Castle in Romania

How I Obtained Residency in a European Country

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Castle in Romania
According to official Romanian immigration law, citizens of most countries are allowed to visit and stay in Romania for no more than 90 days in any 180 day period of time. So once you’ve spent 90 days in this country, you must then remain outside the country for 90 days before being able to return.

However, as of yesterday, I’ve now spent over 140 days in Romania since the end of December 2011, coming and going as I please. And I haven’t broken any laws whatsoever. It’s all been 100% legal and it’s all thanks to this…

Residency in a European Country - Residency Visa, Romania

Yes, several months ago I obtained temporary residency in Romania. Now I am able to stay, and to come and go, as much as I want for up to one year. And at the end of the year, I can renew my residency as well.

How did I manage to get this temporary residency in a European country?

Did I get a job in Romania? Nope.

Am I studying here? No.

Am I in the Peace Corps or working for some other volunteer organization? No I am not.

Am I marrying a local woman? Nope. Not yet anyway.

So again, how did I, an ordinary traveler, manage to obtain residency in a country where I don’t have any connections, where I don’t speak the language and where I am not working, studying or volunteering?

The answer lies in my favorite word – creativity.

It All Started as a Joke

While eating dinner with a Romanian friend back in March, we started to joke about my sudden addiction to this country. At one point, she mentioned that I should just get residency considering how much I like to be here and we shared a good laugh at that suggestion.

However, the next day, I started to think about what she said. I realized that if I had residency here, I wouldn’t have to worry about visas at all and I could actually have an official base in Europe. That possibility was more than enough to convince me to head down to the main immigration office in Bucharest right away.

After waiting in line for thirty minutes, I was given a piece of paper that explained the seven categories of temporary residency visas and I was told by the clerk behind the counter that if I can fit into one of those categories, I can apply.

But since I didn’t have a job offer or a volunteer stint lined up and I wasn’t about to enroll in a local university course, and I didn’t have any family living in Romania and I wasn’t claiming to be a refugee, the only category left was category #7 – “Other”.

At first that seemed a bit disappointing but I soon realized that “Other” is actually a great category. It could be anything. All I needed to do was find a reasonably realistic reason to remain in this country and I could apply under the “Other” category.

The Visa Process

The following two weeks were interesting. It all began when my mom, out of nowhere, happened to email me one day upon discovering that a great-great-grandfather of mine was actually born in Romania. My mom even forwarded me the early 20th century US census sheet she found online that proved this fact.

What timing! Let me tell you…I was mighty excited at this discovery and, with the census sheet in hand, I practically ran over to the immigration office.

Unfortunately, once there, the woman behind the counter laughed at me when I told her I was a travel blogger who wanted to stay in Romania for more than 90 days in order to travel around the country, tracking down my family roots and writing about it on my blog. She told me that wasn’t going to work. But before I walked away, she also suggested that I set up an audience with the head of immigration to discuss my situation.

Residency in a European Country - Census Sheet

The following day, there I sat in a large, sparse room across the table from two senior immigration officials. Well, they too laughed at me when I told them about finding my family roots and writing about the journey on my site, even though I mentioned several times that I would be promoting Romania as a result.

They also said that wasn’t a good enough reason but, instead of telling me to leave, the immigration officials asked me some questions and after discussing among themselves for a few minutes, they gave me a possible solution. They told me that I could find an organization to partner with, an organization that would be willing to sponsor me in exchange for me writing about them on my blog. If I could do this, I could actually obtain residency in a European country.

Shaking their hands several times, I left the room and immediately started contacting everyone I knew in Romania. This was actually only three people, so I had to kindly ask these three people to please contact everyone they knew as well in order to try and find an organization that would be open to a partnership.

Amazingly, a few days later, a friend of a friend informed me that he knew of someone from his hometown who works with a local NGO aimed at promoting sustainable tourism in Romania. And just like that, after a couple of conversations, I agreed to help spread the message of this NGO and to promote their projects online in exchange for a sponsorship.

