“COVID-19 – Information for visa applicants entering Romania”
– UPDATE on August 2, 2021 –
INFORMATION OF INTEREST!
Third-country nationals are informed that, from June 1, 2021, according to the provisions of Government Decision no. 580/2021 for amending and supplementing Annexes no. 2 and 3 to Government Decision no. 13 May 2021, as well as the establishment of measures to be applied during it to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as subsequently amended and supplemented,temporary restrictions on non-essential travel from third countries to Romania are lifted. Thus, it will be taken into account that foreign citizens have the possibility to apply for entry visas in Romania, regardless of the purpose of travel, as well as that foreign citizens wishing to enter Romania are subject to quarantine for 14 days, except for categories of persons. established by Decisions of the National Committee for Emergency Situations – https://www.cnscbt.ro/index.php/legislatie_cov .
I. Provisions regarding the quarantine measure and the exemption from this measure, applicable to foreign citizens and stateless persons wishing to travel to Romania (the information below may change, depending on the dynamics of the pandemic situation; we recommend that for any possible updates to consult the information available at the web address https://www.cnscbt.ro/index.php/legislatie_cov ):
According to the norms established at national level and the provisions of the Decision of the National Committee for Emergency Situations no. 43 of 01.07.2021 on the approval of the list of countries / territories of high epidemiological risk, the criteria on the basis of which they are established on the persons arriving from them in Romania, with the subsequent modifications and completions:
For Romania, the list and classification of countries / territories of epidemiological risk is approved in order to establish the persons on whom the measure of quarantine of 14 days is established regarding those who arrive in Romania from them. So:
„Art.2 – (1) The classification of the countries / territories of epidemiological risk, according to the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days, is made in 3 categories as follows:
a) – where the cumulative incidence rate of new cases of illness in the last 14 days relative to 1,000 inhabitants is less than or equal to 1.5;
b) – where the cumulative incidence rate of new cases of illness in the last 14 days reported per 1,000 inhabitants is between 1.5 and 3 per 1,000 inhabitants;
c) – where the cumulative incidence rate of new cases of illness in the last 14 days reported per 1,000 inhabitants is greater than or equal to 3 per 1,000 inhabitants.
Art.3 – (1) Depending on the classification of the countries / territories of epidemiological risk provided in art. 2, at the entry of persons on the territory of Romania, the following measures shall be applied:
a. For the persons arriving on the Romanian territory from the area provided in art. 2 lit. a) – (GREEN) the quarantine measure is not established;
b. For the persons arriving on the territory of Romania from the areas provided in art. 2 lit. b) and c) – (RED, YELLOW) the quarantine measure is established at home, at the declared location or the special space intended for a period of 14 days.
(2) By exception from the provisions of par. (1), for foreign nationals and stateless persons arriving in Romania from third countries (other than the Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation) the quarantine measure is established for a period of 14 days regardless of the area in which it is located. country of arrival – RED, YELLOW, GREEN, with the following exceptions:
a) persons vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed from the completion of the complete vaccination scheme until their entry into Romania;
b) persons who remain on the national territory for a period of less than 3 days (72 hours) and present the negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed at most 72 hours before boarding (for those traveling by public transport) or entry into the national territory (for those traveling by their own means). If the persons do not leave the national territory within 3 days (72 hours), with the information of the Public Health Directorate of the county where they live or where they have the address declared at the entrance to the country, they will be quarantined for a period of 14 days , starting with the fourth day following the entry on the Romanian territory;
c) persons who have been confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection in the last 180 days prior to entry into the country, for whom at least 14 days have elapsed from the date of confirmation to the date of entry into the country;
d) children aged 6 years or less, without the need to present the negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection;
e) children over 6 years of age and under 16 years of age, if they show a negative RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding (for those who travel by public transport) or entry into the national territory (for those traveling by their own means);
f) persons in transit, if they leave Romania within 24 hours from the entry on the territory of the country;
g) cross-border workers entering Romania from Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine or the Republic of Moldova […] ;
h) pupils / students citizens with domicile or residence outside Romania, who attend the courses of some educational institutions in Romania or abroad, commute daily to them and present supporting documents, or who have to take entrance exams or to complete their studies or who start their studies in educational units / institutions on the territory of the country or travel for activities related to the beginning, organization, attendance or completion of studies, as well as their companions in the situation when they are minors;
i) persons handed over to the Romanian authorities on the basis of Readmission Agreements, returned in an accelerated procedure.
