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Conditions in which foreign nationals can transit Romania

Third-country nationals, subject to the visa requirement pursuant to Regulation (EC) no. 539/2001, I can transit Romania in a period that does not exceed 5 days and have the right to stay in the territory of Romania for a period that does not exceed 90 days in any 180 days period, without first obtaining a Romanian visa, if:


  • are holders of one of the following documents issued by the Member States of the European Union that fully apply the Schengen acquis (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Hungary, as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway):
  • a uniform visa, defined in Article 2 point 3 of the Visa Code, valid for two entries or for multiple entries;
  • a long-stay visa referred to in Article 18 of the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement;
  • a residence permit, defined in Article 2, point 15 of Regulation (EC) no. 562/2006;
  • hold a short-stay national visa, a long-stay national visa or a valid residence permit issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia;


Conditions for the exemption from the obligation to obtain the Romanian visa:


  • The duration of validity of the mentioned documents must cover the duration of the transit or stay in Romania.
  • The citizens concerned are exempted from the obligation to obtain the Romanian visa, but they must still fulfill the entry conditions set out in Article 5 (1) of Regulation 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of March 15, 2006 - Schengen Borders Code (valid document of border crossing, supporting documents of the purpose and conditions of the journey, proof that he possesses sufficient means of subsistence).
  • For the equivalence of a uniform visa, a national visa or a residence permit with the Romanian transit visa, it is necessary for the transit of the Romanian territory to fit in a natural route to the country that issued the visa or to return to the country of which is a national, or country of residence.
  • The holders of a visa with a single trip, exhausted in terms of the right to stay, will only be allowed the transit during the validity period of the visa.

Understanding the various visa requirements is important before planning your trip. If you have further questions about short-term or transit visas, please do not hesitate to contact us. We also answer questions for those interested in more permanent stays, such as applying for a long-term stay visa, the mandatory resident permit, and the steps needed to obtain permanent residency in Romania.