Romanian Visa

III. How is the Romanian short-stay visa granted

and what documents do I need if I am the national of a state ENUMERATED IN the list of states whose citizens can apply for a visa only provided that they hold an invitation previously approved by the Romanian Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform / the Romanian Immigration Office? 

The invitation procedure 

If you are a national of one of the states listed here below, in order to apply for a Romanian entry visa you must follow the procedure referred to below:

  1. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  2. The Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria
  3. The People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  4. The People’s Republic of China
  5. The Republic of Chad
  6. The Democratic Republic of Congo
  7. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  8. The Arab Republic of Egypt
  9. The Republic of India
  10. The Republic of Indonesia
  11. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  12. The Islamic Republic of Iran
  13. The Republic of Iraq
  14. The Republic of Lebanon
  15. The People’s Socialist Great Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 
  16. The Republic of Mali
  17. The Kingdom of Morocco
  18. The Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  19. The Federal Republic of Nigeria
  20. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  21. The Arab Syrian Republic
  22. Somalia
  23. The Democrat Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  24. The Republic of Sudan
  25. The Republic of Tunisia
  26. The Republic of Uzbekistan
  27. The Republic of Yemen
  28. The Palestinian Authority

Holders of simple travel documents may obtain single or multiple entry visas, provided they submit, at the diplomatic mission or consular posts of Romania, a written invitation (previously approved by the Ministry of Administration and Interior – Romanian Immigration Office) on behalf of a company or a natural person, stating that the hosts will bear the repatriation expenses, should the invited third-country national not leave Romania upon expiry of the right of stay granted by the visa, for the following purposes:

a. Visit – Invitations may be made by Romanian citizens, citizens of another EU Member State, of a member state of the European Economic Area, of Switzerland or by third-country nationals holding a valid document attesting their residence or right of stay on the territory of Romania. The supporting documents to be submitted for this purpose are the following, depending on the case:

  1. identity card or passport for Romanian citizens, the identity card or passport and registration certificate, temporary residence permit or permanent residence permit for citizens of the EU, of the European Economic Area Member States and of Switzerland, as well as for their family members, as well as the passport and residence permit for third-country nationals, in original and in copy;
  2. proof of guaranteeing the accommodation for the third-country national;
  3. proof of ensuring the financial means for the third-country national, in amount of at least EUR 30/day for the entire period of their stay in Romania;
  4. copy of the travel document of the visiting third-country national;
  5. two photos of the visiting third-country national, size 3 x 4 cm.

b. Tourism - Invitations may be made, for each invited third-country national, by Romanian travel agencies, provided they submit the following supporting documents: 

  1. the registration certificate and the by-laws of the company issuing the invitation, original and copy;
  2. a certificate from the National Trade Register Office and, accordingly, a power of attorney, on behalf of the company, naming the person entitled to make the invitation in the name of the company;
  3. the identity card or residence permit of the person entitled to make the invitation;
  4. a copy of the invited third-country national’s travel document;
  5. two photos of the invited third-country national, size 3 x 4 cm;

c. Business - Invitations may be simultaneously issued for a maximum of 3 third-country nationals, invited by companies with headquarters on the territory of Romania. Invitations on behalf of the host company can be made only by persons who are entitled, according to national legislation, to represent the institution or who are majority shareholders of the company. The documents to be submitted for this purpose are the following: 

  1. registration certificate and the by-laws of the company issuing the invitation, in original and in copy;
  2. a certificate from the National Trade Register Office and, accordingly, a power of attorney, on behalf of the company, naming the person entitled to make the invitation in the name of the company ;
  3. the identity card or residence permit of the person entitled to make the invitation;
  4. copy of the travel document of the guest;
  5. two photos of the guest, size 3 x 4 cm;
  6. proof of ensuring accommodation for the third-country national throughout their stay in Romania.

The company or natural person making the invitation must fill in two copies of the invitation form, which are subsequently submitted for approval to the local units of the Romanian Immigration Office.

The requests for the approval of the invitations will be processed within 60 days of their submission.

In case of approval, one copy of the invitation will be returned to the inviting host, to be forwarded to the third-country national invited, who, in their turn, will present the original form to the diplomatic mission or the consular post of Romania, where the visa application is lodged.

Important!!!

According to the provisions of article 144 from GEO 194/2001 regarding the regime of third-country nationals in Romania, republished and amended by Law no. 157/2011, a third-country national holding sufficient means of support, will bear the expenses regarding the return to their country of origin or residence.