→ For quarantine foreign citizens and stateless persons arriving in Romania from the United Kingdom, Brazil, Nepal, South Africa and India, the quarantine measure is established for a period of 14 days, with the following exceptions:
a) persons vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed from the completion of the complete vaccination scheme until their entry into Romania;
b) persons who have been confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection in the last 180 days prior to entry into the country, and for whom at least 14 days have elapsed from the date of confirmation to the date of entry into the country;
c) children aged 6 years or less, without the need to present the negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection;
d) children over 6 years of age and under 16 years of age, if they show a negative RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding (for those who travel by public transport) or entry into the national territory (for those traveling by their own means).
→ For foreign citizens and stateless persons […] arriving in Romania from the Member States of the European Union, of the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation, the quarantine measure is established under the conditions of par. (1) ” – as follows :
a. For the persons arriving on the Romanian territory from the area provided in art. 2 lit. a) – (GREEN) the quarantine measure is not established;
b. For the persons arriving on the territory of Romania from the areas provided in art. 2 lit. b) and c) – (RED, YELLOW) the quarantine measure is established at home, at the declared location or the special space intended for a period of 14 days.
→ The following categories of foreign nationals and stateless persons arriving in Romania from Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation – if they are in the yellow zone, are exempted from the quarantine measure, if they do not show symptoms associated with COVID -19, in compliance with the legal provisions in force regarding the use of individual protection materials against COVID-19:
a) persons vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed from the completion of the complete vaccination scheme until their entry into Romania;
b) persons who show a negative RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding (for those traveling by public transport) or entering the national territory ( for those who travel with their own means);
c) persons who have been confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection in the last 180 days prior to entry into the country, for whom at least 14 days have elapsed from the date of confirmation to the date of entry into the country;
d) children aged 6 years or less, without the need to present the negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection;
e) children over 6 years of age and under 16 years of age, if they show a negative RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding (for those who travel by public transport) or entry into the national territory (for those traveling by their own means);
f) persons in transit, if they leave Romania within 24 hours from the entry on the territory of the country;
g) cross-border workers entering Romania from Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine or the Republic of Moldova […];
h) pupils / students […] or citizens with domicile or residence outside Romania, who attend the courses of some educational institutions in Romania or abroad, commute daily to them and present supporting documents, or who have to take entrance exams either for completing their studies or starting their studies in educational units / institutions on the territory of the country or traveling for activities related to the beginning, organization, attendance or completion of studies, as well as their companions if they are minors;
i) persons handed over to the Romanian authorities on the basis of Readmission Agreements, returned in an accelerated procedure.
→ The following categories of foreign nationals and stateless persons arriving in Romania from Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation – if they are in the red zone , are exempted from the quarantine measure, if they do not show symptoms associated with COVID -19, in compliance with the legal provisions in force regarding the use of individual protection materials against COVID-19:
a) persons vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed from the completion of the complete vaccination scheme until their entry into Romania;
b) persons who have been confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection in the last 180 days prior to entry into the country, for whom at least 14 days have elapsed from the date of confirmation to the date of entry into the country;
c) persons who remain on the national territory for a period of less than 3 days (72 hours) and present the negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed at most 72 hours before boarding (for those traveling by public transport) or entry into the national territory (for those traveling by own means). If the persons do not leave the national territory within 3 days (72 hours), with the information of the Public Health Directorate of the county where they live or where they have the address declared at the entrance to the country, they will be quarantined for a period of 14 days , starting with the fourth day following the entry on the Romanian territory;
d) children aged 6 years or less, without the need to present the negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection;
e) children over 6 years of age and under 16 years of age, if they show a negative RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding (for those who travel by public transport) or entry into the national territory (for those traveling by their own means);
f) cross-border workers entering Romania from Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine or the Republic of Moldova […] ;
g) pupils / students, […] or citizens with domicile or residence outside Romania, who attend the courses of some educational institutions in Romania or abroad, commute daily to them and present supporting documents, or who have to take examinations of admission or for completing studies or starting studies in educational units / institutions in the country or traveling for activities related to the start, organization, attendance or completion of studies, as well as their companions if they are minors;
h) persons in transit, if they leave Romania within 24 hours from the entry on the territory of the country;
i) persons handed over to the Romanian authorities on the basis of Readmission Agreements, returned in an accelerated procedure.
