Romania Digital Nomad Visa Full Guide: Requirements, How to Get & Everything Else

Since December 21st, 2021, you can get a digital nomad visa in Romania, one that allows you to easily spend 12 months in the country without having to worry about the otherwise difficult process of getting a residence permit in the country.

In today’s article, I am planning to share all the things that you need to know about the Romanian Digital Nomad visa, after thoroughly reading the law that was just passed. You’ll learn how to get it, what are the requirements for it, as well as my own opinion about the visa.

Let’s start with a quick summary if you’re not really into reading all the details!

The digital nomad visa in Romania allows people to spend 12 months in the country without the need of getting an additional permit or a different visa. The person needs to be self employed (or work remotely) and earn three times the average salary in the country per month (an average of the previous six months is used).

With the average salary in Romania currently at around 1,100 Euros, this means that you need earnings of 3,300 Euros per month for the past three months before applying.

So this would be the short summary of the DN visa here. A bit on the upper side in terms of required monthly income (especially since the cost of living in Romania is so low), but still more affordable than in other countries. And a lot easier to get than other types of long-stay visas.

Romanian Digital Nomad Visa: Requirements

romanian digital nomad visa

Fortunately, the process is pretty straightforward and relatively easy as long as you meet the only two requirements for being eligible for this visa:

  1. Be self-employed or work remotely for a company not registered in Romania
  2. Have average earnings 3x the gross monthly average salary in Romania
  3. Have a clean criminal record and a place to stay in the country

As explained above, this means that you should currently earn around 3,300 Euros per month (average of the past six months) in order to meet the income requirements.

Make sure to check out the average salary in Romania and see if the numbers increase (probably not during 2022).

Once these two important requirements are met, you can apply for the visa online (using the official Ministry of Foreign Affairs form). At the moment, no information about the cost of the visa is available, but based on the prices of other visas, it probably is minimal.

Documents needed for getting the visa

Once you meet the requirements, you need to have the following documents on hand in order to get the Romanian Digital Nomad Visa (some of which need to be translated and authenticated in Romanian language):

  • proof of self employment (or proof that you work for a company registered outside Romania)
  • proof of earnings for the past six months
  • medical insurance valid in Romania, for the duration of your stay
  • rental agreement (or any other proof that you have a place to live in during your stay)
  • criminal record
  • proof that you have a ticket to enter the country (or driving license and car details in case you plan to drive here).
  • a letter of intention, detailing the purpose of travel in Romania, as well as the activities they plan to perform in the country.

The authorities can ask for additional documents if they consider it necessary (usually, they won’t).

For now, it appears that no extra tax will be taken on your earnings (but you are still supposed to pay tax in your country of residency). In other words, this is a long stay visa and not a residency permit (which would require you to pay taxes also).

I personally recommend contacting the embassy first or being in Romania before applying for the visa, in order to get all the requirements sorted out. Of course, if you need a visa to enter the country, it’s easier to get the DN visa first.

Is the Romanian Digital Nomad Visa worth it? (My personal opinion)

downtown Timisoara Romania
Aerial view of Timisoara, Romania

For those who want to live in Romania (or just prefer a lower cost of living country as their home base while they work remotely), this visa is really useful. It gives you 12 months to spend in the country (as opposed to a maximum of 3 otherwise) and it is easier to get.

I do consider the monetary requirements a bit on the upper side. Having in mind that Romanians manage to make ends meet for as low as 500 Euros per month and foreigners can live a decent life on 1,000 Euros per month, 3,300 is a bit much.

However, for those who are already earning this amount of money each month, they will see that it’s a lot easier to increase their savings rate if they choose to move here.

A person can live a really good life on 1,500 Euros per month (some local travel included here!) so you’d save a lot of money for the future. Or spend it all and live like a King or Queen. Either way, the low cost of living is really making this type of visa a really good deal.

Romania is beautiful, safe and locals are extremely friendly towards foreigners, so you will feel great here. Don’t forget to check out the best cities to live in before deciding where to go. There’s a lot more to this country than the largest city you always hear about!

On the other hand, I have to be honest and recommend you an alternative: Croatia offers a digital nomad visa as well, and their monetary requirements are much lower, at around 2,500 Euros per month. It’s good to have options!

Can you renew the Romanian DN visa?

Yes, the digital nomad visa can be renewed. You can get an additional 12 months to spend in the country as long as you still meet the initial requirements.

