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New head of the Border Police, Bute: Infrastructure at Romanian-Hungarian border used to the maximum lately, number of employees tripled

New Inspector General of the Border Police Liviu Bute said on Friday that the infrastructure at the border with Hungary has been used to the maximum lately, and the number of employees has tripled, in authorities’ attempt to reduce the waiting times for transit.

Visiting the Nadlac I Border Crossing Point (PTF), Liviu Bute was asked what is his message for those who are unhappy with the fact that they wait for several hours at the border in order to enter or exit Romania.

“They have to understand that, lately, the border police are using the infrastructure to the maximum, we have brought in three times more personnel than before, I think that by all the measures we have taken, we have reduced and we’ll further reduce these waiting times they are dissatisfied with,” Bute said, according to Agerpres.

Regarding the fact that some of the border crossing points opened in the past days cannot be permanently transited by travellers, the chief of the General Inspectorate of Border Police (IGPF) said that “the steering is not made by the Romanian authorities, it is made in Hungary, by the Hungarian side.”

Many of those who returned to the country lately have stated that on Hungary’s territory they were directed toward Nadlac I by the authorities of the neighbouring state, even if they wanted to head toward other crossing points. Thus, Nadlac I PTF was more crowded, whereas, in other border crossing points, such as Varsand or Turnu, the waiting times are not long.

Liviu Bute said that he is pleased with the manner in which the organisation at the border is made.

Liviu Bute brought to mind that at the border with Hungary, eleven crossing points are open, of which three are only for cross-border workers, namely Cenad, Salonta and Sacuieni, and the other eight are open to international traffic, namely Nadlac I, Nadlac II, Turnu, Varand, Bors, Valea lui Mihai, Urziceni and Petea.

On the entrance lane to Romania, the crossing scheduled is continuous, and at the exit, it is continuous only for freight traffic. The schedule for the passenger traffic is between 07:00 hrs and 01:00hrs, however for minibuses and coaches, the vehicles transporting more than eight passengers, respectively, there are special ways to cross at the Nadlac II and Bors.

According to a release of  Romania’s General Inspectorate of Border Police (IGPF), eight crossing points are currently operational at Romania’s western border for customs checking both coming in and out of Romania for individuals and haulers.

“Part of the measures ordered to streamline traffic at the border between Romania and Hungary, the Romanian border authorities together with the Hungarian border authorities analysed the situation of cross-border traffic between the two countries, in accordance with the measures ordered by the two states on public health,” IGPF reported on Friday in a press statement.

The following crossing points are reportedly operational: Petea and Urziceni in Satu Mare County; Valea lui Mihai and Bors in Bihor County; Varand, Turnu, Nadlac I and Nadlac II in Arad County. Moreover, the Salonta and Sacuieni crossing point in Bihor County, the Cenad crossing point in Timis County are open to cross-border workers only.

“In order to support people who do not travel by personal means of transport, two special lines are operational in Hungary for the transport of people by minibuses / coaches, with entering/exiting Romania through Nadlac II – Motorway and Bors.”

Entry into Romania through the points at the Romanian-Hungarian border is made around the clock, regardless of the means of transport used, in compliance with the legal conditions laid down in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Border checking formalities for leaving Romania and entering Hungary are done according to the following schedule: for people traveling by car / coach – between 07:00 – 01:00 EEST for the days of the week, and around the clock on weekend; cross-border workers and goods haulers of a mass of more than 2.4 tonnes may cross at any time.

At the same time, the Hungarian authorities informed that transit at the border between Austria and Hungary takes place between 21:00 and 13:00 EEST.

Upon entering Romania, in addition to the specific border check, the bona fide declaration is to be produced and an epidemiological triage is performed by the representatives of the Public Health Directorate in order to establish mandatory measures for isolation/quarantine at home or institutional.

Also, regarding exit from Romania and entry into Hungary, in order to transit through Hungary on the way to Western European countries, the Hungarian authorities communicated that they will allow entry of the citizens of the European Union into Hungary conditional upon: an interview in which the state of health will be evaluated, with the essential condition being the absence of symptoms of COVID 19 infections; meeting the requirements in the Schengen Borders Code; and producing documents attesting to the certainty of allowing entry into the destination country.

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