SPAIN is planning to issue “digital nomad” visas to British citizens and foreigners outside the EU who wish to work remotely while enjoying the country’s summery weather.
However, the visa will only be given to people who work remotely from companies outside Spain and who derive a maximum of 20% of their income from Spanish firms.
The law has not yet been passed, but if it does it is expected it will allow digital nomads to stay in Spain for up to a year.
Applicants to the scheme must be able to show evidence that they have been working at least a year remotely, and they must be able to demonstrate a contract of employment from a company outside Spain.
They must also be able to show evidence that they will have enough funds to live, and proof of an address in Spain.
It is not clear if they would need to show their criminal records to get the visa.
Spain would join 15 other European countries that already offer digital nomad visas – but each country has its own set of conditions.
For example, Greece offers residency of one to three years for digital nomads with a monthly income of at least €3,500.
- EU citizens free to travel to Spain without restrictions but Brits still need to present COVID-19 certificate