Short-term visit visa for Romania – step-by-step guide

Do you need to apply for a visit visa for Romania (i.e., visa for private visits, symbol C/VV) fast and safely? This is a simple-to-follow guide for securing your Romanian visit visa without headaches. Use it for detailed guidance, as it will spare more than 50% of your time.

This guide is applicable for nationals of countries for which approval of a special invitation letter is required. Therefore, it has been tailored for nationalities such as: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon.

Visa type: Visit visa (symbol: C/VV)

IMPORTANT: please carefully read the instructions below under “Important prerequisites” tab before following this guide, to ensure it applies to your specific case.

This Romanian visa guide is applicable for nationals of countries such as: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon.

What this means: a national of any of these countries must obtain approval from the Romanian Immigration Office on a special visa invitation letter prior to applying for the visa at the Romanian consulate. Therefore, before using this guide (which details the Romanian visa application with the consulate), the applicant must first fulfill a prior step. The first step entails the inviting party to obtain invitation approval from the Romanian Immigration Office. For guidance on the invitation letter approval procedure, please check and follow our step-by-step guide here: Romanian visit visa for short term – the invitation letter approval procedure.

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 the travel visa at the Romanian consulate is the second step as part of the Romanian visit visa application procedure. The first step that must be fulfilled prior to this is obtaining the invitation letter approval from the Romanian Immigration Office; this first step must be fulfilled by the inviting party in Romania – for complete guidance on the first step, please use our guide: Romanian visit visa for short term – the invitation letter approval procedure;
  • the Romanian visit visa for short stay (symbol C/VV) allows you to enter Romania for a stay, or accumulated 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 starting the visa application.

Short term visit visa for Romania

(symbol C/VV)
for nationals of: INDIA, PAKISTAN, SRI LANKA, BANGLADESH, INDONESIA, ALGERIA, EGYPT, LEBANON.

As per the applicable Romanian immigration law, the short term visit visa application for nationals of the above mentioned countries must be fulfilled in 2 main steps, as follows:

1. OBTAINING APPROVAL OF THE INVITATION LETTER FROM THE ROMANIAN IMMIGRATION OFFICE

This step must be fulfilled by the person inviting the foreigner to Romania. For detailed instructions to fulfill this step, if haven’t done already, you can check and follow our step-by-step guide: Romanian visit visa for short term – the invitation letter approval procedure.

2. APPLYING FOR THE VISA AT THE ROMANIAN CONSULATE IN THE FOREIGNER’S COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE

This step must be undertaken by the foreign individual and is detailed here.

1. LIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – explained

a) Invitation letter approval (in original)

This is the invitation letter approval that was issued by the Romanian Immigration Office under Step 1 mentioned above. If this approval has not yet been obtained, please refer to our step-by-step guide describing this procedure.

b) Applicant’s passport + pdf scan copy

Please ensure passport’s validity is of at least 3 months from the moment you plan to return to your home country. Otherwise, we recommend obtaining a new passport before starting the visa application, as you risk rejection by the consulate.

c) 2 Coloured photos

Size of the photos must be: 3×4 cm

d) Copy of document proving available accommodation in Romania

Proof of accommodation can be made through:

  • ownership contract over the house/apartment of the person that the foreigner is visiting in Romania (in case the foreigner will stay there during his/her visit), or
  • hotel reservation, or
  • rental contract from any other place where he/she will stay.

Please ensure you have both a clear scan copy (in pdf format) and a hard copy.

e) Copy of Romanian ID or Romanian residency permit of the inviting person + passport

Romanian ID or residency permit (if the person inviting the foreigner to Romania is not a Romanian citizen but has legal right of stay in Romania) of the person who is inviting you to Romania. If the inviting party is not a Romanian citizen, his/her passport copy will also be required.

f) Proof of financial means

You must provide proof of financial means for supporting your stay in Romania. Your financial means must be in amount of at least 30 euros/day of stay in Romania.

The proof of financial means can be under the following forms, depending on the case:

  • bank account statement (not older than 3 days),
  • salary payslip for last month,
  • pension payslip, etc.

In the case of bank statement, please note that the Romanian consulate may require to see statement of transactions over the past 3 months.

g) Travel medical insurance

The travel medical insurance must cover the entire period of the planned stay in Romania. It can also be for a longer period.

h) Travel ticket reservation

The travel ticket must be a return ticket (including exit flight from Romania). If you request visa to be with multiple entries, please note that the Romanian consulate may request to see also reservations for your future planned flights to Romania.

i) Notarized invitation letter

This is the invitation letter that was already prepared and notarized under Step 1 of the process (“OBTAINING APPROVAL OF THE INVITATION LETTER FROM THE ROMANIAN IMMIGRATION OFFICE”), preceding the visa application at the consulate. The notarized invitation letter must be available in original sample.

