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11 European Countries Offering Easy Digital Nomad Visa for Americans

By Maria Valencia

June 11, 2022


Remote work was highly uncommon in most public and private sectors of the US economy prior to the pandemic. That has dramatically changed since March 2020, when both governments and corporate America started to come around remote work.

With brand-new work freedom and offices -half or completely empty- employees have continued to develop business on Wall Street and grow IT start-ups in Silicon Valley and other corporate strongholds across America. Profits have not stopped rolling in.

Stay-at-home workers learned how to live at work over the course of 2020 and 2021 and now are mentally prepared and technologically equipped to expand their borders and live overseas as digital nomads from 2022 onwards.

To assist you out in this new journey, here’s a thorough list of the EU countries offering digital nomad visas or work permits for Americans.

Germany 

The German visa Aufenthaltserlaubnis für selbständige Tätigkeit is essentially a residency permit for international remote workers and digital nomads who want to live in Germany for up to 3 years. 

  • Application fee: 100 euros (around US$113)
  • Length: 6 months up to 3 years
  • Income: proof of financial self-sustainability
  • Cost of living index: 34 out of 139

To get it, applicants need (to)

  • A local address in Germany
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of working with local clients 
  • Wait for 4 months to get it approved

Portugal

digital nomad in lisbon

Portugal is currently offering a 1-year digital nomad visa which can be extended to up to 5 years. After that period, digital nomads have the option to look for permanent residency. 

  • Application fee: €90 for the visa and €75 for the resident permit fee (around US$85)
  • Length: 1 to 5 years
  • Income: 635 euros per month (roughly US$722, which can come from different sources)
  • Cost of living index: 64 out of 139

To get it, applicants need (to)

  • Proof of income coming from properties, businesses, or other financial sources
  • Proof of private travel/health insurance
  • Proof of clean criminal records

Croatia

Digital nomads can now apply for Croatia’s famous digital nomad visa.

This visa is valid for up to 12 months and cannot be extended. The digital nomad must be a national of a third country who works for a non-Croatian enterprise.

  • Application fee: The cost varies depending on a number of factors, but it starts at roughly $180
  • Length: 1 year maximum; can be reapplied for after 6 months of staying out of the country
  • Income: 16,907.50 kuna (around US$2,550) per month. This is for one applicant; each partner/family member requires an additional 10%.
  • Cost of living index: 59 out of 139

To get it, applicants need (to)

  • Complete this form
  • Buy health insurance that covers Croatia 
  • Demonstrate they work in the field of communication technology for a foreign company

Iceland

Iceland’s visa for digital nomads is perfect for those who need to be constantly on the road since it is only valid for six months or 90 days if you apply while in the Schengen area.

  • Application fee: 12,200 ISK (about US$98)
  • Length: 6 months
  • Income: 1,000,000 ISK (around US$8,000), or 1,300,000 ISK (around US$10,400) for a couple
  • Cost of living index: 4 out of 139

To get it, applicants need (to)

Greece

parga in greece

Greece offers a digital nomad visa for non-EU/EEA citizens since October 2021. It allows remote workers to work from any of its stunning islands for 1 year. This period can be extended to up to 3 years.

  • Application fee: 75 euros for the application (around US$85)
  • Length: 1 year with a potential extension of 3 years
  • Income to prove: €3,500 (around US$4,000) per month plus 20% for spouse/partner and 15% for each child
  • Cost of living index: 41 out of 139

To get it, applicants need (to)

  • Proof of work and income
  • A clean criminal background
  • Health insurance
  • Submit your application to a Greek consulate in person

Malta

Non-EU digital nomads who want to live and work on the island for up to a year can apply for Malta’s Nomad Residency Permit

  • Application fee: 300 euros (around US$340) per person
  • Length: 1 year with the option to renew
  • Income: 2,700 euros (US$3,071)
  • Rental contract or proof of property purchase
  • Cost of living index: 29 out of 139

To get it, applicants need (to)

  • Successfully complete a background check
  • Proof of health insurance 
  • Rent or purchase property
  • Write a letter of intent outlining your reasons for relocating to the country

Visa/Permit for Digital Nomads in Hungary

Hungary has created a digital nomad permit to attract remote workers. Called a White Card, the residency permit will allow remote employees to stay in Hungary for up to a year as long as their employer is based in another nation.

After the year ends, White Card holders will have the option to extend it for one more year. Third-country nationals can apply for the permit if their job allows them to use the internet to work remotely.

To be eligible, nomads must fit the following requirements:

  • Holding a valid work contract in another country
  • Having shares in a profitable company outside the country
  • Not seeking gainful activity within Hungary
  • Not holding shares in any Hungarian companies

The Hungarian Parliament agreed to create the permit in November. The White Card bill passed with 134 yes votes and 34 no votes.

Hungarian leaders may have taken inspiration from the numerous other European countries that have introduced digital nomad visas in recent years.

Attracting remote employees or online business owners has the potential to boost any nation’s economy. Such visitors spend a great deal locally without taking jobs away from citizens; in fact, their presence could help create jobs.

Czech Republic

Czech Republic offers a variety of digital nomad visas, but the one that is most likely to suit digital nomads is known as a Zivno visa. It’s a sort of trade license aimed mostly at freelance teachers and IT professionals.

  • Application fee: 5,000 CZK (roughly US$232)
  • Length: 1 year, but can be extended
  • Income: proof of possessing 124,500 CZK (around US$5,800) per person.
  • Cost of living index: 63 out of 139

To get it, applicants need (to)

  • A trade license for one of the sectors listed here.
  • At least a year’s worth of proof of residence

Estonia

view of tallin, capital of estonia

This visa program allows digital nomads to work remotely and reside in the nation for up to a year. Estonia launched the very first e-residency program in the world in 2014.

  • Application fee: €100 (around US$113)
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income: 3,504 euros (US$3,988) earned each month in the six months preceding the application
  • Cost of living index: 47 out of 139

To get it, applicants need (to)

  • Fill out the online application form
  • Make an appointment to submit it at the nearest Estonian Embassy or Consulate

Romania

Romania started offering a new digital nomad visa in January 2022. The program has a one-year duration and can be extended.

  • Application fee: Unknown as of yet
  • Length: 1 year with the option of a one-year extension
  • Income: 6,095 lei, approximately US$4,170 (one of the highest for a relatively low-income country)
  • Cost of living index: 102 out of 139

To get it, applicants need (to)

  • Proof of employment or ownership of a business registered outside of Romania
  • Proof of health insurance 
  • Background check

Spain

While a digital nomad visa is not currently in existence, Spain recently revealed intentions for creating one in line with the country’s Startup Act, which has already been introduced in parliament.

Under the proposed legislation, remote workers will be able to obtain a visa to stay and work from the country for a period of 12 months. It would be possible to extend it for another 24 months.

It is expected to provide

  • Tax reductions from 24% to 15% for non-residents (conditions apply)

For the time being, Spain offers a self-employment visa that allows digital nomads to lawfully work from the country for up to a year.

Maria Valencia

About the author

WRITER & EDITOR - Traveling and working from trendy coworking spaces & cafes since 2015. UX, SEO, and Digital Content Wizard. Former college lecturer but never again!

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