The Spanish government is in the process of developing a special digital nomad visa. This opportunity will allow nomads to experience life in the country while working from their laptops. Read on for everything you need to know about getting a digital nomad visa in Spain.
So, you’re a digital nomad and you see yourself in Spain for the foreseeable future?
Spain is preparing to launch an exciting new visa for digital nomads. The visa will take advantage of the wide increase in remote working opportunities following the COVID-19 pandemic.
As awareness of remote working increases, governments around the world are looking for ways to accommodate foreign remote workers as a means of boosting their economies. . . And that means more cash flowing into the country, and better visa contracts for us!
Spain is following in the footsteps of countries like Greece, Croatia and Estonia in issuing digital nomad visas. These allow you to live in the country for extended periods of time without having to apply for residency.
So, what exactly is a digital nomad visa?
Let’s dive in!
What is a digital nomad visa?
The newly proposed digital nomad visa in Spain will allow digital nomads to live in the country and work remotely for foreign companies, without applying for a a full work visa or residency.
While not yet fully legally developed, it is currently expected that a digital nomad visa will allow you to travel the country, live, and work freely on your laptop for up to a year. After that, you should be able to renew it for a further 2 years so long as you continue to meet the requirements.
Who is the digital nomad visa for?
The digital nomad visa in Spain is ideal for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers who have multiple international clients or are employed by non-Spanish companies.
The visa is being designed for digital nomads and remote workers from Non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries who work for non-Spanish companies. So, if you’re not from an EU country and work remotely, the digital nomad visa is for you. (If you have an EU passport, you can already work remotely in the country for up to 6 months without having to register officially).
Important info about the digital nomad visa in Spain
It’s important to bear in mind that the digital nomad visa is still being developed by the Spanish government. This means that the details could (and likely will!) change before the final draft is legally passed.
That being said, it seems likely that whatever the final details, the new visa will make it much easier to apply for residency when you arrive in Spain. The current tourist visa doesn’t allow foreigners to work in the country. Hence why the new digital nomad visa is being introduced. Unlike the current tourist and ‘non-lucrative’ work visas, the new digital nomad visa will ease the process of finding a place to live, working remotely, and paying non-resident income tax.
How to apply for your digital nomad visa
Since the final details of the visa are still under consideration by the Spanish government, it is not yet fully clear how the visa will need to be applied for. But it seems most likely that applicants will need to register at a local consulate or Spanish embassy.
Basically… watch this space!
Where will you stay in Spain when you have your digital nomad visa?
Ok, so hopefully we’ve covered how to go about securing your digital nomad visa in Spain. But let’s get real for a sec…
Where will you stay for up to three years when you arrive?
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