→ Other categories:
Art.9¹ of the Decision of the National Committee for Emergency Situations no.43 of 01.07.2021 on the approval of the list of countries / territories of high epidemiological risk, the criteria on the basis of which they are established, as well as the rules for applying the quarantine measure on persons arriving of these in Romania, with subsequent amendments and completions (introduced by the Decision of the National Committee for Emergency Situations no. 51 of 26.07.2021 for the amendment and completion of the Decision of the National Committee for Emergency Situations no. 43 of 01.07.2021 on approving the list of countries / territories of high epidemiological risk, the criteria on the basis of which they are established, as well as the rules for applying the quarantine measure on persons arriving from them in Romania)
(1) The members of sports delegations arriving in Romania to participate in sports competitions organized on national territory, from countries in the red zone of epidemiological risk are exempted from the quarantine measure established according to the provisions of this decision, if they present the negative result of an RT test. PCR for SARS-CoV-2 infection performed no later than 72 hours before entering the country and participates only in activities within the mentioned competitions.
(2) The exception provided in par. (1) also applies to foreign or stateless citizens, defined according to the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002 on the regime of foreigners in Romania, republished, with subsequent amendments and completions, which are part of the sports delegations arriving in Romania to participate in sports competitions organized on national territory, regardless of the area of epidemiological risk in which the country arrive, if they show the negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection performed no later than 72 hours before entering the country and participate only in activities within the mentioned competitions.
II. Having regard to the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2021/953 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2021 on the framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable certificates of vaccination, testing and cure of COVID-19 (EU digital certificate on COVID) for facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic and aRegulation (EU) 2021/954 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2021 on the framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable certificates for vaccination, testing and cure of COVID-19 (EU digital certificate on COVID) for third-country nationals who are legally resident or legally resident in the Member States during the COVID-19 pandemic, we also note the following:
Member States shall apply the rules laid down in Regulation (EU) 2021/953 to third-country nationals who are not covered by that Regulation but who are legally resident or legally resident in their territory and who have the right to travel to other countries. Member States in accordance with Union law.
According to the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2021/953, we bring to your attention additional information of interest to foreign citizens and stateless persons traveling to Romania from the Member States of the European Union:
– ‘EU digital certificate on COVID’ means an interoperable certificate containing information on the status of the holder, in terms of vaccination, test result or cure, issued in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic;
– ‘holder’ (of an EU digital certificate on COVID) means a person (including foreign nationals and stateless persons legally residing in a Member State of the European Union) who has been issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2021 / 953 , an interoperable certificate containing information on his / her vaccination status, test result or COVID-19 cure;
– Member States or designated bodies acting on behalf of Member States shall issue EU digital certificates on COVID, in digital or paper format or in both formats. Potential holders have the right to receive certificates in the format of their choice.
– The framework of the EU digital certificate on COVID allows the issuance, verification and cross-border acceptance of any of the following certificates:
a. a certificate confirming that the holder has been administered a vaccine against COVID-19 in the Member State issuing the certificate (vaccination certificate);
b. a certificate confirming that the holder has performed a NAAT or rapid antigenic test listed in the common and updated list of rapid antigenic tests for COVID-19 established on the basis of the Council Recommendation of 21 January 2021, performed by medical staff or qualified test in the Member State that issued the certificate, indicating the type of test, the date of performance and its result (test certificate);
c. a certificate confirming, on the basis of the positive result of a NAAT test performed by medical staff or qualified test personnel, that the holder has healed after being infected with SARS-CoV-2 (certificate of cure).
III. → Proof of administration of the vaccine, including the date of completion of the complete vaccination schedule, required for the application of quarantine exceptions, shall be provided by the EU digital certificate on COVID or the document issued by the healthcare unit administering it, in Romania or abroad; presented in the language of the country where the vaccine was administered and in English.
→ Proof of positive confirmation for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, required for the application of quarantine exceptions, shall be obtained by means of the EU digital certificate on COVID, or the positive RT-PCR test at the date of diagnosis issued by the competent authority, from Romania or abroad and presented in the language of the country where the test was performed and in English.
→ Proof of testing for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, required to apply quarantine exceptions, is provided by the EU digital certificate on COVID, or by a negative RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. CoV-2, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding (for those traveling by public transport) or entering the national territory (for those traveling by own means) and presented in the language of the country where the test was performed and in English.
In the context created by the spread, globally, of SARS-CoV-2 virus infections, as well as for the introduction of other measures to prevent and combat the risks inherent in the pandemic, the state of Romania is declared and prolonged, successively, the state of alert.
