Bearing in mind that in August many Romanian citizens situated abroad come back in Romania in order to spend their holidays together with the family, as well as the large number of Romanian citizens who chose to spend their holidays abroad, an increase of the traffic in the border crossing points, especially in the West and South of the country is expected during the next period. Since the beginning of the summer season, the Romanian Border Police management disposed a series of measures for the territorial structures through which they adapt their missions, human resources and materials according to the specific of each border, so that an efficient and operational control will be ensured.
The supplementation of the personnel carrying out the control of the documents up to the capacity allowed by each point infrastructure was disposed, so that at the level of entire country more than 4.000 border guards develop on a daily basis, surveillance and control activities at the state border.
Also, the capacity of the border crossing points is used to the maximum, within the limit of their configuration and in the most transited ones, depending on traffic, the entry/exit lanes in/from the country are supplemented, as well as the equipment used for the control of the documents, taking into account that systematic checks are carried out on persons crossing the border.
At the same time, the measures necessary for an efficient surveillance of the state border, respectively the prevention and countering illegal migration and consumer goods smuggling, in the border crossing points and in the competence area are carried on.
Statistics of 2016
Last year, in August, approximately 6.7 million persons crossed the border, out of which 5.4 million EU citizens and 1.3 million non EU citizens and more than 1.8 million transportation means.
The most transited border crossing points were the ones situated at the Romanian-Hungarian border (2.6 million persons) and airports (1.5 million persons).
As regards the border crossing points, the most transited one was BCP Airport Henri Coandă, with more than 977.000 persons, followed by BCP Nădlac II with more than 765.000 persons and BCP Borş, where the border guards checked more than 676.000 persons. At the same time, at the border with Republic of Moldova the most transited BCP was Albiţa (339.000 persons), at the border with Bulgaria - BCP Giurgiu (230.000 persons) and Vama Veche (264.000 persons), and at the border with Serbia - BCP Porţile de Fier I (170.000 persons).
- In order to avoid overcrowding, the Romanian Border Police recommends to all the traffic participants to transit all the border crossing points existing at the border, so that overcrowding due to a large number of travelers in a very short period of time will be avoided.
- To support the traffic participants, the Romanian Border Police developed an online application, available on www.politiadefrontiera.ro. This application presents an average of the waiting times in the road border crossing points for certain time periods, and these values may be modified depending on the dynamics of the traffic in the respective border crossing point, at a certain time. The waiting times are updated in real time; this fact will support the user to reconfigure the route to a border crossing point with low traffic values.
Recommendations for travelling with minors
Keeping in mind that, during the summer holiday, many children travel abroad, and also there are situations when the minors are not allowed to continue their travel due to the non-compliance of the legal conditions, we recommend the parents that before departure they inform on the conditions regarding the travel of Romanian minors abroad. They can be found: https://www.politiadefrontiera.ro/ro/main/pg-conditii-de-iesire-din-tara-pentru-cetatenii-romani-minori-59.html
Systematic checks at the border
We remind that, the Romanian Border Police carry out systematic checks at the entry and exit in/from the territory of the EU member states, as a result of the entry into force of Regulation 458/2017 amending the Schengen Borders Code.
These systematic checks consist of the checking of travel documents and checking against the relevant databases regarding all persons, including the ones benefiting from the right of free movement under EU right.
We call for the understanding of the persons transiting the borders during this period and we mention that all the measures were taken to reduce the waiting times and we undertake all efforts to ensure a balance between the safety of the citizens and the flow of the passenger traffic.