This is a step-by-step guide for the invitation letter approval procedure required to obtain Romanian visit visa (visa for private visit purpose – symbol C/VV). This step-by-step guide is applicable for nationals of countries for which approval of a special invitation letter is required. Therefore, it has been tailored for following nationalities: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon.

IMPORTANT: please read the “IMPORTANT PREREQUISITES” below to ensure this guide is also applicable to your situation.

The application for the invitation letter approval is a mandatory step for obtaining a Romanian short-term visit visa by individuals having nationality of certain countries, such as: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Lebanon.

More precisely, if a national of any of the countries listed above needs to apply for a Romanian travel visa, prior to applying for the visa at the Romanian consulate, he/she must obtain approval of the Romanian Immigration Office on a special visa invitation letter. Therefore, if for example you are Indian national, this invitation letter approval is a mandatory step that you must comply with for securing this type of visa (visit visa, symbol C/VV).

The complete list of those countries can be checked here. They are marked with a star sign (*). If you are national of one of those countries, this invitation letter approval is a mandatory step prior to the visa application at the consulate.

If you have other nationality than the ones listed above, please look for the guide that is applicable to your nationality and particular case.

Important conditions:

  • private visit visas (symbol C/VV) must be obtained by third-state citizens who travel to Romania for private visits to Romanian citizens, or to foreigners already living in Romania and holding valid Romanian residence permit;
  • the application for invitation letter approval is the first step as part of the Romanian short-term visit visa application; second step is the visa application itself at the Romanian consulate in the applicant’s home country – for guidance on the second step, you can use our guide here: Short-term visit visa for Romania – step-by-step guide.
  • the Romanian visit visa for short stay allows you to entry Romania for an aggregated stay, or stays, of no more than 90 days during any period of 180 days. If you need to stay in Romania for a longer period, you should apply for a long-term visa (which can be extended afterwards with a residency permit);
  • the applicant’s passport validity must exceed the validity of the requested visa by at least 3 months; if validity criterion is not fulfilled, we recommend applying for a new passport before commencing the visa application procedure.


For Romanian visit visa for private visits (symbol C/VV),
for nationals of: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon

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