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Travelling to Bucharest

International travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic

⚠️ To help ticket holders with the key decisions that come next, we have summarised the key entry requirements when travelling to Bucharest for UEFA EURO 2020. This information is constantly evolving and changing and is based on the latest information received by UEFA from the local authorities. UEFA cannot guarantee that it will be accurate or reflect the latest position, although we will do our best to keep this up to date. It is your responsibility to check the Government websites to verify the latest information before your date of travel.

Romanian National Institute of Public Health

If you’re travelling from abroad, remember you will have to comply with the border entry restrictions and requirements enforced in Romania at the time. No exemptions will be made for ticket holders. Exemptions to quarantine are possible under specific conditions; see the section below for further info.

Entry requirements – Romania

Step 1: Check if you need a visa

If you require a visa, you can check this guidance for more information.

Step 2: Check if your country is on the Red, Yellow or Green list

  • If you are travelling from a country on the Red, Yellow or Green list, upon your arrival in Romania you are required to follow the procedures described below in order to avoid the need to quarantine.

⚠️Keep in mind: In addition to the requirements listed below, all non-EU/EES passport holders arriving from a 🔴RED or 🟡YELLOW country must show their EURO 2020 match ticket or ticket confirmation email (printed or digital) at passport control when entering Romania.

Step 3: Check the requirements for your country of origin

🔴 Red list countries
  • Provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or
  • Immunity certificate (previous infection) or
  • Limit your stay in Romania to a maximum of 72 hours and provide a negative RT-PCR test
🟡 Yellow list countries
  • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or
  • Immunity certificate (previous infection) or
  • Negative RT-PCR test
🟢 Green list countries
  • No specific documents required. Just make sure you have your passport / ID and match ticket.
🔴🟡 Exemptions for children and babies

When arriving from a Red or Yellow list country:

  • Children aged 3 or younger are not required to present a negative RT-PCR test
  • Children between 4-16 years only require a negative RT-PCR test not older than 72 hours

Step 4: Check the specifics of the requirements

💉 Vaccination
  • SARS-CoV-2 virus vaccination – any COVID-19 vaccine that has been issued with a medical certificate is accepted.
  • If your vaccine is a two-dose vaccine, you need to have received your second dose.
  • A minimum of ten days must have passed since your second dose.
🧾 Immunity certificate (previous infection)
  • You need to provide evidence of your previous SARS-CoV-2 virus infection in the last 90 days prior to entry into the country.
  • Accepted medical documents include a positive RT-PCR test at the time of diagnosis, or a hospital discharge letter or a test proving the presence of IgG-type antibodies performed with a maximum of 14 days prior to entry into the country.
🕓 72 hours maximum stay
  • Limit your stay in Romania to a maximum of three days (72 hours) AND present a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding (for those travelling by plane, train, coach or other public means of transport) or entry into the national territory (for those who travel by their own means).
  • If you don’t leave Romania within 72 hours, you’ll need to quarantine for 14 days, starting from the fourth day after entering Romanian territory.
➖ Negative RT-PCR test
  • The negative SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test must be performed no more than 72 hours before boarding (for those travelling by plane, train, coach or other public means of transport) or entry into the national territory (for those who travel by their own means).

Step 5: Complete your entry form

If you are travelling from a Red or Yellow list country, you will be required to fill out an entry form. Alternatively, the form can be completed during your journey and will be provided either by your travel operator or upon arriving at the border.

Let me give you a top tip

Be sure to check the Romanian National Institute of Public Health website for the latest information before you travel. Keep in mind this list is updated on a regular basis and the risk evaluation for your country of origin may change.

Getting There

✈️ By plane

Airport: Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP)
• Distance to city centre:

It’s a busy regional airport handling flights from multiple European airlines and serves as a hub for TAROM.

Henri Coanda Airport is connected to Bucharest’s city centre and Gara de Nord Railway Station by buses 780 and 783.

If you're travelling to or from Bucharest via Henri Coanda International Airport, make sure you read the COVID-19 information that is available on the airport website.