We created and signed a contract and back to the immigration office I went, where I handed over my folder containing the residency application form, a health certificate (which I got in 10 minutes at a local clinic here), the receipt for the residency visa fee and a couple of other forms I needed to fill out. Then the woman took my photo and simply told me to come back in thirty days.

Thirty days later I walked into the immigration office once again and a few minutes later I walked back out with an official Temporary Residency Card in hand. Success!

Residency in a European Country - Carpathian Mountains, Romania

And now I can stay in this beautiful country for as much as I want for one year. I’m a temporary resident of Romania, a country that offers an excellent standard of living at a very attractive cost, with friendly people all around, wonderful food, mountains, the Black Sea coast and endless other regions to explore, high quality wi-fi (helps with work!) and a location that is perfect for exploring Eastern Europe, while being able to fly anywhere in the world from nearby Istanbul. I decided to live in Bucharest and I couldn’t be happier.

Is It Really Possible?

I know you might be thinking that it was easier for me to get the residency visa because I have this blog. However, I could have done the exact same thing above without a blog, creating a partnership in which I would write articles about the NGO and submit them to online publications or I could have offered to assist with their social media efforts. I could have found any local company or organization and tried to use my skills/knowledge/interests to work out a mutually beneficial partnership.

Of course, if you do have a website or any kind of online presence at all, you can certainly use that to your advantage. And in the end, if you do work online in any capacity your chances of obtaining residency will be higher as it shows that not only do you have sufficient income to support yourself but you won’t be taking away local jobs.

Either way, it all comes down to creativity. Think outside the box and the possibilities are endless.

Here’s a few things to keep in mind as well…

If you find a country where you want to stay/live beyond the usual tourist visa restrictions, the first thing you should always do is go down to the immigration office and learn the rules. Find out the steps you need to apply for a residency visa, what categories are available and exactly what is required for each category. Asking these questions in person is far better than trying to interpret information on a website.

Then start brainstorming until you figure out a way for you to enter into a partnership with someone or some company or organization. If there is an “Other” category available, that very well could be your best bet as it will be much more difficult to obtain residency in categories that require employment or volunteer contracts or proof of university enrollment.

Finally, try to make an appointment to speak with the immigration officials before you apply for residency, even if this is not routine in whatever country you’re seeking residency in. Explain that you have a unique situation that doesn’t fit into the normal categories and before you apply and pay the application fee, you want to ask some questions. Then, during your appointment, be sure to mention that with your situation you’ll just be spending money in the local economy without taking jobs and without relying on government benefits or assistance. And don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions. If anyone knows what is required for you to obtain residency, it’s going to be the immigration officers, so try and get them to give you as much information as possible. You never know, they might be willing to help you out and give you some ideas, just as the officials were willing to do for me here in Romania.

The bottom line is that if you wish to have a foreign base without having to worry about the validity of tourist visas all the time, residency is the way to go. Of course, the above is not going to work every time or everywhere and it might not even work the majority of the time either, but if it does work, and you establish temporary residency somewhere, life as a long-term traveler certainly becomes so much easier.


Do you have residency or have you thought about obtaining residency in a foreign country? Have you tried to get residency? Any tips to share?

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Comments 155

  1. irene

    Just found the blog – love it! Been reading through some posts on how you pay for it all – very interesting and creative stuff and thanks for writing about it – and then read this article on residence in Romania which made me think about how you handle background infrastructure such as tax, insurance, banking etc. I noted somewhere on the site that you’d been in Romania for 18 months so according to their tax rules that would make you liable in Romania for income tax on your worldwide income (exempt in 1st year, liable second year onwards). Do you worry about or get involved with that kind of thing or just try and stay under the radar, go with the flow and move on if necessary?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Irene – I actually haven’t been in Romania for 18 months. I’ve now used the country as my base for two years but have only spent about 6 months there total. While I do always follow the rules for stuff like that, in this case it doesn’t apply.

