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Brief remarks concerning the Romanian visa policy applicable to Chinese nationals:

- Starting September 15th 2017, on the grounds of the entry into force of the provisions of Order nº1626/2017 of the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, China became one of the third-countries the nationals of which benefit from the maximum number of facilities that Romania, as an EU Member State can unilaterally offer to a third state, in relation to visa policy.

The only facility that was not introduced and cannot be introduced be it by Romania or by any other EU Member State, bilaterally, is the measure of full visa exemption for the nationals of China, given that such a measure can only be implemented through the uniform European legal framework.

Technically, the decision mentioned above, taken by the Romanian Government on September 15th 2017, is a complex one, with direct and immediate impact on all short-stay visa applications for business, tourism and visits and it comes with a number of advantages, such as:

- the special invitation approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration of the Romanian Ministry of Interior, the issuance of which took up to 60 days, is no longer compulsory;

- the invitations and support letters issued by Romanian companies for Chinese nationals, no longer require to be registered at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, the issuance of invitations is no longer narrowed to large and medium Romanian companies, as before;

- the procedure related to the issuance of tourist visas, that was simplified throughout the last part of 2016, by means of the “Tourism Agreement” in force, was even further simplified; as such, Chinese tourist agencies can now organise tourist groups by themselves, without the compulsory support of a Romanian tourist company;

- the term for the issuance of short-stay visas was also dramatically shortened; subsequently, at the moment, the vast majority of requested short-stay visas are issued within 48 hours from the date of submission. If needed, for urgent cases, the issuance term can be reduced even more, with such visas being issued even on the day of submission of the application.

At the Embassy, sustained efforts are made, in order to take said advantages even further, by extending the opening hours of our Consular office to every working day of the week, as well as to eliminate the procedure of settling appointments.

The aforementioned advantages were added to the previous ones that Chinese citizens already benefitted from, such as:

- the exemption from the visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and service passports, for stays that do not exceed 90 days within any 180-day timeframe;

- the possibility to apply for business visas with validity of up to 5 years for Chinese citizens who have already obtained a similar visa valid for 6 months upon first application and a second visa valid for 1 year;

- exemption from the requirement of personal presence at the Consular office, for Chinese social, cultural, political or economic personalities, for visa applicants who must travel a large distance in order to reach the Diplomatic Mission, provided that there are no doubts concerning the reliability of the applicants, as well as for organized groups (e.g.: delegations or tourist groups).

- exemption from the Romanian short-stay visa requirement for stays not exceeding 90 days within any 180-day timeframe, for holders of valid Schengen visas issued with at least two or multiple entries, holders of visas with limited territorial validity, of long-stay visas and residence permits issued by Schengen Member States, as well as of valid short and long-stay visas and residence permits issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia.

            - exemption from payment of processing fees for short-stay visas, for the following categories of applicants:

  • minors under 6 years of age;
  • school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
  • researchers from third countries who travel to the EU for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation No 2005/611/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005;
  • representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.

NOTICE

According to Emergency Government Ordinance no. 109/2013, as of February 1st 2014, the bearers of uniform visas (with 2 or multiple entries), long-term visas, as well as residence permits issued by Schengen Member States shall no longer be required to hold a short-stay visa to enter the territory of Romania for a time period that may not exceed 90 days in any 180 day period.

In order for the bearers of the aforementioned documents to benefit from the facility of entering Romania without holding a Romanian visa, the number of entries as well as the right of stay established as per the Schengen visas, must not have been exhausted.

Also, the right of stay in the territory of Romania shall not exceed the right of stay granted as per the visas/residence permits issued by Schengen Member States.

Further details are available on website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.mae.ro/en/node/2040).

 

Starting from June 10th 2013, the legalization of all the Chinese documents that will be used in Romania is going to be accomplished solely through the Legalization Division of Consular Department from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of R.P. China

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