Once the above listed documents are ready, the online application for the travel visa (simbol C/VV) can be undertaken, as follows below:

2. online application with the romanian consulate

The online application must be done on the E-Visa portal, at the following link:

E-VISA – Apply for a Romanian visa online

To start with, as first step you need to access the website and register for an account with a valid email address.

Please ensure you have all the above detailed documents (under points a to i) scanned under PDF format in advance! All documents will have to be uploaded during the online application.

Once you sign up with your e-mail address and a password, you will receive a confirmation email, generating for you a file number (this will be your visa file number).

In the next window you will be required to log in with the file number you received by e-mail and your password. Then you will have to click “Next” button. Please refer to print-screen below for details on this step:

The application form will then open, where you will have to start filling in the required information. In the first window you will have to select your nationality and country of residence, and also the Romanian consulate where you want to send the visa application for processing. Fill in with the necessary information and then click “Next”.

On the next page, you will have to select the type of visa you will apply for. In your case, this will be: “Private visits (marked C/VV)”. Please refer to the print-screen below for details:

On the following page, you will be required to select if you find yourself in any of the situations that can exempt you from the obligation of requesting a Romanian travel visa for short-term to Romania – e.g. if you hold a valid Schengen visa or residency permit, if you are family member of a Romanian citizen, etc.

Please go through all the options listed and select the one that may apply to you, if the case. This would mean that you will not need to apply for the visit visa for Romania. Otherwise, you will have to select the last option on the page: “I do not find myself in any of the above mentioned situations“. Then click “Next” to continue filling in the visa application.

Going forward, you will be then asked to upload all the supporting documents already described above. The documents should be ready for upload, so this step should go smoothly (vehicle supporting documents are required only if you will travel to Romania by car).

Once you upload all documents, please select the acknowledgement box at the bottom of the page and click “Next”.

On the next page, you will again be required to select if you find yourself in any of the situations described therein. If none of them is your case, you will just have to select the last option on the page: “I do not find myself in any of the above-mentioned situations”. Then click “Next” to continue filling in the visa application. Please refer to print-screen below for this step:

On the next 2 pages, you will be required to fill in with your personal information: name, surname, date of birth, country of birth, passport details, family details, occupation, etc. Please fill in with correct information, as all information you provide may be verified by the consulate during their checks.

On next page (Step 8 of the application) you will be required to select the number of entries you need the visa to have, and the number of days you want to stay in Romania, in total. If you want to travel for more than 1 time, you’ll want to select the total number of days you need for all your trips.

Going further to the next step, you will be required to fill in with details regarding your journey, such as: date of arrival, date of departure, planned route, etc. On the same page, you will have to provide information on the person you are visiting in Romania, and on whom is covering the cost for your stay in Romania – e.g. you or your host. You will also have to select the means of support type for your stay – i.e. cash, credit card, cheques, etc.

If your host is covering for the accommodation, please select the “Accommodation” box.

Step 10: you will have to provide information regarding your family members. Most of the fields on this page are optional. We advise on completing it only if family members are traveling together with you.

Step 11: you will have to select if your host is a natural person (if you will be staying at his/her address during your visit) or a hotel. You will have to provide detailed information and address.

Step 12 (final step): fill in with information regarding your home address. Then click “Next” button.

Once you finalize completing the application form, you will be directed to the page where you have to review a summary of your application. If all looks good, you will have to send the application for processing to the consulate, by clicking on the “Send File” button. Please see screen-shot below for more details:

Once you successfully send the file, your online visa application is finalized. As next step, it will be reviewed by the Romanian consulate representatives and, if all ok, you will receive an email confirming the application was processed, inviting you to log into your account again and select the date and time when you can schedule interview at the consulate.

3. interview at the consulate

All documents you uploaded during your online application may be required in original and copies when you visit the Romanian diplomatic mission/consular section.

For the purpose of the interview, we recommend preparing in advance for questions that might be addressed by the interviewer. The questions will have as main purpose checking the background of your relationship with the Romanian host, and the detailed purpose of
your stay in Romania. There may be questions such as:

  • Are you a relative of your host?
  • How and when did you meet him/her?
  • When did you meet last time?
  • Why do you want the visit visa for Romania?, etc.

To check the detailed address of the Romanian consulate in your country, please visit the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website here: Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Romanian missions abroad.

Also, keep in mind that the visa may not be approved and stamped into your passport on the same day, so you may have to leave your passport in the consulate until the visa is approved and stamped.

Once you get your visit visa for Romania, you can travel to the country as scheduled. While traveling, please remember to have with you copies of the invitation letter issued by your host and of the invitation letter approval issued by the Romanian Immigration office. The border police officers may want to verify these documents as well.


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