Romania Visas, Permits and Immigration

by Jose Marc Castro on August 11, 2009

VISARomania200A Romanian passport gives its holder the right to enter and leave the country through any passing location. The passport also offers the holder protection and assistance provided by the diplomatic missions and consular office of Romania. Romanian passports are official travel documents issued by the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform of Romania. The 3 types of Romanian passports are Diplomatic, Business, and Simple. The validity of these 3 passport types is 3 years.

Romanian Passport

Citizens of some countries can use a regular passport when entering Romania. These countries include:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Mexico
  • British Virgin
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Ecuador
  • Italy
  • Bulgaria
  • France

Romanian Visa

A Romanian visa is granted by the diplomatic missions or consular offices of Romania once the Romanian Ministry of foreign Affairs has approved the visa application. A Romanian short stay visa can be issued without prior approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The border post officers will demand aliens to make the proof of the fulfillment of the general conditions of entry and stay on the Romanian territory, as provided by law. Should the conditions provided for, not be fulfilled, aliens will be forbidden to enter the Romanian territory, despite the fact that they might have previously obtained a Romanian visa.

The Romanian Embassy does not require a visa from nationals of the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, and many European Union member states for visiting purposes of less than 90 days.

Nationals of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland can visit Romania for a period of 30 days without applying for any type of visa.

Citizens of other countries are allowed to visit Romania for a period of 30 or 90 days. This depends on the citizenship of the foreigners. Romania also issues short-term visas for tourism, visiting friends or family, and business.

US citizens holding valid US passports do not need a visa for an airport transit, tourist, or business trip. US citizens are free to stay in Romania for up to 90 days. The passport should be valid after the scheduled trip has ended.

Romanian Visa Types

Romanian Student Visa

Applicants are eligible to enter Romania with a student visa whenever they are offered a full-time slot by a Romanian educational institution. They should have a secured place in a Romania-based institution for full-time study and should be able to support themselves with no access to public funds. They must also pay for the maintenance and the full course of their studies or accommodations. The students can work for a minimum of 20 hours per week on regular days and 40 hours per week during holidays.

Romanian Tourist Visa

The Romanian tourist visa (also known as the short-stay visa) is usually granted for a period of more than 90 days with a validity of 6 months from the date of issuance. The main requirement for a tourist visa is a passport. The applicant should also meet the requirements set by the Romanian Embassy, which include:

i.    evidence of fully paid travel expenses;
ii.    proof of accommodations in Romania;
iii.    bank statements;
iv.    travel insurance valid in Romania; and
v.    3 colored copies of a passport type photograph.

Romanian Business Visa

A Romanian business visa is similar to a tourist visa because it is classified under the short-term visa category. Business visas are also issued for 90 days valid for a 6-month period. Short-term business visas can also be used for other destinations.

Romania forbids businesspersons to take jobs in the country. These are the requirements for a business visa:

i.    letter from the employer explaining the nature and duration of the applicant’s business trip in Romania;
ii.    letter of invitation from the company established in Romania;
iii.    a passport that satisfies the requirements set by the Romanian Embassy;
iv.    evidence of fully paid travel expenses;
v.    proof of fully paid accommodations in Romania
vi.    latest bank statements;
vii.    travel insurance valid in Romania; and
viii.    3 colored passport type photographs.

Romanian Visa Eligibility

Applying for a Romanian visa may require a variety of documents to support the application form. Applicants have to submit a valid passport from their country of origin and evidence of residence for candidates living outside their country of origin.

The visa is valid for 6 months.  Applicants must also provide proof of medical insurance and documents stating the professional skills possessed by the applicant apart from financial data useful for the Romanian government to assess their capabilities of supporting themselves during their stay in Romania.

Candidates have to provide proof of the reason of their travel through a letter from a travel agent in Romania when applying for a tourist visa.

Candidates must provide 2 letters that can act as evidence of their business purposes in Romainia when applying for a business visa. One of these letters must be from the concerned Romanian company, and the other from the employer based on their home country. The letters should provide detailed information about the purpose and duration of the trip. The letters must also clearly state the individual or entity shouldering the candidates’ expenses throughout their stay in Romania.

Dependent immigration and Spouse Immigration

There are particular symbols for visas to Romania, which is dependent upon the activity that would be carried out in the country.