🚆 By train

Gara de Nord, Bucharest’s main railway station, serves trains from across Romania, as well as services to several international destinations, including Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey, Austria, Russia, Belarus and others. However please note many routes are currently suspended.

🚌 By coach

Coach remains one of the most popular ways to travel to Bucharest. Local carriers provide a vast network of routes across Europe, but schedules may be impacted heavily by the current international travel restrictions.

🚗 By car

Bucharest is accessible via European routes E60, E70, E81 and E85.

If you plan to travel to Bucharest by car, please, note that National Arena will not provide parking for private vehicles during the event. Instead, plan to park your car at a transport hub and use public transport to get to the stadium.

Let me give you a top tip:

If you are a disabled passenger, please inform your airline or travel agent and let them know about the kind of assistance you need. You can do this either when booking your flight or closer to your travels, but make sure it's at least 48 hours before you start your journey.

Getting Around

📍 Distances

  • City centre to the stadium: 20min by metro + approx. 20 min on foot
  • Airport to city centre: 50min by bus

Transport from the airport

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🚍 By bus

Several express bus lines connect the airport to Bucharest’s city centre. It’s slower than going by taxi, but it’s certainly the best option for those travelling on a budget. Express line 780 takes you to Gara de Nord, the main railway station. Line 783 goes to Unirii Square in the city centre. Both journeys take between 40 and 60 minutes.

Tickets are not available on the bus, so make sure you buy them at the booths just outside of the terminal buildings.

🚖 By taxi

Taxis are quite affordable in Bucharest, so this is a very convenient option especially when travelling in a group. You can request a ride using taxi apps or with the help of the touchscreen terminals in the arrivals area. Depending on traffic and time of arrival, the journey to the city centre will set you back between €10 and €20 and takes about 30 minutes.

🚗 By rental car

Major rental car companies have offices within the passageway between the departures and arrivals terminals. Keep in mind that there will be road closures around UEFA Festival sites, the stadium and major attractions and parking options are limited. It’s best to stick to public transport.

🚆 By train

A train line is available from the airport and is situated just outside level 1 of the arrivals terminal parking lot. The train takes you from the airport to Gara de Nord, the main train station in Bucharest, and the journey takes around 20 minutes. The train runs every 40 minutes, 24 hours a day. Please check the train schedule once you get to the Arrivals terminal.

Let me give you a top tip:

Will you be in need of assistance at Bucharest airport? The airport has issued a guide on accessible travel and amenities.

Transport in the city

Gara de Nord
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🚇 By public transport

The five colour-coded metro is the most efficient way to get around in terms of public transport, although it doesn’t cover the entire city. Check the official website for a complete network map. The system of buses and trams is of impressive size and covers most of the built-up area.

For details about COVID-19 pandemic related guidelines on public transport in Bucharest, check out the safe travel guidance. Note this website is available in Romanian only.

Let me give you a top tip:

All buses operated by the official public transit network STB are accessible. The majority of metro stations can be accessed by wheelchair users, but assistance may be required to navigate the gap between the platform and the train. This network map indicates accessible stations.

🚶 By foot

Why not take a walking tour when you first arrive in Bucharest? It’s a great way to get familiar with your surroundings and it’ll help you make your way through the city like a pro.

🚴 By bike

Cycling may not be as popular in Bucharest as in other UEFA EURO 2020 cities but exploring its numerous parks on two wheels is a great way to unwind after a busy matchday. Wearing a helmet is not mandatory but recommended.

🚗 By car

If possible, avoid driving in the city. There will be road closures around UEFA Festival sites, the stadium and major attractions. There won’t be any parking available at the stadium.

🚖 By taxi

Taxi apps work very well in Bucharest and you’ll know the exact fare in advance. If you prefer a traditional taxi you can easily hail one in the central areas of the city, but avoid unlicensed providers. Official taxis usually have the price per km displayed on the door and they always use a meter. The rate per km starts at around €0.40 – €0.50.

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