Considering the prevention measures adopted at European level and by the Romanian authorities, in the efforts to combat the effects of the pandemic, we recommend to foreign citizens / stateless persons wishing to travel to Romania / apply for entry visas to Romania, as well as foreign citizens / stateless persons not they need Romanian visas, to assess the need to travel to our country in the next period.
It is highlighted that the possession of a visa does not guarantee the permission to enter the Romanian territory. It will also be taken into account that, in the event that the embarkation of visa holders to Romania, the entry into Romania of visa holders, for the purpose of travel, is not allowed, or if they are placed in quarantine, the processing fees of visa applications are not returned.
At the same time, it will be taken into account that, in the event that, when applying for visas, foreign citizens or stateless persons subject to this obligation do not have the opportunity to present proof of means of transport – where necessary, their visa applications will not be accepted. or, where appropriate, the decision on such incomplete visa applications will be taken accordingly, taking into account the fact that the files in question do not comply with the provisions of the relevant legislation.
We call on your understanding of this exceptional situation, with a high degree of exposure for all citizens.
OTHER INFORMATION OF INTEREST TO FOREIGN CITIZENS AND STATELESS PEOPLE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
By Point X (art. 47-49) of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 70/2020 on the regulation of certain measures, starting with May 15, 2020, in the context of the epidemiological situation determined by the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, for extension of some terms, for the amendment and completion of Law no. 227/2015 regarding the Fiscal Code, of the National Education Law no. 1/2011, as well as other normative acts , regulations with relevance in the field of foreigners were introduced, as follows:
” X. Measures in the field of aliens in the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
ARTICLE 47
(1) The validity of the documents issued by the General Inspectorate for Immigration is maintained throughout the state of emergency established by Decree no. 195/2020 on the establishment of the state of emergency on the Romanian territory, extended by Decree no. the territory of Romania, as well as for a period of 90 days from the cessation of this state.
(2) The approvals given by the General Inspectorate for Immigration on the invitations provided in art. 37-39 of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. indicated in art. 38 paragraph (6) of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002, republished, with subsequent amendments and completions.
ARTICLE 48
(1) The right of residence of aliens on the territory of Romania, conferred by entry visas in Romania, is maintained for 90 days from the cessation of the state of emergency established by Decree no. 195/2020 on the establishment of the state of emergency on the territory of Romania, extended by Decree no. 240/2020 on the extension of the state of emergency on the Romanian territory, without them being subject to any sanction or restrictive measure established by the provisions of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002 on the regime of aliens in Romania, republished, with subsequent amendments and completions.
(2) The right of residence of aliens on the territory of Romania, conferred by international conventions, normative acts by which the visa regime is unilaterally abolished or European legislative acts by which they are exempted from the obligation to obtain visas, is maintained for 90 days from cessation of the state of emergency established by Decree no. 195/2020 on the establishment of the state of emergency on the territory of Romania, extended by Decree no. 240/2020 on the extension of the state of emergency on the territory of Romania, without being subject to any sanction or restrictive measures by the provisions of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002 regarding the aliens’ regime in Romania, republished, with the subsequent modifications and completions.
(3) For subsequent entries and stays, the right of residence established according to paragraph (1) or paragraph (2) shall not be taken into account when calculating the period of stay of maximum 90 days during any period of 180 days prior to each days of stay in Romania.
ARTICLE 49
(1) Visas for entry into Romania whose validity expires without having been used by holders due to temporary travel restrictions established at the level of the European Union do not maintain their validity.
2. At the time of lifting the temporary travel restrictions to the Member States of the European Union, aliens holding entry visas expiring under the conditions set out in paragraph (1) may apply, if necessary, for other entry visas in accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance. Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002 on the regime of foreigners in Romania, republished, with subsequent amendments and completions.
(3) The employment notices, the detachment notices and the approvals for family reunification, issued by the General Inspectorate for Immigration, whose validity is maintained according to the provisions of article [47 para.] 1, may be used when applying for work visas. entry into Romania according to the provisions of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002 on the regime of aliens in Romania, republished, with subsequent amendments and completions, at the time of lifting the temporary travel restrictions to the member states of the European Union, only if they have not been previously used to obtain such visas. “.
