Spain digital nomad visa

What’s on this page?

  1. Requirements and documents for obtaining a visa
  2. Benefits of the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa
  3. Cost of living in Spain
  4. Leisure organization

There are many reasons why foreigners wish to move to Spain. These include a wonderful salubrious climate, gorgeous nature, lower cost of living than in other developed countries as well as opportunities to get acquainted with the rich historical and cultural heritage of the country. There are also several ways to move: from investing in the country's economy to marrying a citizen of Spain. Recently, the digital nomad visa has been especially popular.


If you can run your business remotely, work for a company that allows you to be anywhere in the world while performing your functional duties, or you are a freelancer, then your desire to live in beautiful Spain without stopping your professional activity can be realized with the help of Spanish digital nomadic visa.

The practice of issuing such visas has been around in some countries for quite a long time. The Spanish authorities made such a decision in November 2022 in order to attract talented people to the country - citizens of countries that are not members of the European Union. Thus, Spain makes a significant contribution to the development of entrepreneurship, the introduction of new technologies, and the enrichment of its scientific potential.

Requirements and documents for obtaining a visa

The following types of remote workers can obtain a digital nomad visa:

  • employees of a non-EU company who have obtained a permit to telework from Spain;
  • freelancers who have different sources of income from different countries, or who have clients in different countries of the world.

Documents for a visa
Requirements for a foreigner wishing to obtain a digital nomad visa:

  • you must be working for your company that gave you the right to work remotely from Spain for at least three months prior to applying for a visa;
  • your contract with this company is concluded for a period of at least one year;
  • the company you work for is not in Spain, but in a country outside the EU zone;
  • you must prove your level of education, experience and qualifications (provide relevant diplomas and certificates, including at least three years of experience);
  • you cannot have a criminal record, and you must submit the relevant documents proving this;
  • you should not be banned from entering Spain;
  • if you receive income from work in Spanish companies, then they cannot exceed 20% of your total income;
  • you must have health insurance;
  • your financial security must be 200% of the minimum wage in Spain (€ 26,692 per year) and for each family member 75% of the minimum wage (€ 9972 per year). The guarantee that you have such funds may be the provision of information about your income (salary).

You will be required to complete an application form and pay an administration fee. You can apply both in your own country and upon arrival in Spain. In case of a positive decision and the issuance of a digital visa to you, you must visit the police station to register and receive a card for the right to reside in the country.

Obtaining a digital nomad visa (Spain), as a rule, does not take long and the decision is made within 20 days. And here there is administrative silence, that is, the absence of a response from state bodies means a positive decision on the issue of granting a visa.

Benefits of the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa

In Spain, digital nomad visa allows you to live and work remotely in this country for one year with the right to extend up to three years if you receive a visa before arriving in Spain. If you come to Spain on a tourist visa and apply for a digital nomad visa there, you can immediately get it for a three-year period. Subsequently, these years will be included in the total period of residence in the country for obtaining citizenship.

Obtaining such a visa also allows your family to move to the country. It will only be necessary to meet a number of requirements in this regard, including financial support for family members. This visa entitles you to certain tax benefits. And with a digital visa, you will be able to move freely throughout all countries that are part of the EU. Living in Spain, you will have easier access to medical care, which is highly rated among developed countries. You can also study at a Spanish university.

University in Spain

You will have great opportunities to visit different regions of the country, large cities with a large number of historical monuments, architectural masterpieces, museums and theaters. You can settle down in one of the Mediterranean resorts with gorgeous beaches and plenty of entertainment options. And in small towns, you can plunge into the real Spanish atmosphere with unique holidays and rich cuisine.

Cost of living in Spain

Once you have received in Spain, digital nomad visa (2023), you should start arranging your life in the country and take care of the following important issues:

  • housing;
  • food;
  • transport;
  • healthcare;
  • entertainment.

To choose the right region for your future residence, just drive around the country. Visit major cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Valencia. Visit the Basque Country, get acquainted with the resorts of the Mediterranean coast. In small towns located in the center of the country, feel the subtleties of the Spanish mentality. After that, do not buy a home, but rent a small living space, even if you have enough financial means. Otherwise, you can rush and buy the wrong thing in the wrong place.

