Romanian Visa

IX. How is the Romanian short-stay visa granted

 

3. Getting a visa on the basis of an invitation approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration – Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs

1. Among the states whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania there are some states whose citizens are required an invitation approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration – Ministry of Internal Affairs (IGI-MAI) when applying for C/VV, C/TU and C/A visas.

You are advised to consult the list of states whose citizens can get a short-stay visa only on the basis of an invitation previously approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The citizens of the following third states are required the aforementioned invitation: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, China, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

 

  • The model of the invitation can be downloaded HERE
  • The model of the norms to formulate the letter of guarantee can be downloaded HERE, and the model of the letter of guarantee can be downloaded HERE 

 

2. The IGI-MAI invitation is required when applying for the following types of short-stay visas: private visit, tourism and business.

3. The invitation, accompanied by some documents depending on the purpose of the trip to Romania, shall be filled in two original copies and shall be submitted to the territorial offices of the General Inspectorate for Immigration for approval. Invitations are processed within 60 days from their being submitted.

4. In case of approval, one copy of the invitation shall be returned to the inviting host, to be forwarded to the invited third-country national who, in his/her turn, shall present the original form to the diplomatic mission or the consulate of Romania where the visa application is submitted. The third-country national can apply for a visa within 30 days from the approval of the invitation. It is not allowed for an applicant to submit a new invitation, no matter the purpose thereof, if one of the persons previously invited by such applicant did not leave the Romanian territory within the visa validity period.

5. Exemptions from the invitation procedure approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration – Ministry of Internal Affairs (IGI-MAI):

Please bear in mind that the situations listed below should be attested by appropriate documents. Moreover, please take into consideration that the fulfilment of at least one of the requirements below does not exempt the visa applicant from the obligation to submit the required supporting documents, depending on the purpose of the trip and the type of applied-for visa (see item VIII.2.)

The categories of nationals listed below can apply for a visa without previously getting an IGI-MAI invitation (pursuant to the provisions of art. 40 par. 1 of the Emergency Government Ordinance (EGO) no. 194/2002 republished, as subsequently amended and supplemented):

  • the underage national whose parent is a refugee or has subsidiary protection, or holds a residence permit in Romania provided it is valid at least 90 days from the day when the entry visa is granted;
  • the spouse and parents of the national who is a refugee or has subsidiary protection, or holds a residence permit in Romania provided it is valid at least 90 days from the day when the entry visa is granted;
  • the national of full age whose parent is a Romanian citizen;
  • the national who is parent of a Romanian citizen.

Moreover, short-stay visas can be granted with the exemption from the IGI-MAI invitation procedure to the following categories of third-country nationals (pursuant to the provisions of art. 40 par. 2 of EGO no. 194/2002 republished, as subsequently amended and supplemented):

- nationals married to Romanian citizens;

- nationals who are underage children of Romanian citizens;

- nationals who hold a valid residence permit in one of the Member States of the European Union or the European Economic Area, or in the Schengen Area Member States, but the validity of the visa should not exceed the validity of the residence permit;

- nationals who hold a valid residence permit in states whose citizens are not required an entry visa to the Member States of the European Union or the European Economic Area, or to the Schengen Area Member States;

- nationals who have in their border-crossing documents visas issued by the Member States of the European Union or the European Economic Area, or by the Schengen Area Member States, or by the states whose citizens are not required an entry visa to those states. The Romanian visa should not exceed the validity of such visas;

- nationals who are to travel to Romania for business, upon the request of administrative authorities as well as of the companies regulated by Law no. 31/1990, republished, as subsequently amended and supplemented, which are included on the lists of state budget tax-payers set by Order of the president of the National Tax Administration Agency, published in the Official Gazette of Romania, and which assume, by means of a letter of guarantee addressed in original to the National Visa Centre, the obligation to cover the living, medical and repatriation expenses;

- nationals who are to travel to Romania for visits, upon the request of the foreign diplomatic missions or consulates accredited in Romania;

- nationals for whom the granting of a visa was applied for, in writing, at diplomatic missions or consulates, on behalf of foreign central public authorities or chambers of commerce;

- persons for whom the granting of a visa was applied for at the National Visa Centre on behalf of the following institutions in Romania: the Presidential Administration, the Parliament, the Government and other central and local public authorities, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and of Bucharest Municipality, as well as of the territorial chambers, and of prefectures, which assume the obligation to cover the living, medical and repatriation expenses, by a letter of guarantee addressed in original;

- drivers of TIR-system trucks;

- personalities in the Romanian diaspora and the descendants thereof;

- parents of foreign pupils or students accepted for studies in Romania, who come for their first visit, subject to their submitting a document bearing an apostle or extra-legalisation, as the case may be, issued by the authorities in the state of origin, which attests the family relationship.

- nationals who are to travel to Romania upon the request of a legal entity of public interest, which operates legally and assumes the obligation to cover the living, medical and repatriation expenses, by means of a letter of guarantee addressed in original to the National Visa Centre.

 

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