According to tour operator IRI Travel, 2021 was a year of close destinations, with most Romanian tourists choosing the Black Sea coast for both Bulgaria and Romania, according to a press release. For these destinations, the traffic was free during the summer season, without the need for tests or vaccination certificates.

Looking ahead to 2022, IRI Travel consultants expect the same trend, with most Romanian tourists choosing the entire Black Sea coast.

According to the quoted source, for the winter holidays in particular and for the winter season in general, most tourists choose the mountain resorts, with ski slopes, in Bulgaria, Italy and Austria. The number of tourists requesting these destinations is high, both for Christmas and New Year, and for the period January – February. Most tourists are fully vaccinated. It is good to know that for Austria, which has reopened to tourism since December 12, tourists without a third booster dose of the vaccine must also perform a PCR test before departure.

Also, for Italy, one of the destinations sought by Romanians, it should be noted that the Italian Ministry of Health issued, on December 14, 2021, an ordinance that applies between December 16, 2021 and January 31, 2022.

According to the normative act, the persons who have been or transited the territory of Romania in the last 14 days (Romania being included together with other states on list C of the ordinance) and who wish to enter the Italian territory during the aforementioned period, have the obligation to the presence of the carrier at the time of embarkation or of any person designated to carry out the following checks:

– the digital passenger location form (https://app.euplf.eu) in digital format (by viewing it on the mobile device) or printed;

– the green certificate COVID-19, according to art. 9, para. 2, lit. a), b) and c-bis), from the decree-law no. 52 of 22 April 2021, certifying the completion of the complete vaccination schedule at least 14 days prior to entry into Italy or the cure of COVID-19 with a maximum of 6 months prior to entry, with the completion of the required isolation period, or other equivalent certification;

– proof of a molecular test (PCR type) with negative result, performed 48 hours before entering Italy or of a rapid test (antigen type), with negative result, performed 24 hours before.

– Persons who do not present the green COVID-19 certificate attesting to the completion of the complete vaccination schedule at least 14 days prior to entry or cure of COVID-19 must observe the self-isolation measure for a period of 5 days at the address indicated in the location form of passengers (https://app.euplf.eu), and to perform a molecular or antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection at the end of the self-isolation period.

On the domestic tourism side, tourists still book the last hundred meters for Prahova Valley and Poiana Brasov, spas or rural tourism in the Maramures and Bucovina regions.

In the summer season of this year, through IRI Travel, there were over 50,000 tourists on both the Romanian and the Bulgarian coast. In 2021, IRI Travel saw an 80% increase in turnover compared to 2020, a year severely affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

“I would like to thank all the partner travel agencies across the country who have shown good management and high professionalism. Without our partners, we would not be where we are now. I am glad that, despite the pandemic, travel agencies have Proven that they are real tourism consultants and have had a great time, with flexibility, over these two extremely difficult years. “Romanians have realized more than ever, in these difficult years, that a specialized consultant is needed for any trip, as we call a doctor, a lawyer or a notary,” said Lucian Bădîrcea, CEO of IRI Travel.

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