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6 Affordable European Countries Where Travelers Can Stay Long Term

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These European countries allow American travelers to stay long-term without applying for a visa or residency.

Perfect for long-term travelers and digital nomads, these destinations are a great place to base yourself in Europe – not to mention they're all extremely affordable!

Excluded from this list are countries in the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area consists of 27 countries in Europe (23 of which are also part of the European Union.)

Woman overlooking mountains in Albania, european

Americans are only allowed to spend 90 days out of every 180 days in the Schengen Area without a visa.

The countries below are all non-Schengen countries, so, for long-term travelers, you can spend 90 days in Schengen countries and then bounce to any of these countries for the next 90 days while you wait for your time in the Schengen Area to “reset.”

Similarly, digital nomads who are looking for a base where they can spend several months to a year will enjoy these affordable European countries:

Hot air balloons in Cappadocia Turkey, european

1. Albania

Albania is one of the best European countries where Americans can stay long-term for up to one year without a visa.

It's an underrated country that has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, along with a cool capital city, charming small towns, stunning nature, friendly people, and affordable prices.

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Boat in the water in Saranda Albania, european

2. Georgia

Although it straddles the space between Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Georgia is another country included on this list because Americans can stay here for up to one year without a visa.

Georgia is a growing digital nomad hotspot because of its fast Internet, low cost of living, delicious food, and great quality of life. There is plenty to explore in Georgia.

History lovers will enjoy the country's unique and fascinating history and blend of cultures, while those who love the great outdoors will be blown away by Georgia's natural beauty.

Woman in Tbilisi Georgia, european

3. Montenegro

Montenegro allows American tourists to stay in the country for up to 90 days without a visa, and it's not part of the Schengen Area like neighboring Croatia, which just joined in January 2023.

This small Balkan nation packs a big punch. Montenegro is a bucket list-worthy destination in Europe thanks to its dramatic scenery, beautiful Adriatic beaches, enchanting historic towns, and national parks.

Picturesque Perat In Kotor Bay, Montenegro, Balkans

4. Romania

Although Romania is part of the European Union (the only country on this list that is), it's not yet part of the Schengen Area.

This means that travelers can stay in Romania for up to 90 days without a visa, and it won't count against their time in the Schengen Area.

Romania is an affordable, beautiful destination in Europe. The vibrant capital city Bucharest, quaint small towns like Brasov, ancient fortresses like Bran Castle (which is said to have inspired Dracula), and stunning scenery are just a few reasons to visit Romania.

Peles castle Sinaia in autumn season, Transylvania, Romania protected by Unesco World Heritage Site

5. Turkey

Americans can stay for up to 90 days in Turkey, with an easy visa-on-arrival, another European country that is on the East-West divide.

Turkey's Istanbul is a must-visit destination, along with the beaches of Antalya. This country is one of the most affordable in Europe for a sailing trip or beach vacation.

Cappadocia is another bucket list spot in Turkey, known for its otherworldly landscapes and hot air balloon rides.

Young Female Tourist Pictured With Her Backpack As She Stands On Galata Bridge Looking At The Historical Peninsula Of Istanbul, Turkyie, Turkey, Eurasia, Middle East, Eastern Europe

6. Serbia

Finally, on this list, Serbia is another one of the best countries in Europe where Americans can stay long-term without a visa.

Serbia allows visitors up to 90 days in the country. This landlocked Balkan nation is highly underrated and extremely affordable, making it perfect for long-term travelers who want to get off the beaten path.

Its capital city Belgrade is vibrant and cool, while the rest of the country boasts natural beauty like Tara National Park and quaint, historic small towns.

The City Of Belgrade, Capital Of Serbia, Seen From A Boat On The River Sava, Eastern Europe, Balkan Peninsula

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Khurram Shehzad

Tuesday 31st of January 2023

Dubai is best I am live in dubai


Tuesday 24th of January 2023

What about UK? You can stay six months without a visa.


Tuesday 24th of January 2023

@Sally, hardly affordable!


Monday 23rd of January 2023

How is 90 days long term? And why is Schengen excluded if it is long term? Or why exclude somewhere like Poland where Schengen doesn't apply to Americans? Weird list.


Wednesday 25th of January 2023

@P, not only weird list but biased also. Why is Bulgaria excluded? Lovely country and inexpensive!


Tuesday 24th of January 2023

@P, exactly. This is a super weird list.


Monday 23rd of January 2023

Let's hope Romania stays out of schengen. And maybe someday hopefully they can withdraw from EU and nato too.


Wednesday 25th of January 2023

@Stephan, are you drunk? Or just a boomer?


Monday 23rd of January 2023


Nonsense....why should it? To become the next victim of Putin's insanity? I know, Republican Americans admire Putin and his dictatorship and wish they could implement the same back home....but..l am pretty sure Romanians have not forgotten how it felt living under a madman. So l am pretty sure they will opt for remaining part of the free world.... those who claim EU and NATO were organisations of evil have no clue what dictatorship really means....