Digital Nomad Visa Spain : complete guide 2022

Visa approved for digital nomads and remote workers in Spain. The startup law offers visas to remote workers and digital nomads from 2022, one of the most sought-after visas for digital nomads.
Digital Nomad Visa Spain

Spain has always been a favourite destination for tourists, and even more so for digital nomads. We love Spain.

Not only because of the number of amazing places to visit, but also because it is one of the European countries with the lowest cost of living.

Spain, keen to expand its economy and take advantage of the teleworking trend, has a visa project for digital nomads and remote workers called Ley de Startups.

Although not yet fully approved, the project is already underway, and it is likely that by the first half of this year, digital nomads will be able to live in Spain for a long period of time.

We bring you fresh information on how to apply for this long-awaited visa for all nomadic travellers and remote workers eager to travel and live in Spain.

What is a digital nomad visa?

Until recently, after the pandemic-driven telework boom, countries finally started to offer visas for digital nomads.

Although our nomadic lifestyle has been around for a long time, it wasn’t until 2020 that visas for people who work from anywhere started to be created. Estonia was the first country to grant a visa for nomads, who also offer e-residency for remote digital entrepreneurs.

This type of visa is ideal for remote or self-employed workers who take the opportunity to spend long periods of time abroad, without the time constraints of tourist visas.

The “Digital nomad visa” works differently in each country, and can even be called by different names. However, this visa is characterized by the fact that it is:

  • A residence permit for more than 6 months (most of them for 1 year)
  • only applicable for individuals who have a foreign company or work remotely for companies outside the national territory.
  • A visa with no right or permission to work locally.

How does the visa for digital nomads work in Spain?

Spain joins the list of countries with a visa for digital nomads, with the Startups Law. A residence permit to live in Spain focused on attracting international talent and investment and boosting digital entrepreneurship in the country.

Thanks to the Startups Act, visas are granted for remote workers and digital entrepreneurs, as long as they are non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals.

People with a European passport can work remotely for up to 6 months without the need for official registration, thanks to being part of the community.

To apply for this type of visa, you must meet one of the following profiles:

  • Demonstrable digital nomad
  • Remote worker of a company outside Spanish territory.
  • Or a foreign worker of a foreign company located in Spain.
  • Digital entrepreneurs

Details of the duration of the digital nomad visa are still unknown, but it is believed that it will be very similar to the Non-profit Residency, which grants 1 year, with the possibility of renewal for up to 2 years.

This visa will also bring tax benefits for both companies and employees, as the Startup Act offers measures that are much more favourable than the country’s other permits.

With this law, Spain also appeals to expatriate Spaniards who have not resided in the country for at least the last 5 years, who are digital nomads or entrepreneurs. In these cases, the same visa benefits will apply.

How to apply for a Spanish visa as a digital nomad?

It is estimated that before the ETIAS permit is approved, the Startup Act will be in force. In other words, we will be able to start processing this visa very soon. We are still waiting for the official date when Spain will start receiving applications.

The visa can be applied for 30 days after arrival in the country, and it is possible to apply online. The government is committed to ensuring a fairly streamlined visa application process, with digital entrepreneurs and remote workers in mind.

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Requirements for obtaining a digital nomad visa in Spain

As with most Traveller visa processes, the following mandatory requirements must be met:

  • Filling out a visa application form
  • Pay the corresponding fee
  • Bank proof of income for the last 3 months.
  • Present documents proving that you are a remote worker for a company outside Spain.

According to the draft Startup Law, applicants for the nomadic visa in Spain will also have to comply with some specific requirements:

  • Proof of employment relationship with the foreign company for at least 3 months and for a period of at least 1 year.
  • Document proving work experience for more than 3 years
  • Highly qualified vocational qualification such as bachelor’s degree, postgraduate degree, business school-leaving certificate, etc.
  • Authorization for telecommuting or teleworking.

So far, there is no official list of mandatory visa requirements for digital nomads in Spain. This could change.

