Romania’s decision to introduce the Digital Nomad Visa program would bring more benefits to holders of these travel permits compared to other European countries or even the United States, where the cost of living is nearly $ 50. % higher.
Moreover, in Romania, for one person, the expenses are on average less than 500 € per month, underlined the co-founder and responsible for the commercial development of Impact Hub Bucharest, Vlad Craioveanu, as reported by the Recursive.
In September, SchengenVisaInfo.com announced that Romania would join the list of European countries that have launched the Digital Nomad Visa program which helps citizens of other territories interested in independent local jobs to work in Romania.
In this regard, at the end of September, the Romanian Senate approved the bill on the digital nomadic visa regime in the country. Shortly after, the bill was sent to the Chamber of Deputies for debate.
Such a decision allows the Balkan country to have a legal instrument to attract resources, to promote the country internationally, but also to develop the economy.
Through this program, citizens of other countries interested in independent jobs of time and place, mainly engaged in specific fields such as technology, marketing or finance, would be allowed to work in Romania.
Among the initiators of such a bill was also the member of the Chamber of Deputies, Diana Buzoianu. In this regard, she stressed that such a program would have a positive impact on the economic sector of the country, as Romania Insider reported.
“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 through which financial resources can be attracted to Romania, as many other Member States have already done ”, remarked Buzoianu.
The bill was developed in cooperation between representatives of USR PLUS as well as the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, represented by the former Minister of Innovation, Ciprian Teleman, as well as other experts working with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Business.
The initiators of the bill previously pointed out that the goal is to bring nearly 2,000 digital nomads to the country each year. According to them, they would probably spend on average 2K € per month, or 50M € per year.
In order to obtain such a visa, a person must apply for it at the Romanian Embassy in their country, provide valid proof indicating the company they work for, medical insurance, and provide more details about the where she will be staying, as well as other details. . This would translate to at least € 1150 per month, which is lower than the requirements of other European countries. For example, Croatia is asking for almost € 2,200, while Estonia is asking for € 3,500.
Currently, the following European countries offer such programs: Croatia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Spain, Germany.
As for non-EU countries, this program is popular in the following countries: Dubai, Costa Rica, Georgia, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Antigua, Barbados, Mexico, Australia and Thailand.
Although several countries offer such a program, the requirements for holding such travel permits differ from country to country.