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Can I live in Portugal with remote work? Learn all about the new digital nomad visa



The consolidation of remote work was one of the many changes that the pandemic caused in our society. And, if telecommuting was a reality in only a few sectors of the economy, it started to cover many professions from 2020 onwards. Lawyers, journalists, psychologists, economists and many others can now work remotely. And why not take the opportunity to spend a season abroad?


The relatively low cost of living, safe and beautiful cities, attractive gastronomy, climate and beaches make Portugal extremely popular among digital nomads. Lisbon and Porto rank among the best cities for remote work, with good ratings on fast internet access and coworking spaces. In Ponta do Sol, located on the coast of the island of Madeira, there is even a project dedicated to attracting remote workers.

In this context, the Portuguese Government recently created a visa modality for people who intend to temporarily reside in Portugal working remotely.


We have prepared this text for you to learn more about the digital nomad visa in Portugal and prepare for your stay in Europe.


Who is eligible for a digital nomad visa and what documents do I have to present?



Every foreigner, as long as he is at least 18 years old and has an average monthly income of €2,820, can apply for a visa to exercise a professional activity provided remotely. Both professionals with employment relationships and self-employed professionals can apply for this visa.


According to Regulatory Decree No. 4/2022, of 30 September, the documents to be presented are:


For employees:

- Employment contract;

- Employer's statement proving the employment relationship;

- Proof of average monthly income in the last three months of a minimum value equivalent to four Portuguese minimum wages, which today corresponds to € 2,820;

- Document certifying your tax residency.


For self-employed professionals:

- Partnership agreement; or

- Contract for services; or

- Document demonstrating services provided to one or more entities;

- Proof of average monthly income in the last three months of a minimum value equivalent to four Portuguese minimum wages, which today corresponds to € 2,820;

- Document attesting to your tax residency.


So, if you are looking for new experiences and want to explore Portugal while doing remote work, contact us and schedule a consultation. Our team of specialists in migration law can advise you on creating an action plan to make the life of a digital nomad a reality.


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