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Would I be able to enter Romania on a Schengen visa if I'm staying less than 5 days? Basically I would be doing Dubai-Romania-Dubai.

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No, because Romania is not in the Schengen Area –  Dirty-flow Aug 13 '13 at 11:29
What passport are you on? –  Mark Mayo Aug 13 '13 at 16:12
Romania, like Bulgaria, are both fighting to get into Schengen. Part of this has been to bring their own visa rules into line with Schengen rules, to the point that there are special concessions that people with Schengen visas qualify for. –  hippietrail Aug 16 '13 at 8:49
Here is the link to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs detailing romanian visa regime : mae.ro/en/node/2040 –  cavver Sep 1 '13 at 8:02
@SantaC. The linked question is older and now closed as a dupe of this one, so this one shouldn't be closed as duplicate. –  gerrit Jan 27 '14 at 9:33

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Yes you can! This is how to do:

  1. You have to have a valid Schengen Visa
  2. You are eligible to stay up to 5 days in Romania
  3. You have to show the immigration that your next destination is a Schengen Country (ex: Greece, France, etc.) and in this case your trip should be Dubai - Romania - Athens (for transit) - Dubai

This type of visa is called a transit Visa which is valid only for 5 days in Romania as long as you travel to a Schengen country afterwards.

For the details of the policy, see the Romania Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

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can you provide a source to confirm this information? –  Dirty-flow Aug 13 '13 at 21:17
I don't have a reference either but this sounds very familiar from when an Indonesian friend wanted to come meet me in Romania and we were checking all these rules about a year ago. –  hippietrail Aug 16 '13 at 8:52

From Wikipedia:

A Schengen visa is only valid for the Schengen Area. For individuals who require a visa for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and/or Romania, a separate Bulgarian/Croatian/Cypriot/Romanian visa has to be obtained. Note that holders of a Schengen visa can enter Bulgaria and Croatia for up to 90 days in a 180 day period and/or transit through Romania for up to 5 days during the validity of their Schengen visa without having to apply for Bulgarian, Croatian and/or Romanian visas.

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