Be a digital nomad in Romania

Are you a foreign citizen employed by a foreign company or self-employed by a foreign company who intends to work remotely from Romania? From 17 years oldand from January 2022, a “nomadic digital visa” is available in Romania if you meet certain conditions according to Law No. 22/2022 which amended the Emergency Government Ordinance (EGO) No. 194/2002. By introducing the concept of digital nomad visa, Romania intends to attract digital nomads who could choose Romania for their remote work.

A digital nomad visa allows remote working in Romanian territory for an initial period of 12 months, which can be extended as long as the digital nomad still complies with the initial digital nomad visa applications. In order to obtain a digital nomad visa, an applicant, called a “digital nomad”, must comply mainly with the following requirements[1]:

  • submit the original of the labor law contract concluded with a foreign company, which allows the applicant to perform their services using information and communication technologies and to be able to carry out the professional activity remotely or the contract directors of their own foreign company if the applicant is self-employed, in which case the foreign company must be registered in the foreign country for at least 3 years before applying for a digital nomad visa.
  • provide proof that the digital nomad earns at least 3 times the Romanian average gross salary per month during the last 6 months before the visa application (approximately 3,650 Eur/month) and also for the entire period of stay;
  • proof that the foreign employee has paid his taxes in the foreign country where the employing company is registered;
  • medical insurance for the entire duration of the stay covering at least 30,000 euros; no criminal record of the employee;
  • proof of a place of residence in Romania; proof of a ticket to enter Romania or valid driver’s license and proof of itinerary;
  • letter of intent outlining the activities the applicant intends to perform and the itinerary they intend to follow.

The Romanian authorities request all the above documents both in original copy and translated into Romanian language by a Romanian notary public (authentic form / apostilled / supra legalized according to the applicable conventions between Romania and EU countries / countries non-EU members of the foreign applicant) and may also request additional documents if they deem it necessary.

By introducing the concept of the digital nomad visa, Romania is aligning itself with other Central and Eastern European countries such as Croatia, Estonia and the Czech Republic, which allow remote workers to live and work in countries other than the country of residence and employees benefit from more flexible remote working conditions. However, one issue that may be important to assess before considering Romania as a remote work destination is that the Romanian Digital Nomad Visa does not provide any sort of facilitation for a nomad’s family members. digital. Thus, each family member must comply on their own with all applications for the digital nomad visa or apply for other types of visas according to EGO No. 194/2002.

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