Portugal is making it easier for digital nomads to live and work in the country with the launch of a new digital nomad visa.
It has already become a top destination for digital nomads and solo entrepreneurs, due to its other visa options, such as the D7. And now, with the digital nomad visa, Portugal aims to attract even more digital nomads and remote workers, who will be able to take advantage of Portugal’s cultural attractions and favorable economic environment, all while working remotely.
The new visa program, which was introduced by the Portuguese government in August 2022, allows digital nomads to legally stay and work in Portugal for one year, with the ability to renew for up to five years in the country, provided they meet certain criteria.
These criteria include:
- You must earn a minimum monthly income of €2,820, and provide proof of this income for the previous three months (when applying)
- Employment contract from a foreign employer, or proof of self-employment
- Proof of private health insurance with coverage in Portugal
Why is Portugal good for Digital Nomads?
Digital nomads will benefit from Portugal’s sunny climate, vibrant culture, and low cost of living, as well as its many amenities such as high-speed internet, excellent coworking spaces, and a growing digital nomad community.
There are plenty of things to do in Portugal, from exploring the big cities like Lisbon or Porto, as well as the smaller towns you will find scattered along the coast and interior.The weather also makes it ideal for outdoor activities and socializing.
In terms of work, the country has a vibrant startup scene, making it a great place to
build a business or explore new ideas.
As a member of the European Union, digital nomads will also have access to visa-free
travel within the Schengen Area as an added bonus.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Portugal is generally considered to be quite reasonable, particularly
when compared to other parts of Europe.
It is relatively affordable, especially for basic goods and services. Going to a café, bar,
or restaurant can be done regularly without breaking the bank. Also, public transport is
fairly inexpensive and efficient with its train network stretching across the whole country.
One thing to note is that Lisbon is rather inflated compared to the rest of the country, particularly when it comes to high rental costs. The smaller towns have much more favorable prices for accommodation, and especially in rural areas, you will find it is very affordable.
Where to stay in Portugal as a Digital Nomad
Besides the obvious option of Lisbon, which is where the majority of digital nomads in
Portugal reside, the second largest city Porto is also an attractive and more affordable option.
Besides these two main cities, there are many smaller towns by the coast such as Ericeira, Peniche, or Lagos down in the southernmost Algarve region. Inland you also have the university town of Coimbra and the northern town of Braga as popular options. Additionally, if you are a nature-loving adventurer, you can consider going to the islands such as Madeira or the Azores.