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.

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    Have you considered just accepting that Romania has made their rules and you have to take an organised tour, or go somewhere else?
    – user16259
    May 9, 2018 at 12:07
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    Cyprus is not likely to give you a visa unless you actually plan to travel to Cyprus.
    – phoog
    May 9, 2018 at 14:37
  • @Lena Have you considered looking for a specialist in tailor made tours to Romania? Don’t know how feasible it is for your circumstances but I’d imagine you could find one with a short-ish itinerary that would give you the intro you’d need and to which you could add on some independent travel.
    – Traveller
    May 9, 2018 at 18:51

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Per TIMATIC, the database used by airlines:

Visa required, except for Passengers with a C visa issued by Bulgaria, Croatia or Cyprus valid for the period of intended stay. They are visa exempt for a maximum stay of 90 days [within a 180-day period]

So yes, you can enter Romania with a Cypriot visa

However, the Cypriot embassy will most likely require proof of a proper visit (so a short connection will not do), and even if they don't, if you apply for a new Cypriot visa and your passport doesn't have passport stamps indicating a proper visit to Cyprus, but does have stamps indicating a proper visit to Romania, they'll conclude visa fraud on your part.

So I don't recommend this; rather, bite the sour apple and get the Romanian visa through the legal channels. Try talking to the embassy and explaining your situation.


This site appears to state that you can use a short stay visa issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus or Croatia to enter Romania https://www.mae.ro/en/node/2040

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