Romanian Passport

Our law firm specializes in helping people obtain a Romanian passport and the document processing required for it. We understand the importance of having a valid passport and we are committed to making that process of receiving one simple, quick, and cost effective as possible.

With experience in aiding individuals through this process, we are dedicated to providing exceptional service so that your passport application is approved promptly. Whether you want an entry visa or an exit visa from Romania, we can help make the whole experience quick and easy!

Key takeaways

  • Obtaining a Romanian passport involves providing necessary documents, fees, and verification of identity.
  • Three types of passports are available: Regular (valid for 10 years), Diplomatic, and Service. Renewal requires submission of existing passport plus other documentation as needed.

Necessary documents to obtain a valid passport

To apply for a Romanian passport, you must first prove your Romanian citizenship. This can be done by providing a Romanian birth certificate, a marriage certificate, if applicable, or a citizenship certificate that proves you have become a Romanian citizen.

If you were born abroad, you may still be eligible for Romanian citizenship if at least one of your parents is a Romanian citizen, please check our services regarding the obtaining of Romanian citizenship.

In addition to proving your citizenship, you’ll also need an a photo ID card and a set of passport photographs. Make sure your photographs meet the required specifications, as inadequate photos are the most frequent cause for the denial of passport applications.

Application process

When applying for a Romanian passport from abroad, it is necessary to provide Romanian civil status documents such as a Romanian birth certificate and Romanian marriage certificate. Additionally, it is imperative to register your foreign civil status prior to applying for the passport.

Once you’ve submitted your full application form and paid the necessary fees, you can expect your passport to be processed and issued within a reasonable timeframe.

Types of Romanian passports

Romania offers three types of passports for its citizens: Regular, Diplomatic, and Service passports. Each type of passport serves a different purpose and comes with its own set of eligibility criteria and privileges.

This section explores the features and uses of each Romanian passport type, helping you choose the right travel document for your needs.

Regular passport

The regular Romanian passport is a burgundy-red passport with the Romania Coat of Arms prominently displayed on the front cover. This type of passport is issued to Romanian citizens for personal travel and bears a validity of 10 years for adults and 5 years for minors. With a regular Romanian passport, you can enjoy visa free access or visa on arrival to a vast number of countries, making it a powerful travel document for exploring the world.

In order to obtain any type of Romanian Passport, you will need to prove the Romanian citizenship first.

To obtain Romanian citizenship, you must demonstrate your eligibility for Romanian citizenship by descent from a Romanian citizen and possess a basic level of proficiency in the Romanian language.

Diplomatic passport (Pașaport Diplomatic)

The Romanian Diplomatic passport, or Pașaport Diplomatic, is an international travel document issued to Romanian diplomats and government officials for official travel abroad. It grants certain privileges and immunities, including diplomatic immunity and expedited entry and exit procedures.

Eligibility for a Romanian diplomatic passport is typically limited to individuals who hold diplomatic positions or are engaged in official government business.

Service passport (Pașaport de Serviciu)

The Romanian Service passport, or Pașaport de Serviciu, is an official travel document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for individuals traveling on official business or representing the Romanian government abroad. This passport has a dark blue cover and is distinct from regular passports.

Service passports, also known as official passports, are generally granted to Romanian citizens traveling abroad for official government or diplomatic assignments and have a maximum validity of 5 years. This document is not intended for foreign citizens.

When to renew

It’s recommended to renew your Romanian passport a few months prior to its expiration date. Adult Romanian passports have a validity of 10 years, while passports for minors are valid for 5 years.

Renewing your passport in a timely manner ensures that you have a valid travel document and avoids any potential complications during your travels. To renew your Romanian passport, you’ll need to provide several documents, including your existing passport, Romanian national ID card, and two passport photos.

Obtaining a Romanian passport abroad

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If you’re a Romanian citizen abroad living or traveling abroad and need to obtain a Romanian passport, you can still do so by applying at a Romanian embassy or consulate in the country where you’re currently located. The process may differ slightly from applying within Romania, but with guidance and documentation, you can successfully obtain a Romanian passport while abroad.

Traveling with a Romanian passport

Armed with your Romanian passport, you’re ready to embark on your global adventures. But before you set off, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the various travel requirements and tips for using your Romanian passport.

This section imparts information on visa free access, electronic travel authorization, and action to take if your passport is lost or stolen. These insights will help you use your Romanian passport confidently, unlocking incredible experiences worldwide.

Visa free access

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One of the many benefits of holding a Romanian passport is the ability to travel to a vast number of countries without the need for a visa. Romanian passport holders can enjoy visa free access or visa on arrival to 178 countries and territories, making it a powerful travel document for exploring the world.

The duration of stay in each country without a visa may vary, so it’s important to consult the specific requirements for each destination prior to traveling. Additionally, certain countries may impose special requirements for visa free access, so it’s a good idea to contact the embassy or consulate of the destination country to ensure that you’re aware of all relevant regulations.

Electronic travel authorization

For some countries, Romanian passport holders may need to obtain an electronic travel authorization (eTA) before entering the country. This process typically involves:

  • Submitting an online application using their electronic passport.
  • Providing the required information, such as passport details, travel plans, and personal information.

It’s important to verify the requirements and procedures of the particular country you intend to visit to ensure a successful application process.

Lost or stolen passports

Losing your Romanian passport or having it stolen while traveling can be a distressing experience. If this happens, it’s essential to act quickly by following these steps:

  1. Report the loss or theft to the local authorities.
  2. Report the loss or theft to the nearest Romanian embassy or consulate.
  3. Follow the guidance provided by the authorities and embassy/consulate to replace your passport and issue a new one. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your identity and travel documents are protected.

Frequently asked questions

Do Romanians have EU passports?

Romanian citizens have access to the rights of movement and residence in any EU, European Economic Area, and Switzerland due to Romanian EU citizenship.

What is the validity period of a Romanian passport?

A Romanian passport is valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for minors.

Contact us today!

Our firm is dedicated to helping you obtain your Romanian passport with ease. We understand that the process can be complex and overwhelming, which is why we are here to guide you every step of the way. From understanding the necessary documents and requirements to submitting your application, we will ensure a stress free experience for you.

Let our expertise guide you to your destination. If you are planning to travel, work, study or live in Romania, let us assist you in obtaining your Romanian passport efficiently and effectively. We look forward to being a part of your journey. Happy travels!