Romanian Visa

II. Latest Information of Interest

 

Information of interest for the citizens of the Arab Republic of Egipt, holders of diplomatic and service passports

As of January 18th 2018, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the abolishment of the visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and service passports, concluded between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, signed at Bucharest, on August 29th 2017, has entered into force. Therefore, as of January 18th 2018, citizens of The Arab Republic of Egypt, holders of diplomatic or service passports may travel to Romania without a visa for a period of no more than 90 days in any 180 days.

In keeping with the provisions of Article 1, Para.(2) of the MoU, “citizens of the Arab Republic of Egypt, members of diplomatic missions and consular posts, of commercial bureaus and international organizations representative bodies in Romania, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports, as well as Romanian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and consular posts, of commercial bureaus and international organizations representative bodies in the Arab Republic of Egypt, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports may enter and remain on the territory of the of the other Party for the duration of their mission, on the grounds of the prior notification of their names”. The same exemption is applicable in the case of the family members of the aforementioned persons, who accompany them, provided that themselves are holders of valid diplomatic passports.

 

Travel alert – Polioviruses

For individuals from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Syrian Arab Republic, Nigeria and Pakistan, who wish to travel to Romania, the obligation for OPV (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, who apply for Romanian entry visas 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.

 

Information of interest for third-state nationals undergoing sports activities in Romania

Following the entry into force of Order of the minister of youth and sports nº631/2017 regarding the approval of the template for the framework contract for sports activities, a new structure/template was established for the contract concluded between a professional sportsperson and a sports club, therein comprising the financial rights granted to the sportsperson for their activity, payment methods and timeline, as well as other rights and responsibilities of the parties. The structure/template of the framework contract is laid out in the annex to Order nº631/2017 and it is required that the official document is drafted in keeping with this template, by all sports clubs.

The new provisions impact those third-state nationals who undergo professional sports activities within a sports club registered in Romania; this category of third-state nationals must submit the official contract in keeping with the legal text mentioned above, upon submission of a long-stay visa for other purposes (identified as D/AS).

 

Information of interest for holders of „Laissez-Passers” issued by the United Nations

As of November 7th, 2017, in accordance with the provisions of Romanian Government Decision no. 793/2017 regarding the unilateral exception of a certain category of third-state nationals from the requirement of the Romanian short-stay visa, holders of blue and red cover „Laissez-Passers” issued by the United Nations (except for blue cover UN Laissez-Passers, inscribed with numerical series preceded by the letter A) are exempt from the requirement of being in possession of a Romanian short-stay visa for stays that do not exceed 90 days within any 180 days.

Entry in Romania, with visa exemption, shall be granted to the category of aliens mentioned above only provided that, along with said travel document, a certificate that attests their travel for official purposes is submitted.
 


PLEASE NOTE! Holders of blue cover UN Laissez-Passers, inscribed with numerical series preceded by the letter A, are still subject to the Romanian short-stay visa requirement.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of the People’s Republic of China

As of September 15th 2017, as per the provisions of Order no.1626 of September 6th 2017 of the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the modification of the Annex to Order no.1743/2010 of the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the approval of the revised list of states for whose citizens the invitation procedure is mandatory for granting short-stay visas for entrance into the territory of Romania, the citizens of the People’s Republic of China are no longer subject to the obligation to obtain an invitation approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, for the purpose of requesting a Romanian short-stay visa for business, tourism or private visits.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of Ukraine

As of June 11th 2017 the Regulation (EU) 2017/850 of the European Parliament and of the Council of May 17th 2017 amending the Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose national must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Ukraine) shall enter into force. Therefore, as of June 11th 2017 all citizens of the Ukraine, bearers of biometrics passports, issued by Ukraine in line with standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) may travel without a visa to the European Union and, therefore, to Romania, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period.

 

​Information of interest for the citizens of Georgia

As of March 28th 2017 the Regulation (EU) 2017/372 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 1 March 217 amending the Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose national must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Georgia) shall enter into force. Therefore, as of March 28th 2017 all citizens of the Georgia, bearers of biometrics passports, issued by Georgia in line with standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) may travel without a visa to the European Union and, therefore, to Romania, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period.

 

Facilities for third-state nationals undergoing activities on offshore installations

Following its publication in the Official Journal of Romania, on December 22nd 2016, Government Decision no.970/2016 regarding the granting of short-term facilities, for short-stay Romanian visa applications for certain categories of third-state nationals undergoing activities on offshore installations came into force, abolishing the provisions of Government Decision no.530/2013.

