The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) allotted an additional telephone line for Romanians abroad who are facing difficult situations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and reiterates calls regarding the avoidance of non-essential travel and the recommendation that the Romanian tourists or citizens temporarily abroad return urgently to Romania.
“Given the constant priority of the MAE for Romanian citizens abroad, especially in the current context, in the immediate period, MAE will continue these efforts, in the limits of the real possibilities of action in the field and its powers. MAE draws attention to the fact that, as the authorities of several states are harshening the restrictive measures of cross-border traffic, the power for action of the MAE is consequently reduced, substantially affecting the possibility to identify real solutions to facilitate the return to Romania of Romanian citizens abroad,” shows a release of the ministry sent to AGERPRES.
Starting on Tuesday, MAE has allotted an additional telephone line which can be called by Romanian citizens abroad who are facing difficult situations, in view of identifying solutions to return home.
MAE recommends Romanian citizens to contact the diplomatic mission or consular office in the state they are in or the telephone number 0040 21 431 2059 to notify their presence in the states they are currently in and to communicate their contact data. These elements will allow MAE to better evaluate problematic situations at this moment and the identification of punctual solutions, together with other states.
This telephone line comes to supplement the numbers available for each diplomatic mission or consular office and which are available on MAE’s internet page – www.mae.ro/romanian-missions.
According to MAE, presently, there were multiple demarches done to facilitate the return to Romania of Romanian citizens who had been abroad, either as tourists, or in transit, or in medical emergency situations and who have been directly affected by the measures adopted by the states in which they were, the states they were transiting, or by the measure adopted by the Romanian authorities regarding the suspension of flights to and from Italy.
Through these demarches and in cooperation with other states, since the beginning of March, several Romanian citizens returned safely to Romania:
– 14 Romanian students which were in Czechia on an experience exchange returned to Bucharest on March 13;
– 17 Romanian citizens in Italy at the moment of adoption by the Government in Rome of the quarantine measure on the entire territory of this country and the suspension of flights by the Romanian authorities to and from Italy returned home on March 13 and 14;
– 22 Romanian citizens in Morocco returned home in the March 13 – 16 period;
– 16 Romanian citizens on the cruise ship Costa Magica returned home on March 15;
– on the same day, another two Romanian citizens who were in Mongolia returned to Romania;
– 50 Romanian citizens who were on the cruise ship Costa Fortuna, docked in Singapore returned to Romania on March 11 and 16;
– 16 Romanian citizens who were on the cruise ship Grand Princess in the USA returned to Romania on March 12 and 16.
MAE renews the calls made earlier regarding the avoidance of non-essential travel and the recommendation that Romanian tourists or citizens temporarily abroad return urgently to Romania.
Furthermore, the quoted source shows, by order of the Minister of the Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, at the level of the MAE there is a crisis cell working permanently and coordinating the efforts of the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania to identify optimal solutions for the different categories of Romanian citizens which are still abroad without a real possibility of continuing their stay.
Also by order of Minister Aurescu, following coordination with the Czech foreign minister, Tomas Petricek, whom he had a phone call with, the Permanent Representation of Romania in Brussels on Monday conducted demarches for a coordination at the level of the EU in view of repatriating European tourists in states outside Europe.
MAE appeals to Romanian citizens to prove understanding and responsibility and to evaluate responsibly the opportuneness of traveling abroad at this moment. Such travels may imply major risks, jeopardizing the safety of citizens and their possibility to return home.
Furthermore, MAE appeals to Romanian citizens living abroad to strictly respect the recommendations of the authorities of these states and emphasizes that travel to Romania is not recommended. These travels may be affected by the restrictions imposed by the transit states and may constitute an additional factor of propagating the infection with the new coronavirus, thus jeopardizing the safety of those at home.