Portugal has grown from Europe’s forgotten western frontier to a bustling tourist hub over the past decade. Lisbon and Porto bustle with life, and much of this is thanks to the digital nomad and start-up communities. Madeira, an autonomous island off the coast of Africa, is also a growing remote worker hub.
Thankfully the Portuguese government has recognised how important digital nomads are for the economy, so they now offer one of the easiest digital nomad visas to obtain in the world. You only need to be earning at least €2400 per month. It’s also the only remote work visa that offers a route to citizenship. Once you’ve stayed in the country for five years (and learned Portuguese), you can apply for permanent residency.
The 2 types of Portugal Digital Nomad Visa
Portugal currently offers two types of Digital Nomad visas, the Temporary Stay Visa and the Residence Visa.
The main difference between the two is that the Temporary Stay Visa allows you to stay for up to one year. The Residence Visa, on the other hand is meant for those who plan on becoming residences in Portugal and eventually obtain a citizenship.
- Minimum income of €2,800 per month.
- Live outside of the the EU and EEA.
- Self-employed or employed by a company registered outside of Portugal
- Submit your digital nomad visa application to the nearest Portuguese consulate