Short-term Romanian visas for business and tourism purposes are not expanded temporary visa services. Short-term Romanian visa holders cannot be employed in Romania and are obliged to return to their home country on or before the expiration of the visa.

The short stay visa does not make exact provisions for the spouses or any other dependents of a candidate to join them in the country. All dependent applicants must apply individually for a Romanian visa.

Romanian Foreign Policy

The Romanian foreign policy focuses on protecting the economic and social interest of Romanian citizens. It also promotes and protects Romania’s economics, military, and political interest in accordance to its geo-strategic position. The Romanian foreign policy implies an active participation in cultural and institutional construction of greater Europe.

The foreign policy of Romania tries to achieve and expand cultural and economic diplomacy as well as good regional development practices. It also tries to instigate neighborhood cooperation or the development of multilateral and bilateral relations.

Romanian Work Permit Laws

The Romanian immigration government changed their immigration laws in accordance to the European Union’s policies for the issuance of work permits. The new ordinance modified the previous law #203/1999 on work permits for foreign nationals. The new ordinance considers foreign nationals assigned to Romania as seconded workers even when they are required to obtain a formal work permit. Foreign nationals are also allowed to apply for a temporary residence permit any time, and they can renew their residence status indefinitely.

Parliamentarian Diplomacy

The Romanian government will cooperate with the Parliament to settle the mechanisms of communications, information management, and structural monitoring. This will promote Romania’s political and economic interests in a coherent manner through multilateral and bilateral Parliamentarian relations. This will also control the Governmental and Parliamentarian initiatives at the level of political and economic cooperation that can be sustained and synchronized in a mutual way.

Cultural Diplomacy

The Romanian cultural diplomacy signifies a base to promote the bilateral relations for a better knowledge of Romanian culture abroad. The Romanian government will adopt the following:

i.    expanding the Romanian culture centers abroad, specially within the member states of the Organization for economic development and cooperation;
ii.    elaborating of an action plan for the expansion of cultural diplomacy;
iii.    establishing the project management within the diplomatic centers facilitating the organization of cultural events; and
iv.    setting up the cultural and research centers subordinated to diplomatic centers.

Romanian Immigration Permit

There are some different types of Resident permits in Romania. The Romanian Embassy issues a permit according to the purpose and length of stay. The 2 most widely used residence permits in Romania are permanent and temporary stay permits.

Temporary Residence Permit

Foreign nationals need to apply for a temporary residence permit if they wish to stay in Romania for 120 days or more. The Romanian temporary residence permit can be obtained from the Romanian Embassy.

Permanent Residence Permit

Residency in Romania is approved by the highest ranking member of the office for Immigration in Romania. Foreign nationals can establish their residence in Romania once they satisfy the following conditions:

i.    marriage to a Romanian citizen; and
ii.    temporary legal stay lasting for at least 3 years.

The application form for establishing a residence in Romania needs to be personally submitted to the territorial units of the Office for Immigration. This application form must be filed in Romania and needs to be accompanied by the following documents:

i.    a certificate from a public or private healthcare institution showing the medical condition of the applicants;
ii.    certification of the absence of criminal records  or other documents of the same legal value issued by the authorities from the country of origin or by Romanian authorities;
iii.    notarized copies of civil status documents;
iv.    documents showing the applicant’s financial data; and
v.    proof of medical insurance.


{ 104 comments… read them below or add one }

tarek z October 17, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Hello :)
im tarek Z from jordan
i got a letter acepptence from a university (carol davila) in bucharest and i applied for the student visa in 10october 2010
i was wondering how much time does it gona take before i got the visa ??
i was hoping to get it soon because the university already started
thank you

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mohamad suleman October 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

my name is mohamad suleman.i am living in pakistan.i want to come in Romania please guide me through that process how can i apply online for Romania Immigration.

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James November 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Dear sir/madam
I am leaving in Norway and i have being in love with my girl friend for a fours and i want t marry her but she is not register in Norway,Is it passible to marry her when i get to Romania where she is now?I look forward to hear from you

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Junaid December 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Hi there,

Can you please tell me, after getting married with Romanian girl how long it take to get Romanian Passport…? and how long can i stay out of Romania when i am on permanent residence visa before getting passport.?

