Digital nomads will be able to live and work in Portugal full-time thanks to a new visa.
Under the new scheme, remote workers will be able to live and work in the country for up to 12 months.
To qualify, applicants must earn at least €2,800 per month – four times Portugal’s minimum wage.
The new visa – officially called the “residence visa for the exercise of professional activity provided remotely outside the national territory” – is designed for working professionals.
It’s an alternative to the existing ‘D7’ visa – a popular residency permit mostly aimed at retirees and ‘passive income’ earners.
The new visa – launching on October 30 – was created after the Portuguese government amended immigration law in July.
To qualify, applicants must:
Come from a country not in the EU or EEA
Be self-employed or employed by a company based outside Portugal
Earn at least four times the Portuguese minimum wage per month – roughly €2,800.
This is an increase on the earnings requirements under the D7 scheme.
D7 visa holders only need to earn the Portuguese minimum wage (€822.50 per month) per month. However, these earnings must come from ‘passive’ income streams like rent or investments.