Visas and consular services

Romanian visa

The procedure for obtaining the Romanian visa

Important! Applications for visa are accepted in Washington DC only if the applicant has the residence in one of the following US States: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. For other states, the request will be addressed to the competent Romanian consulate (see their jurisdiction).

 

NEW!!! The visa procedure for Romania has changed since

April 17, 2014!

 

Step 1

The applications will only be processed first over the Internet, using this site:

www.eviza.ro

 

Follow the instructions there when applying for a Romanian visa for starting the application! You can also check there if you really need a visa for Romania!

 

Step 2

Find out which are the supporting documents for your visa. They can be different from case to case, depending of the type of visa.

Please read the list of needed documents for the short stay visa (C-type) from here:

http://washington.mae.ro/en/node/428

and for the long stay visa (D-type) from here:

http://washington.mae.ro/en/node/429

You will need to have them handy to scan and upload them into the system!

 

Step 3

When you apply online, take care of the following:

  • Select the options from the drop-down menu or by selecting the corresponding radio button.

  • For holders of a Travel Document, in case of persons without citizenship or Romanian citizens who are under subsidiary protection of the U.S., the system does not accept lack of citizenship or Romanian citizenship (they do not need a visa...). The work-around is to enter a citizenship for which a Romanian visa is required (like South Africa, for example) and  adding a note to the scanned documents explaining this situation. Then, the consular officer will edit the request, after receiving all the documents per mail, as described below, putting the right citizenship in the system.

  • Not all the US States are included in the listing. If yours is not, select "Other".

  • Read the exceptions! Select what is valid for you!

  • Upload ONLY the documents related to the request. Do not upload other visas or stamped pages from the passport! We will check that when we'll have the passport here!

  • Upload the documents only under the type they belong to (accommodation, invitation, itinerary, etc.)!

  • The US visa/ green card will be uploaded under the last option - "Other"

  • Fill the Surname/ First Name EXACTLY as they appear in the passport!

  • Do not ignore the fields which are not mandatory! Most of them refer to details of the stay in Romania and not filling them will induce the return of the request for correction/addition.

As soon as you finish uploading and filling all the fields in the electronic form, at the end, you will see a link to the ABC Form or D Form (depending to the type of visa). Click on this and download the PDF Form that the system generates.

Print it, inspect it to have accurate information on it and sign it.

NOTES:

  • Applications created, but not submitted will be automatically erased from the system after 30 days.
  • If you, due to any reason, did NOT downloaded the filled Form at this moment, you will NOT be able to do it afterwards!
  • If you've forgetten to download the filled Form, you will have to download an EMPTY Form, fill it with the same data, sign it and send it as instructed further on.

The links for empty Forms are here (click to download):

 

Step 4

Submit the request, as instructed on the site.

If the application and supporting documents fail to comply with the legal requirements, the application will be returned and the petitioner will be notified by email. A message will explain the issues. After correcting the things, the applicant must resubmit the application. This will repeat until the legal requirement for the visa are met.

 

Step 5

If the legal requirements are met, the request is validated. The applicant will then receive a notification by email. At this point, it will be also an invitation for an appointment (interview), that can be set online. An appointment is, for the moment,  NOT required (it will be soon, after Romania will be part of the Schengen Agreement).

NOTE: Anyhow, if after receiving the documents, the consul will consider that an interview is needed, you will be contacted and asked to come in person for the interview. Not complying with this request will automatically reject the application.

The applicants who wish to place the application at the counter, must set an appointment through the system. In this case, this also serves as an interview.

If the applicant will send the documents by mail, this is what it should be sent:

  • the signed printed Form;
  • the passport (it must have a free page inside for the visa to be applied!);
  • one color photo, passport type (the same one you have sent scanned);
  • the supporting documents (specific for that kind of visa); supporting documents differ from visa to visa, so check for each one what you need and under what form should be presented (read the info on this site, corresponding to the desired type of visa)!
  • a money order (for the consular fee); the value can be found here: http://washington.mae.ro/node/545 )
  • a return envelope (strong material, postage prepaid, with tracking number), use also YOUR name and address as the sender!

