Digital nomads are anyone whose profession allows them to be location independent, whether as an entrepreneur or remote worker.
Spain’s digital nomad visa is open to non-EU nationals who work remotely for non-Spanish companies. Applicants are allowed to get a maximum of 20 per cent of their income from Spanish firms.
Both self-employed freelancers with multiple clients and remote workers employed by a single company outside of Spain are eligible for the visa.
There must be proof that you have been employed with your clients or company for more than three months before applying, and the company you work for must have been operational for at least one year. You need to have proof of a contract of employment, or if freelancing, have been regularly employed by a company outside of Spain— and that your job can be done remotely.
You must also prove that you are qualified or experienced in your field. At least three year’s work experience is required in lieu of qualifications such as a university degree or professional certificate.
The income threshold is set at 200 per cent of the country’s monthly minimum wage and can be proven using bank statements, contracts, and invoices. Currently, this amounts to €2,334 per month or €28,000 per year, but it is likely to rise slightly as the country is reevaluating its minimum wage.
Applicants must have no criminal record in Spain or the country where they have resided for the five years prior to the application.
Digital nomad visas in Spain are initially valid for 12 months or for the duration of the employment period if its shorter than 12 months. They can be renewed for up to five years. To maintain the visa, you must not be absent from the country for more than six months per year. Remote workers can also apply for a residency card, which grants the ability to travel throughout the EU while living in Spain.
With some of the best internet speeds in the EU, low cost of living and plenty of warm weather, Spain is already a popular destination for remote workers. The coastal city of Valencia was recently voted the best city for expats in the world and Madrid was also in the top 10. In December, three of the country’s villages came out top in UNWTO’s annual ranking of the best villages for tourism across the globe, while a Spanish town is officially home to the most beautiful street in Europe, according to UNESCO.