Portugal announces one-year visas for digital nomads


The residence permit is intended for salaried and self-employed persons with the aim of regulating the stay or temporary residence of remote workers. Brexit means most Britons can only stay in an EU or Schengen country for 90 out of 180 days. Some hope ski countries will follow Portugal’s lead. NEW

This may not seem relevant to us skiers and snowboarders at first glance.

There is no skiing in Portugal after all.

But PlanetSKI is currently in Portugal because we are using it as a base to write large amounts of texts for the next winter ski season, away from distractions.

We can as we are not staying long but we are using precious days in the EU for the upcoming ski season.

Our winter plans last season were affected by the 90 day rule and we had to leave the Alps early as time ran out as the UK chose to leave the EU and is not in Schengen.

We weren’t the only ones.

We met ski instructors in Pila, Italy who were forced to return mid-season after 90 days.

Others had chosen to “work from home” in the mountains of Europe, but could only stay for half the season.

“Digital nomadism has been a trend that has been gaining traction since the early 2020s and with the COVID-19 pandemic, working remotely has become a reality for many workers,” said Patricia Casaburi, Managing Director of Global Citizen. Solutions, an investment migration company with a strong presence in the Portuguese market.

“This visa will simplify the procedures for citizens of other countries who wish to come to Portugal and the country will benefit from the attraction of a new labor market and more human resources.”

Hopefully the Alpine nations are watching carefully and will follow.

Spain and Greece may be considering following Portugal’s example.

Both have many ski resorts.

Details of the digital visa for Portugal:

This visa is divided into two categories, encompassing both remote workers aiming for a temporary stay of up to one year; and also digital nomads looking for a residency visa in Portugal.

To benefit from both types – either a short stay or a residence permit – remote workers must prove a monthly income that is four times the amount of the current minimum income in Portugal (the current minimum monthly income in Portugal is 705.00 €) and an employment contract or a certificate of self-employment.

The digital nomad visa can be applied for at a Portuguese consulate in their own country of origin; or if the applicant is already in Portugal, he can apply through an expression of interest at the Foreign Borders Office.

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