If the third-country national does not hold financial means and has entered Romania on the grounds of an invitation, the host company or natural person that made the invitation, will bear the expenses regarding the return to their country of origin or residence. The amounts payable are determined by the Romanian Immigration Office through a note ascertaining the expenses regarding repatriation.

The employer, company or natural person, must bear the expenses regarding repatriation for the third-country national, if illegally employed or if the residence permit has expired.

The research and development unit must bear the expenses regarding the repatriation of the third-country national accepted to undergo scientific research activities, in the case of their over-stay on the territory of Romania. The responsibility of the research and development unit regarding the aforementioned expenses ends 6 months after the expiry of the validity of the hosting agreement.

Exceptions to the invitation procedure carried out at the Ministry of Administration and Interior – the Romanian Immigration Office: 

Annex 1, Form for the drafting of a Letter of Guarantee according to the provisions of Article 40 (2)(f) from GEO 194/2002, republished and amended by Law no. 157, from 11th July 2011, for the amendment and completion of national legislation with regard to the regime of third-state nationals in Romania.

Provided that you fulfill one of the following conditions you are exempt from the invitation procedure to be carried out at the Ministry of Administration and Interior – the Romanian Immigration Office: 

Important!!!

In order to fall under the incidence of one of the following categories, the exception must be confirmed through supporting documents.

The fact that you may be in any of the situations listed below, does not exempt you from submitting the other supporting documents required when a Romanian visa application is lodged.

(1) Provided that the subsequent conditions herein are fulfilled, for the following categories of third-state nationals, the National Visa Centre may approve the granting of the visa, with the prior endorsement of the Romanian Immigration Office and with the exemption from the invitation procedure:

  1. underage third-country nationals, should one of their parents be in possession of a Romanian residence permit, provided that the permit is valid for at least 90 days from the date of issuance of the entry visa;
  2. the spouse and parents of a third-country national who benefits from refugee status, who is under subsidiary protection, or holds a Romanian residence permit, provided that the permit is valid for at least 90 days from the date of issuance of the entry visa;
  3. third-country nationals of age, should one of their parents be a Romanian national;
  4. third-country nationals who are parents of a Romanian national;

(2) The National Visa Centre may approve the granting of visa, without the prior endorsement from the Romanian Immigration Office and with the exemption from the invitation procedure, for the following categories of third-state nationals:

  1. third-state nationals married to Romanian nationals;
  2. third- state nationals who are underage children of Romanian nationals;
  3. third- state nationals, in possession of a valid residence permit in one of the member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area or in states that are a party to the Schengen Agreement, provided that the validity of the visa does not exceed the validity of the residence permit;
  4. third-state nationals in possession of a valid residence permit in states whose citizens are exempt from the obligation of an entry visa to the members states of the European Union, the European Economic Area or of other states that are a party to the Schengen Agreement;
  5. third-state nationals in possession of visas of the member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area, of states that are a party to the Schengen Agreement or of states whose citizens are exempt from the visa obligation for the aforementioned categories of states. The Romanian visa may not exceed the validity of those visas;
  6. third-state nationals who are to travel to Romania for business purposes, upon the request of the administrative authorities and companies, which are on the list of contributors to the state budget, established by the National Agency for Tax Administration, undertaking the obligation of bearing the material, healthcare and repatriation expenses, based on an original Letter of guarantee*** directly addressed to the National Visa Centre;
 

*** Annex 1, Form for the drafting of a Letter of Guarantee according to the provisions of Article 40 (2)(f) from GEO 194/2002, republished and amended by Law no. 157, from 11th July 2011, for the amendment and completion of national legislation with regard to the regime of third-state nationals in Romania.

  1. third-state nationals who are to travel to Romania for private visits, upon request from diplomatic missions or foreign consular posts accredited in Romania;
  2. third- state nationals for which the granting of visas was requested, in writing, to Romanian diplomatic missions or consular posts, on behalf of foreign central public authorities or foreign chambers of commerce;
  3. third-state nationals for whom the granting of the Romanian entry visa has been requested in writing to the National Visa Centre, by the following Romanian institutions: the Presidential Administration, Parliament, the Government and other central and local public authorities, the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Municipality of Bucharest as well as any territorial authorities and Prefectures that undertake to bear the material, healthcare and repatriation expenses, through a Letter of guarantee, sent in original to the National Visa Center;
  4. truck drivers;
  5. personalities of the Romanian Diaspora and their descendants;
  6. parents of foreign pupils or student, accepted to study in Romania, arriving for their first settlement, provided that they submit a document with apostille or, accordingly, superlegalization, issued by the authorities of the origin state which prove the family relation. 

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