The “Digital Nomad Visa” legislation allows workers to settle and stay in Greece working remotely from such a notably attractive destination. In 2021 the Ministries of Immigration and Citizen Protection, promoted the highly anticipated visa for “digital nomads”, after the eagerness of the Greek Government to meet the international trend of remote working that had significantly bloomed during the pandemic.

Law 4251/2014 (i.e. the Greek Immigration Code), which regulates residence permits issued to third country nationals for special purposes, was amended with the addition of the digital nomad residence permit.

The Greek legislation states:

“Digital nomads, who are defined as self-employed, freelancers or employed third country nationals, who work remotely with the use of technological means with third-country employers or clients”, can acquire a national entry visa (the so-called “digital nomad visa”) of a duration of up to twelve (12) months if they meet the following principal conditions:

a. They have sufficient resources to cover their living expenses, amounting to a minimum net monthly income of 3.500 euros, as evidenced by the employment contract or bank account statements. In the event that the third-country national is accompanied by members of their family (spouse/civil partner or children), this amount shall be increased by 20% for the spouse/civil partner and by 15% for each child.

b. Have comprehensive health insurance in order not the burden the National Health System.”

Digital Nomad Visa

The national-entry visa is granted to the interested party following a request to the competent Greek Consular Authority, along with the necessary documentation.

In addition to the general required documentation in order to issue a national-entry visa (Digital Nomad Visa), the interested party is required to submit additional documents such as proof of employment, bank statements, minimum monthly income of 3500 euros, health insurance.

Digital Nomad Residence Permit

Provided that the Digital Nomad Visa holder continues to meet the requirements set out in Law 4251/2014 may, along with the members of their family, also apply for a residence permit.

The Digital Nomad Residence Permit does not provide the right to work or to provide independent financial services in Greece.

In order to apply for the Digital Nomad Residence Permit one should hold the Digital Nomad Visa. Nevertheless, the law provides for an exception for applicants who have already entered Greece on the basis of a Type-C Visa or on the basis of a Visa Waiver regime, to maintain the possibility to apply for the Digital Nomad Residence Permit while the Type-C Visa or Visa Waiver regime is still in force.

Consequently, the applicant for a Digital Nomad Residence Permit will also have to submit a lease contract or a purchase contract for a property located in Greece that would attest to the intention of actually residing in the country for the next two years.