When the legal provisions cited above are not applicable, regarding the validity of visas issued by the Romanian authorities, which expire during the alert period, their situation is regulated by art. 4 paragraph (5) of Law no. 55 of 15 May 2020 on certain measures to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as follows (when the legal provisions cited above are not applicable):
” ART. 4
(5) The validity of the documents issued by the public institutions and authorities, as well as by the private entities authorized according to the law, is maintained throughout the alert state, as well as for a period of 90 days from the termination of this state. “
It is highlighted that the legal provisions cited above are implemented in a complementary manner. Thus, it will be taken into account, first of all, that it is not allowed to enter the territory of Romania, foreigners and stateless persons holding entry visas in Romania, who have expired without being used for entering the country after the establishment of the state of emergency, due to temporary restrictions on non-essential travel.
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Travel Warning – POLIO-VIRUSES – December 2020 update
For people from Afghanistan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Pakistan and Yemen , who want to travel to Romania, including obtaining a visa to enter Romania, vaccination with OPV (oral polio vaccine) or IPV (polio vaccine) is mandatory. injectable). Citizens of those States shall not be allowed to leave the territories of those States, regardless of the border point (road, sea, air), without documents attesting to polio vaccination, the border authorities of the States concerned having the right to prohibit leaving the territory.
In order to avoid these situations, the persons from the above-mentioned categories, who apply for entry visas in Romania, will be required to have the international vaccination certificate on which the polio vaccination is registered. For citizens from the mentioned states, who have not been vaccinated against polio in the last 12 months, the vaccination will be done 4 weeks before the trip or, in case of emergency, even before it.
Proof of polio vaccination is no longer required for citizens of Indonesia, Myanmar and Nigeria .
However, citizens traveling from Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo and Zambia it is recommended vaccination prior to applying for a visa to enter Romania.
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Information of interest to citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and to foreigners, family members of citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union, under the Withdrawal Agreement, citizens of the United Kingdom and foreigners, family members of citizens of the United Kingdom are informed that by 31 December 2020, they will not there are changes related to the right to free movement, including from the perspective of visas . We emphasize in particular that, until 31 December 2020, the visa regime applicable to foreigners, family members of UK citizens, remains the same as for foreigners, family members of any other EU citizens, and continues to be implementing the provisions of Directive 2004/38 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 (details here: http://www.mae.ro/node/48264 ).
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Information of interest to citizens of the Republic of Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Russian Federation, Georgia, Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, the Republic of Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia, Ukraine, the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Cape Verde
In accordance with the provisions of the agreements concluded for an indefinite period by the European Union with the above-mentioned third countries on the facilitation of the issuance of short-stay visas, nationals of third States party to agreements who have lost or had their documents stolen. valid travel documents during their stay in Romania or in one of the Member States of the European Union, may leave Romania or transit through the territory of Romania without a visa or other authorization, only on the basis of a valid travel document issued by the diplomatic mission of the State of origin. for return to the states of which they are nationals.
In order for the favorable provisions of the agreements to become applicable, third-country nationals who are in the situation referred to above shall be subject only to the following conditions:
• are in possession of a valid travel document, recognized by the State whose territory is to pass through it;
• the route of the trip naturally falls to their state of origin.
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Information of interest to citizens of the Sultanate of Oman holding diplomatic, special and service passports
Starting with April 13, 2019, the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Sultanate of Oman regarding the elimination of the visa requirement for holders of diplomatic, special and service passports, signed in Muscat on November 5, 2018 , entered into force . Consequently, from April 13, 2019, Omani citizens, holders of diplomatic, special and service passports can travel without visas to Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
In accordance with the provisions of Article 2 of the Agreement, “nationals of the State of each Party, holders of valid diplomatic, special and service passports, may enter, transit or remain visa-free in the territory of the State of the other Party, for a period not exceeding 90 ) ninety days in any (180) one hundred and eighty days ”. The same facilities shall apply to the family members of the aforesaid persons who live with them, themselves holders of valid diplomatic, special and service passports, provided that their appointment is notified in writing, through diplomatic channels, to the other Party, (30) thirty days before the commencement of their official mission.
