Greece introduced a digital nomad visa during the summer for those looking to live and work in the country for overseas-based employers.
The visa arouses great interest among many professionals keen to combine the lifestyle offered by the country with their ability to work remotely.
The visa process is managed by Greek consular authorities in the country where the applicant resides. Applicants already located in Greece can apply for the visa at Ministry of Migration.
Remote workers will, however, be able to provide proof of employment and a monthly income of at least 3,500 euros, based on the rules established by the Greek government.
EY Greece has provided some helpful advice on the more technical details related to the process in the questions and answers listed below which can also be viewed here.
What status does the Digital Nomad Visa provide?
Holders of a digital nomad visa have the right to legally reside in Greek territory, without any right of access to Greek salaried employment or commercial activity in Greece.
Who is eligible for a Digital Nomad Visa?
Third country nationals (outside the EU) who are either employees or self-employed, working remotely with employers or clients outside Greece using information and communication technologies (digital nomads).
Which authority is responsible for issuing the Digital Nomad Visa?
The Greek consular authority of the applicant’s main place of residence is competent to issue a digital nomad visa, applying an accelerated procedure.
The Digital Nomad residence permit is issued by the competent authority of the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum.
What is the basic condition for issuing a digital nomad visa?
In order to be eligible for a Digital Nomad Visa, the applicant is required (among other prerequisites) to provide proof that they have sufficient resources, as stable income, to cover their living expenses during their stay in the country, without burdening the national social protection system. The amount of sufficient resources is set at three thousand five hundred (3,500) euros per month.
If the applicant’s resources come from salaried employment or from independent provision of services, the minimum amount above refers to net income, after payment of the taxes required in the country where the employment or services are provided.
The above amount is increased by twenty percent (20%) for the spouse or partner and by fifteen percent (15%) for each child. In addition, the applicant is required to provide documents proving that they are a dependent employee or self-employed person working remotely with employers or clients outside of Greece, covering the validity period of the digital nomad visa.
I am already in Greece, am I eligible for a Digital Nomad Visa?
A third-country citizen, along with family members, who qualify for a digital nomad visa and have already entered Greece
territory, either with a uniform visa type or under a visa-free regime, have the possibility, during the period of validity of their existing visa, to request the single service of the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum for the issuance of a digital nomadic residence permit.
In this case, they will also be required to present documents proving their residence address in Greece.
Are family members eligible for a visa?
Family members are eligible for an individual visa, valid for the same period as the digital nomad visa, which does not give entitlement to employment or professional activity in Greece.
How long is a digital nomad visa valid for?
A Digital Nomad Visa is valid for a period of up to 12 months. If the third-country national considers that he will continue to be eligible after this period, then before the expiration of the visa, he may request the issuance of a Digital Nomad residence permit, valid for 2 years ( with possibility of renewal). Also in this case, family members are eligible.