  2. dharmendra josh

    hi earl
    i read your story

    it certainly inspired ,e to stay in romania. land of anna lesko! singer
    i plan before bulgaria where i wish to do business
    now after your story i wish to changed to romania for starting buisness and stay there
    any ideas about business we can do in romania. i am civil engineer so prefer in my line of business or manufacturing.
    josh

  3. alex

    hey- very informative!

    Do you have any ideas if you can travel in the Shenzhen zone for more than 90-days with a Romanian passport? 🙂

  4. Helen

    Hi Earl,
    Do you need a car to operate in Bucharest? I live in New York ; don’t drive so am wondering….

    How on earth do you make living blogging? Now this I want to know, because if I can figure it out, I’M BLOGGING HONEY!

    -Helen

  5. Dustin

    Wonderful post. Very informative. Do you have a list of the documentation which Romania required for the “permis de sedere temporara”. I am a US Citizen and my wife is a dual Romanian / US and we travel to Romania frequently. It would be nice to not have to worry about the 90 days out 180 day period. I am assuming I would need an apostilled marriage license but I am not sure if there is any other paperwork that would be required from the US. A more detailed how to or list of documentation would be extrememly helpful. Thanks!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Dustin – I wouldn’t know what is needed for a fiancee visa over there as that would be a different category than what I needed. But in general, all you would need from home is a letter from your doctor stating that you don’t have any communicable diseases. I didn’t need any other documentation, apart from my passport.

  6. Danielle

    Hi! Encouraging Post. I live in the USA and I am going to be in Romania in January for 6-8 weeks and then may possibly return in May or June for a longer period of time. I have been reading about the visas and visiting, but some of it is a little unclear to me. If I come as a visitor in January, How long do you have to wait before you can return. On the US Embassy website it kind of sounds like you have to wait six months. Do you know if this is true? How much did it cost you to get a temporary residence visa?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Danielle – You can stay in Romania for 90 days out of any 180 day period. So once you have stayed for 90 days (it doesn’t have to be at one time, it’s the total number of days in that 180 day period), you have to leave for 3 full months before you can return. The residency visa cost around $275 USD or so in the end with all of the notarizations of documents, health insurance and other fees.

  7. marto

    That was very creative. I am also thinking of obtaining a residence permit for Zanzibar,TZ and I just sparked a creative idea of my own.
    I haven’t been to romania yet but am thinking of visiting Malta. What can u share about malta?

  8. Gilbert

    Great post Earl. Thinking outside the box and ”Carpe Diem” is the way to go to achieve our dreams = Creative problem solving. I enjoy your Blog. Keep it up.

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  10. Egret

    I am a US citizen, on my 2nd 10-year residency card in France (I’ve also applied for dual citizenship which should come through sometime in the winter). Romania sounds fantastic, but I am also interested in visiting this country for another reason: getting a European driving license (I have a valid US one), because I never exchanged mine in France and now it’s too late to do without doing everything over again, including written and practical tests … ugh. It looks like you should be a resident of Romania to get a license, but I’ve heard that maybe they are not so strict? Does anyone know anything about this? Thanks 🙂

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Egret – From what I know, you have to take a written test in Romanian to get a drivers license here.

  11. Brooke

    Hi. I really admire your strong willed personality. I’m Kenyan, been living in Dubai for 6yrs and want to live in Belgium. I actually have Belgian guardians there, a very amazing family who can take care of me , but getting residency there is proving to be quite a pain. Belgian laws are changing by the minute, therefore its really hard to move. I’m not going to give up and I hope something will come up. I can do the 90days visa but then I have to live out for another 3 months which I don’t want to.. Complicated stuff. Don’t know what to do now..

  12. Jerome Fernando

    Hi Earl, great story of yours to read
    What a fantastic way to go about!!
    I would like to know with this 1 year
    Permit that you’ve got ,can you travel in all the EU countries including UK? Thanks
    Fernando

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Jerome – At the moment no, but if Romania joins the Schengen Zone (which might happen soon) then yes, it will allow you to do that.

