Romania and Hungary launch new digital nomad visas

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More countries offer visas to digital nomads

Digital nomad visas are becoming commonplace around the world. Various countries have introduced them, and Following countries offer them. This week, Hungary and Romania launched their digital nomad visas to entice remote workers to live in the country.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people dream of working from their laptop around the world:

  • 74% of employees expect remote working to be commonplace in the future
  • 97% of employees prefer some type of remote work
  • 61% of employees prefer to work entirely remotely
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Hungarian Digital Nomad Visa

The Hungarian government has introduced a new visa for digital nomads. The visa allows international citizens to live in Hungary while working for a company outside the country.

According to the Hungarian government, the new digital nomad visa has a maximum duration of one year; however, you can extend the visa every year.

To obtain the digital nomad visa, you will need:

  • A valid employment contract outside Hungary
  • Own a to share a company with profits in a country other than Hungary
  • However, you must not engage in gainful activity or hold a stake in a Hungarian company

The Hungarian parliament approved the digital nomad visa in November.

Romania Digital Nomad Visa

Romania implemented the digital nomad visa this week. It will allow internationals to live in Romania while working for companies out of the country. The nation expects the new visa to attract thousands of digital nomads from around the world.

Anyone wishing to benefit from Romania’s digital nomad visa must apply for a long term visa from the country’s consulates located in their country of origin. The visa will be valid for 6 months, but digital nomads can renew the visa every 6 months.

To obtain the digital nomad visa, you will need:

  • To prove that you are part-time or full-time employee outside Romania for at least three years
  • Present valid proof of income for the last six months, which is three times the Romanian average gross salary from 6,095 LEI – nearly €3,700 or $4,170 per month.
  • You will also need to submit identity documents, employment contacts, and company information documents to the Romanian government. You will also need to explain the nature of your stay in Romania.

Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Diana Buzoianu, said: “This legal initiative has been developed after months of work in collaboration with the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, as well as with experts working with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I started the project because I believed that it would be a law by which financial resources could be attracted to Romania, as many other member states have already done”,

Other European Nations with Digital Nomad Visas

Currently, the following countries have/or plan to have digital nomad visas in Europe:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Croatia
  • Malta
  • Estonia
  • Iceland
  • Greece
  • The Czech Republic

Countries of the world with digital nomad visas:

  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bahamian
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
  • Georgia
  • Cayman Islands
  • Montserrat
  • curacao
  • Mauritius

Spain digital nomad visa

Spain is the latest country to make headlines for its digital nomad visa. The nation plans to announce the new digital nomad visa in the coming months.

The Ministry of Economy said: “The Digital Nomad Visa will attract and retain international and domestic talent by helping remote workers and digital nomads settle in Spain.”

It will allow foreign nationals working in Spain remotely (for non-Spanish companies) to live in the country without the need for a full work visa. This is particularly good news for UK citizens trying to work long-term in Europe post-Brexit.

The bill must now pass through the Spanish parliament. However, legal sources suggest the bill needs a majority to pass.

The visa will allow digital nomads to work remotely in Spain for up to 12 monthswith two other extensions allowed.

However, the visa will not lead to the right of residence.

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