Romanian Passport

How to Apply for Your Romanian European Passport


A. What are the eligible persons for gaining a Romanian EU Passport by descent?

The law regarding the Romanian Citizenship have in view two main groups of persons eligible for the Romanian Citizenship and a Romanian European Passport. The first group comprises both the immigrants who did not renounce the Romanian Citizenship, and the immigrants to whom the Romanian citizenship had not been withdrawn. The children and nephews of the immigrants included in this group and eligible for the Romanian citizenship and a Romanian EU Passport.

The second group is comprised of the following persons: those who previously had Romanian Citizenship, but who, for different reasons (even for the possibility of emigrating from Romania in the time of the Communist Regime) gave up to it of their own will; persons who lost their citizenship for reasons independent of their will. This group has the right to receive back its citizenship and obtain a Romanian European passport, after the bringing the application and the necessary documents. In this group, the eligibility applies also to the descendants of the second and third generation.

Anyhow, each group must prove its eligibility for the Romanian citizenship, coming with documents that demonstrate this.

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(ii) After you finalized the procedure of confirmation/regaining of the Romanian Citizenship, you have to follow another distinct stage: the releasing of a Romanian passport. It is a mistake to think that the Romanian European passport is granted to you automatically, after you had confirmed or regained the Romanian Citizenship. The releasing of a Romanian passport is a supplementary process. In order to receive the Romanian passport you will need Romanian civil status documents: Romanian birth certificate and Romanian Marriage certificate (for the married ones). Only after you have obtained these Romanian papers you can apply for a Romanian EU passport.

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B. Are you eligible for getting a Romanian Passport through your Ancestry? 

General Information about Romanian Citizenship Eligibility 

To determine if you are eligible for a Romanian Passport, you must first understand the basics that governs Romanian Citizenship. 

First of all, Romanian Citizenship by descent is passed through blood line (Jus Sanguinis), NOT place of birth (Jus Soli). For example, the simple fact of being born in the territory of Romania does not make you automatically a Romanian citizen, no matter if you have ancestors that were Romanian cannot give you the right to citizenship.

Secondly, your Romanian blood line must be unbroken from your Romanian ancestor to you. In other words, each ancestor must have been Romanian in order to pass it to the younger generation. If one of your ancestors had/have lost their Romanian citizenship, then the blood line is broken and you should apply for Romanian citizenship restoration. An example of a broken blood line: great-grandfather (Romanian citizen) > grandfather (lost Romanian citizenship) > father (eligible for Romanian citizenship restoration process).

C. Are you eligible for a Romanian European Passport if you have been born abroad (so you have other nationality) and one of your parents lost and after regain Romanian Citizenship?

In most of the cases the answer it’s yes. For getting a Romanian Passport you will need documents related to you (Romanian Birth Certificate, Romanian Marriage Certificate) and with your Romanian Ancestor who regain Romanian Citizenship (the proof of the Romanian Citizenship, birth certificate, marriage certificate, name changes). 

D. Do you qualify for the European Passport through your Romanian Ancestry? 

The lawyers from „” have long experience in helping clients to obtain Romanian European Passport through their ancestors. 

Our team will assist you in all aspects of the process – from understanding what are the documents required by the Romanian authorities, to collect the necessary documentation, and to submit the file.


(i) The Romanian Ministry of Interior has sole authority for the issuance of all simple and electronic passports with the exception of diplomatic (Pașaport Diplomatic) and official (Pașaport de Serviciu) passports, which are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If you apply for a Romanian passport in Romania, please follow the link on the website of the Romanian Ministry of Interior

If you apply for a Romanian passport abroad, please follow the link to the website of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

(ii) This are the most important documents that you have to provide with  the National Authorities in order to issue a Romanian European passport: 

  • Romanian citizenship confirmation;
  • Romanian birth certificate with a personal number of identification (CNP);
  • Romanian marriage / divorce certificate;
  • If relevant – official Romanian name change certificate;

If you have residence in other country than Romania, you must personally submit the passport application to the Romanian General Direction for Passports (from Bucharest), or to the nearest Romanian Consulate in your country of residence.

You should know that Romanian authorities will not allow you to appoint a proxy in order to issue your Romanian EU passport. Your personal presence is mandatory for the releasing of the Romanian passport, but you have the right to name a lawyer who will represents you in front to the National Authority.

However, the Romanian Law allows you to empower a person in order to submit the application for your children, if the children have less than 14 years old.

Comments: A Romanian citizen abroad without a valid passport may be issued a travel document (Titlu de călătorie) by the nearest Romanian consulate. This travel document is valid for 30 days and only for return to Romania.

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