  13. Evgeny

    Hi Earl! Very interesting and inspiring story. Good advice about speaking to immigration officials, I’ll be sure to do that. One thing I don’t get is how you were able to even apply for a residence permit, because from reading Romanian government websites I understood that you can ONLY apply for a residence permit if you’re there on a long-stay visa (category D) and getting THAT is the hard part (you need to show your reason to be in Romania, health check, criminal record check, finances, etc.) Could you clarify what kind of visa you had? Was it a regular Schengen tourist visa (category C) or something else?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Evgeny – Romania is not part of the Schengen zone so I just had the normal 3 month Romanian tourist visa that I receive upon arrival. And I believe what you are referring to is the permanent residency. I applied for, and receive, temporary residency which is good for 1 year and can be renewed 3 times.

      1. Evgeny

        Ah yes, of course it’s not part of Schengen, sorry. They still have similar visa categories – A/B for transit, C for short-stay and D for long-stay. So I guess you got the “C/TU” (tourist) visa on arrival. Still surprised they let you apply for a residence permit with that, but good to know. Where did you find such helpful officials? Maybe I’ll go find them as well. 🙂

  14. Marija

    I need a residency permit to apply for a Schengen visa, and at the same time I am seriously contemplating on staying in Romania for a longer period of time. This article is a lifesaver. Thank you so much!

  15. Karen

    Hey Earl! I have been living in Romania for 63 days now and I was looking for a way to stay. Would I be able to apply now, or am I too late into my 90 days to do so?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Karen – As far as I’m aware you can apply at any time. I applied when I only had 20 days left out of my 90 days tourist visa, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

  16. AliO

    Hey Earl! You’re a very lucky man! I never imagined something like this could happen.
    I have a couple of questions, how much time did you wait to obtain the residency? And how much did it cost? And is this “other” solution available in all EU countries?
    please reply 😀

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Alio – Once you apply, you have to wait 30 days to find out if you received residency. The total cost is approximately $340 USD but it can vary. And to be honest, I’m not sure if this is available in other EU countries…I’ve never tried it anywhere else and don’t know of anyone who has. If I hear anything, I’ll be sure to post it on the blog.

  17. Ali

    Hi Earl, i was just surfing on net and i found your blog, i read your story (article) and i am happy that you have solved your visa issue in an intelligent way. “Where there is a will, there is a way”.

  18. Yassine

    A very nice story to read.Seriously BRAVO!
    to be honest i have came across your post while trying to get some information about Romanian residency and traveling to other EU/Schengen countries, and i believe since you’ve passed through this hustle of all the paper works you might be helpful.
    I have a cousin of mine that is going to Romania by January, he got offer a job there which he is excited to commence with them. Now my question was: With this type of Work Residence Permit, would he be able to travel to other european countries? Because what i heard is that, the only type of residency that allows you to travel to EU/Schengen is the Family residency.
    Would you please be kind enough to get back to me with an answer if possible.
    I thank you in advance

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Yassine – To be honest, I don’t know the answer to your question as I can only speak of the temporary residence visa that I obtained, which does not allow me to work. I’m not sure of the rules with other visas.

  19. SpringHawk

    ” a friend of a friend informed me that he knew of someone from his hometown who works with a local NGO aimed at promoting sustainable tourism in Romania. ”

    could you tell us the name of that NGO, or do we need to visit ROM to find out !!!
    Thanx in advance !!!

  20. Tony

    Hi Early
    I am happy to Read and fall in deep happyness fo what you experience and try to let the world to know , i love it and i wish people can learn from you and know that romania is a good place to visit, I am Tony from I live in spain and i met this Romania lady and by God grace we will get married soon and i am thinking of moveing to Romania with my wife after our legal marriage in spain but i dont have spanish resident permit wich can let me fly to any other europe. so i dont know the possiblelity of gething romania visa in spain with out legal marraige Certificate or how to get the romania resident permit with the marraige certificate, pleace i need help on this

    Tony
    One love.

