The momentum behind special residence visas for digital nomads is gathering steam globally as Portugal and Spain are the latest countries to throw their hats into the ring hoping to attract remote workers and their relatively hefty disposable incomes!
Just to clarify, EU / EEA citizens do not need any kind of visa to live and work in another EU member state. The digital nomad visa is for non-EU citizens who usually are limited to a maximum of stay of 90 days in any 180 day period within the European Union. This means that for example, digital nomads from the USA and post-brexit UK citizens amongst others may typically stay in the EU for 90 days, then either return home or go elsewhere for another 90 days before being able to spend time in the EU again. This is of course quite limiting for those that would like spend longer in a particular EU country.
Digital nomad visas are the answer and allow for a longer stay in the host country, for example for one year which is much better for those that wish to live in a country instead of just spend a few weeks passing through. Digitial nomad visas can also extend the possibility of non EU citizens to spend time in the Schengen area for the duration of their digital nomad visa.
One of the first countries to offer a digital nomad visa of sorts was Estonia back in 2020 and since then governments all over the world are creating digital nomad visas of their own in order to attract remote workers to their countries.
Below we have compiled a guide to the various digital nomad visas available in Europe for 2022/2023
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