Can you travel in the EU / Schengen Area if you have a Romanian Digital Nomad visa?

No, this visa only gives you a right to live in Romania. If you normally need a visa to visit another country (be it in the EU or Schengen Area), the Romanian Digital Nomad visa won’t be enough – you will still need to get the required visa to travel.

Since Romania is not in the Schengen Area, there are border controls when passing to its neighboring countries, so it will be impossible to wing it.

Better alternative for EU citizens

The digital nomad visa is great for those who already need a visa to visit or live in the country. However, for EU citizens who want to live in Romania for longer periods of time, it’s too much of a hassle to get it.

EU citizens can easily apply for a long term visa for Romania, with laughable income requirements (some 500 Euros per month) and the entire process is much faster, usually solved with a simple trip to the immigration office in the city you want to spend your time in.

Conclusion

I am really happy to see that Romania is moving in the right direction and offers such a visa that makes it easier for people who earn a living online to spend up to 12 months here without too many headaches.

Next, I really look forward to the country introducing a Retiree Visa of sorts – this would also be very successful in my opinion. But until then, despite the relatively high requirements for getting the visa, having this option is definitely amazing.

Let me know what you think about the Romanian Digital Nomad Visa and don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have about it!

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10 thoughts on “Romania Digital Nomad Visa Full Guide: Requirements, How to Get & Everything Else”

  1. Yes, 3,300 euros is rather high. Still, it’s progress. I would like to see a non-EU OAP option with a more reasonable monthly “income.” (Think Latvia, Chile, Argentina, etc.) I guess setting up a pseudo-non-active business is no longer an option in Romania–if it ever was.;-)

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    • Setting up a company is still an option, but requires more work than getting this visa does. Of course, it has lower requirements – although simply setting up a bogus company with no activity is indeed no longer possible (at least not after the first 12 months have passed).

      I think Georgia has a digital nomad visa with lower requirements (although they already offer 12 months travel visas to US citizens). However, with remote working becoming more and more popular, I think more countries will try to cash in early – so they should!

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  2. Like others have said, way too high of a monthly salary especially given the cost of living in Romania. I think it is similar to what you need for a Croatian digital nomad visa which is also too much.

    Assuming there will be Americans applying for this, the criminal record can be tricky, especially if Romania wants your FBI background check to be apostille. Speaking as an American with Slovenian residency (and going through all the hoops once every two years), nothing is ever that straight forward. I wonder what documentation they want for proof of earnings for the past six months? If you have your own company, sometimes you don’t pay yourself a normal monthly wage. It can get tricky.

    Glad they at least offer this type of visa now and I do like that is renewable (if you like Romania then for sure many folks would prefer to stay longer than a year). Just wish that these European countries realize that when their peeps came to the U.S. (and not on just a 1 year visa) they had next to nothing, not 3x the average monthly wage. If governments are so worried about visa holders not having enough money, then just put them into the system as exempt from any type of money or welfare from the gov’t. Other than that, why worry about them not having enough $$ to take care of their own situation.

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    • Valid points! I think the original draft of the law required 2x the national gross salary, which would’ve been at around 2,200 Euros. Hopefully they will adjust, based on feedback and applications. Right now, the law is still very fresh and not all details are clear (for example, the very important part regarding how you are taxed on your income)

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  3. It seems that Romania embassies do not yet have formal application process established. What is the best way to get started. For example should I contact the Romania Consulate Office in Los Angeles?

    Thanks

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    • At the moment of writing, this is still very fresh and apparently they haven’t updated the application webpage. I think that the best way to start right now would indeed be to get in touch with the consulate.

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  4. I have been following the developments of the Romania Digital Nomad visa. I think the income requirements are high, especially when you compare it to Croatia. Croatia has been trying hard for 1 year with a digital nomad visa and this country only asks for a monthly income of 2200 euros.

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  5. Very useful and clear article, thank you! I have been trying to get clear information and the pieces of information presented by Romanian officials are extremely poor.

    I am not clear about the tax regime for DNs. If someone is employed by an US company and meets all the other criteria of the visa, does this mean they can continue to pay taxes outside Romania and not have to amend their employment conditions? I would be very grateful if someone had this information.
    Thank you!

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    • Yes, this bit of extremely important information is not clear at the moment. I am assuming that double taxation is out of questions (especially since Romania has treaties with the US to avoid this), but at the moment this detail is not explicitly mentioned.

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