Everything You Need To Know About A Romania Visa
you are the holder of a valid British citizen passport, you do not need a visa
to enter Romania. You can stay in Romania without a visa for a maximum period
of 90 days within any 180-day span.
If your planned visit exceeds 90 days, you
might have to apply for a visa through the Embassy of Romania in London.
order to avail the visa-exemption facility, you need to own a passport that
holds a minimum validity of six months from your arrival date in Romania. You
should also ensure that it contains at least two blank pages and is not older
than nine years.
arriving in Romania, immigration officials might ask you to present proof of
sufficient funds to support your proposed stay period. The officers may also
request for a return or onward ticket. Once you fulfill all these requirements,
you will be granted entry into the nation for a short-term stay of up to 90
if you are a British national, traveling with a minor(s) of Romanian descent,
ensure that you carry a notarized parental consent before exiting Romania.
You cannot seek employment under the visa-free regime. For this purpose, you
will need to secure a separate visa and work permit.
you wish to extend your stay beyond 90 days, you need to obtain a registration
certificate through the Romanian Immigration Office.
Entry requirements for foreigners residing in the UK
If you are a foreigner residing in the UK and do not belong to thelist of visa-exempt countries,you might need to secure a visa through the embassy. Following are the major visa types granted by the Romanian State:
Types of visas granted and issued by the Romanian state:
Airport transit visa (A): An airport transit visa allows you to remain in the international transit area until you board your next flight.
Transit visa (B): A transit visa allows you to transit via Romania and stay in the nation for a maximum span of up to 5 days.
Short-stay visa (C): A short-stay visa grants admission into Romanian borders when you visit the nation for purposes other than immigration and allows a traveler to stay for up to 90 days within a 6 months period. It is granted in single and multiple entries. Below are the major types of short-stay visas:
- Tourist Visa
- Business Visa
- Official Visa
- Private Visit Visa
- Visa for participation in sports activities, cultural, scientific or academic events
Note: You cannot extend your stay when you enter Romania on a short-stay visa
Long-stay visa (D): A long-stay visa also grants a stay period of 90 days but its purposes are different. You can secure this visa type for carrying out economic, professional, commercial, religious or humanitarian activities. Other purposes include work, studies, family reunification, and research.
You can extend this visa by personally submitting an official request to the Romanian Office for Immigration at least one month prior to the expiry of your current visa.
Application requirements for Romanian short-stay visas
Below are the primary documents which you will need to submit for all short-stay visas:
- A completely filled and signed visa application form
- A national passport issued not later than 10 years ago, which is valid for at least 6 months from your date of arrival in Romania and contains a minimum of 2 blank pages
- 2 recent passport-size (3 x 4 cm) coloured photographs
- Proof of purpose and evidence of onward/return passage
Additionally, apart from the above mandatory documents, you need to submit supporting documents according to the respective visa type. We have described them below:
An official visa is issued to foreigners visiting Romania for political, administrative or public reasons on behalf of the governments and public administrations they work in or international organisations.
- A note verbale issued by the diplomatic mission or consular post accredited to Romania
- If you are visiting as a family member, proof that you are related to the person travelling on an official visit
Visa for participation in sports activities, cultural, scientific or academic events
- Travel medical insurance that covers the entire duration of the stated stay period
- A letter of invitation issued by the sponsoring institute, specifying the purpose of visit
- Proof of financial means in the amount of 50 euro / day for the entire period
- Voucher or firm reservation with a tourist accommodation resort or reservations made by the host company
The processing time for short-stay visas usually takes up to 14 days and for long-stay visas, you can expect a processing time of around 30 to 45 days. You need to personally lodge the visa application at the counter of the Consular Section.
It is strongly advised to make an application for a short-stay visa at least 3-4 weeks in advance to the planned travel dates. As for long-stay visas, we would recommend you to submit the application at least 45 days prior to the planned day of travel.