Countries around the world are starting to offer remote workers the option to live and work abroad via a Digital Nomad Visa (DNV). As Travel Noire recently reported, Portugal was one such country to do so recently. And now Spain is expected to be the next country to offer digital nomad visas.
The digital nomad life is one that appeals to many. This lifestyle choice has increased in recent years as the trend towards remote working has increased in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to expertsthis rise in remote work shows no intention of slowing down and an estimated 35.7 million Americans, or 22% of the workforce, will be remote by 2025.
With these statistics, it’s no wonder so many countries want to take advantage of this trend in order to bring more interest and talent to their nation. Costa Rica, Indonesia, Portugal, Thailandand Colombia are just a few examples. And now Spain is on the horizon to offer DNVs to promising applicants.
While the Spanish DNVs have yet to be officially approved and finalized, visa talks began in January 2022 as part of the recent Start-up act.
Learn more about Spanish digital nomad visas, including what they entail, who can apply, and more.
Why does Spain offer digital nomad visas?
Like many other countries, Spain is looking for ways to take advantage of the expedited remote work options offered post-pandemic. Offering remote workers the chance to work and live in Spain could attract more talent to the country, leading to increased financial support in the country. More digital nomads working in Spain could also increase Spain’s purchasing power, job opportunities and community investment.
But in addition to the advantages, it should be noted that attracting an influx of digital nomads to a single city can have drawbacks. Namely, rising rental prices and overcrowding. At this point, anyone interested in the digital nomad opportunity in Spain should consider living in one of Spain’s smaller rural provinces. Digital nomads could help rejuvenate these more depopulated areas.
What are the details?
Details are still being worked out, but that’s what we know so far.
The Spanish Digital Nomad Visa will allow non-EU/EEA/EFTA nationals to live and work in Spain. The visa is open to remote workers or freelancers who work for non-Spanish companies; visa applicants will only be able to obtain a maximum of 20% of their income from Spanish companies.
According to Spanish officials, the digital nomad visa will initially be valid for 12 months. After that, eligible workers can extend their stay for up to five years. Close relatives, such as children and spouses, are eligible to join the applicant in Spain.
Additionally, there are tax advantages when you get a digital nomad visa in Spain. Applicants can enjoy a lower cost of living as they will be taxed at 15%, instead of the standard base rate of 25%. But that’s only for the first four years.
Who can apply?
Currently, the eligibility requirements for the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa are as follows:
Be a national of a non-EU/EEA/EFTA country
Remote work for a non-Spanish company
Demonstrate that you have been working remotely for at least one year and that you have an employment contract or, if you are self-employed, show proof that a non-Spanish company regularly employs you.
Have an income of less than 20% from Spanish companies
How to Apply for Spanish Visa for Digital Nomads
The application process has not yet been confirmed, but it is likely that applicants will need to visit a Spanish Embassy or Consulate to apply. Online applications may also be valid.
You will probably be asked to provide some or all of the following documents:
A valid passport
A work contract
Proof of sufficient income
proof of accommodation; usually a rental contract
Proof of health insurance
Other visas offered by Spain
Check out some of these other common visa options offered by Spain. Choose the one that best suits your situation and immediate needs.
Each of these visas has its own specific requirements and application process. Before applying, be sure to do your research.