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Romania is a great destination to discover thanks to its fascinating historical landmarks and spectacular natural sceneries all around. The country is located in the southeastern part of Europe, the most eastern part of the Balkans with a population of more than 19 million.
Through our Romania Visa Guide, you will learn everything you need to know about the visa policy of Romania regarding various nationalities across the globe, different types of visas, specific requirements, visa sponsorships, visa fees, and many more. Before your visa application to Romania, it is essential to have a scheduled flight ticket at hand. You can visit our Romania Flight Ticket page to buy one and enjoy our amazing prices.
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Although Romania is a member of the European Union since 2007, the country is not a part of the Schengen agreement and regulates its own visa policy within the legal framework of the EU.
Romania has many bilateral or multilateral visa agreements with different countries all over the world that eliminates lengthy visa processes. Citizens of listed countries are allowed to stay in Romania for 90 days in 180 days period without a visa. These countries are:
*Only to holders of biometric passports issued by their respective countries.
In addition to listed countries, holders of two or multiple entry Schengen visas, long stay visas, or residence permits issued by Schengen states are eligible to entry, transit, or stay in Romania for up to 90 days in 180 days period.
Holders of short or long stay visas and residence permits from Bulgaria, Cyprus, or Croatia are also allowed to enter, transit, or stay in Romania for up to 90 days in 180 days period.
Countries that are not listed above have to apply for a visa beforehand to visit Romania through its online e-visa system or consulates around the world.
We covered Romania visa types that vary depending on the duration and purpose of the stay.
Depending on your purpose of visit that is limited to 90 days or less in a 180 days period to Romania; it is possible for you to obtain one of the following visa types.
A Romania tourist visa is issued for international tourists who are planning to visit the country for sightseeing purposes and is the most issued type of visa for Romania. It is possible to obtain a Romania tourist visa through consulates, online visa system, authorized visa companies, or authorized travel agencies.
A Romania business or fair participation visa is granted for individuals who are planning to visit the country for business-related purposes such as meetings, events, business fairs, or unpaid trainings without labor or gainful employment. Invitation documents from professional chambers and organizations are must be included to the application.
A Romania family, relative, or friend visit visa is issued for individuals who wish to visit a family member or a friend residing in the country. In order to get the visa, it is required for applicants to include an invitation letter from the person whom you are visiting in addition to other necessary documents.
Romania cultural, sports, or conference visit visa is granted for individuals or groups that are going to attend a cultural event or activity held in the country. An invitation from the receiving association and confirmation documents from the supervising ministry must be included in the application as well as other supporting documents
A Romania short-term education or internship visa is issued for students who intended to study in the country for educational purposes. The applicant has to documents including but not limited to proof of adequate accommodation means, admission letter from the receiving institution, and sponsorship documents if the student cannot provide adequate financial means for himself/herself.
Romania category D visas are required for stays that exceed a three month period with varying purposes in Romania even if the applicant’s nationality is on the visa-free list. It is possible for you to apply for a long-term visa to Romania if you are one of the following:
A Romania transit visa is asked from individuals whose nationality is not eligible to transit another destination from Romania. A Romania transit visa authorizes the individual to travel a third country from the territory of Romania for up to five days stay period and can be issued for one or multiple transits.
In order to successfully obtain a Romania visa, it is important to be prepared and gather all the necessary information regarding your nationality and purpose of visit beforehand. There are certain stages to obtain a Romania visa:
Apply For a Visa Online
To streamline the visa application processes, Romania introduced an e-visa program that is accessible 24/7. Upload scanned copies of your documents to the online system and wait for them to be processed. If your application is considered valid, the consular staff will contact you to establish a certain date and time at a relevant consulate.
Attend Your Visa Appointment
After your appointment is set, you need to deliver original copies of the required documents in person. You will be interviewed about your purpose of stay as well as financial means and pay the visa processing fee.
Receive Your Visa
After processing time, you will be called to consulate back to receive the visa which is affixed to your passport.
You are required to present the following documents if your nationality is not eligible for a visa-free entry to Romania:
There are additionally required or supporting documents from certain applicants:
Visa sponsorship is required in Romania if the applicant cannot cover his/her expenses for educational or touristic purposes by own in the duration of the stay. A sponsor could be a parent, sibling, other relatives, or a friend. However, it would increase chances to obtain a visa if the sponsor is a first-degree relative or has a permanent residence permit or citizenship in Romania or a Schengen country. The required documents from the sponsor are:
Keep in mind that there might be additionally asked supporting documents while applying for a visa with a sponsorship. You can check our website for more details about visa sponsorships.
There are many countries across the globe can enter Romania without a visa. If your country is not eligible for visa-free entry to Romania, you need to obtain a Romania visa and take consideration of the following visa rules:
Citizens of Schengen and EU countries should not have any problems while entering Romania since they are eligible for a visa-free entry to the country.
Citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada can visit Romania without a visa if:
Romania short-stay visa types listed below exclusively include the visa. Keep in mind that there might be additional payments expected from the applicant such as consular fees, service fees of the outsourced visa companies, or application form fees. The current Romania visa fees valid as of March 2020 are as follows:
|Airport Transits||EUR 80|
|Short Stay Type C||EUR 80|
|Long Stay Type D||EUR 120|
Romania also has bilateral or multilateral agreements with certain countries that mutually abolish or reduce visa processing fees.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||EUR 40|
|Cape Verde||EUR 60|
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
It takes three to fourteen working days for a Romania visa to be issued. In extreme cases, the application process can take up to a month.
Although border control and consulate officers have a right to decline an entry permit to Romania, they do not exercise it often. Your previous nationality is not a prominent reason for them to deny your visa.
It is possible for certain nationalities to obtain a multiple entry tourist visa for Romania. A multiple entry Romania visa allows the holder to visit the country several times in accordance with its relevant period.
Your application might be rejected without refunds for a number of reasons including invalid insurance, insufficient proof of financial subsistence, incorrect information, or lack of accommodation proof. You can appeal a denial or apply again if your application is rejected.
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