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Information of interest to citizens of the Arab Republic of Egypt holding diplomatic and service passports
As of January 18, 2018, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt on the exemption from the visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and service passports, signed in Bucharest, on August 29, 2017 , entered into force . Consequently, from January 18, 2018, Egyptian citizens, holders of diplomatic and service passports can travel without visas to Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
In accordance with the provisions of Article 1 paragraph (2) of the Memorandum, “citizens of the Arab Republic of Egypt, members of diplomatic missions and consular posts, trade offices and representations of international organizations in Romania, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports, and Romanian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and consular posts, trade offices and representations of international organizations in the territory of the Arab Republic of Egypt, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports may enter and remain in the territory of the other Party without a visa during the mission. of their names ”. The same facilities shall apply to the family members of the above-mentioned persons who live with them,
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Information of interest for foreign citizens who carry out sports activities in Romania
With the publication of the Order of the Minister of Youth and Sports no. 631/2017 on the approval of the framework model of the sports activity contract, in the Official Gazette no. 486 of June 27, 2017, a new structure of the sports activity contract was established and will be concluded between the performance athlete and a sports structure, which stipulates the monetary deeds related to the consideration submitted by the athlete, the methods and terms of payment, as well as other reciprocal rights and obligations of the contracting parties. The structure of the framework contract for sports activity is established in the annex of Order no. 631/2017, being necessary the observance exactly of the model thus established, by the sports structures from which these documents emanate.
The new provisions have an impact on foreign nationals who carry out high-performance sports activities in Romanian sports clubs, who are subject to the obligation to present a framework contract in accordance with the normative act in question, when applying for a long-stay visa for other purposes ( identified by the symbol D / AS).
Information of interest to holders of UN-issued Laissez-passer travel documents
Starting with November 7, 2017, according to the provisions of the Romanian Government Decision no. 793/2017 on the unilateral exemption of a category of aliens from the obligation to obtain a visa to enter Romania , holders of Laissez-Passer travel documents issued by the United Nations (UN), with red and blue cover (except those with cover blue and numerical series preceded by letter A), are exempted from the obligation to hold a Romanian short-stay visa, for a period not exceeding 90 days during any period of 180 days prior to each day of stay in Romania.
The entry without visa, in Romania, of the mentioned category of foreigners will be allowed only under the conditions of presentation, together with the travel document, of a certificate attesting that the holder travels for official purposes.
CAREFUL! Holders of Laissez-Passer documents issued by the United Nations (UN), with a blue cover and a numerical series preceded by the letter A., are still subject to the obligation to hold a Romanian short-stay visa.
Information of interest to the citizens of the People’s Republic of CHINA
Starting with 15.09.2017, according to the provisions of the Order of the Minister of Foreign Affairs no. 1626 of September 6, 2017 on amending the annex to the Order of the Minister of Foreign Affairs no. granting short-stay visas to enter Romania, the citizens of the People’s Republic of China are no longer subject to the obligation to obtain an invitation approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in order to apply for short-stay Romanian business visas , tourism and private visits.
Information of interest to citizens of Ukraine
With effect from 11 June 2017, Regulation (EU) 2017/850 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017 amending Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 shall apply. 539/2001 establishing the list of third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas for the crossing of external borders and the list of third countries whose nationals are exempt from this obligation, according to the provisions of the Regulation holding biometric passports issued by Ukraine in accordance with Aviation Organization standards International Civil Servants (ICAO) can travel without visas, in the EU and implicitly in Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
Information of interest to citizens of Georgia
With effect from 28 March 2017, Regulation (EU) 2017/372 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 shall apply. 539/2001 establishing the list of third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas for the crossing of external borders and the list of third countries whose nationals are exempt from this obligation, in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation holding biometric passports issued by Georgia in accordance with Aviation Organization standards International Civil Servants (ICAO) can travel without visas, in the EU and implicitly in Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
Facilities granted to aliens working on offshore installations
With the publication in the Official Gazette, on December 22, 2016, the Government Decision no. 970/2016 entered into force for granting short-term facilities, regarding obtaining short-stay visas on the territory of Romania, for certain categories of foreigners who follow to carry out activities on offshore installations, which repeals the provisions of GD no. 530/2013.
GD no. 790/2016 applies to foreigners who are to carry out activities on offshore installations located in a maritime area of exclusive economic exploitation of the Romanian state, for Romanian or foreign legal entities, which carry out activities of exploitation, development, exploitation of natural resources from the territorial sea, the contiguous area and the exclusive economic area of the Romanian state. The foreign citizens who are to carry out the mentioned activities on the Romanian territory will apply for short-stay visas with multiple entries for business purposes, identified by the symbol C / A, under the conditions defined by the Government Decision.
In this context, it should be noted that, according to the provisions of the normative act, the mentioned legal entities communicate to the National Visa Center, within 30 days, the list of foreign personnel who will apply for short-stay visas both at the beginning of exploitation, development and exploitation. as well as on the occasion of changing the staff involved in these activities.
Information of interest to citizens of Ukraine
Starting with October 21, 2016, the provisions of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the exemption from the payment of the visa fee for issuing long-stay visas, signed on May 6, 2016, will apply.
