Spain Could Soon Introduce a Digital Nomad Visa
Over the last two years, as the pandemic changed how many people live and work, several countries introduced a new type of visa, usually called a digital nomad visa. This was already a thing even before the pandemic, but its adaptation accelerated as more people were already working from home. These visas aim to attract remote workers who can do their job from anywhere in the world.
Spain is now the latest country that’s planning to offer a digital nomad visa. An official announcement is expected in the next few months.
“The digital nomad visa will attract and retain international and national talents by helping remote workers and digital nomads set up in Spain,” the Ministry of Economy has said, as reported by The Independent.
The Startup Act introduced in Spain recently, would give foreigners the option to live and work in the country for six to 12 months without needing an official work visa. To be eligible, they need to make at least 80% of their income working for non-Spanish companies. Up to two extensions would be allowed, meaning that you could potentially stay in Spain for up to three years.
If approved, this new visa would apply to foreign nationals from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. That opens the door to English citizens, as well as Americans and many others.
Currently, travelers from the U.K., the U.S., and several other nations are only allowed to stay in Spain and other EU countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period, if they don’t have a visa.
The draft of the new law will be sent to the Spanish parliament soon for approval. But if you’re looking to work from Europe, other countries like Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Iceland, Germany, and Romania offer similar options. If you’re looking for a place closer to home then you can check out Costa Rica, Bermuda, Antigua, Barbados, Cayman Islands and Mexico.