 

Step 6

After we receive the documents, the applicant will be posted by email with the stages of visa processing. The online application does NOT process the visa request! It only verifies that the legal requirements are met.

Upon receiving, the documents are legally processed in up to 14 days (C-type visas) and up to 30 days (D-type visas).

After approval from Romania, the visa is issued, placed in the passport and the passport is sent back to the applicant using the provided envelope.

Also, the system informs per email the applicants about each step, including visa issuing.

 

General provisions

A visa is a document that enables the holder to arrive at any Romanian border post, in order to require a transit through, or, depending on the case, a short-stay on the Romanian territory. The border post officers will demand aliens to prove that they comply with the general conditions of entry and stay on the Romanian territory, as provided by law. If they cannot prove this, the aliens will not be allowed to enter the Romanian territory, even if they have a valid visa in their passport.

The Romanian visa is granted by the Romanian diplomatic missions and consular posts abroad.

Following the provisions of the Law No.677/2001 regarding personal data protection (similar to Privacy Act from U.S.), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania is entitled by Law to collect, process, administer and use this data, only according to the purpose they are collected. This applies to the applicant data, his family or another person.

The reason for collecting the personal data through the e-VIZA system is to facilitate submitting and processing the visa request.

When applying online for a visa, filling the fields according to the instructions is mandatory1, failing to do so will conduct to refusal of the request.

All the information supplied are processed only by the rightful operator in Romania and the corresponding diplomatic or consular office.

According to the provisions of the Law No.677/2001, you have the right to amend the provided data, the right of not being discriminated and the right to appeal to justice. Also, you have the right to opose to processing of personal data that regards you and to request erasing that data2. In these cases, you can address a written request, dated and signed, to the diplomatic mission or consular office to which you have sent the application for visa. Suplementary, you can address to justice (the competent Court from Romania).

Your personal data will not be transferred to other countries beside the Schengen States.

If some of your supplied data is not accurate, we advise you to inform us as soon as possible.

NOTES:

1 - The fields from the electronic forms, that have an asterisc on them (*), should not be filled by the applicants from a third country who are family members of an EU or EES citizen (spouse, child, dependent).

2 - If you do not agree to processing of personal data regarding you, you should be aware of the non-eligibility of the visa request. Nevertheless, if you want to erase the information regarding you, and in the period in which you apply for erasing the data you are in possession of a valid visa (obtained using the same personal data), this visa will be canceled. If no decission was taken yet for the visa request, this will not be processed further on, being rejected, and the fee willnot be refundable.

 

Types of visas granted and issued by Romania:

1. The airport transit visa (A-type): it allows the access of aliens into the international area of an airport until their access is allowed on board of the plane towards the country of destination;

2. The transit visa (B-type): it allows the transit of aliens through the territory of Romania, for a period of up to 5 days;

3. The short-stay visa (C-type): it allows the entry and the short-term stay on the territory of Romania for a period of up to 90 days within an interval of maximum 180 days from the date of entry (in the case of a multiple-entry visa, the period of residence will be taken into account starting with the date of the first entry and the duration of stay will be the sum of the individual stays in this period). The Romanian short-stay visa is granted for the following purposes: for an official government mission (C/M), for tourism (C/TU), business (C/A), private visit (C/VV), transportation (C/TR), sports activities (C/SP), as well as cultural, scientific, humanitarian or other purposes (C/ZA). The period of stay cannot be extended under no circumstances.

4. The long-stay visa (D-type): it allows the entry and the residence on the territory of Romania, for a period of maximum 90 days (maximum validitz is also 180 days), for the following purposes: diplomatic and mission assignment (D/DS), economic activities (D/AE), professional activities (D/AP), commercial activities, such as investments (D/AC), religious activities (D/AR), work (D/AM), studying (D/SD), family reunification (D/VF), temporary work assignment (D/DT), research (D/CS), as well as other puposes (D/AS). In this case, the residence can be extended at request over the 90 days, by the issuance of a temporary residence permit. The application for the residence permit has to be filed with the Romanian Immigration Office, at least 30 days before their right to reside in Romania granted by the visa expires. Failing to do so, the visa will be canceled and its holder has to leave Romania.

