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Annex 1 - List of countries whose nationals, holders of simple travel documents, must be in possession of a visa upon entry in the Romanian territory;
(list drafted according to the provisions of EC Regulation no. 539/2001)

Exceptions to the obligation of getting a Romanian visa:

Third-country nationals who must be in possession of an entry visa, in keeping with the provisions of 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, provided that:

1. They hold one of the following travel documents, issued by member states of the European Union that fully apply the provisions of the Schengen Acquis (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden), by Schengen Member States (Switzerland and Liechtenstein – in accordance with the provisions of EC Decision 896/2006), as well as Iceland and Norway:

  • They hold a “uniform visa” (Schengen visa), in keeping with Article 10 of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement and regulated by Art. 2 (3) of the Council Regulation (EC) 810/2009 of the European Parliament and Council of 13 July 2009 on establishing a Community Code of Visas (the Visa Code);
  • They hold a “long-stay visa”, (in keeping with Article 18 of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement);
  • They hold a “residence permit” issued by Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as well as Iceland and Norway.

2. They hold a valid short-stay visa, long-stay visa or residence permit issued by Bulgaria (according to the annex to the EC Decision 582/2008) and Cyprus (according to EC Decision 895/2006 and to EC Decision 582/2008).

3. They are third-country citizens, family members of citizens from Member States of the European Union, or of the European Economic Area. In keeping with the provisions of Government Emergency Ordinance no. 102/2005 (GEO 102/2005), amended by Law no. 80 from 6th June 2011, concerning the free movement of citizens of EU Member States and the European Economic Area on the territory of Romania, the family member who is not a citizen of an EU Member State is exempt from the entry visa requirement, provided they fulfill, simultaneously, two conditions:

a) they are accompanying a citizen of an EU Member State or are joining a citizen of an EU Member State exercising his right of residence on the territory of Romania;

b) they hold a valid travel document, attesting their residence on the territory of another EU Member State, as a family member of the EU citizen they are accompanying or joining on the territory of Romania.

Conditions for exemption from a Romanian visa:

The validity of the above mentioned travel documents must cover the transit period.

The above-mentioned citizens are exempt from the Romanian transit visa, but are not exempt from the obligation of fulfilling the general conditions of entry, in accordance with the provisions of Article 5 (1) from Regulation 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the European Council, of 15 March 2006 – The Schengen Borders Code (they must hold a valid travel document, supporting documents attesting the purpose and conditions of the trip, as well as be able to make the proof of appropriate financial means for the duration of transit);

In order for a uniform visa, a national visa, or a residence permit to be equivalent to the Romanian transit visa, under the conditions listed above, it is imperative that the transit through the territory of Romania naturally fit into a coherent itinerary to the country that issued that visa or residence permit, or into a return trip to their home country or country of residence.

Holders of a single-entry visa, who have exhausted their right of stay, are allowed to transit Romania exclusively for the period of validity of that visa.

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

 

Specific Rules Relating to Visa Applicants/Third-State Nationals who are Family Members of EU, EEA or Swiss Citizens

 

In line with the provisions of Article 5(3) of Government Emergency Ordinance nº102/2005 republished, subsequently modified and completed, Romanian entry visas for third-state nationals who are family members of a citizen of the European Union (EU), of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of the Swiss Confederation (CH) are processed, upon demand, free of charge, as soon as possible and based on an accelerated procedure.

It is not imperative for applicants who are the family members of an EU/EEA/CH citizen to settle an appointment in order to lodge a visa application. Applications may be lodged at the Diplomatic Missions/Consular Posts of Romania abroad, as soon as possible, during working hours.

A visa application lodged by the family member of an EU/EEA/CH citizen should be accompanied only by the following supporting documents:

 application form (link to the online visa application form: http://www.mae.ro/sites/default/files/file/anul_2018/protectia_date_cnv/...);

 valid passport;

 passport, or ID of the EU/EEA/CH citizen, in the original and copy, as well as, when the EU/EEA/CH citizen is already on the territory of Romania, the copy of the passport or their ID, as well as the copy of the document that attests to the residence of the EU/EEA/CH citizen on the territory of Romania, certified in accordance with the original by the General Inspectorate for Immigration of the Romanian Ministry of Interior;

 proof of family ties.

 

(*) Please note that the term “Family members” refers to either of the qualities below:

the spouse;

direct descendants, irrespective of their nationality, who are under the age of 21 or are supported by the EU/EEA/CH citizen, as well as those of the spouse;

direct ascendants, irrespective of their nationality, who are dependants of the EU/EEA/CH citizen, as well as those of the spouse.

 

Visa applicants who are family members of an EU/EEA/CH citizen are not required to fill-in the fields marked with an asterisk (*) in the visa application form.

As an exception from the provisions of Article 5(3) of Government Emergency Ordinance no.102/2005 republished, subsequently modified and completed, third-state nationals who are family members of an EU/EEA/CH citizen are exempt from the visa requirement for Romania, should they cumulatively fulfil the following conditions:

They accompany or join in Romania, the EU/EEA/CH citizen who exercises their right of residence on the territory of Romania;

 

They hold a valid document that attests their residence on the territory of another member state of the EU, as a family member of the citizen of the EU/EEA/CH that they accompany or join on the territory of Romania.

 

 

Annex 2 - List of countries whose nationals, owners of simple passports, are exempt from the requirement of a Romanian visa (list drafted according to the provisions of EC Regulation no. 539/2001);

 

Annex 3 - List of countries whose nationals, holders of diplomatic passports, service passports, official passports and seamen's books, are exempt from the requirement of a Romanian visa.

 

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