Spain’s new Digital Nomad Visa in January 2023

If you can work from anywhere, you’ll soon be able to move to Spain for up to a year

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The Spanish government has just announced plans for a ‘digital nomad’ visa which would let foreign remote workers live and work in the country for up to a year.

Spain’s new scheme is specifically targeted at freelancers, people who are fully employed but work remotely, and those who make at least 80 percent of their income from companies outside of Spain.

Perhaps the best part of the new visa scheme is that it applies to the entirety of Spain. Which means that while some people might be tempted to move to bustling, cultural-packed metropolises like MadridBarcelonaValencia or Bilbao, you could also head to beachy Ibiza or even the all-round sun trap that is the Canary Islands.

Spain is also generally a cheaper place to live than many other western European countries, so you should end up with enough spare cash for copious tapas.

The draft law states that foreign nationals will be able to work remotely for non-Spanish companies while living in Spain without a full work visa for between six and 12 months. It could then be extended up to two times.

The new Spanish law is part of the country’s recent Startup Act. It’s been on the cards since the start of 2022, but was finally approved in November and looks set to finally become law in January 2023.

Most digital nomad visas come with minimum income requirements, and Spain is no different. The level hasn’t been set yet, but it’s likely to be at least €2,000 (£1,725 or $2,110) per month.

Some content sourced from Timeout

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