Visas and consular services

General information regarding the conditions of entry on the territory of Romania


Citizens of other states (states not in the EU/EEA) need an entry visa.

In order to comply with the requirements laid down in article 6 from Government of Romania Emergency Ordinance (GEO) 194/2002 modified, upon arrival in any Romanian border post, for the purpose of entry, you must comply with the following: a) submit a valid travel document, recognised by Romania;

b) submit a Romanian entry visa or a residence permit, issued in accordance with the provisions of GEO 194/2002 modified through Law 157/2011 or, depending on the case, any authorization that grants the holder the right of transit or of stay on the territory of Romania, on the grounds of European legal instruments that are mandatory for and applicable to Romania, provided that it has not been differently settled through international agreements;

c) submit documents that justify the purpose of the trip, the conditions of stay and that probe the existence of appropriate means of support for the entire stay, as well as for the return to the country of origin, or for the transit towards another country where you are undoubtedly allowed entry;

d) the entry in the country of destination, as well as leaving the territory of Romania must be guaranteed, in the case of third-state citizens who transit the national territory;   

e) you do not belong to the category of third-state citizens who are refused entry on the territory of Romania, or have not been registered as undesirable; 

f) alerts with regard to the refusal of entry are not registered on your name in the Schengen Information System;

g) you do not represent a hazard to national security, order or health. 



Please note that holding an entry visa does not guarantee entry on the territory of Romania. All foreign citizens who wish to travel to Romania must make sure they abide by the conditions mentioned above, in accordance with art. 18, paragraph 1 from GEO 194/2002 modified regarding the regime of third-state citizens in Romania, amended by Law no. 157/2011. The visa granting conditions and the conditions of entry are interconnected. 


General information on Romanian visas and conditions of travelling to Romania

A visa is a document that enables the holder to report to any Romanian border checkpoint and to require either transit through or a short stay on the Romanian territory. The border checkpoint officers will demand proof that the general conditions of entry and stay on the Romanian territory are met as provided by law. Should those conditions not be met, aliens will not be allowed to enter the Romanian territory, although they might have previously obtained a Romanian visa.

According to the provisions of GEO 194/2002 concerning the regime of aliens in Romania, republished as subsequently amended, the Romanian visa is granted by Romanian diplomatic and consular missions abroad.

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