I wish to travel to Romania, but the embassy says I need an invitation letter from a tour agency or a Romanian friend. However, I don't know any Romanian residents and do not wish to go on a tour. I am more of a loner backpacker. One alternative I read about, was to get a Cypriot visa that allows me to enter Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.
What type of Cypriot Visa should I apply to? Do I have to use it in Cyprus first? If not, within the Cypriot visa requirements is a proof of accommodation. Would they dismiss that if I showed them booked tickets and proof of accommodation in Romania?
If this works, and entry to Cyprus is required, I am planning to book tickets with a few hours of layover in Larnaca airport.