Romanian passport

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Romanian passport
Romanian Passport.jpg
The front cover of a contemporary Romanian biometric passport (2011)
The data page of a contemporary Romanian biometric passport
Issued by  Romania
Type of document Passport
Eligibility requirements Romanian citizenship

Romanian passport is an international travel document issued to nationals of Romania, and may also serve as proof of Romanian citizenship. Besides enabling the bearer to travel internationally and serving as indication of Romanian citizenship, the passport facilitates the process of securing assistance from Romanian consular officials abroad or other European Union member states in case a Romanian consular is absent, if needed.

According to the 2014 Visa Restrictions Index, Romanian citizens can visit 148 countries without a visa or with a visa granted on arrival. Romanian citizens can live and work in any country within the EU as a result of the right of free movement and residence granted in Article 21 of the EU Treaty.[1]

Every Romanian citizen is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport, along with the national identity card allows for free rights of movement and residence in any of the states of the European Union and European Economic Area.

Romania has begun issuing its biometric passport on 31 December 2008.[1]


The Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform, through the Community Public Service of Issuance and Registration of Simple Passports (Serviciul Public Comunitar pentru Eliberarea şi Evidenţa Paşapoartelor Simple), is responsible for the issuance and renewal of Romanian passports.


Simple (biometric): valid for 5 years (3 years for minors under 6 years of age)
Simple (temporary): valid for 1 year, issued as an emergency travel document.

1951 Cold-War Romanian passport used by the Ambassador stationed in North Korea

Physical Appearance[edit]

Regular Romanian EU passports are burgundy red in color, with the Romania Coat of Arms emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words "European Union", "Romania", and "passport" are inscribed above and below the coat of arms (in Romanian). The information page identifying the bearer and the issuing authority is on the first page, not numbered (the Romanian passport contains 32 pages, information written on the 32nd page of the passport). On the last page, the bearer fills in information regarding contact person (persons) in case of emergency. On the third cover (the inner back cover) there are instructions for the bearer how to use and how not to use the passport.

The carte de identitate can now be used to travel within the European Union.

Identity Information Page[edit]

The Romanian Passport includes the following data:

  • Photo of Passport Holder
  • Type (P)
  • Country Code (ROU)
  • Passport No.
  • Surname
  • Given Names
  • Nationality
  • Date of Birth
  • Personal No.
  • Sex
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Issue
  • Date of Expiry
  • Authority
  • Holder's Signature

The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone.


The data page/information page is printed in Romanian, English and French.

Gallery of historic images[edit]

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