Visas and consular services

General Information about the Romanian Visa

A visa is a document that enables the holder to arrive at any Romanian border post, in order to require a transit through, or, depending on the case, a short-stay on the Romanian territory. The border post officers will demand aliens to prove that they comply with the general conditions of entry and stay on the Romanian territory, as provided by law. If they cannot prove this, the aliens will not be allowed to enter the Romanian territory, even if they have a valid visa in their passport.

The Romanian visa is granted by the Romanian diplomatic missions and consular posts abroad.

 

The applications will only be processed first over the Internet, using this site: www.eviza.ro

Follow the instructions there when applying for a Romanian visa for starting the application! You can also chek there if you really need a visa for Romania.

 

Types of visas granted and issued by Romania:

1. The airport transit visa (identified through the letter A): it allows the access of aliens into the international area of an airport until their access is allowed on board of the plane towards the country of destination;

2. The transit visa (identified through the letter B): it allows the transit of aliens through the territory of Romania, for a period of up to 5 days;

3. The short-stay visa (identified through the letter C): it allows the entry and the short-term stay on the territory of Romania for a period of up to 90 days within an interval of 6 months from the date of entry (in the case of a multiple-entry visa, the period of residence will be taken into account starting with the date of the first entry). The Romanian short-stay visa is granted for the following purposes: for an official government mission, for tourism, business, private visit, transportation, partaking in sports activities, as well as cultural scientific or academic events. The holder of a short stay visa cannot request the extension of his right to stay in Romania over the visa.  

4. The long-stay visa (identified through the letter D): it allows the entry and the residence on the territory of Romania, for a period of maximum 90 days, for the following purposes: economic activities, professional activities, commercial activities (such as investments), religious or humanitarian activities, work, studying, family reunification, as well as research. The holder of the long stay visa may request the extension of his residence over the 90 days period and the issuance of a temporary residence permit. The application for the residence permit has to be filed with the Romanian Immigration Office, at least 30 days before their right to reside in Romania granted by the visa expires.  If this timeframe is not respected the visa is canceled and its holder has to leave Romania.

The right of residence on the territory of Romania, granted through a short-stay visa, cannot be extended under any circumstances.

The holder of the short stay visa is not allowed to modify or alter the purpose of the trip indicated in the visa application.

The long-stay visa inherently grants its holder the right to apply for the extension of the right of temporary residence and to obtain a residence permit. The application for a residence permit has to be filed with the Romanian Office for Immigration.

Any alien applying for a visa has to present a valid travel document, accepted by Romania and that fulfills the formal conditions for affixing the visa sticker. The applicants must also submit all the supporting documents provided by the law: documents proving the stated purpose of the trip, the period of stay, the minimal financial means, as well as the means necessary for the aliens’ return to their home country, or the continuation of the trip towards a third state, upon the end of their stay in Romania.

 

Visa requirement for traveling to Romania

 

TRAVEL ALERT - POLIOVIRUSES

For persons coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan who wish to travel to Romania, the obligation for OVP (oral polio vaccine) or IPV (injectable polio vaccine) vaccination is maintained. The aforementioned categories of persons do not have the right to leave the territories of said states, regardless of the border crossing point (road, naval, air), without documents that attest to antipolio vaccination, the authorities of said states having the right to forbid that they leave the territory.

To avoid such situations, persons from the aforementioned categories applying for Romanian entry visa are required to submit their international vaccination certificates that attest to their antipolio vaccination.

For citizens from the aforementioned states that have not been vaccinated in the past 12 months, vaccination shall be made 4 weeks prior to the trip or, in cases of emergency, right before the trip.

 

To verify if you need a visa please consult the following lists:

  •   Annex 1 - The list of countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa to enter Romania;
  •   Annex 2 - The list of countries whose nationals are exempt from the requirement of a Romanian visa;
  •   Annex 3 - The list of countries whose nationals, holders of  diplomatic passports, service passports, official passports or seamen's books, are exempt from the requirement of a Romanian visa.

Exceptions:

A. Third-state nationals who must be in possession of an entry visa, in accordance to the provisions of the 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, under the following conditions:

  • If they are holders of one of the following travel documents, issued by member states of the European Union, that fully apply the provisions of the Schengen Acquis (namely: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Hungary, as well as Denmark, Iceland and Norway):

o - A “uniform visa” (Schengen visa), as mentioned in article 10 from the Convention for the application of the Schengen Agreement;

o - A “long-stay visa”, as mentioned in article 18 from the Convention for the application of the Schengen Agreement;

o - A “residence permit”, as provided for in Annex IV from the Common Consular Instructions.

  • If they hold a valid short-stay visa, a valid long-stay visa or a valid residence permit issued by Bulgaria, (according to the annex to the EC Decision 582/2008) and Cyprus (according to the annex to EC Decision 895/2006).
  • If they hold a valid residence permit, issued by Switzerland and Lichtenstein respectively (according to the annex to EC Decision 896/2006). 

Conditions:

The validity of the afore-mentioned travel documents must cover the transit period;

The above-mentioned citizens are exempt from the Romanian transit visa, however they are not exempt from the obligation of fulfilling the general conditions of entry, provided by article 5, paragraph 1, of the Regulation 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the European Council, dated March 15th, 2006 – The Schengen Borders Code (they must hold a valid travel document, supporting documents proving the purpose and the conditions of the trip, as well as be able to prove appropriate financial means for the entire period of the transit through the Romanian territory);

In order for a uniform visa, a limited-territorial visa, or a residence permit to replace the Romanian transit visa, under the conditions listed above, it is imperative that the transit throughout Romania be a logical part of a coherent and rational itinerary towards the country that issued that visa or residence permit, towards their home country, or towards the country of residence.

Holders of single-entry visas, that are no longer valid (the allowed number of entries or the number of travels are exhausted), will be allowed to transit Romania exclusively for the period of validity of that visa. Such a visa will replace the Romanian transit visa and its holder will be allowed to transit Romania only if the visa is used for the purpose of returning to his/her home country, or to his/her country of residence.

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

The above-mentioned residence permits must be issued according to the provisions of the EC Directive 109/2003 regarding long-term residence conditions for third-state nationals, stating that the residence permits issued to third-state nationals bearing the status of long-term residents in one of the member states of the European Union, must be valid for a period of at least 5 years.

Article 8, paragraph 3 from the aforementioned EC Directive states that under the heading “type of permit”, the residence permits issued to long-term residents, must state “LONG-TERM RESIDENT - EC”.

All the permits that do not fall into this category are not long-term residence permits and hence, the holders of such permits must apply for a Romanian visa.

 

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