  21. Vinkal

    Interesting post. I found your blog while searching for residency in foreign countries. Great to see the way you got your things done in Romania. I’m an Indian staying in India and not to mention why I have the least possibility of getting the PR of any country. But I seriously want a peaceful life and so desperate to escape from India. Hope to get it some day. If you have any suggestions then please guide me out.

    Thanks

  22. Caroline

    Just to let you Tyrhone there is no such thing as an English passport only a British passport. You are born English but you can become British.

  23. Manuel Loigeret

    Hi Earl,
    I travelled through Romania last Spring and fell in love with this country. It does not seem to western-ized yet. Happy you found a way to stay there longer.
    Anyway, we really enjoyed staying in Bran. If you go in this area, you have to go to Villa Predelut. The guy there is extremely welcoming and he has a little patio to work online from the garden with direct view on the Transylvanian Alps. Lots of nice trails also in the same area.

    1. Earl

      Hey Manuel – I did visit Bran last year when I first arrived…and all of Transylvania was very enjoyable in the end! Thank you for the recommendation about Villa Predelut…I have not heard of it and will check it out for my next visit to the region!

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  25. Priyank

    Hi Earl,
    You could have written this post with a completely different spin: “I prayed daily and my devotion was rewarded… and by god’s grace…” etc. but I like this tale of creativity and resourcefulness instead. Congratulations! Now go for the ultimate challenge: a PIO card. lol, no, I’m kidding. 🙂
    cheers, Priyank

    1. Earl

      Hey Priyank – Haha…that would be too funny. And the thing is, I have a feeling that with a little money and some connections it would be possible 🙂

  26. Matt

    That’s damn creative, well done, Earl. There’s a lot you can get away with (legally) in this country as long as you at least try and DO.
    Welcome!

    1. Earl

      Hey Matt – You said it right…most of the time it’s just about trying! Too often we simply think ‘oh, that’s impossible’ but if we would start asking some questions, we often find the situation to be completely different.

  27. Bama

    Your experience proves that there’s nothing impossible. A little bit of ‘luck’ (or timely preparation I would call it) and creativity would bring us great opportunity. Thanks for sharing this Derek! Yet, another practical inspiration from you!

    1. Earl

      Hey Bama – It never hurts to find out more information and ask about such things as residency visas because we never know what kind of answers we will receive! Could turn out positive as it did in my situation…

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  29. Will

    Earl,

    It goes to show you what a little creativity and persistance can help you achieve a goal – no matter how “unlikely” it seems.

    After reading this post it’s not surprising that you have been able to travel for so long!
    Congrats!

    Will

  30. Will

    Hi Earl,

    That’s awesome! It goes to show you what creativity and persistance can do for someone’s life. It’s not a wonder that you have been able to travel this long – you never gave up!

    Congrats!

    Will

  31. Larissa

    Very cool, Earl! Am trying to do the same thing over here in Sweden. I’ve had temporary residence as a student for 2 years now but since my studies are just about over and have no offers of employment, I may need to get pretty creative as well. What kind of benefits do you receive as a temporary resident? Any sort of health care? Curious how it is in Romania.

  32. The Travel Fool

    Great article Earl. Just goes to show what can be done with a little creativity. Whether it is obtaining a Visa or finding a sponsor/partner to work with it is all about thinking outside the box and creating your own opportunities. Sounds like you and Romania are both getting good deals here.

  33. Nettie

    Hi Earl. I have enjoyed your colorful descriptions of travel with illustrious verbiage to define the wonders of which you have experienced. However, I am perplexed. How can you be “wandering” if you have, and I quote, “I’ve now spent over 140 days in Romania since the end of December 2011.” It seems like you are actually “Romanian Earl” instead of wandering. And honestly, I am so sad that you have lost your adventurous spirit. I realize that this comment is not of the genera which you normally approve, and that I take as the truth. But know this, I enjoy your blog, and if by chance you want to address my concern, I think I am not alone in your followers to deserve an answer.

