Romanian Senate passes bill introducing visas for digital nomads

The Senate voted in favor of a legal initiative regulating the implementation of the digital nomad visa program in Romania.

The bill was initiated by the USR PLUS parliamentary group. According to the document, the digital nomad is defined as the foreign citizen working under an employment contract with a company registered outside the Romanian borders, or the foreigner who carries out an economic activity through a company registered by him- even outside of Romania, who could work remotely using information and communication technologies.

Diana Buzoianu, member of the Chamber of Deputies and initiator of the bill, said that this initiative would help promote Romania abroad and develop the national economy.

“This legal initiative was developed after months of work in collaboration with the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, as well as with experts working with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs . I started the project because I was confident that it was a law to attract financial resources to Romania, as many other Member States have already done. I am happy that such a legal initiative is of interest to all public institutions and that we would unite our efforts to promote Romania abroad and develop the national economy! Now more than ever, a legal framework is needed to attract resources; therefore, I wish to offer Romania a twenty-first century legal instrument for these purposes, ”she said.

From an economic point of view, if Romania attracted 2,000 digital nomads every year who would spend an average of 2,000 euros per month, this would translate into around 50 million euros in one year attracted to the national economy, according to a communicated.

States that have regulated the legal framework for digital nomads include Germany, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Croatia, Norway and other non-EU states such as Costa Rica, Georgia, Dubai, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Barbados. , Antigua, Mexico, Australia and Thailand.

Romania is considered one of the best countries for remote working, mainly due to its high internet speed or the low monthly rent for a one bedroom apartment. CircleLoop ranked Romania third in its 2021 Digital Nomad Index, after Canada and the UK.

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