On January 14, President Klaus Iohannis signed into law the Law Amending and Supplementing Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002 on the regime of foreigners in Romania – the Digital Nomads bill.
The bill defines the digital nomad as a foreigner who is employed with an employment contract in a company registered outside Romania and who provides services through the use of information and communication technologies.
The long-stay visa is granted, upon request, to digital nomads who wish to travel and stay in Romania, while continuing to derive income from the performance of the employment contract with a company registered outside Romania or from the activities carried out by a company registered by them outside Romania, using information and communication technologies, if they cumulatively fulfill the different conditions.
First, they must have obtained income from the activity carried out, in the amount of at least three times the average gross monthly salary in Romania for each of the last six months preceding the date of submission of the visa application, a ceiling of income that must be maintained for the entire duration of the stay in Romania under the Digital Nomad visa.
In November, the average gross salary in Romania was almost 6,000 RON (1,200 EUR). The average gross salary in the IT&C sector was 14,300 RON (2,860 EUR) – which means that on average, Romanian employees in the highest paid sector in Romania would not be eligible for the Digital Nomad visa in their own country .
The average budget for a digital nomad, estimated by abrotherabroad.com, a publication dedicated to such people, is $1,875 – less than half of the minimum set by Romania. The list of documents that a digital nomad must provide to the Romanian authorities, presented by Cursdeguvernare.ro, is also quite impressive.
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