    1. Earl

      Hey Nettie – Thanks for your comment and I certainly approve any comment that comes my way! As for your question though, I definitely have not lost my adventurous spirit at all. I just returned to Romania after spending over a month in the Balkans, I’m heading to Moldova this weekend, off to Estonia and Finland next month and then off to India in October where I’ll spend two months. I’m not sure I can move around any more than that 🙂

      But yes, so far this year I have spent a significant time in Romania, and to be honest, I’ve done this so that I can work on some new projects that I’ve created and be able to continue earning money. It is not easy to earn money online while constantly moving around and also, to earn money online one needs to constantly be working on new projects and ideas. So I decided to take six months to stay in one place (even though I’ve still traveled quite a bit during this time) and work on these projects I have. I wouldn’t say that’s losing my adventurous spirit at all…instead, I’m using that spirit to find a way to continue wandering around the world for as long as I want without having to go home and get an office job.

      Also, staying in one place for a longer period of time certainly offers a much different, and incredibly rewarding, experience for a traveler as I have been able to connect with Bucharest and its people more than I have ever been able to connect with any other destination I’ve visited. So I see nothing wrong with enjoying all types of travel experiences and I’m quite certain that the overwhelming majority of the readers of this site agree.

      You certainly can’t blame me for wanting to earn money so that I can continue with this lifestyle and taking 6 months to help my situation is not such a big deal considering that I’ve been on the road for over 13 years!

  34. Wends of Journeys and Travels

    This is a very inspiring post Earl. I am so thrilled to also try this, perhaps not in Romania but somewhere else. I am so touched by this. I love the way you say it when u filled the “other” portion to which you obviously belong while applying for the permanent resident visa in Romania. Romanians are indeed very accommodating and kind.

    Cheers Earl for your new-found home!

  35. Natalie

    Earl, thank you so much for posting this inspiring story. I’m really impressed with your outside-the-box thinking! Congratulations and enjoy your newfound home in Romania!

  36. Marica

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but this is my first comment here. 🙂

    I have a question about temporary residency: are there work restrictions on it like maximum hours/week or anything of the sort? … I’m moving to Prague in three weeks to teach English so I know I’m getting a work visa, but I’ve also considered living in another country at some point for a short-term (like a year). I’m not sure which country I’d choose, as I hope to see as many countries as I can! 😀

    Greetings from Ohio, Marica

    1. Earl

      Hey Marica – Every country has different rules but in general, if you want to work in a foreign country, you would need to secure a job before you apply for the visa. Then, your company would sponsor you and provide the necessary paperwork for you to get the residency. As for my visa, I am not allowed to work here (except on my computer as I normally do) because I chose to get residency in the “Other” category, not in the “Employment” category. In order to work, you need to find a way to get a visa under the “Employment” category instead.

  37. Sylvain Beauregard

    Thanks for the info. I’ve begun looking for info about the Schengen visas. I’m planning a visit to France (since I’m in Quebec and we have French roots, it’s often useful) consulate to inquire about residency visas. UK consulate could be useful too (being a Canadian, member of the Commonwealth) but UK isn’t part of the Schengen zone.

    Based on your story, I doubt I’ll have much problem finding a sponsor if needed… but my problem is I don’t want to be forced to have a permanent address in a given country… I want to be able to be constantly roam all over Europe without being tied to one country where I’d have to return to every X days for example.

    1. Earl

      Hey Sylvain – Every country has their own rules as to how much time you have to spend inside of the country when you have residency…some are quite strict while others are quite lenient. And having an address doesn’t mean you need to be there all the time…I have an address here in Romania but it’s nothing I consider permanent.

    1. Earl

      Thanks Maria and yes, now you have a new idea the next time you do find a place you that you could picture yourself using as a base for a while!

