Spain – Proposed Digital Nomad Visa

There has been huge interest from remote workers in the so-called “Digital Nomad Visa” schemes that have been launched from several attractive locations, including Barbados and Malta. If you are employed, self-employed or run your own company/consultancy it is possible to gain residency in a desirable location and also register for a favourable tax regime.

Probably the most exciting announcement recently has been Spain’s whereby a digital nomad visa scheme is expected to be announced in the next month or so. We understand that as part of the country’s recent Start-up Act, foreign nationals employed by overseas companies, or consultants whereby 80% of their income is derived from non-Spanish companies, will be allowed to live in Spain without needing a full employment visa.

The Spanish Ministry of Economy has stated: ‘The digital nomad visa will attract and retain international and national talents by helping remote workers and digital nomads set up in Spain’. Following Brexit, UK nationals are only allowed to spend 90 days visa free (within a period of 180 days) in Spain so this may be a very attractive development for Brits looking to spend longer periods in mainland Spain or the Spanish islands. It is widely anticipated that the Spanish digital nomad visa scheme will allow overseas/Non EU residents to spend between 6 to 12 months living and working ‘remotely ‘in Spain. This may then be extended for a further 12 months and then to possibly extend further.

Spain is a great country to live in. Along with a fabulous climate providing 300 + days of sunshine a year, Spain has a fantastic culinary scene. It is also the third biggest wine producing country after France and Italy. Spain’s Costas are firm favourites of many international visitors, Costa Brava, Dorada, Blanca, Azahar, Calida, Almeria, de la Luz and of course Costa del Sol all offer attractive lifestyles. Also consider living in the vibrant larger cities that offer rich culture, unbeatable night life and top-notch dining. Wannabe Spanish residents should also consider the North of the country – San Sebastian, Pamplona, Haro (the capital of Rioja) and Hondarribia are all worth investigating.

Further West we recommend Gijon, Vigo and Leon.

Don’t forget the Canary Islands that offer year-round sunshine, and the Balearics – all prime locations that would be perfect to settle.

Spain has a very reasonable cost of living. Food and drink can be generally cheaper than neighbouring France and rents can be very affordable depending on the location. It is possible to rent a small apartment near the coast for as little as €400 per month. Although property prices have been rising steadily in Spain in recent years, there are still bargains to be had. We are currently advertising two bed apartments with communal pools from €140,000 and even detached homes from just over €200,000

As soon as further details of the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa are released, we will post full details with assistance for applications and relocation.

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