Property in Spain

After a while, you will understand exactly what kind of property and where is more suitable for you. Check prices and compare prices for similar apartments in different regions of Spain. It should be noted that, on average, prices for Spanish real estate are lower than for similar housing in other developed countries of the world. Estimated prices for renting and buying real estate are as follows:

City Price per 1 sq. m Two-bedroom apartment price The cost of renting 1 sq. m/month
Madrid € 4929 € 310,000 € 19.5
Barcelona € 4519 € 250,000 € 15.5
Valencia € 2784 € 220,000 € 11.8
Alicante € 2560 € 115,000 € 9.1

If you come alone and are not very demanding as to the availability of special amenities, then you can rent a house in a small town for € 5-7 per 1 sq. m per month. You can also consider options for cohabitation, which will further reduce the cost of payment. Utility bills will amount to € 100-150 per month.

Spain has a well-organized real estate market, which has recently seen both high demand and a lot of offers. Therefore, in order not to get lost in a large amount of information and make the right choice of a property for rent or purchase, you should contact a professional real estate agency, whose employees will help you go through all stages of the transaction without risk. One such agency is WTG Spain, which has a large number of successful contracts.

As for food, the prices for basic products in Spain are quite affordable. So, a family of two spends about € 250 per month on groceries.

Grocery item Price
Bread (loaf 500 g) € 1.1
Potatoes (1 kg) € 1.1
Chicken (1 kg) € 6.0
Eggs (6 pcs.) € 0.9
Milk (1 l) € 0.79
Apples (1 kg) € 1.74

Food in Spain

Most Spaniards prefer to have meals while socializing. Therefore, they most often choose a trip to a restaurant near the house, where you can have a delicious lunch and meet friends. The cost of dinner in such a restaurant for one person is about € 12, a dinner for two in a more expensive place will cost € 40.

Excellent conditions have been created for traveling in Spain, both in cities and between cities and towns, which are connected by high-quality roads. Maintaining your own car will cost you about € 1000 a year, but it is not necessary to have your own transport while living in the city and infrequently leaving it. Municipal transport will take you anywhere in the city quickly and efficiently, while the cost of a one-way ticket will cost € 1.5, and the cost of a monthly pass will be € 40.

Many foreigners are concerned about the issue of healthcare: will they have the opportunity to receive quality medical services? The Spanish healthcare system is considered one of the best in the world. It is based on health insurance, both public and private. Medical insurance is not required here, but it is highly recommended, as it significantly reduces the cost of obtaining medical services. Getting (purchasing) health insurance is not difficult, while the type and cost of it depend on many conditions and the amount of contributions is in the range of € 26-198 per month.

Leisure organization

Having organized your everyday life, you should also think about spending your free time with benefit and comfort. In this sense, Spain is one of the leading places in terms of organizing leisure time for a person with any requests. Those who have chosen Spain because of the sea and the sun, can enjoy the resort towns on the Mediterranean coast with beaches stretching for miles and marked with the Blue Flag. Here you can relax on a sun lounger or practice many sports including sailing, diving and surfing.

Surfing in Spain

Golf lovers have at their disposal many well-equipped fields, around which residential complexes have been built and infrastructure has been developed. Those who prefer hiking and cycling can get acquainted with the magnificent mountain and sea landscapes. And for those who want to explore historical and cultural masterpieces, there are a lot of museums and exhibition halls for every taste.

Golf courses in Spain

If you have chosen a budget option for living in the rural hinterland, then there you will find a lot of entertainment, because the Spaniards are very fond of various festivals and holidays and they are unforgettable. And for young people who prefer noisy nightlife, there are plenty of appropriate establishments in almost any locality.

An important component of your residence in Spain is the knowledge of the language. For a person who spends a lot of time at the computer, communication is essential. The Spaniards are very hospitable and sociable, and they feel a special affection for a foreigner who speaks Spanish. Therefore, it is worth starting to learn the language immediately upon arrival in the country, if you have not done this in advance.

So, you have chosen the path of a digital nomad and decided to settle in Spain. For those who have made such a decision, excellent conditions have been created in the country for organizing a high quality life, including work and leisure. Therefore, do not hesitate and get a digital nomad visa, work and enjoy beautiful Spain.


What is a Spain digital nomad visa?

Spain Digital Nomad Visa allows non-EU citizens, remote workers and freelancers to legally reside in Spain and continue to work for their foreign companies.

Who is eligible for a digital nomadic visa to Spain?

Any foreigner who works remotely and has sufficient financial means to live, incl. stable salary, health insurance, has no criminal record and has filed an appropriate application.

How long can I stay in Spain on a digital nomad visa?

With this visa, you can live and work in Spain for 1 or 3 years (depending on where and when you received the visa). It can be extended later.

What are the benefits of the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa?

With a digital nomad visa, you can legally live and work, receive medical services with the appropriate insurance, travel around Spain (as well as within EU), getting to know its way of life and culture.


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