Thanx

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Muddasir May 1, 2014 at 8:28 am

Hello! Brother!

Kindly tell me How much Expenditure applies on ticket and visa of Romania I had a Girlfriend there and want to marry her So Kindly guide me or tell me from where i can get proper guide

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sobrun December 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

i want to apply for undergraduate course on accounting and finance in romania. now i am in london please i am in london, please tel me the procedure of apply.
thanks

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danish December 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

i am Pakistan I Hold Pakistani Passport ..how can i want visa of romania

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Kisito January 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

hi I am Kisito and i have a child with a romain citizen and how could i ask a residen permit plse help with more information

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ajayi tola akeem April 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

sir my name is ajayi tola I like to get a permanent residence for romania can't find any websites helping me for this matter. could anyone send me steps and requirement to be a permanente resident ? would be really appreciated; thanks alot for your time. best regad

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jeheen May 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

hello. you must find a lawyer in this country to get the visa. a friend of mine has contacted the office Law Consulting Romania and served him well. good luck.

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kazi burhanul islam June 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

Hi I am kazi burhanul islam from Bangladesh…I am a graphic designer and I would like to work in romania…..pls. give me some advice how i can get visa for entry.

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Rowena Mueller July 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Im from philippines but living in germany for 12 years, i want to visit my friend in romanian for 1week. i want to ask if i need to get a visa?
to go to romanian.my passfort is philippines but im a resindence in germany.

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jyoti July 13, 2011 at 5:36 am

hi

I am indian passport holder, my husband is working in romania , even i have dependent visa ..but i want to know that if i can work in romania with dependent visa…kindly reply ….

cheers
Jyoti

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Orali July 19, 2011 at 3:38 am

Hi, I'm a Philippine passport holder, living in the United States of America for 26 years under the Permanent Residency as Immigrant (green card holder). I would like to visit Romania in August as a tourist for at least 1 week. My question: As Philippine passport holder living in the U. S., do I need a visa to visit Romania? I would appreciate your quick response.
Thank you,
Orali

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adnan hussain August 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

My name is Farhan Hussain, I belong to Pakistan I have a valid student visa of Poland. In this connection I may please be send the detail information that how can I get a Work Permit or Business Visa of romania for which I shall be higly obliged. THANKS
subhan

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mae fajatin September 4, 2011 at 6:28 am

Dear sir,

i am from Philippines. i want to apply a permanent residence visa.Ii want to know the procedure. i have a romanian boy friend who wants to marry me and we plan to live in Romania but i don't know the requirements. May you help me.

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abc September 17, 2011 at 7:29 am

i am a pkistani and serving as elementary school teacher bps 14 want to get immigration or work permit of romania

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ADIL September 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Dear Sir/Madam,

i am from Pakistani wanna to apply for a work visa permit how could i apply for it and what the procedure for it and cost,

Your Sincerely.

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Jeanetta L. Belle October 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

My name is Jeanetta and I am looking for my sons' father his name is Mihai Simiusca and is originally from Romania .I was told he was impoprted back there for some reason. Can someone help me and please tell me how I can find him ??????

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mikael October 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm

i can request for visa in romania like in immigration office

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steve November 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

my name is steve, i have a romania gril friend we want to get married, my girl want us to marry in romania, but we are living in spain, what i don´t know if we marry in romania will i been giving the romania residence and how many years and also how long will it take.

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Johan February 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Good Evening !

I don't know who to asking about this question ! Maybe you can help me !

I want to ask you one question about PERMIT RESIDENCE CARD ? !

I am studying in Bulgaria, now I have BULGARIAN PERMIT RESIDENCE CARD !

Does I need a visa for your country or with that card I can travel around the EU countries ?

Thank You !

Best Regards !

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Rafiq khan March 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Dear sir
i am Rafiq from Bangladesh i wan.t to apply for a Temperory residence permit how could i apply for it and what the procedure for it and cost,
Your Sincerely

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ali khan March 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

hy i am wali i married with romanian citezen but iwas in greece i been for busness i have shop in grece in greece rezedent 5 i have also 5 year rezident from romania i justa came before one week in my resedent 5 year will be expire 22 april i i applied today 19 march but i have fear they told me new law from 20111 most to stay in romania before expire resendent 6 month so can you help me what to do to get rezident my name is ali khan

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feroz ahmed April 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

i wana to apply for a temperory residence permit how could i apply for it and what the procedure for it and cost

thanks

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abb May 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm

hi my name is abb i from iran , i just wondering can i transfer to the dental school from phillipine to romania? are they accredit my units and evaluate it ?.also i would like to know if i get student visa in romania ,i have so many friends in italy and spain can i go there with my student visa or i should apply for EU visa ?