    1. Earl

      Hey Liz – There are ways to make it happen…just find a place you like and go from there. There’s always Romania 🙂

  38. Megan

    Hi Earl,
    I found your blog through a top 10 or something travel blog list, and I really enjoy your posts. You definitely have a good online voice and you have some pretty awesome tales to share (this one included… AMAZING.. residency! Whut!)!
    I will soon be quitting my job (4 more weeks) and then beginning my own nomadic journey (for as long as my heart desires – fingers crossed).
    Anyways, I’m sure you’re not short of compliments on your stories, but it never hurts to get some more… does it!?
    Great read!!! I agree you are amongst the top 10 of which I’ve been reading. Glad I found your blog.
    Megan

    1. Earl

      Hey Megan – I really do appreciate the comment here as it does always help to know what new readers think of the site. So, welcome to the blog and I certainly look forward to interacting with you some more as you begin your own adventure!

  39. Tyrhone

    Very thrifty of you earl.
    I was South African, but due to ancestry and living in London for 10 years, I have an English passport, which means I can live and work anywhere in the EU, very handy. Getting an Australian permanent residence was a bit more difficult though. For that I had to hook up with an Aussie girl and convince her I was worth keeping:)

  40. Chris Booth

    Very, very interesting. Most of the time you wouldn’t even think about temporary residency, nevermind the creative way you beat the system. Border-hops usually the way it’s done.

    I have to say that it sounds like you had amazing immigration officials there though, wonderful of them to go so far as to basically tell you how to circumvent the usual protocol. Who says they’re all mean, corrupt, disinterested, and rude?

    Kudos!

    1. Earl

      Hey Chris – Indeed, those were very nice immigration officials I dealt with. And before I began the process I was warned by several locals that I would face nothing but a bureaucratic nightmare but in the end, I experienced nothing that even remotely resembled such a thing.

  41. Jeff Titelius

    What a fantastic and inspiring post my friend and such creativity to find a solution, we all knew it was there somewhere, to your challenge! You know, there’s hope for all of us after all thanks you! Glad everything worked out in your favor!!

  42. Kieran Power

    I went through the hassle of getting a 2 year residence visa in the UK, but it does not sound like such a hassle after reading what you had to do! The UK is nearly not as interesting as setting up base in a country like Romania, but at least it is a base for me to go out and see more of Europe for a while. I will be heading to Romania in December/January. If you are still there you should show me some of the sights!

    1. Earl

      Hey Kieran – A base is a base and as long as you’re happy over there in UK, then that’s all that counts. Not sure if I’ll be in Romania during the winter this time around but if I do end up here, I’ll be glad to show you around.

  43. Alina Ciabai

    Hi,
    What happen to you was really fun and cool. If I’d known you were looking for an ONG in Romania (and if I would have read your blog then) I would have offered our organization’s help. It’s a Cultural local Organization named DTS Flow (in Drobeta Turnu Severin) and for our next project, in September, this year, we have a cultural experience exchange with Cyprus, Macedonia and Serbia, and us, and it’s all happening here, in Romania, Orsova (you’ve pass by on your way to Serbia for your holiday via train).
    We will talk about cultural differences, music, dance, traditions and anything we think is an issue with people and cultures all over the world. Your blog will help me create some debates about how others view us, but if u have anymore ideas that could help me I’ll be glad to write them down.
    Again, I like reading you, and I’m glad you are fond of Romania. I hope you will find someday a place that you would wish never to leave it behind, because that place will definitely be the best place in the world considering you have seen everything.

    1. Earl

      Hey Alina – That sounds like a very interesting ONG you are involved in and when exactly is the cultural experience exchange? What dates in September? I will certainly have a think and see if I can come up with any ideas for you for that event…I always find it fascinating when people discuss their preconceived notions about a place in comparison to the reality they discover when they actually visit that destination and meet the people who live there. Usually, we find that the countries we visit are very different than what we think we’ll find!

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