How can you retire to Romania as an expat?

Did you know that retirement in Romania offers several benefits?

Because we are an a European country, you will enjoy all the advantages of the EU area, the quality of European services and products, as well as the possibility to travel very easily to other countries in the area.

On the other hand, Romania is a country where the cost of living is much lower than in other places in the West.

In which cases can I retire to Romania?

First of all, you need to obtain the right to legally settle in Romania long-term before you think about retiring here.

If you are an EU citizen, you can get a Certificate of Registration (CNP) from the Immigration Office, also known as IGI. This is the equivalent of a residence permit for the EU area. With this certificate, you can stay long-term in our country, get a job or even buy properties in Romania.

If you are a non-EU citizen, you will need to find a legal purpose to stay long-term in Romania. At the moment, there is no special Romanian visa for retirees. But you can use, depending on your situation, a family reunification visa if you have relatives legally established in Romania, the visa for business or even volunteering. Also, there are special conditions of establishment for people over 65 or even seniors under this age, if they have health issues.

A special category is represented by American, Canadian and Japanese citizens, who can obtain a visa for economic purposes very easily. It is enough for them to open a company in Romania, based on which they obtain a legal residence permit.

Can I get health insurance in Romania?

If you want to retire in Romania, you are probably interested in its health insurance.

In Romania, the state offers comprehensive health insurance throughout the year starting from 300 euros, depending on your income.

This is one of the cheapest health insurances you could get and probably 95% of Romanians only have this health insurance, so you don’t necessarily need private health insurance.

What are my options regarding medical services?

The health insurance mentioned above provides access to the public health system, such as hospitals, emergency services and ambulances, but also some private clinics if they have doctors who collaborate with the National Health Insurance House, which deducts your health costs.

There is also a private health system, consisting of doctors who offer deductions through state health insurance, but also and doctors who only offer consultations and services by direct payment by the patient.

The main private clinics are Regina Maria, Sanador, Medlife, Medicover, Medas. These are chains of private clinics, that also offer private subscriptions for patients. These subscription services usually include free monthly consultations and discounts on certain procedures or medical tests, so we recommend you go to the website of each clinic and get an offer.

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  • Alvaro
    Posted May 26, 2023 6:06 pm

    I’m looking to get the religious Visa, Can you help me get the Endorsement of the state secretariat for faiths?

    • R&R Partners Bucharest
      Posted June 8, 2023 11:40 am

      Hello, we cannot make the request and motivation on your behalf, because you know the exact reasons why you must get the endorsement.

  • Richard
    Posted September 10, 2023 10:25 am

    Will Romania tax my US social security income?

    • R&R Partners Bucharest
      Posted September 11, 2023 10:50 am

      Hello, no it should not. On what grounds do you plan to stay in Romania?

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