According to Article 2 of the Bilateral Agreement, “Each Party shall abolish consular fees for the issuance of long-stay visas in favor of nationals of the State of the other Party.”
Information of interest to citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia
With effect from 19 September 2016, the Agreement between the European Union and the Federated States of Micronesia on the short-stay visa waiver shall apply to the short-stay visa waiver. Consequently, as of September 20, 2016, citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, holders of valid simple, diplomatic, service, official or special passports can travel without visas, in the EU and implicitly in Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
Information of interest to citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan
“Information of interest to citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan holding work passports:
As of August 25, 2016, it entered into the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the abolition of the visa requirement for holders of service passports, signed in Baku on March 10, 2016. Consequently, from August 25, 2016 2016, Azerbaijani citizens, holders of work passports can travel without visas to Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days. ”
Information of interest to the citizens of the Republic of Peru
From 15 March 2016, the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Peru on the short-stay visa waiver will apply provisionally. Consequently, as of March 15, 2016, citizens of the Republic of Peru, holders of valid simple, diplomatic, service, official or special passports can travel without visas, in the EU and implicitly in Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days. in any 180 days.
Information of interest to citizens of the Republic of Korea
On March 13, 2016, the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Korea amending the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Korea on the reciprocal revocation of visas, concluded by exchange of letters in Bucharest, on May 22, 1996, will enter into force. .
The main change concerns the long-stay visa waiver (type D), for certain categories of people and under certain conditions.
According to the new provisions of the Agreement, “nationals of each of the two countries who are seconded to the representatives of companies located and engaged in commercial activities in the territory of the other country or who have signed employment contracts with a company which is located and engaged in commercial activities in they shall be allowed to enter the territory of the other country on the territory of the other country without a visa for a stay not exceeding ninety (90) days in any period of 180 days’.
Thus, the citizens of R Korea will be able to enter the territory of Romania and will be able to request the issuance of a residence permit for work purposes without being holders of a long-stay visa D / AM or D / DT, but without establishing the exemption of the employer of request employment / posting notices for the Korean citizens concerned.
Information of interest to the citizens of the People’s Republic of China
As of March 3, 2016, the Agreement between the European Union and the PRC on the visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports will be applied on a provisional basis.
The object of the EU-PRC Agreement is the exemption from the visa requirement of EU citizens, respectively Chinese, holders of valid diplomatic passports or EU laissez-passer, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
Article 5 of the Agreement provides for a special procedure for visits by high-ranking officials (starting with the rank of Deputy Minister in the Central Government or Major General in the Armed Forces) who will have to notify, prior to the visit, the competent authorities of the EU Member States and the Chinese PR, respectively.
In addition to the provisions of the EU-PRC Agreement, the Bilateral Agreement between the Government of the Socialist Republic of Romania and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the Exemption of Visas and Visa Fees, signed at Beijing on April 25, 1981, as amended in 2010, by the Agreement amending by exchange of Minutes, will continue to apply in respect of the following:
• Exemption from the obligation to hold visas for holders of service passports for a period of 30 days;
• Exemption from the visa requirement for members of diplomatic missions and their family members who may remain in the territory of the other Contracting Party for the duration of their mission.
Information of interest to the citizens of Palau
From 8 December 2015 , the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Palau on the short-stay visa waiver will apply provisionally. Consequently, from 8 December 2015, citizens of Palau, holders of valid simple, diplomatic, service, official or special passports can travel without visas, in the EU and implicitly in Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
Information of interest to the citizens of the State of Qatar holders of diplomatic and special passports
As of December 11, 2015 , the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the State of Qatar on the abolition of the visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and special passports, signed in Doha on May 3, 2015 , will enter into force. December 11, 2015, Qatari citizens, holders of diplomatic or special passports can travel without visas to Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
Information of interest to Columbia citizens
From 3 December 2015, the Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Colombia on the short-stay visa waiver will apply provisionally. Consequently, as of December 3, 2015, citizens of Colombia, holders of valid simple, diplomatic, service, official or special passports can travel without visas, in the EU and implicitly in Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
Information of interest to the citizens of the Republic of Tonga
From 21 November 2015 , the Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Tonga on the short-stay visa waiver will apply provisionally. Consequently, from 21 November 2015, citizens of Tonga, holders of valid simple, diplomatic, service, official or special passports can travel without visas, in the EU and implicitly in Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
Information of interest to the citizens of East Timor
From 26 May 2015 , the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of East Timor on the short-stay visa requirement will apply provisionally (for stays of up to 90 days in any 180 days). Consequently, from 26 May 2015, all citizens of East Timor, holders of simple, diplomatic, service / official or special passports can travel without visas, in the EU and implicitly in Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
Information of interest to citizens of Dominica, Grenada, St. St. Lucia Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu
As of May 28, 2015 , the Agreements between the European Union and Dominica, Grenada, St. St. Lucia Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu on the exemption from the short-stay visa requirement (for stays of up to 90 days in any 180 days). Consequently, from 28 May 2015, all citizens of the mentioned states, holders of simple, diplomatic, service / official or special passports can travel without visas, in the EU and implicitly in Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 days.
