Anyone who dreams of working for long periods in Europe (and the freedom to travel throughout the region) will be pleased to know that there are more options available for those who can work remotely. As a way to combat the economic effects of the pandemic, the EU governments are increasingly luring these digital nomads .
Many European countries have programs to attract digital nomads. These are people who are employed and are able to spend money immediately in their country and boost the economy.
The applicant must show proof of a steady income. This is often around $2,000, and most visas are valid for up to one year.
Existing schemes are in place in Georgia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, Iceland (where the scheme goes by the name Aufenthaltserlaubnis für selbstandige Tatigkeit), Norway and Portugal (where you only need to prove a net income of $600, and the visa can be renewed for 5 years), Malta and Hungary, and , more recently, Romania.
The biggest draw of the digital nomad visa visa is its ability to allow for extended stays in countries. Most visas can only be used for three months. Visas don’t have to be renewed if the visitor plans to stay for longer than that. These nomad visa programs are less complicated than traditional visa schemes for obtaining work visas in EU country.
Spain announced today that it will launch a digital nomad visa. The visa would allow people who work for clients and companies from outside the country to enter the country for up to six months. However, residency-visas can be extended under certain conditions. Euronews reported this could extend to up to three years in certain cases.
This scheme is part Spain’s new Start Up Act, which aims to revive towns and villages that are experiencing declining populations. However, its beauty and location could be attractive to people who want to work remotely from new locations.
30 villages, for instance, have signed up to the Red Nacional de Pueblos Acogedores para el Teletrabajo (or National Network of Welcoming Villages for Remote workers). These villages are located in the country and have a population of less than 5,000 people. They offer big benefits for people looking to move, either temporarily or permanently.