I am about to launch my shopify store as an individual, I do not have a registered business. I've seen the Romanian payment gateway, I got declined from 2checkout, adyen and quickpay. Stripe and Shopify payments are unavailable here. What else can I try to set up payment? Is it necessary to have a registered business for this even though I do not know if I am going to make any revenue yet? I've seen posts about setting your address to a foreign country so you can use Stripe (legally) but this seems sketchy to me. Any thoughts?
Elias here with Shopify Support. Thank you for reaching out.
I can appreciate that you tried applying for a merchant account with a few supported payment processors. There are a few more options you can try out, have you taken a look at our list of supported payment gateways in Romania?
As for the business registration, I recommend speaking to the city or a legal advisor locally as we aren’t able to offer legal advice. However, I was able to find an article that might be able to help you out - ‘Starting a Business in Romania, Cutting the Red Tape.’
Stripe will likely request documents, such as proof of residence or government-issued photo identification, so I don’t think setting your address to a foreign country will work. Don’t worry, there are other options you can try from our list, such as Authorize.Net or Checkout.com.
I hope this provides a couple of solutions for you to look into! If you have any other questions on this topic, feel free to let me know in this thread.
Thank you for joining the thread! I understand you're also looking for a payment gateway in Romania. There are quite a few payment gateways available, such as Stripe, Authorize.Net, 2Checkout, Checkout.com, eMerchantBroker (EMB), or IDEAL (Mollie). With that said, did you get a chance to view our list of supported payment gateways for Romania? If so, may I know which payment gateways you've tried so far?