Visas and consular services

General Information about the Romanian Visa

According to the provisions of GO 194/2002 concerning the regime of aliens in Romania, republished as subsequently amended, the Romanian visa is granted by Romanian diplomatic and consular missions  abroad.

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Exceptions to the obligation of getting a Romanian visa: 

  • According to Emergency Government Ordinance no. 109/2013, as of February 1st 2014, the bearers of uniform visas (with 2 or multiple entries), long-term visas, as well as residence permits issued by Schengen Member States shall no longer be required to hold a short-stay visa to enter the territory of Romania for a time period that may not exceed 90 days in any 180 day period. In order for the bearers of the aforementioned documents to benefit from the facility of entering Romania without holding a Romanian visa, the number of entries as well as the right of stay established as per the Schengen visas, must not have been exhausted. Also, the right of stay in the territory of Romania shall not exceed the right of stay granted as per the visas/residence permits issued by Schengen Member States.

 

Types of visas granted and issued by the Romanian state:

  • The airport transit visa (marked A) allows the access into and stay in the international area of an airport until boarding the plane to the country of destination;

  • The transit visa (marked B) allows access on the territory of Romania, for the purpose of transit, for a duration of at the most 5 days;

  • The short-stay visa (marked C) allows entry and a short stay of aliens on the territory of Romania for no more than 90 days within an interval of maximum 6 months from the date of entry (in the case of a multiple-entry visa, the duration of the stay will be taken into account from the date of the first entry). The Romanian short-stay visa is granted for the following purposes: official government mission, tourism, business, private visit, transportation, participation in sports activities, as well as cultural, scientific or academic events. In the case of a holder of a short-stay visa, the stay right cannot be extended.  

  • The long-stay visa (marked D) allows the entry and stay of aliens on the territory of Romania for a period of 90 days at the most, for the following purposes: economic activities, professional activities, commercial activities (such as investment), religious or humanitarian activities, work, studying, family reunification, as well as research. The right of stay in this case is of 90 days; however, this type of visa allows for its prolongation following an official request addressed to the Romanian Office for Immigration which is part of the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior. The requests for the extension of the right of stay must be personally submitted by the applicants, at the local branch-offices of the Romanian Office for Immigration closest to their place of residence, at least 30 days before expiry of the stay right granted by the visa. Overstaying the visa entails cancellation of the visa and the obligation of leaving the territory of Romania.

Short-stay and transit visas can be exceptionally granted by border checkpoint officers, at the Romanian border checkpoints, according to the provisions of Council Regulation (EC) 810/2009 of the European Parliament and Council of 13 July 2009 on the issue of establishing a Community Code of Visas (the Visa Code) and of Regulation (EC) no. 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the free movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) published in the Official Journal of the European Union L/105 of 13 April 2006.

The right of stay on the territory of Romania, granted to aliens under a short-stay visa, cannot be extended.

The purpose of the trip to Romania undertaken by aliens on the basis of a short-stay visa cannot be altered during their stay on the territory of Romania.

The long-stay visa shall only be granted with the approval of the Ministry of Administration and Interior – the Romanian Office for Immigration.

Aliens having entered the territory of Romania with a long-stay visa may apply for the extension of the right of temporary residence and obtain a residence permit. The request filed in this respect must be addressed to the Romanian Office for Immigration within the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior.

All aliens requiring a Romanian visa shall attach to the duly filled-in and signed application form a valid travel document, acknowledged by the state of Romania, to which the visa sticker may applied as well as all the documents required under the law to attest the stated purpose of the trip, the duration of the stay, financial means for the stay, as well as the possibility for the aliens to return to their home country or continue the trip to a third state, upon the end of their stay in Romania.

As to the states or territorial authorities that are not acknowledged by Romania, visas shall be granted at request, on uniform forms, regulated by the Government Emergency Ordinance No. 94/2008 on establishing measures regarding the issue of electronic passports and of other travel documents.

 

Where can I find the regime applicable to the country I come from? 

