Place of detention


Country Report: Place of detention Last updated: 30/11/20


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According to the law, asylum seekers may be detained in specially designed closed spaces within the Regional Centres, as well as in public custody centres. Asylum seekers are only detained in prisons if they are convicted of a criminal act or if they are sentenced to imprisonment.


Specially designed closed spaces in Regional Centres

All Regional Centres except Giurgiu contain specially designed closed spaces. In Bucharest, 96 places are established at the IGI-DAI Tudor Gociu. Rădăuţi has 10 places in closed spaces, Galati has 30, Timișoara has 15 and Şomcuta Mare has 15 places located in a closed space in the basement of the building.


Detention (“public custody”) centres

There are two Accommodation Centres for Aliens Taken into Public Custody (Centrul de Cazare a Străinilor luaţi în Custodie Publică) in Romania with the following capacity:

Capacity of detention centres: 2018

Detention centre








Capacity in Arad may be extended to 206 places but only for limited periods.

Asylum seekers placed in public custody centres shall be detained, as far as possible, separately from other categories of foreigners.Article 19^16(1) Asylum Act. In practice, this is not the case according to the directors of the Arad and Otopeni centres.

Persons who are convicted of crimes are also to be accommodated in separate rooms from other categories of foreigners.


Transit zones

Romania has an airport transit zone in Otopeni Airport in Bucharest, with a capacity of 22 places. Three people were detained in Otopeni during 2017.Information provided by IGI-DAI, 14 February 2018. According to JRS, 11-12 asylum seekers were detained at Otopeni Airport in 2018, but not at the Moraviƫa border-crossing point.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the first report
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation