Portugal Digital Nomad Visa

Everything Digital Nomads need to know

About Portugal

Let's start in the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon. It is well-known in digital nomad circles for being a beautiful, safe, and relatively low-cost destination to spend a month or two. Boasting a temperate climate all year round and top-tier cuisine, it is easy to see why Lisbon is one of the top digital nomad hotspots in Europe, if not the world.

Many digital nomads, particularly those from outside the European Union and Schengen area are curious about staying longer, in some cases for up to a year, and perhaps traveling a little more slowly, to spend more time in this beautiful city and enjoy its vibrant digital nomad community.

Co-living Options in Portugal

There are plenty of co-living options in Portugal, the majority of which are found in Lisbon. Which is the perfect location for when you want to be able to spend time with like-minded people, as well as change gear from nomad to “slowmad” for a while. Lisbon is a wonderful city to live life like a local in, and this is what co-living and co-working options offer to remote workers.

There are well-established digital nomad meets that happen every week and are listed on Meetup.com, with something new and exciting almost every day. If you are living on your own but craving connection with the local community, this is a great way for you to touch base whenever you want to.

The co-living options available in Lisbon are a mixture of some of the bigger brands in co-living such as “Outsite” and “Selina” and some of the smaller, independent offerings from newcomers to the co-living sector. We can’t recommend the co-living experience highly enough for the sense of community it engenders and the connections it creates.

Is There a Portugal Digital Nomad Visa?

This is a slightly complicated question to answer, but the short answer is yes.

The longer answer is that there are two different visa types that could fit the bill, we have the temporary stay visa, which is valid for a year, and the D7 “Digital Nomad” visa, which can eventually lead to residency.

Temporary Stay Visa

This visa may suit many digital nomads better than the D7 Visa. It gives up to a year’s stay in Portugal, with the option of leaving and re-entering as required. This means that you can easily explore some of the other countries within Europe while being able to return to Portugal as you wish, to make the most of the temperate climate and beautiful scenery.

In order to qualify for the Temporary Stay Visa, you will need to be able to show that you earn more than €705 every month. It is a fairly low monthly amount to have to demonstrate in order to stay for a year in such an amazing country, and it may be enough to tempt many digital nomads.

Requirements for the D7 “Digital Nomad” Visa

The Portugal D7 Visa is often referred to as a “digital nomad visa” or a “Portugal passive income visa” and although it serves the same purpose, it wasn’t explicitly designed for digital nomads in mind. It was designed with older people in mind who may want to spend their retirement in Portugal. The requirements just so happen to be favourable to digital nomads as well.

There are several different requirements to be able to apply for the D7 Digital Nomad Visa, and we have broken these down into different sections below for ease of understanding.

Who Can Apply for Portugal's Digital Nomad Visa?

If you wish to apply for a digital nomad visa for Portugal, it is necessary to be able to demonstrate that you are able to support yourself for a year without relying on the Portuguese state to help you out. This is a relatively easy requirement to fulfill.

Proving Financial Independence

The calculation of how much money you will need to demonstrate having access to is based on the relatively low minimum wage in Portugal. This means that if you can demonstrate that you have, or will earn €9,870 over the course of a year, you meet the financial requirement. If you have a spouse or dependent, you will need to be able to show another 50% for your spouse and €2 538 for each dependent child.

Obtain a Portuguese NIF Number

A NIF number is a number linked to taxation and would be the equivalent of an American Social Security number or a National Insurance number in the UK. It is possible to apply for this online fairly easily, so it shouldn’t be a major hurdle for most digital nomads.

Open a Portuguese Bank Account

This is the largest benefit that arises from having a Portuguese NIF number. You are unable to open a Portuguese bank account without one, and this will be a necessity during your stay for conducting any kind of financial activity within the country.

Proof of Accommodation
Rental / Purchase

In order to successfully apply for the D7 digital nomad visa, you must be able to prove that you have secured adequate accommodation before you make the journey to Portugal. A long-term lease agreement for a minimum term of a year is a must, as Portuguese authorities are apparently reluctant to approve applications that contain shorter-term lets.

If you have bought a property for over €300,000, it may be better to apply for a “golden visa”. This is reserved for those who have invested at least that amount in the country.

Have a Clean Criminal Record

Portugal does not want to encourage people who have prior criminal convictions to come and live there. You will have to disclose any criminal record that you have to the Portuguese authorities as part of the process, and they may run a background check to verify that what you are telling them is the truth. It is important to obtain a copy of your criminal record prior to the process in order to avoid disappointment.

You will Require Full Health Insurance

In keeping with the earning requirement, which is designed to prevent you from having to use Portuguese state resources, you are also required to have purchased comprehensive health insurance for the duration of your stay. You will need to have comprehensive EU-wide insurance for each applicant, and it must cover each of you for a minimum of €30,000. 12 months of health insurance must have been paid for in advance before you begin the D7 application process.

Meet the Minimum Stay Requirement

The minimum stay requirement is really only relevant if you plan to obtain a residence visa. If this is the route that you wish to go down, you must stay in Portugal for 183 days every calendar year. This may seem like too much for some digital nomads who don’t feel like putting down roots to that extent and who are keen to be off traveling more often than that.


The temporary stay visa appears to be much easier to obtain than the D7 visa, even though the D7 is often billed as being the “digital nomad visa”. As long as you aren’t looking to stay longer than a year, the temporary stay visa should suffice for most digital nomad needs.

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Where Should I Lodge a Visa Application?
The visa application must be submitted to the Diplomatic Post whose consular district includes your place of permanent residence. You can download the application form from the Portuguese government website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You also may contact the Portuguese Immigration and Border Service.
Digital Nomad Residence Visa: How Does the Visa Application Process Work?
Applicants must take the following steps to apply for digital nomad visas:

Step 1 – Get your documents ready, including filling out the visa application form.

Step 2 – Schedule an appointment at the Portuguese embassy

Step 3 – Make sure that you have all the forms and documents prepared, plus your passport is valid! The documents required for a digital nomad visa are a visa application form, passport, identity photos, and proof of financial income (revenue source, amount, tax residency documents, etc.). It's a good practice to get yourself travel health insurance. You may also collect your birth certificate, diplomas, and remote work evidence like an employment contract or cover letter.

Step 4 – Submit the application, attend the visa interview, and pay the fee.

Remember, that your family members – a spouse, children, and parents can also obtain residency for family reunification.
How Much Does a Digital Nomad Visa Cost in Portugal?
There are 3 main types of Portuguese Visas for:

short stay visas (Schengen visa, tourist visa)

temporary stay national visas,

long stay national visas (residency visa/a temporary residency permit), including Golden Visa, D7 Visa, and D2 Visa.

Digital Nomads can apply for D7 Visa or D2 Visa. The cost of the consular fee is €90.

On February 16th, 2023 the Portuguese government announced an end to the Golden Visa Program, to address the housing problem in Portugal. We advise you to follow the information on official government websites or on the website of the Portuguese embassy in your home country, whether you wish to apply for a new visa or if you currently have a Golden Visa.
Is Lisbon a Good Place for Digital Nomads?
There are at least 5 reasons why you should stay in Lisbon if you're a digital nomad.

1. Lisbon is relatively affordable compared to other European capitals. Other major cities perfect for Digital Nomads in Portugal are Porto, Peniche, Braga or Ponta Do Sol – on the coast of Madeira Island.

2. Lisbon has a well-developed digital infrastructure, making it easy for digital nomads to work remotely without any disruption.

3. There are numerous co-working spaces with meeting rooms and networking events. For example, remote workers are enjoying the Digital Nomad Village project in Madeira.

4. Lisbon is well-known for its vibrant and diverse international community. It's definitely the first spot you should visit if you decide to enter Portugal.

5. Lisbon offers a rich cultural and recreational experience. Digital nomads seeking an excellent climate, beautiful scenery, and many things to do, will find that this is a great place to work and live.
What Is the Minimum Wage for Digital Nomad Visa in Portugal?
To be eligible for the Portuguese Digital Nomad visa, you must show that you have earned an amount equivalent to four times Portugal's minimum monthly wage in the three months leading up to your application. As of January 1, 2023, the Portuguese minimum wage has been raised to €760.00 on the continent and up to €785.00 in the Madeira region. That means that the minimum income requirement is at least €3040.

Which countries offer
Digital Nomad Visas in 2023?

To conclude, here is the full list of countries, where you can get a Digital Nomad Visa in 2023:

Andorra* Dominica Mexico
Anguilla Dubai Montenegro*
Antigua and Barbuda Dominica Mexico
Argentina* Estonia North Macedonia
Aruba Georgia Norway
Bagamas Germany Panama
Barbados Greece Romania
Belize Hungary Saint Lucia
Bermuda Iceland Seychelles
Cabo Verde Indonesia South Africa*
Cayman Islands Italy* Spain
Croatia Latvia Sri Lanka*
Curaçao Malta Taiwan
Cyprus Mauritius Czech Republic
Andorra* Cyprus Mauritius
Anguilla Czech Republic Mexico
Antigua and Barbuda Dominica Montenegro*
Argentina* Dubai Montserrat
Arminia Ecuador Namibia
Aruba Egypt* North Macedonia
Australia Estonia Norway
Bagamas Georgia Panama
Bahamas Germany Portugal/Lisbon
Barbados Greece Romania
Belize Hungary Saint Lucia
Bermuda Iceland Seychelles
Cabo Verde India* (Goa) South Africa*
Cayman Islands Indonesia/Bali Spain
Colombia Italy* Sri Lanka*
Costa Rica Latvia Taiwan
Croatia Malaysia Thailand*
Curaçao Malta

*Digital Nomad Visa introduced but not yet implemented

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