Investment Visa Overview

Romania Residency & Citizenship options

Residency in Romania offers many benefits for those engaged in commercial activities. First and foremost, it provides access to a highly skilled and educated workforce. Romania is also home to a number of world-class universities, which produce graduates that are sought-after by businesses around the globe. Secondly, residency in Romania comes with a number of tax advantages. The country has a number of generous tax incentives for businesses, including low corporate tax rates and a number of double taxation agreements. These factors make Romania an attractive destination for businesses looking to set up operations in Europe.

Program 1
  • Name
    Residence for Commercial Activities
  • Description

    Romania's Residence for Commercial Activities Program is designed to attract foreign investors and entrepreneurs to the country. The program offers a number of benefits, including a fast-track residency process, preferential tax treatment, and access to a host of government incentives.

  • Requirements

    In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must meet a number of criteria, including making a minimum investment in Romania and demonstrating a commitment to creating new jobs in the country. Once approved, residents can apply for Romanian citizenship after five years.

  • Validity
    1 year (1y-1y-1y-1y-1y)
  • Investment Type
  • Avg. Processing Time
    2 months
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent Fee
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
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Investment Types
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Romanian passport is presently ranked 17th. It allows entrance to 176 countries without requiring a visa. It is one of the best-ranked passports in the world, with a high mobility score. Visa-free travel and visa-on-arrival are available to Romanian passport holders in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and the European Union as a whole. This enables for almost instantaneous travel opportunities all around the world. Romanian passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit roughly 53 countries around the world. China, India, and the United States are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank


Visa Free Countries


Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
  • Visa Free Destinations
  • Visa on Arrival
  • Visa Online
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
Passport Ranking Factors

Romania Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Romania passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Romania passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 136 visa-free countries for Romanian passport holders, 37 visa-on-arrival countries, and three eTA destinations. Romanian passport holders can visit a total of 176 countries, either without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or with an electronic travel authorization (eTA). As a result, the Romania passport is ranked 17th in the world. In addition to these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 53 other countries where Romania passport holders require a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Romanian Citizenship by Descent

You can apply for Romanian citizenship through descent if you have a parent or grandmother who was a citizen of Romania. However, you may petition for citizenship up to the third generation if you had a parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent born in the Kingdom of Romani between 1918 and 1940 in any location, including Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
  • Generations
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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