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Reviewed February 2024

Romania is a country with a rich history, diverse culture, and stunning natural scenery that offer visitors a variety of travel experiences. Whether you’re interested in exploring medieval castles and towns, beautiful monasteries and churches, untouched mountains and forests, or lively cities and beaches, Romania has a range of attractions to cater to different interests and preferences.

If you are a UAE resident planning to visit Romania soon, Wego has gathered all the necessary information you need to know regarding obtaining a Romania visa. Keep reading to learn more.

Do UAE residents need a visa to visit Romania?

For UAE nationals with a valid UAE passport, a visa is not required to enter Romania for stays up to 90 days within a 180-day period. However, expatriates residing in the UAE who do not have a passport eligible for an on-arrival visa in Romania must apply for a Romania visa through the Romanian embassy or consulate in the UAE.

Another option for UAE residents is to use a short-stay Schengen visa (type C) to enter Romania, subject to specific requirements. Although Romania is not yet a member of the Schengen area, its visa policy is similar to that of Schengen states. Schengen visa holders are permitted to enter Romania and stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period, provided that their visa remains valid and permits at least two entries into the Schengen area.

In addition, they must demonstrate to immigration officials that their next destination is a Schengen country, that Romania is not their initial point of entry into Europe, or that they have already used their Schengen visa to enter another Schengen country prior to arriving in Romania.

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Available visa types

Romania offers several visa types depending on the purpose and length of their stay.

Short stay (Type C)

Romania’s short-stay visa allows the holder to stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period prior to each day of stay on Romania’s territory. The Romania short-stay visa can be issued for the following reasons:

  • tourism
  • private visit
  • business
  • partaking in sports activities
  • partaking in cultural, scientific or academic events
  • official government mission
  • transportation

Long stay (Type D)

The Romania long-stay visa permits the holder to enter Romania and apply for a residence permit to stay in the country beyond 90 days. The visa itself is valid for no longer than 90 days, but if a residence permit is granted, the individual can stay in the country for an extended period for the following purposes:

  • economic activities
  • professional activities
  • commercial activities (such as investment)
  • religious or humanitarian activities
  • work
  • study
  • family reunification
  • research

Required documents

Below are the general requirements that you need to bring to apply for a Romania visa:

  • a completed Romania visa application form, downloadable from the website of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • must be typed and signed
    • For minors: Must be signed by parent(s) or legal guardian(s) with custody over the minor
  • two recent pictures In accordance with Romania visa photo requirements
  • a valid passport or travel document:
    • must be recognized by Romania
    • must be valid for at least three months beyond the visa expiry date
    • must have been issued within the past ten years
    • must have at least two blank pages for visa affixation by Romania consular staff
  • travel medical insurance that is valid in the EU and covers medical emergencies up to AED 119,852
  • proof of sufficient financial means to cover the duration of your stay in Romania:
    • must have at least AED 199.75 per day for the duration of the stay
    • must have a total of at least AED 1,997
    • can be submitted through official bank statements
    • if part of an organized tour/group with pre-paid accommodation and services, this can serve as proof of financial means
  • proof of accommodation in Romania. Can be a hotel reservation, letter of invitation from a family member/friend, or other means of accommodation
  • flight ticket
  • driving license, green card, and vehicle registration (if applicable)
  • any additional documents which correspond to the purpose of your travel

Additional requirements

Short-stay visa (Type C)

When applying for a Romanian short-stay visa, you will need the standard set of required documents, in addition to specific documents related to the purpose of your travel. These may include:

  • letter of invitation from a Romanian company. Required if traveling for business purposes
  • letter of invitation from the event organizers. Required if traveling for a sports event
  • any other documents specific to your purpose of travel

Long-stay visa (Type D)

If you’re planning to apply for a Romania long-stay visa (Type D), you’ll need to provide a standard set of documents along with specific documents related to the purpose of your travel. These may include:

  • certificate of police clearance issued by your country’s authorities
  • proof of authorization to exercise profession. Required if traveling for employment/professional purposes
  • work authorization. Required if traveling for employment purposes
  • proof of financial means. Must demonstrate your ability to sustain yourself financially for the duration of your stay
  • proof of enrollment and paid fees. Required if traveling to study, must submit proof of enrollment in a Romanian educational institution and proof of paid fees
  • Proof of family relations. Required if traveling for family reunification
  • Proof of accommodation. Must provide evidence of accommodation for the duration of your stay in Romania

Photo requirements

  • dimensions: The photograph should measure 3cm x 4cm, with your face covering 70% – 80% of the picture
  • background: The background should be plain white with no patterns or decorations
  • photo quality: The picture must be taken professionally with a high resolution, and must not have any shadows, exposure, or glare
  • facial expression: You must have a neutral facial expression and look directly at the camera. Your hair should not cover your face
  • attire and accessories:
    • headgear is generally not allowed, except for religious purposes. Even then, the headpiece cannot cover the face
    • if you wear glasses normally, you may keep them on, but make sure they do not have any glare or thick rims obstructing your eyes or face. To ensure your picture is acceptable, it is recommended that you remove them. Tinted eyeglasses are not allowed
  • specifications for young children: If your child cannot sit up independently, they must be pictured from above. You may not be in the picture with them, even if it is just your hands propping them up


You can apply for your Romania visa by following these steps:

  • visit the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
  • click on “Ask for a visa online”
  • answer the questions to see if you need a visa and what type of visa you should apply for
  • download the appropriate visa application form and fill it in with your personal and travel information
  • gather the required supporting documents for your visa type and purpose of travel. The documents you submit must be in English or Romanian (or translated by an authorized translator if they are not). You will also need to attach a passport-sized picture of yourself
  • submit your visa application and the supporting documents to the nearest Romanian diplomatic mission or consulate. You will also have to pay a visa fee, which varies depending on the type and duration of your visa
  • wait for the verification process, which may take up to 14 days for short-stay visas and up to 30 days for long-stay visas. You may be contacted by the embassy or consulate for additional information or an interview
  • after your visa application is approved, you can collect your Romania visa from the embassy or consulate where you applied. You will also receive a notification by email if you applied online through the e-visa portal.

Processing time and fees

The processing time for a Romania visa may take at least 10-14 business days or longer, depending on the individual case. For those applying for a long-stay visa, it is advisable to submit the application at least 45 days before the scheduled trip. Additionally, when submitting a visa application at a Romanian consulate or diplomatic mission, you will be required to pay a non-refundable processing fee. The fees for a Romania visa are categorized into two categories as follows:

  • Short-stay visa: AED 319
  • Long-stay visa: AED 479


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