Government Decision no.790/2016 is applicable in the case of third-state nationals who will undergo activities on offshore installations located in the Romanian exclusive maritime economic area, for Romanian and foreign legal persons, undergoing exploitation, development, exploitation of the natural resources in territorial seas, contiguous areas and the exclusive economic area of the Romanian state. Third-state nationals undergoing the mentioned activities will be able to apply for short-stay visas for business purposes, marked by the symbol C/A, under the conditions provided for in the Government Decision.

Therefore, it is to be underlined that, on the grounds of the provisions of Government Decision no.790/2016, the legal persons mentioned above must forward to the National Visa Center, within a 30-day time period, the list of all third-state nationals who are designated to request short-stay visas for the beginning stages of exploitation, development and exploitation, as well as any changes made to this list.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of Ukraine

Starting with October 21st, 2016 the provisions of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the exemption from visa fees for the issuance of long stay visas shall apply.

According to the provisions of Article 2 of the Agreement, "Each Party shall eliminate consular fees for the issuing of long-stay visas for citizens of the other party".

Information of interest for the citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia:

As of September 20th 2016 the Agreement between the European Union and the Federated States of Micronesia on the short-stay visa waiver (for stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period) shall apply. Therefore, as of September 20th 2016 all citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia , bearers of simple, diplomatic, service/official or special passports may travel without a visa to the European Union and, therefore, to Romania, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period.
 

Information of interest for the citizens of Republic of Azerbaijan:

„Information of interest for the citizens of Republic of Azerbaijan holders of service passports:
As of August 25th 2016, the Agreement on abolishing visa requirements for the holders of service passports between the Government of Romania and the Government of The Republic of Azerbaijan, signed at Baku, on March the 10th 2016, shall enter into force. Therefore, as of August 25th 2016, citizens of The Republic of Azerbaijan, holders of diplomatic or special passports may travel to Romania without a visa for a period of no more than 90 days in any 180 days.”
 

Information of interest for the citizens of Peru:

As of March 15th 2016 the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Peru on the short-stay visa waiver (for stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period) shall provisionally apply. Therefore, as of March 15th 2016 all citizens of the Republic of Peru, bearers of simple, diplomatic, service/official or special passports may travel without a visa to the European Union and, therefore, to Romania, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of the Republic of Korea:

As of March 13th 2016 the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Korea, amending the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Korea on the abolition of visa requirements which entered into force through an exchange of notes on May 22, 1996, has entered into force.

The main modification refers to the exemption from the long-stay visa (type D) for certain categories of persons and under certain circumstances.

As per the new provisions of the Agreement, “citizens of either country, who are seconded to the representative offices of companies located and carrying out commercial activities in the territory of the other country or who have signed labor contracts with a company located and carrying out commercial activities in the territory of the other country, shall be allowed to enter the territory of the other country without a visa for a stay not exceeding ninety (90) days in any 180 day period”.

As such, the citizens of the Republic of Korea shall be able to enter the territory of Romania and request the issuing of a residence permit for the purpose of work without holding a D/AM or D/DT long-stay visa, without instituting an exemption for the employer from requesting the labor/secondment authorizations for said Korean citizens.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of the People’s Republic of China:

As of March 3rd 2016 the Agreement between the European Union and China on the short-stay visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports shall be provisionally applicable..

The scope of the EU-China Agreement is the exemption from the visa requirement for EU and, respectively, Chinese citizens, bearers of a valid diplomatic passport or a EU laissez-passer, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period.

Article 5 of the Agreement establishes a special procedure for visits to be made by high-level officials (starting with the rank of vice-minister within the central government authorities or major-general within the armed forces) which shall have to send notification, prior to the visit, to the competent authorities of the EU member states or of the People’s Republic of China.

In addition to the provisions of the EU-China Agreement, the Bilateral Agreement between the Government of the Socialist Republic of Romania and the Government of the People’s Republic of China as regards the exemption from visa requirements and visa fees, signed in Beijing on April 25th 1981, as amended in 2010 via the Agreement for modification made through the exchange of Verbal Notes, shall remain in force as regards the following aspects:

  • The exemption from the visa requirement for bearers of service passports for a time priod of 30 days;
  • The exemption from the visa requirement for the members of diplomatic missions and their family members, which may remain on the territory of the other party throughout the duration of their mission.​

 

Information of interest for the citizens of Palau:

As of December 8th 2015 the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Palau on the short-stay visa waiver (for stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period) shall provisionally apply. Therefore, as of December 8th 2015 all citizens of the Republic of Palau, bearers of simple, diplomatic, service/official or special passports may travel without a visa to the European Union and, therefore, to Romania, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of Qatar holders of diplomatic and special passports:

As of December 11th 2015, the Agreement on abolishing visa requirements for the holders of diplomatic and special passports between the Government of Romania and the Government of The State of Qatar, signed at Doha, on May the 3rd 2015, shall enter into force. Therefore, as of December 11th 2015, citizens of The State of Qatar, holders of diplomatic or special passports may travel to Romania without a visa for a period of no more than 90 days in any 180 days.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of Colombia:

As of December 3rd 2015 the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Colombia on the short-stay visa waiver (for stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period) shall provisionally apply. Therefore, as of December 3rd 2015 all citizens of Colombia, bearers of simple, diplomatic, service/official or special passports may travel without a visa to the European Union and, therefore, to Romania, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of Tonga:

As of November 21st 2015 the Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Tonga on the short-stay visa waiver (for stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period) shall provisionally apply. Therefore, as of November 21st 2015 all citizens of the Kingdom of Tonga, bearers of simple, diplomatic, service/official or special passports may travel without a visa to the European Union and, therefore, to Romania, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of Timor-Leste:

As of May 26th 2015 the Agreement between the European Union and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on the short-stay visa waiver (for stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 day time period) shall provisionally apply. Therefore, as of May 26th 2015, all citizens of Timor-Leste, bearers of simple, diplomatic, service/official or special passports may travel without a visa  to the European Union and, therefore, to Romania, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Independent State of Samoa, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Vanuatu:

As of May 28th 2015 the Agreements between the European Union and the Commonwealth of Dominica, between the European Union and the Grenada, between the European Union and the Saint Lucia, between the European Union and the Commonwealth of Dominica, between the European Union and and Saint Vincent and the Grenadine, between the European Union and the Independent State of Samoa, between the European Union and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, between the European Union and the Republic of Vanuatu on the short-stay visa waiver (for stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period) shall provisionally apply. Therefore, as of May 28th 2015 all citizens of the aforementioned states, bearers of simple, diplomatic, service/official or special passports may travel without a visa to the European Union and, therefore, to Romania, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period.

 

Calculation of the right of stay

In order to establish your right of stay on the Romanian territory, please bear in mind that the date of entry shall be the first day of stay on the territory of Romania, and the date of exit shall be the last day of stay on the territory of Romania. Periods of stay authorised under a residence permit or a national long-stay visa shall not be taken into account in the calculation of the duration of stay.

When calculating the right of stay of third-country nationals one shall take into account maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days.

You have the opportunity to calculate your right of stay by using the calculation method made available by the European Commission. http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/border-crossing/schengen_calculator_en.html

Decision No 565/2014/EU 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 of the European Parliament and of the Council:

Starting July 11, 2014, Romania acknowledges as being equivalent to its own national visas, for transit and for stays up to 90 days per period of 180 days, both the uniform visas valid for double or multiple entries, the visas with limited territorial validity, the long-stay visas and the residence permits issued by the Schengen Member States, as well as the short- or long-stay visas and residence permits issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia.

An essential prerequisite for the equivalence of such visas and residence permits is that they should be still valid, i.e. they should not exceed the authorised number of entries, the relevant right of stay or period of validity.

In the case of third-state citizens holding Schengen uniform visas, visas with limited territorial validity issued by Schengen states or short-stay visas issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus or Croatia, the stay in Romania cannot exceed the right of stay specified in the relevant visas.

 

Travel alert – EBOLA:

In the context of the developments in the first half of 2014 related to the spread of the Ebola virus disease in Western Africa, the nationals originating from, or having been present (in the last 21 days prior to the application for a Romanian visa) in Guinea  and Sierra Leone, are requested to submit their visa applications for Romania by using the eVisa portal at the address: http://evisa.mae.ro/. In case you do not benefit from internet access, in order to submit your visa application as aforementioned, please contact the Romanian diplomatic mission/consulate, which will let you know when you can file your application personally. Also, please bear in mind that the visa application settlement term may be extended, a health certificate being also required.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of the Republic of Cape Verde:

The Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cape Verde on facilitating the issue of short-stay visas to citizens of the Republic of Cape Verde and of the European Union came into force on December 1, 2014.

The purpose of the Agreement is to facilitate, on the basis of reciprocity, the issue of visas to citizens of Cape Verde and of the Union for an intended stay of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days.

Pursuant to art.8 of the Agreement, the citizens of Cape Verde or of EU Member States who are holders of valid diplomatic or service passports can enter, leave and transit through the territories of the Member States or of Cape Verde without visas, for 90 days at most per period of 180 days.

 

Information of interest for the citizens of the United Arab Emirates:

The Agreement between the European Union and the United Arab Emirates on the short-stay visa waiver (for stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 day time period) shall provisionally apply as of May 6th 2015. Therefore, as of May 6th 2015, any and all citizens of the United Arab Emirates bearing simple, diplomatic, service/official or special passports may travel without a visa to the EU and, implicitly, to Romania, for a time period of no more than 90 days in any 180 day time period.