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cvetko123 May 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

im a man with asylum seeker status in Romania,just now i got married with romanian girl i want to know how long it will take me before i get passport from Romania!
Thank u very much

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Anjo August 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Is it Correctthat a romanian citizen needs a bank statement of atleast 1500 euro s to be able to enter Australia ??

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Ana Marie Oleriana August 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Dear Sir/Madam,
i am a filipina and wants to live in Romania or to have a permanent residence there. i'll be having a child from a Romanian citizen but we are not married. can you help me how to get the requirements and to be a permanent resident of Romania?
please let me know..thanks a lot.

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Samson August 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I have one yr visa which is about to end up in two months……….i.e on October……………..please when can go for renewing it? kindly give me a direction in this…………………..am waiting forward to hear from you. Thanks for your co-operation.

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sarfraz ali babar September 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

i m sarfraz ali babar i want to come romania with my family. plz advice me. i mso worried about it plz help urgently. thnx

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nagla September 9, 2012 at 6:34 am

im sudanese national living and residing in UAE. Dubai, i would like to get a short term visit visa to romania, i already have my hotel confirmation and the romanian consultae in Dubai asked me to get it approved by the romanian immigration office in bucharest, how can i obtain that when i havent entered romania yet, please help and advice !

thank you

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Abdul Momin November 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

sir
I am a student , i am bangladeshi , now i am study in uk QCF level4, i want t go to romania and I would like to get a permanent residence for romania, can't find any websites helping me for this matter. Could anyone send me the steps and requirements to be a permanente resident ? Would be really appreciated, thanks alot for your time.

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CHANDAN KUMAR December 9, 2012 at 7:47 am

My self chandan kumar. i worked as accountant in india. now i want to try work visa in romania. so please advice me how can i do. & what requirements for that.

thanks & regard,

Chandan kumar

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kristine January 22, 2013 at 2:35 am

Hi! i have boyfriend who stayed for 2 years in Cyprus and he is a british national… what are the requirement to visit him just for a short period of time, just want too see him personally… Please help me…

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ian aiko January 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

how can i have a visa from the romanian embassy,,the easiest way to have it? please i need this so bad..thanks
im from the philippines anyway,,

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Farhan Khan January 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Dear Sir,
I am Farhan Khan from Karachi Pakistan. I want to live or work in Romina and need to get P.R please give the official way how do i apply or give any web site.plz guide me in this regard.

Thanks

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shafaat February 6, 2013 at 5:13 am

i am Pakistani national i want to permanent residence to Romania please help me

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hassan April 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm

hi!i m hassan and i live in uk as a student i got rumanian wife and we got one baby as well… now plz tell me how can i change my visa and what i need to do further?
plz reply me as soon as possile..
very kind of you thnx.

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golam kader June 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

i m bangladeshi . i wana to apply for a work permit job / how could i apply for it and what the procedure for it and cost,

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youssef malki June 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

hello.
i am man from morrocco i am living in greece i met one girl from romania before 5 years we living together . i try to make marriage here in greece but i do not succeed .now i want to go back to morrocco and we nmarry there in morrocco.but i do not know what i need like papier and what she need .i remember you that she living in greece not in romania .
please advise me what we need to do?

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arshad muhammad May 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm

hi im arshad from Pakistan and im ladies dress designer and tailors I need Romania visa plz help me

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faisal July 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I’m faisal.Nationality Bangladeshi.Now,I want to go Romania with a work permit visa.
For a work permit visa in Romania is exchually for how long period,it’s for 1 year or 2
Years,and after that how many years later i can apply for PR Residency in Romania.
During that 1/2 years work permit visa can I travel to my country Bangladesh or if I
travel during that 1/2 years work permit visa i could not travel to my country for the
PR status in Romania.pls.reply my mail *********@yahoo.com

regards,
faisal.

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