I am non-EU citizen and residing in France. My visa is expired but I have the "Récépissé de renouvellement de Titre de Séjour" (i.e. a visa renewal receipt). My visa is a student type D visa with multiple entries.

Question: Will I be able to travel from Brussels to Bucharest and back again?

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    Is your visa expired? Have you already got a residence permit or will this be your initial residence permit? – Michael Hampton Dec 21 '16 at 10:31
  • Yes, my Visa is currently expired. This is my 2nd year in France, so am not particularly sure if it would count as having had a Residence Permit (sorry, but the French system is still a bit confusing for me). All I was told was that since I have the Récépissé de renouvellement de Titre de Séjour, it should be as good as a normal Visa, entitling free movement in Schengen area. – K.K Dec 21 '16 at 10:39
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    What is your citizenship? Are you concerned about entering Romania or about returning to France? – JonathanReez Dec 21 '16 at 11:08
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    @JonathanReez, my main concern is whether I will be able to board a flight from Brussels and secondary concern being whether Bucharest will recognise a French Récépissé. – K.K Dec 21 '16 at 11:26
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    @K.K all the best ! Do update back so we know what's the consulate's stand. Also, do bring a printout of their reply with you too (if they say you are allowed to travel). – h21 Dec 22 '16 at 13:20

According to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Given the conditions selected previously, you need a visa in order to travel to Romania.

However, should you fit into one of the situations below, you are exempt from the Romanian visa requirement, for stays that of no more than 90 days during any 180-day period:


• I hold a residence permit issued by a Schengen member state ;

An essential precondition for the equivalence of these visas as Romanian national visas is that they be valid, namely that the right of stay and validity period not have been used up.";

Therefore the answer is no, you would not be allowed to enter Romania without a visa.

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