I am Tunisian and I have single entry short stay Schengen visa issued by the French embassy. I live in United Arab Emirates, is it OK to go from United Arab Emirates to Romania and stay there for 5 days and come back to United Arab Emirates? If not, what would I have to do?

  • Probably not, what you should do is apply for a Romanian visa, see travel.stackexchange.com/questions/17855/… – Relaxed Dec 17 '13 at 22:06
  • Alternately, you could postpone your trip. Romania was supposed to enter the Schengen area on January 1st, it's been postponed for what are quite transparently political reasons (when he announced this, Jose Manuel Barroso also said they were ready) so I hope it might still happen later this year, perhaps after the elections to the European Parliament in May. – Relaxed Dec 18 '13 at 8:15
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    @Dirty-flow Did you read the question before voting to close it? – Relaxed Dec 18 '13 at 12:04
  • @Annoyed copy paste mistake, sorry – Dirty-flow Dec 18 '13 at 12:24

Romania is not yet part of Schengen as far as I know, so the Schengen visa is probably irrelevant for Romanian authorities, unless your Tunisian passport allows you visa free travel to Romania I think you need a romanian visa

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    It's relevant but only under certain conditions. – Relaxed Dec 17 '13 at 22:05
  • The Schengen visa allows you to visit neighbouring countries not in the Schengen space ? – blackbird Dec 17 '13 at 22:12
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    Not "visit" per se, but transit (see the link in the comment above). Remember that Romania is not just any neighbouring country. It's a member of the EU, in a process to enter the Schengen area (was supposed to happen in a few weeks from now actually) and already applies most of the rules. +1 to your answer however, I think your conclusion is still the right one. – Relaxed Dec 17 '13 at 22:16
  • so I go from Dubai to Romania and come back to Dubai ? – Yousra Dec 18 '13 at 4:48
  • @Yousra No, transit would be stopping in Romania on the way between Dubai and Hungary or another Schengen country. But, per the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website, you must have a “coherent itinerary to the country that issued the visa”, which means that if you add a visit to Budapest even if Romania is obviously your main destination (for example you are going to a conference or a wedding there), it could look like you were trying to “cheat” and game the system. I have no idea how strict they are with this in practice. – Relaxed Dec 18 '13 at 8:07

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