 

 

Annex 1 - List of countries whose nationals, holders of simple travel documents, must be in possession of a visa upon entry in the Romanian territory;
(list drafted according to the provisions of EC Regulation no. 539/2001)

Exceptions to the obligation of getting a Romanian visa: 

  • According to Emergency Government Ordinance no. 109/2013, as of February 1st 2014, the bearers of uniform visas (with 2 or multiple entries), long-term visas, as well as residence permits issued by Schengen Member States shall no longer be required to hold a short-stay visa to enter the territory of Romania for a time period that may not exceed 90 days in any 180 day period. 
  • In order for the bearers of the aforementioned documents to benefit from the facility of entering Romania without holding a Romanian visa, the number of entries as well as the right of stay established as per the Schengen visas, must not have been exhausted. Also, the right of stay in the territory of Romania shall not exceed the right of stay granted as per the visas/residence permits issued by Schengen Member States.
  • Third-country nationals who must be in possession of an entry visa, in keeping with the provisions of EC Regulation no.  539/2001, are exempt from the type B transit visa obligation, hence being allowed to transit Romania within a period of maximum 5 days, provided that:

1. They hold one of the following travel documents, issued by member states of the European Union that fully apply the provisions of the Schengen Acquis (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden),  by Schengen Member States (Switzerland and Liechtenstein – in accordance with the provisions of EC Decision 896/2006), as well as Iceland and Norway:

  • They hold a “uniform visa” (Schengen visa), in keeping with Article 10 of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement and regulated by Art. 2 (3) of the Council Regulation (EC) 810/2009 of the European Parliament and Council of 13 July 2009 on establishing a Community Code of Visas (the Visa Code);
  • They hold a “long-stay visa”, (in keeping with Article 18 of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement);
  • They hold a “residence permit” issued by Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as well as Iceland and Norway.

2. They hold a valid short-stay visa, long-stay visa or residence permit issued by Bulgaria (according to the annex to the EC Decision 582/2008) and Cyprus (according to EC Decision 895/2006 and to EC Decision 582/2008).

3. They are third-country citizens, family members of citizens from Member States of the European Union, or of the European Economic Area. In keeping with the provisions of Government Emergency Ordinance no. 102/2005 (GEO 102/2005), amended by Law no. 80 from 6th June 2011, concerning the free movement of citizens of EU Member States and the European Economic Area on the territory of Romania, the family member who is not a citizen of an EU Member State is exempt from the entry visa requirement, provided they fulfill, simultaneously, two conditions:

a) they are accompanying a citizen of an EU Member State or are joining a citizen of an EU Member State exercising his right of residence on the territory of Romania;

b) they hold a valid travel document, attesting their residence on the territory of another EU Member State, as a family member of the EU citizen they are accompanying or joining on the territory of Romania.

 

Conditions for exemption from a Romanian visa: 

The validity of the above mentioned travel documents must cover the transit period.

The above-mentioned citizens are exempt from the Romanian transit visa, but are not exempt from the obligation of fulfilling the general conditions of entry, in accordance with the provisions of Article 5 (1) from Regulation 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the European Council, of 15 March 2006 – The Schengen Borders Code (they must hold a valid travel document, supporting documents attesting the purpose and conditions of the trip, as well as be able to make the proof of appropriate financial means for the duration of transit);

In order for a uniform visa, a national visa, or a residence permit to be equivalent to the Romanian transit visa, under the conditions listed above, it is imperative that the transit through the territory of Romania naturally fit into a coherent itinerary to the country that issued that visa or residence permit, or into a return trip to their home country or country of residence.

Holders of a single-entry visa, who have exhausted their right of stay, are allowed to transit Romania exclusively for the period of validity of that visa.

 **Holders of permanent residence permits, issued by member states of the European Union, may enter and reside the territory of Romania for a period of up to 90 days, within 6 months, without a Romanian visa.

 

 

Annex 2 - List of countries whose nationals, owners of simple passports, are exempt from the requirement of a Romanian visa (list drafted according to the provisions of EC Regulation no. 539/2001);

 

Annex 3 - List of countries whose nationals, holders of diplomatic passports, service passports, official passports and seamen's books, are exempt from the requirement of a Romanian visa.