Romania is filled with stone churches, monasteries, rocky mountains and rolling hills, and there's good news for international travelers who are interested in heading there. The country is waiving quarantine for those who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The country's National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) has announced that arriving travelers won't need to quarantine on arrival with immediate effect, providing they’ve had two doses of the vaccine and at least ten days have passed since the second dose was administered. They will be obliged to show proof of vaccination in order to be admitted to the European country.

Mountain biker on a rocky trail in the Carpathian Mountains
Outdoor pursuits are popular in Romania © Photography 4 You/Shutterstock

Romania made its decision because virus numbers in the country have come down, and it is cognisant of creating the necessary socioeconomic conditions to benefit its economy. It has a "yellow list," where unvaccinated travelers arriving from countries or regions of high epidemiological risk have to quarantine for 14 days at a declared location, or a dedicated location designated by the authorities.

Those who visit Romania can enjoy its castles pitched on rocky hilltops, and Saxon villages with fortified churches that date back half a millennium. The country's hilly geography and lack of passable roads necessitated the emergence of hundreds of self-sufficient villages, where old-school crafts such as bread-making, pottery, tanning and weaving were honed to an art.

Folk museums, particularly the open-air skansens and village museums, are a must for visitors. For outdoor activities, there's the rocky peaks of Transylvania and Moldavia, and numerous walks through woods, meadows and villages in other parts of the country. The Danube Delta is a vast and unique protected wetland and makes a perfect backdrop for birdwatching in spring.

Romania is not the only country waiving quaratine requirements for vaccinated travelers - the Seychelles recently announced similar measures. 

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