I soon would like to visit Romania and at first I was thinking I will apply for a Romanian private visit visa, however, there is a good chance that during my stay in Romania that we will have a trip to other countries within the Schengen area.

In that case, which type of visa would I need and at which consular authority? (I am from Egypt)

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In that case, which type of visa would I need?

You will need a C Short-Stay uniform visa, that allows you to stay for 90 days in a 180-day period during your visa validity

at which consular authority?

It depends where you want to go in Schengen

The Schengen visa code states :

The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa shall be:


the Member State whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit(s);


if the visit includes more than one destination, the Member State whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay; or


if no main destination can be determined, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross in order to enter the territory of the Member States.

A main destination can be taken as the longest stay or if you have your main reason to visit the Schengen area there (a meeting, familiy event...)

  • I understand but most of my stay will be in Romania, which is not part of Schengen yet, in that case how would I justify getting a Schengen visa?
    – cazanova
    Commented Apr 2, 2023 at 22:20
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    @cazanova By whatever the reason for you visiting the Schengen Area is (tourism, business...), your stay in Romania is mostly irrelevant here Commented Apr 3, 2023 at 5:07
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    If Romania is the most important part of your travel you have to apply for a Romanian visa and either not go to the Schengen area or apply for a separate Schengen visa. The use of a Schengen visa for Romania is not a good reason to apply for a Schengen visa.
    – Willeke
    Commented Apr 3, 2023 at 10:07

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