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
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 11:29
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    What passport are you on?
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 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. Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 8:49
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    Here is the link to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs detailing romanian visa regime : mae.ro/en/node/2040
    – cavver
    Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 8:02
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    @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
    Commented Jan 27, 2014 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.

  • can you provide a source to confirm this information?
    – Dirty-flow
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 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. Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 8:52
  • These conditions are no longer current after July 2014. The link in this answer describes a more recent policy. Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 16:04

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.


If you have a Schengen Visa with 2 or multiple entries then you can get into Romania even if you don't want to go a Schengen State afterwards. This kind of stay is limited to only 90 days.

Here is the source : http://www.mae.ro/en/node/2040

In case you hold passport of any of the countries listed in here (http://www.mae.ro/sites/default/files/file/pdf/formulare-consulare/Vize/2014.06.09_annex_2_en_conf_reg_509-2014.pdf) then you don't need any kind of visa to travel to Romania. ANSWER

I know this answer already exists, but I wanted to add sources for reference and because I cannot comment on previous answers because of reputation so I added another answer

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    Add the relevant content of your cited links in the answer. Links are prone to 404- oblivion. ;)
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Mar 11, 2015 at 10:37

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