Information of interest to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova
Starting with April 28, 2014 , Moldovan citizens – holders of simple biometric passports are exempted from the obligation to hold a short-stay visa on the territory of the Member States, the Republic of Moldova being transferred to Annex II of the said Regulation.
According to this normative act, Moldovan citizens, holders of biometric passports, can enter and remain on the territory of the Member States, including Romania, without the obligation to hold a short-stay visa, for 90 days during any previous 180-day period. the day scheduled for travel within the Member States.
Calculation of the right of residence
In order to establish the right of residence you enjoy on the Romanian territory, please keep in mind that the date of entry is the first day of stay on the territory of Romania, and the date of departure is the last day of stay on the territory of Romania. Periods of residence authorized under a residence permit or a national long-stay visa shall not be taken into account in calculating the period of stay.
When calculating the right of residence for third-country nationals, a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period shall be taken into account.
You have the opportunity to calculate your right of residence by using the calculation system provided for this purpose by the European Commission . http://ec.europa.eu
Application of Decision no. 565/2014 on the introduction of a simplified regime for the control of persons at the external borders, based on the unilateral recognition by Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania of certain documents as equivalent to their national visas for transit or intended stay in their territories for a period not exceeding 90 days during a period of 180 days and repealing Decisions no. 895/2006 / EC and 582/2008 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council:
As of July 11, 2014 , Romania recognizes as equivalent to its own national visas, for transit and stays not exceeding 90 days in any interval of 180 days, both uniform visas valid for double or multiple entries, visas with territorial validity long-stay visas and residence permits issued by the Schengen Member States , as well as short-stay or long-stay visas and residence permits issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia.
An essential condition for the equivalence of the visas and residence permits in question is that they are valid, that the number of entries, the right of residence and the corresponding period of validity have not been exhausted.
In the case of third-country nationals in possession of uniform Schengen visas, visas with limited territorial validity issued by Schengen States or short-stay visas issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus or Croatia, residence on the territory of Romania may not exceed the right of residence registered in those visas.
Travel warning – EBOLA
In the context created in the first half of 2014 by the spread of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus in West Africa, foreign nationals originating from, or who were in this period (in the last 21 days prior to applying for a Romanian visa) in Guinea and Sierra Leone are asked to submit visa applications for entry into Romania, through the eViza portal, available at http://evisa.mae.ro/. If you do not have internet access, in order to carry out this operation, please contact the Romanian diplomatic mission / consular office, which will inform you of the date on which your visa application can be submitted in person. At the same time, please keep in mind that the deadline for resolving visa applications may be extended, including the presentation of a health certificate.
Information of interest to citizens of the Republic of Cape Verde
On 1 December 2014, the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cape Verde on the facilitation of issuance of short-stay visas for the citizens of the Republic of Cape Verde and for the citizens of the European Union entered into force .
The purpose of the Agreement is to facilitate, on the basis of reciprocity, the issuance of visas for both Cape Verdean and Union citizens for a stay not exceeding 90 days in a 180-day period.
According to art. 8 of the Agreement, nationals of Cape Verde or of the EU Member States, holders of valid diplomatic or service passports, may enter, leave or transit through the territories of the Member States or Cape Verde without a visa for a period not exceeding 90 days. an interval of 180 days.
Information of interest to citizens of the United Arab Emirates
As of 6 May 2015 , the Agreement between the European Union and the United Arab Emirates on the temporary exemption from the obligation to hold a short-stay visa (for stays of up to 90 days in any 180 days) shall apply provisionally. ). Consequently, from 6 May 2015, all citizens of the United Arab Emirates, holders of simple, diplomatic, service / official or special passports can travel without visas, in the EU and implicitly in Romania, for a maximum period of 90 days. in any 180 days.