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Frequent Questions about Romanian Visa

Are you looking to apply for a visa? Read below some of the most frequent questions about the Romanian visa, presented by the immigratione experts at our law firm in Romania.

What is the object of activity of the National Visa Center (CNV)?

The National Visa Center is the specially designated structure within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which contributes to establishing and implementing Romania’s national visa policy, together with other institutions in the central public administration, according to the competencies established by law, and is a central access point to the System. National Visa Information Board.

The National Visa Center manages visa applications from foreign citizens who want to travel to Romania. Thus, among others, CNV decides on the issuance of entry visas to Romania, according to the competencies established by the special legislation.

The National Visa Center does NOT manage the granting of visas for Romanian citizens who need visas to travel to other states. For this purpose, Romanian citizens are advised to contact the diplomatic missions of the states in which they wish to travel.

Can I get an invitation from the National Visa Center (CNV)?

This is a commonly asked question about Romanian visa as it can generate a certain level on confusion.

The National Visa Center does NOT issue and does NOT formulate documents for inviting foreigners on the Romanian territory. The invitations you need to obtain Romanian visas, you can get them ONLY with the support of the people / institutions that invite you to Romania. Our lawyers in Romania can help clarify the process.

Can the National Visa Center help me get an appointment at a Romanian diplomatic mission / consular office to apply for a visa?

The National Visa Center does NOT make appointments for visa applications. To obtain an appointment, you can either use the eVisa electronic portal or contact the diplomatic mission / consular office where you are applying for a visa directly. The appointments are made according to the work schedule of each diplomatic mission / consular post. The contact details of the Romanian diplomatic missions / consular offices can be consulted HERE: http://www.mae.ro/romanian-missions.

Where can I submit the letter of guarantee in support of a business visa application?

– The letter of guarantee must be submitted in 2 originals, to the following address:

Legalization Service within the Consular Department

Aleea Alexandru, no. 24, Sector 1, Bucharest

Working hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:00

                         Wednesday: 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:00

The letter of guarantee will be drafted for the attention of the National Visa Center. Our Romanian lawyers can help you with this step.

A copy of the letter of guarantee will remain on deposit, and you will pick up the second copy on the spot after registration.

Can I travel to Romania without a visa if I have a visa issued by a Schengen Member State?

Holders of Schengen visas with two or more trips, national visas or residence permits issued by Schengen states do not need a Romanian visa to enter, transit or stay in Romania for 90 days, in any 180 days.

Thus, you can travel to Romania without a visa only if you have a valid Schengen visa, with at least two entries.

CAREFUL! The validity, the right of residence and the number of entries conferred by the Schengen visa you hold must not have been consumed in full! At the same time, you must keep in mind that the right to stay in Romania will be equal to the right of residence conferred by the Schengen visa (example: if you have a Schengen visa with the right to stay for 10 days, you will be able to stay in Romania for only 10 days)

How can I obtain the right of long-term residence in Romania, as a citizen of a non-EU / EEA state, with a valid right of residence in Romania?

For information, you can consult the website of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. Our Romanian lawyers can provide you with detailed information and translations for the requirements.

If I contact the National Visa Center after I apply for a visa, can I find out if my visa will be issued?

Information on the decision to issue a visa can only be obtained after your application has been examined. Therefore, it is recommended to keep in touch with the diplomatic mission / consular post to which you have applied for a visa. If you use the eVisa electronic portal to submit your visa application, you will be able to consult the status of your application online.

If in the state I am in, Romania is not represented by a diplomatic mission, where do I apply for a visa?

Contact the accredited Romanian diplomatic mission for the state you are in, or a diplomatic mission / consular post that is close to your state.

How long does it take for the visa to be issued?

It is recommended that short-stay visa applications be submitted at least 2 weeks before the planned time of travel.

These are part of the most frequent questions about the Romanian visa. The team at our law firm in Romania can aswer any other questions about the Romanian visa. Plese feel free to contact us for more information and for personalized assistance.