Necessary documentation upon entry to Romania

Ukraine citizens holders of biometric passports are exempt of the Romanian visa for a residence period of 90 days within 180 days.

Due to current circumstances, Ukraine citizen can cross the border without holding a passport based on a national ID card and they can request a form of protection/asylum in Romania to the competent authorities.

Minor children can enter Romania with only one accompanying parent, without the approval declaration of the other parent (due to Ukraine martial law that restricts men aged 18-60 to leave the country).

Non-EU citizens residing in Ukraine can cross the border into Romania through the common border points and request a visa on arrival, processed in few hours, depending on the volume of applications.

Non-Eu citizens arriving to Romania via Moldova, need to obtain a visa from one of the Romanian Consulates in Moldova.

 

Covid – 19 measures

There is no requirement to undertake or present the certificate of vaccination or a recent negative PCR test to enter Romania from Ukraine by land, and there is no quarantine in place (according to Government Decision no 9/25.02.2022).

 

Status

Up to 26.02.2022, entered the Romanian territory 8,498 Ukraine citizens via Ukraine border (21,4% increase) and 7,785 Ukraine citizens via Moldavian border (32% increase).

222 asylum requests have been submitted by Ukraine citizens, from start of this crisis up to 26.02.2022.

The Romanian consular missions in Ukraine located in Solotvino and Chernivtski are still opened, the missions in Kiev and Odessa have suspended their activity until 07.03.2022.

 

Asylum/Form of protection in Romania

The asylum can be requested directly at the entry border point (in Suceava or Galati) or at the other institutions located on the Romanian territory and the processing term is up to 3 months.

A person is considered an asylum seeker from the moment they demonstrate their willingness expressed in writing or orally before the competent authorities, showing that they demand the protection of the Romanian state.

Asylum seekers have the rights to:

  • Be issued a temporary identity document valid during the asylum procedure
  • Receive accommodation in the specialized centers coordinated by the General Immigration Inspectorate
  • Receive free care and treatment, emergency hospital care in case of chronical illness
  • Receive financial support from the Romanian state amounting Ron 15/person/day
  • Receive access to the labor market as a Romanian citizen, after the expiration of a 3-month period from the date of submission of the asylum application.

 

Living and working in Romania under asylum status

Based on the valid residence permit issued for a form of protection/refugee in Romania, Ukraine citizens are granted access on the labor market.

Upon concluding the work contracts with Romanian employers, the employer and the employee have the obligations to notify the territorial Immigration Office regarding their employment, employer within 10 days and employee within 30 days, since start date of employment.

 

Living and working in Romania for max 9 months/calendar year as per Law 200/2022

According to GEO no. 25/2014, the standard immigration process for Ukraine citizens involves the 3 steps process: work permit, long term visa and residence permit.

However, according to National Law no. 200/2022, Ukraine, Serbian and Moldavian citizens are exempt of the Romanian work permit in case they conclude a determined work contract for a period of up to 9 months during a calendar year. In this case, the long-term visa type D/AM and the residence permit are applicable.

In case of family reunification for family members of Ukraine citizens residents in Romania, the immigration process involves 3 steps as follows: family reunification approval, long term visa type D/VF and residence permit.

The Romanian Government has not yet granted derogation regarding a specific facility in the immigration process for Ukraine citizens.

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