities have also published an interactive map displaying corridors, refueling stations and rest areas.
On 4 April, the National Company for Road Infrastructure Administration (CNAIR) lifted driving restrictions on vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes on the Ploiesti-Brasov section of DN1 (E60) national road. The measure applies until 16 April.
Driving restrictions on the Bucharest-Ploiesti section of DN1 are still in force.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs in Romania has announced new measures which will enter in force on 31 March, 2020:
When entering the country, for the protection of their families, drivers of freight vehicles with maximum permitted weight of more than 2.4 tones have the option to choose for quarantine/isolation, for a maximum 14-day period between journeys. One of the following options can be chosen to protecting against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19):
a) quarantine in spaces provided by the employer;
b) the isolation at home together with all the persons with whom they live, or alone, in another available living space;
c) quarantine upon request, in the spaces made available by the public administration authorities, with the support of the expenses related to the quarantine.
Drivers of these freight vehicles (with a maximum permitted weight of more than 2.4 tons) must communicate their chosen option for their period of quarantine/isolation (a), b) or c)), by filling a declaration on their own responsibility. The above-mentioned provisions also apply to aircraft pilots and ship crews.
These measures only applies to Romanian drivers.
For additional references, regular updates are also available in English on UNTRR website.
The Romanian Ministry of Transport publishes daily information regarding the situation at border crossing points on its website.The updated border waiting times can also be found here. Currently, the main bottlenecks reported are the following (at 16:00):
CALAFAT EXIT FROM THE COUNTRY
More than 125 vehicles are waiting and the queue extend over 2.7 km with a waiting time of more than 3 hours.
CALAFAT ENTRY IN THE COUNTRY
51 vehicles are waiting and the queue extend over 1.2 km with a waiting time of 50 min
GIURGIU ENTRY IN THE COUNTRY
Queue of 500 meters, waiting time 60 minutes,
GIURGIU DEPARTURE FROM THE COUNTRY
5 trucks are currently waiting
Between 14:00 and 15:00, 44 vehicles entered through Giurgu Customs and 32 vehicles left.
NADLAC II ENTRY TO THE COUNTRY
Queue of approximately 2.5 km with a waiting time of approx. 2 hours.
NADLAC II EXIT FROM THE COUNTRY
Queue of approximately 3 km, waiting time approx. 2 hours.
On 24 March 2020, the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs announced the following new measures:
· Isolation at home or, as the case may be, quarantine for all persons entering Romania (it is not clear if this measure also applies to truck drivers). This measure entered into force on25 March 2020 at 12:00 (Romanian time).
· All flights to France and Germany, and from France and Germany to Romania, are suspended for a period of 14 days. This measure does not apply to flights by state aircraft, freight and mail, humanitarian or emergency medical services, andauthorised non-commercial technical flights. This measure entered into force on25 March 2020 at 23:00 (Romanian time).
· Documents issued by the public authorities that expire during the state of emergency may be exchanged within 90 days from the date of cessation of the state of emergency.
Passage transit corridors in Romania
In line with the EC request, Romania has established the following transit corridors (map here):
· Alternative 1: Nădlac (border crossing point) – Arad – Timișoara – Lugoj – Ilia – Deva – Simeria – Sebeș – Sibiu - Râmnicu Vâlcea – Pitești – Bucharest – Giurgiu (border crossing point).
· Alternative 2: Borș (border crossing point) – Oradea – Cluj Napoca – Alba Iulia – Sebeș – Sibiu - Râmnicu Vâlcea – Pitești – Bucharest – Giurgiu (border crossing point).
· Additional corridor from Bucharest to Constanța A2.
· Giurgiu (border crossing point) – București – Urziceni – Buzãu – Focșani – Bacãu – Suceava – Siret (border crossing point).
· Nădlac (border crossing point) - Arad – Timișoara – Lugoj – Caransebeș – Orșova – Drobeta Turnu Severin – Șimian – Maglavit - Calafat (border crossing point).
· Moravița (border crossing point) – Timișoara – Arad – Oradea – Satu Mare – Halmeu (border crossing point).
· Nãdlac (border crossing point) – Arad – Timișoara – Lugoj – Ilia – Deva – Simeria – Sebeș – Sibiu – Brașov – Târgu Secuiesc – Lepșa – Focșani – Tesila – Tecuci – Bârlad – Huși – Albița (border crossing point).
The Romanian Ministry of Transport publishes daily information regarding the situation at border crossing points on its website here. The information is updated every evening at 20:00.
According to this information (updated 25.03.2020), there are long queues of trucks and long waiting times at the border crossings with Hungary and Bulgaria.
Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs announced new measures as follows:
1) Retail activities, products and services are temporarily suspended in the shopping centers where several economic operators operate, except for the sale of food, veterinary or pharmaceutical products and cleaning services.
2) Recommendations entering in force on March 22, 2020, at 22.00 (local time) for the movement of people between 06.00 – 22.00:
- the movement of persons outside the home/household should be carried out only for the following reasons:
a) travel in professional interest, including moving between home/household and the workplace, when the professional activity is essential and cannot be postponed or performed remotely;
b) travel for the provision of goods that cover the basic needs of the persons and their pets, as well as goods necessary for the professional activity;
c) travel for healthcare that cannot be postponed or performed remotely;
d) displacement for justified reasons, such as caring/accompanying the child, the assistance of elderly, sick or disabled persons or death of a family member;
e) short trips, near the home/household, related to the individual physical activity of the people and the needs of their pets.
3) Between 22.00 – 06.00 the movement of persons outside the home/household is allowed only by presenting, at the request of the competent authorities, a certificate issued by the employer or a declaration on their own responsibility. The declaration on its own responsibility must include name and surname, date of birth, address of place of residence/household/place of work and reason for travel. The measure shall be applied from March 23, 2020, at 22:00 (local time).
4) Foreign citizens cannot enter Romania's territory unless they transit Romania through designated corridors, whose list will be shared as soon as it is made available. The following categories are exempted from such provision:
a) family members of Romanian citizens;
b) family members of citizens of other EU Member States, of the European Economic Area, or of the Swiss Confederation, residing in Romania;
c) citizens who hold a long-stay visa, a residence permit or a document equivalent to the residence permit issued by the Romanian authorities, or an equivalent document issued by the authorities of other states, according to the law of the European Union;
d) people travelling in professional interest, evidenced by visa, residence permit, or other equivalent documents;
e) diplomatic staff or consular personnel, personnel of international organisations, military personnel or personnel who can provide humanitarian aid;
f) passengers in transit, including those repatriated as a result of granting consular protection;
g) passengers travelling on imperative grounds (medical or family);
h) persons who need international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.
- National transport of goods and passengers
- International road freight transport
- Drivers of goods vehicles over 2.4t who arrive from or have passed through "red areas" or "yellow areas" are not subject to quarantine or isolation measures if at the border crossing point they do not show symptoms associated with coronavirus infection SARS-CoV-2. All persons entering Romania will have to fill in a form. Templates of these forms are available in Romanian and English here.
- Drivers of goods vehicles over 2.4t have the obligation, at the border crossing point, to have on them and to wear individual means of protection, such as disinfectant, gloves, face mask and to present documents attesting the route of travel to the destination.
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