European Union (EU) is such an interesting place. They have so many member states and of course they are popular in the magazines, blogs, social networking sites and a subject of photography. They offer so many pleasant things to our eyes. From museums, landmarks, theme parks and up to their cuisines.
On the first quarter of 2013, I made up my mind that on August I will apply for a Schengen Visa via the German Consulate. I had booked my appointment and started to save but on June that year the planned was postponed as I am suffering from financial losses due to so many obligations (debts).
As I was browsing the member states of EU’s websites I was caught up with the country Romania. I’ve known this country because of Harry Potter series and I have read in a blog that the visa application is very easy and less documents required. So I decided to try my luck on this country on July 2013. Intended travel is on the 29th September.
These are the documents that I have submitted to them:
1. Valid passport (plus a copy of the Information page) – should be at least 6 months valid after the return date from the travel.
2. Valid UAE Residence Permit (plus a copy) – should be at least 3 months valid after the return date from the travel.
3. Passport-size pictures (2 pcs.)
4. Bank Statement – 3 mos. recent bank statement only. In the website, it was mentioned that you should have at least 500 Euros in your account. But when I visited their Consulate there was a flyer saying that you should have at least AED 5,000 (approx. 1000 Euros) in your account. Thank God, I only have AED 5,010 as ending balance that time.
5. Payslips – 3 mos. only. This is an optional requirement. You may or you may not submit it.
6. Flight Reservations – I obtained a confirmed reservation from Qatar Airways. They have a ‘hold booking’ option for 48 hours.
7. Hotel Reservations – I got it from Booking.com. No need to pay any deposits.
8. Travel Insurance – I called my healthcare provider to send me a copy of Insurance Coverage. You may buy this from online too.
9. Itinerary – an optional requirement. I made mine.
10. Application form – filled up and signed
Other things to consider:
> Be conscious with the schedule of visa application as the Consulate is not working on a daily basis (i.e. Sundays-Thursdays)
> Come on time and if possible be early. Sometimes you will see too much drama in the office.
> Upon submission of the documents the receiving clerk/officer will ask you if this is your time to apply or not. If you have a valid Schengen Visa and the purpose of travel.
> You need to pay AED 300 for the application and you will be given a receipt. Don’t lose it! You will need to show the receipt upon collection of passport.
> They will inform you as to when you will get your passport. On my case, it took more than a month because of ‘visa printing issues’. Weird!
> The Consulate is in a Villa in Jumeirah 1.
> They don’t need you to submit an NOC. I really don’t know the reason why! But happy much because NOC is quite hard to obtain from your employer.
Please take note of their schedule/program.
Tadah! My first ever Romanian Visa (European Union format). I’ve requested 5 days only and they have granted me with 15 days. So grateful and happy!