Can I use another visa to live in Spain and work remotely?

Until now, digital nomads in Spain were playing a bit of a gamble to be able to stay more than 3 or 6 months without the need to resort to a work or residence visa that would end up affecting the nomadic lifestyle.

Non-profit residency, although not a specific visa for digital nomads, could be applied in some cases.

However, without specialist advice, applications may be rejected. I am aware of some cases of refusal of this visa for certain nomads, as this type of visa was not created for this purpose.

This visa allows you to reside in Spain for one year and the possibility of renewing it for up to 2 more years, but on the condition that you do not exercise any lucrative activity in the country.

This permit is intended for people who have sufficient funds to guarantee the first year of stay. That is, about €32,000. Or demonstrate financial benefits from passive income, such as property or other assets.

In my opinion, this visa can be a bit complicated to obtain. That is why we now have the opportunity in Spain to opt for a special visa for digital nomads, remote workers and digital entrepreneurs.

Advantages and disadvantages of the Startup Law in Spain

Advantages of the visa for digital nomads in Spain

  • Visa applicable without risk of refusal
  • Possibility to live up to 3 years in Spain
  • Being able to register a company with tax benefits
  • Return opportunities for UK citizens and businesses affected by Brexit
  • Creation of more Coworking spaces and colivings in Spain
  • It could be a way to obtain permanent residence in Spain.
  • Spain could become a hub for digital entrepreneurship.

Disadvantages of the visa for digital nomads in Spain

  • The requirements may seem demanding
  • Ownership of a digital business is not a sufficient requirement.
  • Startups older than 5 years cannot apply for this visa.
  • No more than 20% of the total revenue can be generated locally.
  • Digital nomads would enter the tax system with payment of tax.

Which countries offer visas for digital nomads?

Although many countries have yet to grant this visa, the number of places where we can explore, work and live as digital nomads is growing.

To date, more than 40 countries are granting temporary residence permits for travellers who are working from all over the world.

Each visa has different application conditions, varying lengths of time, and requirements may be more flexible or demanding, depending on the country.

Here is a list of the countries that offer visas for nomads, depending on the region you want to visit:

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Trend
Duration
Tax
Mandatory travel insurance
Proof
Planet-Nomad.com
September 2022
in month
see recommanded
of income
Germany
36
$100
Yes
Yes
Anguila
12
$2000
Yes
Yes
Antigua Barbuda
24
$1500
Yes
Yes
Aruba
3
$75
Yes
No
Barbados
12
$2000
Yes
Yes
Bermuda
12
$260
Yes
Yes
Brazil
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🆕
Yes
Yes
Cape Verde
6
$60
Yes
Yes
Costa Rica
24
$550
Yes
Yes
Croatia
12
$155
Yes
Yes
Curaçao
6
$300
Yes
No
Cyprus
12
$65
Yes
Yes
Dominica
18
$900
Yes
Yes
Ecuador
24
$450
Yes
Yes
United Arab Emirates
12
$610
Yes
Yes
Estonia
12
$100
Yes
Yes
Georgia
12
$35
Yes
Yes
Grenada
12
$1500
Yes
Yes
Greece
12
$90
Yes
Yes
Iceland
6
$60
Yes
Yes
Cayman Islands
24
$1470
Yes
Yes
Seychelles Islands
12
$50
Yes
Yes
Malta
6
$315
Yes
Yes
Mauritius
12
$0
Yes
Yes
Mexico
12
$45
Yes
Yes
Montserrat
12
$500
Yes
Yes
Norway
48
$630
Yes
Yes
Panama
9
$300
Yes
Yes
Portugal
12
$165
Yes
Yes
Czech Republic
12
$165
Yes
Yes
Romania
12
$125
Yes
Yes
Saint Lucia
12
$70
Yes
Yes
Spain
Pending
Sri Lanka
12
$500
Yes
Yes
Michaël Louis
Michaël Louis
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