Why move to Romania?

Looking to make a big change in your life?
Disappointed by who or what your fellow countrymen voted for? Moving to Romania might be the best choice you ever made.

Why is that?
Why is that?

Reasons to call Romania "Home"

Universal healthcare

In Romania you can benefit from universal heathcare, within some limits. Emergency healthcare is free and accessible by anybody, while state healthcare is either €15 per month or completely free for people employed in Romania, minors, high school and college students under 26 years old, spouses or parents of insured people, pregnant women, the disabled and a few others.

Smoking is banned in indoor public places, public transportation and around parks for children.

Education

Free education for preschool, middle school and high school children, as well as cheap or even free (based on results) higher education.

Safety

Romania's crime rates are very low overall, with Bucharest being one of the safest capital cities in the European Union.

Broadband internet

Internet connection plans for your home are around €9 and you get unlimited traffic plus 1000 Mbps download and 500 Mbps upload speed. Seriously, here's a home connection speed test.

Mobile phones

A prepaid card is usually around 5€ - plans vary from €2 to €12/month and the data plans include 1 to 8GB of data per month.

Mobile subscriptions usually require a 1-2 year contract and they cost between €3 and €25 and many include free smartphones.

Accessibility - Do I have to learn Romanian?

Not necessarily, you can manage with English especially in urban areas where most people under 50 speak or at least understand English and can point things out for you.

Transportation

Decent and very affordable public transport inside cities and between cities.

Everything is closer in Europe. You can fly to Germany, Italy or the UK for €12 return trip if you’re lucky. City breaks to other places are a common activity for both Romanians and expats.

Rural Romania

Romania has a beautiful and easy to reach countryside. Weird thing about it is you have a higher chance of finding a village with a gigabit broadband connection than finding one with sewers.

Romania's air pollution is one of the lowest in Europe.

It's not always rainbows and butterflies...

While the healthcare is free or cheap, its quality is generally lacking. There’s a real brain drain in the country and this is particularly visible in hospitals. It’s best if you have state health care (for the emergency services) along with an insurance at a private hospital. The Romanian private dentists are exceptional though, with many EU residents coming to Romania for dental tourism.

Bureaucracy is still prevalent, but our government has started measures of reducing it. There’s a government section that solely deals with cutting down the paper-use in public administration.

Even though Romania has made impressive progress during the past decades, corruption is still one of Romania’s society largest issues. However, our Anti-Corruption National Agency has been praised abroad for its efforts and results.

Road infrastructure is one of the worst in the EU. As surprising as it sounds, we still don’t have a freeway crossing the Carpathian mountains and Romania’s road fatalities numbers are among the highest in the EU. It's worth mentioning, the number of road fatalities has decreased by almost 25% during the past 5 years - things are changing for the better!

The state is separate from the church, but the Orthodox Church still has some power over the state and is sponsored by the state. Over 80% of Romanians declared themselves Orthodox Christians. However, rest assured, no one's religion is discriminated.

What do expats have to say about Romania?

How do I move to Romania?

Romanian map

Moving to a new country is not a decision that should be taken on a whim after visiting a website on the internet. We suggest coming here for a visit and making up your own mind - though it’s very likely you’ll fall in love with Romania as soon as you step off the plane.
Here are the Reddit Romania Travel Guide and the Bucharest Wikitravel page - they could come in handy.

American and Canadian citizens as well as citizens of Australia, New Zealand and most European countries do not need an entry visa to visit Romania, for stays up to 90 days, accumulated during a single visit - or multiple visits - within a six-month period.
U.S. / Canadian/ Australian/ New Zealand and all European Driver licenses are valid for driving in Romania, for 90 days from the date of entry into Romania. There is no Entry or Departure Fee.

If you made up your mind about moving here long term, the most accurate information comes from the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

Visa applications can be made directly on the Ministry of External Affairs website.

Need more help?

We’re just a bunch of entrepreneurs who love their country and entertain the idea of bringing high skilled workers to Romania. We can’t help much with your application process but would be glad to answer any questions we know the answer to :)