10 European Countries Offering Digital Nomad Visas in 2023
Since the pandemic, many countries have introduced a digital nomad visa to encourage foreigners to live and work there.
As more companies are adopting remote working, more people have the chance to live in another country and still be able to carry out their work. A digital nomad visa gives individuals an easy way of exploring a new country whilst working.
Below, we look into some of the European countries that are offering a digital nomad visa in 2023 and what you’ll need to be eligible to apply.
Portugal launched its digital nomad visa at the end of 2022. Non-EU remote workers who wish to apply for this visa will have to earn at least four times Portuguese minimum wage, which amounts to around €2,836 per month.
Successful applicants will be able to live and work in Portugal for up to one year, with the option to then apply for residency and stay on a longer basis if they wish.
In the past few years, Portugal has made huge investments in building a high-speed internet infrastructure and has encouraged international businesses to set up shop in the country. Portugal is known for its warm climate and relaxed lifestyle, with plenty of outside activities and sophisticated culture to enjoy.
Croatia introduced its digital nomad visa in early 2021, allowing individuals who work for a foreign employer to live and work from the country. Non-EU citizens who earn at least €2,300 are able to apply for the residence permit, or those who have at least €27,000 in their bank.
Applicants will not be able to work for a Croatian employer – they will only be able to work for a business based overseas. It costs around €30-€60 to for the application, plus around €45 in administration fees.
Successful applicants can live and work from Croatia for six months to a year and will have to leave the country for at least 90 days after this period before applying for a new visa.
Read our Croatia Digital Nomad Visa Guide for more information.
The Czech Republic’s digital nomad visa, known locally as the zivno visa, is for non-EU remote workers who are freelance or run their own business. It requires the applicant to have a trade licence connected to a specific industry.
Successful applicants can live and work in the Czech Republic for up to one year. It costs around €200 to apply for the visa and applicants must have at least €5,000 in their bank account.
Although the application process for the Czech digital nomad visa is slightly more complex than some other European countries, the Czech Republic is favoured for its beautiful architecture, vibrant nightlife, and low cost of living.
Greece launched its digital nomad visa in 2021. It allows non-EU remote workers to live and work in the country for up to one year, with the option to apply for a longer residency after this period or to extend the digital nomad visa up to three years in total. Successful applicants are also able to bring along immediate family members, for an additional fee.
Applicants for the Greek digital nomad visa are not permitted to work for Greek companies – they must only work for businesses based overseas. It costs around €75 to apply for the visa and applicants must be able to show they earn at least €3,500 per month.
Iceland’s digital nomad visa requires the applicant to be a non-EU citizen and not work for an Icelandic company. The visa allows successful applicants to stay in the country for six months, as long as they come from a country that has a visa-free agreement with Iceland.
Applicants must demonstrate that they earn at least €7,000 per month, or €9,000 if they want to bring their spouse with them. The visa costs around €86 to apply.
Iceland has stunning landscapes but also has a high cost of living, hence the high earning amount required. Whilst successful applicants are living and working in Iceland, they will not be considered tax residents.
Norway’s digital nomad visa, also known as an independent contractor visa, allows successful applicants to live and work in Norway for up to two years. Applicants must be able to prove they are self-employed with an established business outside of Norway. They must also prove they earn at least €36,870 per year.
Applicants must also show they have a contract with at least one Norwegian client and pay at least minimum wage to one skilled worker.
Norway also offers the Svalbard Digital Nomad Visa. This allows applicants to live and work on Svalbard, an island close to the North Pole. Due to the Government’s interest in boosting the economy of Svalbard and maintaining a community there, the Svalbard Digital Nomad Visa is lifelong.
The Hungary digital nomad visa, also known as the White card, was launched at the end of 2021. It allows successful applicants to live and work in Hungary for up to one year, and there is then an option to extend the visa for up to one year again.
To be eligible, applicants must be non-EU citizens employed by a business based outside of Hungary. Individuals must show they earn at least €2,000 per month. The visa costs around €110 to apply.
Budapest, Hungary’s capital city, is known for having some of the fastest internet speeds in Europe, as well as offering residents plenty to see and do, including thermal spas and gorgeous architecture.
The Malta digital nomad visa, also known as the Nomad Residence Permit, was introduced in 2021. It allows non-EU remote workers who are employed by a foreign business to live in and work from Malta up to one year. There is an option to extend the visa after this period.
Applicants must be able to show they earn at least €2,700 per month. The visa costs around €300 to apply for.
Malta is celebrated for its warm climate and low cost of living. It also boasts high internet speeds and 5G network, so it’s perfect for digital nomads working remotely.
Italy’s digital nomad visa will be launched in early 2023. It will be aimed at “highly skilled” individuals, including those who have a university degree or similar qualification, or someone who has been working in their field for a certain period of time.
Whilst the specific details are still being finalised, it’s expected that the digital nomad visa for Italy will be for non-EU remote workers who are employed by a business based overseas.
Italy also has a self-employment visa which allows successful applicants to live and work in Italy for up to one year. Applicants for this visa must be able to show they earn at least €8,500 per year.
Spain’s digital nomad visa is expected to launch sometime in 2023. It’s expected that the minimum income requirement will be €2,000 per month and only non-EU remote workers who are employed by a company based overseas will be eligible.
The application fee is still to be determined. It’s thought that the Spanish digital nomad visa will allow successful applicants to live and work in Spain for up to five years, although this is still to be confirmed.
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