New exceptions to the obligation of getting a Romanian visa. For updated information, please visit the official website of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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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:
- According to Emergency Government Ordinance no. 109/2013, as of February 1st 2014, the bearers of uniform visas (with 2 or multiple entries), long-term visas, as well as residence permits issued by Schengen Member States shall no longer be required to hold a short-stay visa to enter the territory of Romania for a time period that may not exceed 90 days in any 180 day period.
In order for the bearers of the aforementioned documents to benefit from the facility of entering Romania without holding a Romanian visa, the number of entries as well as the right of stay established as per the Schengen visas, must not have been exhausted.
Also, the right of stay in the territory of Romania shall not exceed the right of stay granted as per the visas/residence permits issued by Schengen Member States.
- 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 byBulgaria (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.