The right of residence on the territory of Romania, granted through a short-stay visa, cannot be extended under any circumstances.

The holder of the short stay visa is not allowed to modify or alter the purpose of the trip indicated in the visa application. In case he does, legal measures can be taken, up to enforcement of an interdiction.

The long-stay visa does not extends itself, nor automatically allow or transform into a residence permit. The application for a residence permit has to be filed with the Romanian Office for Immigration in due time.

Any alien applying for a visa has to present a valid travel document, accepted by Romania and that fulfills the formal conditions for affixing the visa sticker. The applicants must also submit all the supporting documents provided by the law: documents proving the stated purpose of the trip, the period of stay, the minimal financial means, as well as the means necessary for the aliens’ return to their home country, or the continuation of the trip towards a third state, upon the end of their stay in Romania.

Exceptions:

A. Third-state nationals who must be in possession of an entry visa, in accordance to the provisions of the EC Regulation nº 539/2001, are exempt from the type B transit visa obligation, hence being allowed to transit Romania within a period of maximum 5 days, under the following conditions:

  • If they are holders of one of the following travel documents, issued by member states of the European Union, that fully apply the provisions of the Schengen Acquis (namely: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland):
    • a “uniform visa” (Schengen visa), as mentioned in article 10 from the Convention for the application of the Schengen Agreement;
    • a “long-stay visa”, as mentioned in article 18 from the Convention for the application of the Schengen Agreement;
    • a “residence permit”, as provided for in Annex IV from the Common Consular Instructions.
  • If they hold a valid short-stay visa, a valid long-stay visa or a valid residence permit issued by Bulgaria, (according to the annex to the EC Decision 582/2008) and Cyprus (according to the annex to EC Decision 895/2006).
  • If they hold a valid residence permit, issued by Switzerland and Lichtenstein respectively (according to the annex to EC Decision 896/2006).

Conditions:

The validity of the afore-mentioned travel documents must cover the transit period;

The above-mentioned citizens are exempt from the Romanian transit visa, however they are not exempt from the obligation of fulfilling the general conditions of entry, provided by article 5, paragraph 1, of the Regulation 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the European Council, dated March 15th, 2006 – The Schengen Borders Code (they must hold a valid travel document, supporting documents proving the purpose and the conditions of the trip, as well as be able to prove appropriate financial means for the entire period of the transit through the Romanian territory);

In order for a uniform visa, a limited-territorial visa, or a residence permit to replace the Romanian transit visa, under the conditions listed above, it is imperative that the transit throughout Romania be a logical part of a coherent and rational itinerary towards the country that issued that visa or residence permit, towards their home country, or towards the country of residence.

Holders of single-entry visas, that are no longer valid (the allowed number of entries or the number of travels are exhausted), will be allowed to transit Romania exclusively for the period of validity of that visa. Such a visa will replace the Romanian transit visa and its holder will be allowed to transit Romania only if the visa is used for the purpose of returning to his/her home country, or to his/her country of residence.

B. Entering in force on February 1, 2014, a new amendment of the Romanian Law, allow the exemption to the need of a short term visa (C-type) for bearers of the uniform Schengen visa or a Schengen stay permit (long term, at least 5 years). For both, the number of entries must be at least two (from which at least one still available) and the period of stay in Romania must not exceed the validity of the visa/permit. This extends also to family members of an EU/EES/CH citizen, without the need to travel together with him.

C. Holders of permanent residence permits issued by member states of the European Union can enter and reside the territory of Romania for up to 90 days, within a period of 6 months, without a visa.

The above-mentioned residence permits must be issued according to the provisions of the EC Directive 109/2003 regarding long-term residence conditions for third-state nationals, stating that the residence permits issued to third-state nationals bearing the status of long-term residents in one of the member states of the European Union, must be valid for a period of at least 5 years.

Article 8, paragraph 3 from the aforementioned EC Directive states that under the heading “type of permit”, the residence permits issued to long-term residents, must state “LONG-TERM RESIDENT - EC”.

All the permits that do not fall into this category are not long-term residence permits and hence, the holders of such permits must apply for a Romanian visa.

- revised on 03/08/2017 -

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