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Entry and stay in Romania

A. Consular services

Consular services are initiated ONLY online, using the SIMISC system, validated by a consular agent, and then completed by presenting the original documents personally, at the mission.

Only a few consular services can be completed by mail.

All of them (except visas) are processed ONLY in Romanian language. 

The SIMISC system is accessible on WEB over this link: WWW.ECONSULAT.RO

If you do not know Romanian, ask help from a friend/relative who knows.

B. Visa requests

All the visa requests will be processed using the Webpage WWW.EVIZA.RO

 

Useful information:

US citizens may enter and stay in Romania without requirement for a visa on a short term basis for a maximum total period of 90 days within 6 months.

US citizens who intend to stay in Romania more than 90 days (long term basis) are exempted from the need of a D-type visa, but have to apply in due time with the Romanian Immigration Office (O.R.I.) for a temporary residence permit (at least with 30 days before the legal stay expires). Failing to do so and staying longer than permitted will force the Romanian authorities to take the legal measures, that can go up to enforce of an interdiction of entry.

Additional information is available on the website of the Romanian Immigration Office - http://ori.mai.gov.ro/home/index/en.

For more information on the Romanian visa, visit the website of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Click HERE!

A new rule is in force in EU countries (in Romania since October 2013) regarding the counting of the 90 days legal stay period in these countries. The new rule applies like this: on the date the person present himself at the border and request entering the country, the officer from the border police look back 180 days and see how long this person stayed in Romania in this period. If 90 days were already used, then he will not allow the entry and return the person to the country he came from. If he sees less than 90 days used, he will permit the entry only for the days remaining against the legal 90. Under this circumstances, take care and make this calculation ahead the trip, not have surprizes at the border!

Also, a new rule, in force from February 1, 2014, is that bearers of a valid stay permit in a EU country or Schengen uniform visa (valid for all Schengen countries), will not require an entry visa for Romania on a short term basis (C-type). Conditions are (any of them applies):

  • the stay in Romania is capped as for a short term visa (maximum 90 days in ANY previous 180 days);
  • the Schengen visa must be issued with multiple entries;
  • the stay in Romania must not excede the Schengen visa validity.

 

NOTE: The office in Washington only receives requests for visa from applicants who are residing on its jurisdiction (14 US States): Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia. For other states, the request will be addressed to the competent Romanian consulate (see their jurisdiction).

- revised 10/16/2018 -

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