In the boom of remote work stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers are snatching up the opportunity to become digital nomads, and countries worldwide are creating new visas to welcome them. Spain is the latest country getting ready to welcome the change with a digital nomad visa that’s expected to be finalized within the next few months.
“The digital nomad visa will attract and retain international and national talents by helping remote workers and digital nomads set up in Spain,” according to a statement by the Ministry of Economy Nadia Calvino, as reported by The Independent. “Startups are the foundation of the new digital economy; they generate highly skilled jobs and have high growth potential.”
This will be beneficial for people hoping to work remotely in the country and who previously couldn’t under Spain’s standard 90-day tourist visa. With the country’s recent Startup Act, foreign nationals working remotely for non-Spanish companies won’t need more complicated visas to live in the country. The law is on its way to Parliament and must gain a majority vote to be passed.
Internationals from non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries and people who hold EU passports or those arriving from Schengen Zone countries will be able to apply, according to Spanish legal experts. You’ll need to make at least 80 percent of your income from companies outside Spain. Digital nomad visa-holders will be able to spend six to 12 months in the country with the option to receive up to two extensions.
Norway, Croatia, and Georgia already have digital nomad-friendly visas, and other countries like Costa Rica are expected to follow their lead. And there are great cities in the United States to travel to as a digital nomad as well if you don’t want to bother with a visa.