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Spain to Introduce Digital Nomad Visa

Spain will introduce new measures aimed at attracting digital nomads after the country’s government has approved such measures.

With the digital nomad visa, many talented people from other countries will be eligible to live in Spain as well as work remotely, contributing to the Spanish economic sector, reports.

The digital nomad visa will allow foreigners from non-EEA countries as well as people with EU passports or those arriving from Schengen area countries to work remotely in Spain for less than six months out of the year without the need to be officially registered.

Since the end of the UK’s transition period, UK nationals are considered non-EEA nationals, while the new measures would also be a good opportunity for them, the Olive Press reported.

Such legislation was created to “attract and retain international and national talent by assisting remote workers and digital nomads established in Spain,” reads the statement published by the Ministry of Economy.

According to the Minister of Economy, the registration fee for Nadia Calvino will be abolished while the creation of a new company will be simplified.

“Startups are the foundation of the new digital economy; in this regard, the Minister noted that they generate highly skilled jobs and have high growth potential.

The authorities in Spain stressed that the draft will now be sent to Parliament for approval.

Besides Spain, other European countries also offer travel permits known as digital nomad visas that allow people from other countries who are interested in jobs independent of time and place who are involved in specific areas such as technology, finance, technology or marketing to work in other countries.

Last month, the Romanian authorities announced that they also plan to introduce a digital nomadic visa system. According to Impact Hub Bucharest co-founder and director of business development Vlad Craiofino, digital nomad visa holders in Romania will get more benefits compared to other European countries or even the United States, where the cost of living is about 50 percent higher.

Besides, according to Craioveanu, in Romania the expenses are on average less than 500 euros per month compared to other countries.

Besides Spain and Romania, other European countries running such programs are Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Iceland, Germany and Spain.

As for countries outside the European Union, the program is also popular in countries such as Costa Rica, Dubai, Georgia, Bermuda, Antigua, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Australia and Thailand.

Despite the fact that such a scheme is implemented in many European and non-European countries, the requirements for obtaining such travel permits differ among themselves.

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