Romanian Visa

XVI. Frequently asked questions

- Which is the activity object of the National Visa Centre (CNV)?

The National Visa Centre is the special structure within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that contributes to the establishment and implementation of the national visa policy of Romania, together with the other central public administration institutions, in compliance with the legally set up competences, and it is the central access point to the National Visa Information System.

The National Visa Centre manages the visa applications submitted by third-country nationals who wish to travel to Romania. Thus, inter alia, CNV decides on the issue of entry visas to Romania, in compliance with the competences set by special laws.

The National Visa Centre does NOT manage the issue of visas to the Romanian citizens who need a visa to travel to other states. To this end, Romanian citizens are advised to contact the diplomatic missions belonging to the states where they wish to travel.


- Can I get an invitation from the National Visa Centre (CNV)?

The National Visa Centre does NOT issue and does NOT formulate documents whereby third-country nationals are invited to Romania. The invitations you need in order to get Romanian visas can be obtained ONLY with the help of the persons / institutions that invite you to Romania.
 

- Can the National Visa Centre help me in getting an appointment at a diplomatic mission / consulate of Romania in order for me to submit my visa application?

The National Visa Centre does NOT make appointments for submitting visa applications. In order to get an appointment you can either use the eVisa electronic portal, or contact directly the diplomatic mission / consulate where you address your visa application. Appointments are made depending on the working hours of each diplomatic mission / consulate.

The contact data of the diplomatic missions / consulates of Romania can be accessed HERE


- Where can I submit the letter of guarantee supporting a business visa application?

The letter of guarantee shall be submitted in two original copies to the following address:

Legalisation Service within the Consular Department

Aleea Alexandru, nr. 24, Sector 1, Bucharest
Working hours: Monday to Friday, between 9:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 – 16:00

The letter of guarantee shall be addressed to the attention of the National Visa Centre.

An original copy of the letter of guarantee shall be kept when being submitted, and you shall take the second original copy after being registered.


- Can I travel to Romania without a visa if I hold a visa issued by a Schengen Member State?

The holders of Schengen visas with two or multiple entries, of national visas or residence permits issued by Schengen States are not required a Romanian visa to enter, transit or stay on the territory of Romania for 90 days in any 180-day period.

Therefore, you can travel to Romania without a visa only if you hold a valid Schengen visa with at least two entries.

ATTENTION! The validity, right of stay and number of entries granted by the Schengen visa you hold should not have been fully consumed! Moreover, you should bear in mind that the right of stay in Romania shall be equal to the right of stay conferred by the Schengen visa (example: if you hold a Schengen visa with a right of stay of 10 days, you will have the right to stay in Romania only 10 days).


- How can I get a long-term right of stay in Romania, in the capacity as citizen of a non-EU/EEA state, with a valid right of stay in Romania?

For any information on this topic, please consult the web page of the General Inspectorate for Immigration.
 

- If I contact the National Visa Centre after I have submitted my visa application, can I be informed whether I will be issued a visa?

Information about any visa-issuing decision can be obtained only after your application has been examined. Therefore, you are advised to keep in touch with the diplomatic mission / consulate where you submitted your visa application. If you use the eVisa electronic portal to submit your visa application, you can consult the status of your application online.


- If Romania is not represented by a diplomatic mission in my state of residence, where can I submit my visa application?

Contact the diplomatic mission of Romania that is accredited for the state where you have your residence or a diplomatic mission / consulate that is located in the vicinity of your state.


- How long does the issue of a visa take?

It is advisable that short-stay visa applications be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the planned day of travel. It is advisable that long-stay visa applications be submitted at least 45 days prior to the planned day of travel. The issue of visas when the applications are submitted within a very short time prior to the planned day of travel CANNOT be guaranteed.

- Can I travel to Romania without a visa if I already hold a visa issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus or Croatia?

YES, solely under the conditions of Decision No 565/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 introducing a simplified regime for the control of persons at the external borders based on the unilateral recognition by Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania of certain documents as equivalent to their national visas for transit through or intended stays on their territories not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period and repealing Decisions No 895/2006/EC and No 582/2008/EC.

The text of Decision no. 565/2014 can be consulted here:
http://www.mae.ro/sites/default/files/file/pdf/formulare-consulare/Vize/celex-32014d0565-en-txt.pdf

Warning! The number of entries and the right of stay granted by said visas must not have been exhausted.

Your right of stay on the territory of Romania shall not exceed the right of stay granted you as per the visas you hold.

FYI! In annexes 1-3 of Decision no. 565/2014 you can consult the list of documents issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Croatia which can be used to cross the border of Romania as per Decision no. 565/2014.

At the same time, please note that entrance to Romania shall be permitted solely to persons that meet all the entry conditions, as per the national legislation in force.

For more information regarding the entry conditions on the territory of Romania you may access http://www.mae.ro/en/node/30320

 

- What documents do I need to present when I submit a visa application file?

You may consult the list of supporting documents for the type of visa you are applying for please go to http://evisa.mae.ro/SupportingDocuments.