Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Romania set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact their embassy, high commission or consulate. You may also check with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and travel documents meet their requirements.

If you are travelling to Romania for work, read the guidance on visas and permits as the rules have changed since 1 January 2021.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Romania

The UK is on Romania’s “Red List” of countries of high epidemiological risk.

On 1 July the Romanian government announced that for individuals arriving in Romania from Great Britain only, the following exceptions from quarantine will apply:

  • individuals who have completed a full course of vaccination at least ten days before arriving in Romania
  • individuals confirmed positive with COVID-19 in the last 180 days prior to entry into Romania, and for whom at least 14 days have passed from the date of confirmation to the date of entry into the country
  • children aged 6 years or younger
  • children over 6 years and under 16 have to present a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19, performed no later than 72 hours before boarding

Travellers ineligible for exemption from quarantine when arriving from the UK will be required to quarantine for fourteen days.

The text of the declaration can be found on the Romanian government website(in Romanian).

The Government publishes weekly updates on current entry conditions for travellers. These decisions are published on the CNSCBT website (in Romanian).

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Romania will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:

  • you can travel to Romania for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit for family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
  • visits to other EU or Schengen countries do not count towards your 90-day limit in Romania as it is not in the Schengen area. Visits to Romania do not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit in the Schengen area
  • to stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Romanian government’s entry requirements. Check with the Romanian Embassy what type of visa and/or work permit you may need
  • if you stay in Romania with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit

Any time you spent in Romania before 1 January 2021 does not count towards the 90-day visa-free limit.

At Romanian border control, you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.

You may also need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay

Passport validity

Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.

Make sure your passport is:

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave [country name]
  • less than 10 years old

The 3 months you need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date.

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum 3 months needed.

Some British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship (irrespective of whether they hold citizenship of other countries) are prevented from leaving the country without notarised parental consent from the minor’s non-travelling parent/s. While enforcement of this may vary at borders, British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship should obtain notarised parental consent before departure from Romania.

A list of the public notaries can be found on the website of the National Union of Public Notaries from Romania.

Working in Romania

If you intend to work in Romania, you should register with the Romanian Office for Immigrants. You can also register as self-employed. For further information on working in Romania, contact the General Inspectorate for Immigrationat 15A, Lt. col. Marinescu C-tin Street, Sector 5, Bucharest; email: igi@mai.gov.ro.

Customs regulations

Information on customs regulations is available on the website of the National Customs Authority of Romania.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, transfer and exit from Romania.